Our Super Bowl LVI matchup is officially set, as Kansas City Chiefs And Philadelphia Eagles He will face NFL honors online on February 12. Both of these teams have distinguished themselves as the best in the league, and there are plenty of interesting subplots that come with this matchup.
This will be the first Super Bowl in which two brothers will face each other, captains Travis Kelce and Eagles center Jason Kelce. This is also the first Super Bowl game to feature two black starting quarterbacks. Andy Reid will become the fifth head coach to coach his former team to the Super Bowl, a feat that hasn’t happened since 2014.
What will this match come down to? Will the season end with Patrick Mahomes’ heroics or will the Eagles’ rushing attack rule the day? Below we break down five early bold predictions for Super Bowl LVII.
Mahomes had a postseason-high five sacks.
The Eagles and Chiefs went 1-2 in sacks during the regular season, with Philly recording 70 quarterback fumbles, and Kansas City recording 55. Teams that recorded at least 55 sacks in the regular season. Our bold prediction is that Mahomes will be sacked five times — which would be a career high for him after the playoffs.
In 2018, Mahomes was only sacked once Arizona Cardinals. In the first Super Bowl competition San Francisco 49ers, Mahomes was sacked four times. on Tampa Bay Buccaneers In Super Bowl LV — with a solid offensive line — Mahomes was sacked three times.
Teams have adopted different tactics to defend Mahomes. Some tried to blur him out, while others sat with two high security guards. Mahomes has had success with both. Either way, the Eagles were ranked No. 1 in pass-rushing this season, per PFF. Philadelphia will rely on his strength in the biggest game of the year.
Travis Kelce threw a touchdown
The Chiefs were a star tight end Definitely on one After winning the AFC Championship Cincinnati Bengals. “Burrowhead, my ass!” Our prediction is that Kelce will throw a touchdown in the red zone to Kadarius Toney — a little “special” against Philly, if you will. Kelce is a versatile red zone threat who can find gaps in zone coverage or take a shovel over the middle for a score. Expect creativity from Coach Reid in the red zone in Super Bowl LVII.
Kelce had just one try in the playoffs. That attempt went for a 2-yard touchdown Pittsburgh Steelers.
Jalen Hurts set a Super Bowl record.
This may be our least daring, as the Hearts seem poised to break one Super Bowl record in particular. The great Steve McNair holds the Super Bowl record for most rushing yards by a quarterback when he ran for 64 yards in Super Bowl XXXIV. Injuries hasn’t hit 64 rushing yards since Week 14, but we’d say he’ll reach 65 rushing yards in Super Bowl LVI.
Hurts averaged 50.7 rushing yards this season, just shy of his 2021 average of 52.3 rushing yards. His 760 rushing yards in the regular season ranks second among quarterbacks to reach the Super Bowl in 2014 behind Russell Wilson.
CJ Gardner-Johnson makes the case for Super Bowl MVP
The versatile defender is going to play a big role in the Super Bowl. Sedi Dus should have a hand in the game to defend Kells and as a flasher. The former Saint has only recorded four career tackles, but he’s the type of player who will force a turnover one way or another. We have seen against that New York Giants In the divisional round, the pressure on Daniel Jones forced him to throw the quarterback to James Bradbury. In the Super Bowl, Gardner-Johnson would record 1.5 sacks and an interception that would put him in the conversation for Super Bowl MVP.
Even though the game went to overtime, the Under beat
The Chiefs lead the AFC in scoring with 29.2 points per game this season, while the Eagles lead the NFC with 28.1 points per game. This is the seventh Super Bowl matchup between each conference’s top scoring offense. Interestingly, both teams have scored exactly 546 points this year, including the playoffs. Our bold prediction is that the Chiefs and Eagles will score the same score in regulation on Feb. 12, forcing the game into overtime.
This will be the second Super Bowl to go to overtime — the first, of course, being Super Bowl LI, which will be shown Atlanta Hawks 28-3 blowing the lead. While Philly and Kansas City will have more time to earn more points, it won’t help those holding tickets to the Overcity. The Under beats this game, with the final score 23-20, Eagles.