SUPER BOWL LVII RECAP: KANSAS CITY CHIEFS ARE CROWNED
The Kansas City Chiefs won their second Super Bowl in 4 years on Sunday, beating the Philadelphia Eagles 38-35 in Super Bowl LVII at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Ariz.
Patrick Mahomes engineered a 2-score comeback in the second half on a tweaked ankle to put the Chiefs in position to kick the game-winning field goal with seconds left on the clock. Relive what was an exciting, close game with our Super Bowl LVII recap from JazzSports.
Super Bowl LVII Recap: Philly’s dominant first half
The Eagles set the pace of the game by scoring on the opening drive. Jalen Hurts punched it in as the first touchdown scorer on a quarterback sneak. The quarterback sneak would be a frequent play in the game as the Eagles continued to punish Kansas City on third and short.
Kansas City responded with a connection between Mahomes and Travis Kelce for a touchdown on the ensuing possession, but momentum swung the way of Philadelphia largely after that. After a 45-yard touchdown pass from Hurts to A.J. Brown to open the second quarter, Kansas City’s Harrison Butker missed a field goal that would have cut the deficit to 4 points. The Chiefs were able to tie it though, thanks to a fumble by Hurts that Nick Bolton returned for a 36-yard defensive touchdown.
Hurts would correct his mistake later in the quarter as the Eagles unleashed a late flurry before halftime. Hurts again punched in a touchdown run, this time finding room to jaunt in from 4-yards out. The Eagles got the ball back before the break and kicked a field goal to take a 24-14 lead into the locker room.
Kansas City comeback
Going into halftime it looked like Mahomes would struggle to continue playing. He came up limping heavily after being brought down short of the line to gain on third down. Mahomes shrugged off any concerns about his ability to play with a crisp opening drive. The drive was capped with a touchdown run from Isiah Pacheco to come within 3 points of Philadelphia.
The teams reached a standstill for much of the third quarter as the Eagle’s offense came out noticeably slower in the second half. A 33-yard field goal by Philly’s Jake Elliot put the total score of the game over 50.5, giving his team a 27-21 lead going into the fourth quarter.
In the fourth quarter, the play-calling genius of Eric Bienamy and Andy Reid was on full display. They did not overcomplicate things, aside from a funky shuffle coming out of the huddle on one failed play. Early in the quarter, Kadarius Toney used pre-snap motion to break free uncovered for a 5-yard touchdown pass from Mahomes. On the next Chiefs’ drive just 3 minutes later, the Chiefs ran the same play, this time flipped to the other sidelines to Skyy Moore for a 4-yard touchdown pass. Again Moore was wide open for the score.
The victory was for the underdog
The Eagles responded on the ensuing drive as Jalen Hurts punched in his record third touchdown run of the game to tie it up 35-35. The next time Philadelphia would get the ball back there would be just 8 seconds remaining. Mahomes and the Chiefs ate up the clock, thanks in part to a holding call on the Eagles to extend the drive on a third down deep in Philadelphia territory. The Chiefs ran the clock down to seconds left on a field goal from Butker that ultimately won the game.
The underdog Chiefs won the game outright by 3 points, cashing +105 odds for bettors.
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