Why Chiefs Won Super Bowl 57 & Why Eagles Lost

Why Chiefs Won Super Bowl 57 & Why Eagles Lost

Super Bowl 57 is in the books as the Kansas City Chiefs became the seventh team to win a Super Bowl after trailing by 10 or more points, downing the Philadelphia Eagles, 38-35. The Chiefs closed as 1.5-point underdogs and +105 on the moneyline. For the first time in the last five Super Bowls, the game went over the total (51.5).

Everything you need to know about Super Bowl 57: Winner and Loser

Were the Eagles the better team most of the night? Yes. They had 417 yards of offense and were 11-for-18 on third down but didn’t stop the Kansas City offense once in the second half. Eagles QB Jalen Hurts, who was brilliant otherwise, lost a fumble that was returned by the KC defense for a touchdown for a 14-14 tie in the second quarter when it looked as if the Eagles might take a 21-7 lead. Philly also allowed a 65-yard KC punt return in the fourth quarter that was a killer.

Toney’s return, the longest in SB history, led to a touchdown just three plays later. Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes found a wide-open Skyy Moore for a 4-yard score, which put them up 35-27. While the Eagles tied the game late in the fourth quarter on a third Hurts touchdown run, Mahomes led the Chiefs on a 12-play, 66-yard drive to set up a 27-yard field goal from Harrison Butker to seal the 38-35 win for Kansas City.

With the game tied 35-35 with 1:54 remaining, the Chiefs faced a third-and-8 from the Philly 15. Mahomes lobbed a pass to JuJu Smith-Schuster that wasn’t close. However, a flag flew in for defensive holding, giving K.C. an automatic first down, allowing them to drain the clock to 11 seconds before kicking the game-winning field for the win.

“It was a holding,” Philly cornerback James Bradberry said afterward. “I tugged his jersey. I was hoping they would let it slide.”

Mahomes in the 2022 season won regular-season MVP, Super Bowl MVP, led the NFL in passing yards and passing TDs. Only three players have done in a whole career what Mahomes did in one season: Tom Brady, Peyton Manning and Kurt Warner. Mahomes is the first player in NFL history to win multiple championships and multiple league MVPs within his first six seasons.


The loss ruined a spectacular game by Hurts, who set a Super Bowl QB rushing record with 70 yards on 15 carries with three TDs — joining Hall of Famer running back Terrell Davis (in Super Bowl XXXII) as the only players with three rushing TDs in a Super Bowl in NFL history. He also muscled his way for a big two-point conversion late. Hurts was 27-of-38 passing for 304 yards and a score. He generated 374 of the Eagles’ 417 total yards.

Philly led 24-14 at the break. Teams leading by double digits at halftime had been 26-1 in Super Bowl history. The lone loss was by the Falcons in Super Bowl LI (led by 18).

Expect one big storyline after the game to be the field conditions at State Farm Stadium outside Phoenix. Players from both teams had a hard time keeping their footing, leading several to change their cleats. Eagles offensive lineman Jordan Mailata compared the field to playing in a water park.

“The footing? It was terrible,” he said. “But the Kansas City Chiefs had to play on it, too. To be fair, they kind of said it was terrible, too, during the TV timeout. So, I’m glad we were on the same page. It was just slick. You couldn’t anchor. You had to get your whole foot in the ground.”

Kansas City has opened as the +500 favorite to repeat next February at Super Bowl 58 in Las Vegas with Philadelphia next at +700. They do play in the 2023 regular season in Kansas City and it could be the Kickoff Game. There were some rumors Chiefs coach Andy Reid might retire but he said that’s not the case.

“I look in the mirror and I’m old,” Reid began in his post-game press conference. “My heart, though, is young. I still enjoy doing what I’m doing. I got asked that 50 times here. Finally I just go, ‘Whatever, man. Whatever.’ … I’m good with what I’m doing right now. Listen, if they’ll have me, I’ll stick around.”

The Eagles will lose offensive coordinator Shane Steichen as he will become the next head coach of the Indianapolis Colts.


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