The Kansas City Chiefs and the Philadelphia Eagles will represent the AFC and the NFC in Super Bowl LVII in Phoenix, Arizona.
Kansas City has been a perennial contender in the AFC for the better part of the last decade, making five consecutive AFC Championship game appearances and advancing to three Super Bowls.
The Chiefs earned the No. 1-seed in the AFC with a 13-4 regular season record. They defeated the Jacksonville Jaguars and the reigning AFC champion Cincinnati Bengals on a late field goal in the conference championship.
“That was obviously the biggest kick of my career,” kicker Harrison Butker said.
He went on to say: “It’s such a blessing to be able to play with this organization, with the Chiefs.” Feeling the impulse, he recalled playing five times in the AFC Championship Games with all home games and for the third time in the Super Bowl for the sixth season for him as a great opportunity. Happily, he said: It’s amazing and it’s a blessing and I’m just so happy with the momentum that we have now going into the Super Bowl.”
Philadelphia is a young team building off momentum. The Eagles found an identity partway through the 2021 season but lost to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the playoffs.
The Eagles’ front office used the offseason to add more talent to the roster with guys like Haason Reddick and AJ Brown, and the results have been remarkable.
Philadelphia won its first eight games of the season before a loss to the Washington Commanders and won the NFC East with a 14-3 record thanks to elite units on both sides of the ball.
Philadelphia boasts the second-ranked offense and eighth-ranked defense in the NFL.
The Eagles were the top seed in the NFC and beat the New York Giants and the San Francisco 49ers en route to the Super Bowl. While the offense gets plenty of attention, the defense stood out in the NFC Championship game against San Francisco.
The Philadelphia defense was all over the 49ers’ quarterbacks, injuring rookie sensation Brock Purdy to the point where San Francisco could not even attempt to throw the ball, as the Eagles held them to just 163 total yards and seven points.
“We’re one win away,” Eagles head coach Nick Sirianni told his team in the locker room after the victory. “We’re one win away from something that we’ve all dreamed about for a really long time.”
“I’m happy for them,” Chiefs head coach Andy Reid, who spent 14 seasons as the Eagles coach earlier in his career, said after the AFC Championship.
He also said: “I’m happy for the city. They’re passionate. They love football,” and full of positivity he expects an amazing game for the Kansas City vs. Philly clash and it will be a great Super Bowl overall.
Kansas City is appearing in its fifth Super Bowl and looking to win its third title. The Chiefs beat the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl LIV and won Super Bowl IV. They have also lost Super Bowls I and LV, their most recent appearance.
Philadelphia lost its first two trips to the Super Bowl but upset the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LII to win its first Super Bowl in franchise history.
That year, MVP candidate Carson Wentz was knocked out for the season, and backup Nick Foles came off the bench to lead his team to a championship.
Super Bowl LVII will be played at 5:30 pm CT on Sunday, February 12, at State Farm Stadium in Phoenix.
Ticket prices range from $5,738 to $45,360, with an average price of $9,927 through secondary ticket providers.