Super Bowl LVII Preview: Kansas City Chiefs vs Philadelphia Eagles

Super Bowl LVII Preview: Kansas City Chiefs vs Philadelphia Eagles

Joel Reyes
  • The Philadelphia Eagles and the Kansas City Chiefs square off this coming Sunday in Super Bowl LVII
  • The Eagles were ruthless in the playoffs, crushing the New York Giants and the San Francisco 49ers
  • The Chiefs head into this weekend's Super Bowl clash with the newly crowned MVP in their team

And then there were two.

Not only were the Philadelphia Eagles and Kansas City Chiefs the best teams in their respective conferences during the regular season, they have also proven to be the best during the postseason.

The two No. 1 seeds will now meet in Glendale for Super Bowl LVII after winning their conference championships.

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Jalen Hurts and Patrick Mahomes. Images: Mitchell Leff/ Dylan Buell
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Jalen Hurts and the Eagles have lost just three times all season and steamrolled their way through the NFC playoffs.

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However, they will be put to the ultimate test this weekend against Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs.

Why the Eagles will win

Defence wins championships. If that statement is indeed true, then the Eagles have a very good shot of taking home the Vince Lombardi Trophy this Sunday.

The Eagles possessed the second-ranked defence in the NFL during the regular season, with the team not allowing more than seven points in each of its victories in the postseason leading up to this year's Super Bowl.

The Eagles are also on a historic pace when it comes to rushing the opposing quarterback. Philadelphia’s defence has amassed 78 total sacks in both the regular season and postseason, the third-most in league history.

They are now just three sacks away from eclipsing the 1985 Chicago Bears for the second-most sacks ever and only five sacks shy of surpassing the 1984 Bears team (82 sacks) for the NFL single-season record, according to USA Today.

The Eagles are the only team since 1982 to have four different players record at least 10 sacks in the same campaign.

Why the Chiefs will win

The Eagles’ defense may be elite but that won’t faze the Kansas City Chiefs at all, as they have the ultimate weapon in Patrick Mahomes.

He leads the NFL in touchdown passes (41), total QBR (77.5) and passing yards (5,250) this season while leading Kansas City to a 14-3 record and the top seed in the AFC playoffs. Mahomes racked up 5,614 total yards this season - a new NFL record.

Mahomes’ brilliance was recognised on Thursday, with the Chiefs quarterback winning the Associated Press' Most Valuable Player award.

This was the second time Mahomes won the MVP in his illustrious six-year career.

He has shown his toughness in this year’s playoffs, fighting through a high ankle sprain to record a pair of postseason wins against Jacksonville and Cincinnati.

Super Bowl 57 prediction

Patrick Mahomes’ injury will become a factor in this contest. Sports Brief predicts the Eagles will pull off a tight 24-20 victory over the Chiefs.

Who are Philly's celebrity fans?

Sports Brief recently reported on the celebrity fans of the Eagles, including stars such as Bradley Cooper, Tina Fey, Will Smith and Kevin Hart.

Even the commander-in-chief himself, President Joe Biden, traces his roots to an area of Philadelphia and is a huge fan of the team.

His wife, First Lady Jill Biden, has been seen wearing an Eagles jersey and is expected to attend the big game at State Farm Stadium.