Super Bowl preview: a game of brotherly love



Super Bowl LVII will take place on Sunday, Feb. 12 at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Ariz.

BEN LAHART, Sports Writer

The 57th Super Bowl will be held on Feb. 12 in Glendale, Ariz. and will feature a matchup between the Philadelphia Eagles and the Kansas City Chiefs. Like most years, there are a number of firsts this time around including the first matchup between a pair of brothers in NFL history with Eagles center Jason Kelce, and Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce.

The Eagles are back in the big game for the first time since they were champions back in 2018. Philadelphia only has six players remaining on the roster from that winning team, including three offensive lineman, as well as defensive tackle Fletcher Cox, linebacker Brandon Graham and kicker Jake Elliot. 

Philadelphia brings in the best offense from the NFC this season and one of the historically great rushing attacks in NFL history, scoring an NFL record 39 rushing touchdowns between the regular season and playoffs, breaking a 60-year-old record. The Eagles also had a stellar year rushing the passer with 70 sacks on the year, tied for third all time. They became the first team in NFL history with four different players reaching at least 10 sacks.

On the other side of the ball, the Chiefs are returning to the Super Bowl for the third time in the last four seasons and for the fifth time ever. The Chiefs last appearance was in 2021 when they lost to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers a season after beating the San Francisco 49ers. The Chiefs have 10 players on the roster from their championship run including the Super Bowl MVP Patrick Mahomes at quarterback. Other players include, All-Pro tight end Travis Kelce, All-Pro defensive tackle Chris Jones and Pro Bowl defensive end Frank Clark, among others.

The Chiefs have also carried a record breaking offense this year ranking first in the league in both yards and points. Mahomes led the league in passing yards and touchdowns while setting the NFL record for the most total offensive yards with 5,614 on the season. Although not the main focal point of the team, the Kansas City defense also had a decent season especially rushing the passer as they trail only the Eagles in team sacks with 55.

Both teams featured excellent individual players as both had six players voted to the First or Second AP All-Pro lineups. The two starting quarterbacks are both finalists for Most Valuable Player and Offensive Player of the Year while Kansas City’s Jones is a finalist for Defensive Player of the Year.

These teams both made a large number of offseason moves to help them get to this position. However, this was done in different ways. The Eagles have seven starters acquired through free agency, including All-Pros AJ Brown and Haasan Reddick.

The Chiefs used the draft to update their team as well as some free agency additions. Eight of the 10 rookies drafted by the Chiefs get large amounts of playing time with four being listed as starters. In free agency, Kansas City added two starting wide receivers and a starting safety to their roster in order to fill gaps.

This Super Bowl will feature both number one seeds for the first time since 2016. This is also the first Super Bowl to feature two black quarterbacks and as stated earlier the first with a pair of brothers competing. Whether you want to call it the Andy Reid Bowl or the Kelce Bowl, it will surely be a great Super Bowl. The game will kickoff at 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 12 and will be televised on FOX.