Kansas City Chiefs Rally to Stun the Philadelphia Eagles


Commercials that feel more like comedy, a halftime show that never disappoints, and, of course, a hard-fought battle between the two best teams in the NFL; there is always something for everyone on Super Bowl Sunday. With the Kansas City Chiefs and the Philadelphia Eagles having each won a Super Bowl in the past five years, both teams were hungry to add a championship to their trophy shelves.

After a masterful rendition of the National Anthem from country star Chris Stapleton, the Chiefs won the coin toss and deferred to the Eagles, meaning the Eagles would start the game on offense. That was a big mistake. Eagles quarterback, Jalen Hurts, threw the ball to his arsenal of elite wide receivers and rushed for a couple of first downs. In the blink of an eye, the Eagles were one yard away from the endzone. Hurts, with the help of his offensive line, bulldozed into the endzone and the Eagles took an early 7-0 lead.

The Chiefs’ offense, led by the NFL’s regular season MVP, quarterback Patrick Mahomes, answered immediately. Exclusively utilizing the running game and tight end Travis Kelce, Mahomes led the Chiefs to the endzone in mere minutes. After a quick three-and-out from the Eagles, the Chiefs had a chance to take the lead. Although the Mahomes-led offense failed to reach the endzone, the Chiefs were in field goal range. The game remained tied at 7-7 after Chiefs’ kicker Harrison Butker was unable to put the ball through the goalposts.

The Eagles aimed to take advantage of their opponent’s missed opportunity. The Eagles marched down the field to close the opening quarter, and with the second quarter underway, Hurts took a shot downfield. As wide receiver A.J. Brown ran his route, Hurts slung a ball right into his lap. Brown leaped into the endzone and the Eagles regained the lead at 14-7.

After another empty possession from the Chiefs’ offense, the Eagles strived to take a double-digit lead. The Eagles, however, made their first mistake of the game. Hurts, being a lethal rushing quarterback, decided to run the ball. The ball slipped out of his hands, and the Chiefs’ defense collected the fumble, returning it for a touchdown. In this hyper-competitive contest, Hurts’ fumble could prove costly.

The implications of his previous fumble were clearly not on Hurts’ mind throughout the Eagles’ next possession. He methodically orchestrated an Eagles’ scoring drive. With his second rushing touchdown of the game, the Eagles took a 21-14 lead, but there were still over two minutes left for the Chiefs to tie the game before the end of the half. Instead of answering on offense, the Chiefs were left watching Mahomes limp off the field after being tackled. To make matters worse, the Eagles managed to add a field goal to their lead right before halftime. The Eagles headed to the locker room with a 24-14 lead over the Chiefs. 

There was concern about Mahomes after tweaking his ankle, but he relieved any worries from the Chiefs’ sideline as he masterfully shredded the Eagles’ defense. Using his arm, and legs, the Chiefs found the endzone again. After a much-needed touchdown, the Eagles’ lead was cut to 24-21.

The Chiefs’ defense finally earned a defensive stop, and Mahomes trotted onto the field looking to take the lead. Again, he showed his ankle was no problem and the Chiefs slowly moved down the field. After displaying his signature side-arm throws, Mahomes and the Chiefs’ offense scored another touchdown, giving them a 28-27 lead. If the past two touchdown drives did not alleviate your concern about Mahomes’ ankle tweak, he converted another scoring drive. This time, Chiefs’ coach Andy Reid showcased his skillful play-calling. Reid dialed up a slick play that left receiver Skyy Moore by himself as he walked into the endzone, enlarging the Chiefs’ lead to 35-27.

The Eagles were in a must-score situation, and the offense had plenty of time with nine minutes on the game clock. Hurts, in a year he generated MVP buzz, rose to the occasion. After a few short productive passes, Hurts fired a deep pass to receiver DeVonta Smith, which left the Eagles a few yards from tying the game. As he has done all year, Hurts ran the ball for the touchdown, but the Eagles were still a two-point conversion away from tying the game. Hurts did it himself again, muscling his way for the two-point conversion. The Eagles were thankful to tie the game, but there were still over five minutes for Mahomes to seal the deal. 

Running back, Isiah Pacheco, fueled the opening plays of the Chiefs’ drive, but the most significant play came from Mahomes. With an ankle that was clearly still bothering him, Mahomes tucked the ball in and rushed for a 25-yard gain. At that moment, it was certain Mahomes would will his team to victory. After a controversial holding call on Eagles’ cornerback James Bradberry, the Chiefs ran the clock down to 11 seconds for a game-winning field goal. Butker nailed the field goal, leaving the Eagles only eight seconds left for a potential last-second miracle. No such miracle occurred, and the Chiefs earned their second Super Bowl win in the last four years. 

In a highly contested battle, the Chiefs proved they were the top team in the NFL this year. With over 113 million viewers, the third most-watched Super Bowl ever, the mass public has labeled this championship game an instant classic. Not to mention, Rihanna reestablished her stardom in an electric half-time show performance. From the pre-game festivities to the final whistle, the Super Bowl delivered great theater to the largest audience of the year. Watch the highlights of the Super Bowl here.