Chiefs and Eagles Advance to Super Bowl
Super Bowl 57 is set as the Kansas City Chiefs and Philadelphia Eagles won their respective conference championship games to square off against each other on February 12th in Glendale, Arizona.
Championship Sunday started off with somewhat of a disappointing game as the Eagles dominated the San Francisco 49ers in large part due to Brock Purdy suffering an elbow injury on San Francisco's first drive of the game. The rookie quarterback, who was having a tremendous season was hit before he could get off a pass that resulted in a fumble. The hit caused nerve damage to his throwing elbow, and he was forced to the bench basically ending any chance the 49ers had of winning this game.
Fourth string and lightly used backup, Josh Johnson was the only other available quarterback San Francisco had and it was clear that Johnson was in no shape to lead the offense. Having attempted only two passes all season, the Eagles defense dominated the game from that point on to cruise to a 31-7 victory.
The second game of the day was much better as the Chiefs and Bengals battled to the end in a tightly contested and entertaining game that lived up to the hype.
Meeting for the fourth time in the last 15 months in which Cincinnati won the previous three meetings, this game was decided by field goal once again.
With the game tied 20-20, a hobbled Patick Mahomes led Kansas City on a game winning drive in the final 30 seconds after the Chiefs defense stopped the Bengals deep in their own territory forcing a punt. The Chiefs got a big punt return from Sky Moore to set up his team at midfield.
On 3rd and 4, Mahomes who avoided running all game, scampered to the outside on his gimpy ankle to get as close as he could for a long Harrison Butker field goal attempt. The Chiefs were aided by a 15-yard penalty when Bengals linebacker Joseph Ossai hit Mahomes out of bounds and set up Butker for the 45-yard game winner to give the Chiefs their revenge with a 23-20 victory and sent them to their third Super Bowl in four years.
This year's Super Bowl will feature the NFL's top two offenses led by two dynamic quarterbacks who came into their respective games last week injured. Jalen Hurts who is suffering from a right shoulder injury moved gingerly in his game just as Mahomes did. Having nearly two weeks to rest should help both players and give fans an exciting championship game.
Philadelphia opened as a two-point favorite over Kansas City with a total of 49. There is certain to be some line movement in the upcoming weeks. It will be interesting to see which team the public backs at the betting window leading up to the ultimate showdown.
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