Super Bowl 57: Chiefs, Eagles meet for title in Arizona
Patrick Mahomes finally got the best of Joe Burrow.
All he needed was a little push.
Harrison Butker made a 45-yard field goal with 3 seconds left — after Cincinnati’s Joseph Ossai was flagged for a 15-yard penalty after bumping Mahomes after he was out of bounds — and the Chiefs beat the Bengals 23-20 beat the AFC Championship game. to make it back to the Super Bowl.
Kansas City will face the Philadelphia Eagles in the Super Bowl on February 12 in Glendale, Arizona.
The Eagles opened as a 1 1/2-point favorite, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
There’s no shortage of storylines: Kansas City coach Andy Reid goes up against his old team — which he led to Super Bowl 39 — in a game that also marks the first game of Black starting quarterbacks in the Super Bowl with Mahomes and Philadelphia’s Jalen Hurts.
Plus, there’s a brother-versus-brother showdown between Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce and Philadelphia center Jason Kelce.
“ Officially done being a Chiefs fan this season!! ” Jason Kelce tweeted immediately after the Chiefs won.
The Chiefs have made regular deep postseason runs since Mahomes came to town as the franchise quarterback.
It was their fifth straight trip to the AFC title game and will be their third Super Bowl appearance in that span. They beat the 49ers for the NFL title in the 2019 season, but lost to the Bucs the following season.
The Eagles beat the Niners 31-7 earlier on Sunday in the NFC title game. They have looked dominant in the playoffs so far and also beat the New York Giants 38-7 in the divisional round.
Philadelphia is back in the Super Bowl five years after beating the New England Patriots 41-33 on February 4, 2018.
Now, a mostly new generation of Eagles — led by coach Nick Sirianni and Hurts — will come to Arizona to try to win another title.
The Chiefs-Bengals game looked like it was going to overtime before Ossai’s ill-advised play. Mahomes — playing on a badly sprained ankle — ran for a first down in the final seconds as Ossai desperately tried to track him down.
Mahomes was out of bounds when Ossai gave him a push, sending both players tumbling to the turf. The subsequent penalty from 15 meters was enough to push Butker into the field and the kick divided the uprights.
A distraught Ossai sat on the bench with his head in his hands, long after the game was over.
The Bengals and Chiefs played for the fourth time in less than 400 days and Cincinnati had won the previous three meetings – all by three points. This one was also decided by a field goal, and all Burrow could do was watch.
The Bengals lost to the Rams in last year’s Super Bowl and they just missed another chance to return to the title game.
NO DRAMA IN NFC
Oddsmakers thought fans were in for some close conference championship games.
They will have to settle for a 50% success rate.
The NFC title game was a blowout. Niners rookie quarterback Brock Purdy was injured in the first quarter when Eagles linebacker Haason Reddick drilled his right arm on a play that was ruled a fumble. The Eagles recovered that fumble and the injury was a game changer.
With Purdy hurt, San Francisco turned to 36-year-old reliever Josh Johnson, who couldn’t do much before eventually leaving with a concussion. Purdy got back into the game but could barely throw, and the Eagles got the win.
The 49ers have dealt with quarterback injuries all season, losing Trey Lance and Jimmy Garoppolo before landing Purdy, a seventh-round draft pick out of Iowa State. Purdy stepped into a starting role in December and won his first seven games before Sunday’s injury.
Here are some things to know about the upcoming Super Bowl:
WHAT IS THE UPCOMING SUPPLEMENT?
Pro Bowl Flag Football Game, 3 p.m. EST, ABC/ESPN
Super Bowl LVII, Philadelphia Eagles vs. Kansas City Chiefs, 6:30 p.m. EST, Fox
RIHANNA HALF TIME
Rihanna will headline this year’s Super Bowl halftime show.
With sales of over 250 million records worldwide, Rihanna is one of the best-selling female artists of all time. Her most recent album was 2016’s “Anti”. Rihanna last performed publicly at the Grammy Awards in 2018.
The singer said she turned down a similar opportunity for the 2019 Super Bowl that ended up being headlined by Maroon 5. At the time, many artists expressed their support for Colin Kaepernick, the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback who protested police brutality against Black people and minorities by kneeling during the national anthem in 2016.
Country music star Chris Stapleton will sing the national anthem, while R&B legend Babyface will perform “America the Beautiful.”
PRO BOWL MAKEOVER
The Pro Bowl is getting a major overhaul this year after the NFL eliminated its full-contact all-star game and replaced it with weeklong skills competitions and a flag football game.
The flag football contest is Feb. 5 in Las Vegas at Allegiant Stadium, one week before the Super Bowl.
The Pro Bowl debuted in January 1951 in Los Angeles and remained there for 21 seasons before the game moved to different cities from 1972-80. Hawaii was hosted from 1980 to 2009, and the game has had several homes in the years since, including Miami, Phoenix, Orlando and Las Vegas.
“The game was pretty dumb, I guess,” Saints two-time Pro Bowl offensive lineman Ryan Ramczyk said in September when the news was announced. “Guys weren’t out there playing real football. Hopefully there will be a lot of interactions with the fans and guys will get their opportunity to go out there and show some skills. I could see that it was a good change.”
AP Entertainment writers Jake Coyle and Jonathan Landrum Jr. and AP Pro Football writer Rob Maaddi contributed to this story.
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