The 2023 Super Bowl was a true showcase of skill, athleticism, and determination as the Kansas City Chiefs took on the Philadelphia Eagles in what was an unforgettable game. Both teams gave it their all in a thrilling back-and-forth battle that had Super Bowl fans on the edge of their seats until the very end. In the end, it was the Chiefs who emerged victorious, with a final score of 38-35, in what was a fitting end to an exciting season of football. The Super Bowl once again lived up to its reputation as the biggest and best event in sports, and this year’s game was no exception.
Philadelphia took possession of the ball after Kansas City won the coin toss. Their opening drive covered 75 yards in 11 plays, with two runs for 12 yards by Jalen Hurts and four successful throws, the largest of which was a 23-yard connection to DeVonta Smith. Hurts scored the game’s first points with a 1-yard running touchdown after the Eagles converted a third down from within the Kansas City 5-yard line, and Jake Elliott made the extra goal. Kansas City replied with an 8-play, 75-yard drive highlighted by Isiah Pacheco’s 24-yard run. Patrick Mahomes also connected with Travis Kelce twice, the first for 20 yards and the second for an 18-yard touchdown throw to tie the game. After a pass interference call knocked them back early, Philadelphia’s second drive resulted in the game’s first three-and-out, and Arryn Siposs was sent on to punt. Kansas City was unable to capitalize, as multiple incompletions set up Harrison Butker’s 42-yard field goal, which struck the left upright. The Eagles began their next drive at their own 32-yard line, where they gained yards on two Hurts rushes and two Hurts throws, as well as a defensive offside penalty, before the first quarter concluded.
Philadelphia retook the lead on the first play of the second quarter with a 45-yard throw from Hurts to A. J. Brown. The Chiefs were unable to recover from a yardage loss on the first play of their second drive, and as a result of their first three-and-out, they punted. Hurts fumbled after gaining nine yards on a throw and a rush by Kenneth Gainwell, and the ball was recovered by linebacker Nick Bolton, who returned it 36 yards for a score. Hurts led the Eagles back to tie the game, first rushing for 14 yards and then completing a 4th and 5 with a 28-yard scamper to the Chiefs’ 16-yard line. Hurts completed the 71-yard drive with a 4-yard touchdown run, bringing the score to 21-14. The Chiefs started their next drive effectively, earning a first down on two plays before the two-minute warning, but they stalled and punted with 1:33 left in the half. Mahomes worsened a high ankle sprain he experienced earlier in the season on this drive, but the Chiefs did not play any offensive plays without him. Return specialist Britain Covey returned the kick 27 yards to his own 43-yard line, which helped put the Eagles in field goal range, along with a 22-yard throw from Hurts to Brown at the conclusion of the ensuing drive. Elliott made a 35-yard field goal to extend Philadelphia’s lead to ten points at halftime.
Kansas City took the ball to start the second half and marched 75 yards in 12 plays, with Mahomes completing all three of his throws for 26 yards and running for 14 yards before Pacheco’s 1-yard touchdown run trimmed the margin to three points. Hurts threw two 17-yard throws to tight end Dallas Goedert, one of which converted a third-and-14. The Eagles were forced to settle for a 33-yard field goal try, which Elliott completed with 1:48 left in the third quarter, after the Kansas City defense stopped the drive at their own 15-yard line. To conclude the third quarter, the Chiefs gained 31 yards on their next four plays, including two Pacheco runs that reached the Philadelphia 44-yard line.
After the quarter break, Mahomes threw three throws to JuJu Smith-Schuster for a total of 38 yards and finished the Chiefs’ 9-play drive with a 5-yard pass to Kadarius Toney, giving the Chiefs their first lead of the game, 28-27. The Chiefs continued their strong play by forcing a three-and-out from the Eagles, and Toney returned the Siposs punt for 65 yards, pushing the ball to the Eagles’ 5-yard line and setting a Super Bowl record for the biggest punt return. Kansas City extended their advantage to eight points with a 4-yard throw from Mahomes to Skyy Moore, and Butker’s added point. Philadelphia used four of the remaining nine and a half minutes on their next drive, which lasted eight plays and concluded in a 45-yard throw to Smith, which set up Hurts’ 2-yard touchdown run on the next play. Hurts’ two-point conversion run knotted the game at 35 points each with 5:15 remaining. Three rushes by Pacheco for 15 yards and two completions by Mahomes for 17 yards brought the ball to the Eagles’ 47-yard line on Kansas City’s following possession. Mahomes went off for a 26-yard run on the following play, giving the Chiefs a first down on Philadelphia’s 17-yard line. Pacheco’s 2-yard run brought the time down to the 2-minute warning. After that, an incomplete pass set up 3rd and 8. On the following play, Mahomes threw an incomplete throw, but Kansas City got a first down after James Bradberry was penalized for holding—a judgment that drew considerable criticism but was supported by Bradberry himself—and McKinnon raced to the Chiefs 2-yard line with 1:36 remaining. The Chiefs finished the drive by kneeling twice and hitting a 27-yard field goal with eight seconds remaining. Hurts’ Hail Mary pass with six seconds left went short, thereby ending the game.
Mahomes was voted Super Bowl MVP after completing 21 of 27 pass attempts for 182 yards and three touchdowns. He also gained 44 yards on the ground. Pacheco led the game in rushing with 15 carries for 76 yards and a touchdown. Bolton finished with eight solo tackles, one assist, and a fumble return touchdown. Hurts ended the day 28/38 for 304 yards and a score, as well as 15 times for 70 yards and three touchdowns. He broke the Super Bowl record for running yards and touchdowns by a quarterback, while also tying the record most rushing touchdowns and points scored (20). Smith was his best target, with seven receptions and 100 yards, while Brown had six catches for 96 yards and a touchdown.
In conclusion, Super Bowl 57 was a game that will be remembered for years to come. From the high-scoring affair to the nail-biting finishes, this year’s Super Bowl had it all. The Kansas City Chiefs proved once again why they are one of the best teams in the NFL, with quarterback Patrick Mahomes leading the way with his late-game heroics. The Philadelphia Eagles put up a strong fight, and their determination and skill was evident throughout the game. Whether you were a fan of the Chiefs, the Eagles, or simply a fan of the sport, Super Bowl 57 was a must-watch event that did not disappoint. It was a fitting end to an exciting season of football, and fans can now look forward to next year’s game with anticipation.