Kelce Bowl


After preseason, regular season and playoffs, there is one game left in the season. This is a special game because it is the first Super Bowl where two brothers are facing each other. Who will win the big game? Who takes home the bragging rights? Literally takes home. 

“I believe the Eagles will win. They are a better-rounded and overall team, the Chiefs’ defense sucks,” junior Adarius Mitzelfelt said.

The Philadelphia Eagles have been one of, if not the best, teams the league has seen this season. Their big off-season moves such as trading for a new receiver AJ Brown have elevated young QB Jalen Hurtz to an MVP-caliber level of play. Rookies Jordan Davis, Nekobe Dean and free agent acquisition Haason Reddick have made their defense the first-ranked defense in the NFL. They have become the first team to have four different players have ten-plus sacks in a single season, with Reddick having the second most sacks in the league, with 17.5. The records don’t stop there. In a conference championship matchup versus the San Francisco 49ers, they broke the single-season team rushing touchdown record, 38, with a possibility of increasing, after three in the first half. Eagles center Jason Kelce and Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce will become the first pair of brothers to face off against each other in the Super Bowl.  They have been one of five teams to beat their divisional and conference-round opponents by more than twenty-one points, and the last four teams have all gone on to win the Super Bowl. This does not mean that the Eagles will win this game with ease. 

“I think the Chiefs will win the Super Bowl because last game they won without our starting receivers, our best corner and Travis Kelce and Mahomes were not 100%,” junior Hunter Schram said. “The Eagles look good but I don’t think they have the defense to cover our weapons completely, because we will mostly be healed.”

The Kansas City Chiefs have been surprising fans, teams and players over the course of the season. Expectations were lower than usual after they traded all-pro receiver Tyreek Hill to the Miami Dolphins. In a response to the hit to the receiving core, the Chiefs drafted rookie Sky Moore and signed free-agency acquisitions JuJu Smith-Schuster and Marquez Valdes-Scantling, as well as trading for Kadarius Toney from the New York Giants. This led Chiefs quarterback, Patrick Mahomes, to have an MVP-caliber season as well, throwing for the third most yards in a single season and having 45 combined touchdowns. He and Hurtz have both made the top three in the MVP competition. Travis Kelce, tight end, has racked up his seventh consecutive thousand-yard season. No tight end has had more than four, putting him fourth in all-time receiving yards. He and his brother, Jason Kelce, have become one of the best brother duos of all time in the NFL. Undrafted free agent running back, Isiah Pacheco, has been the one to wrap this offense together. Going into the season the one offensive position the Chiefs were thin at was running back. As a rookie, Pacheco rushed for 830 yards, five touchdowns and averaged 4.9 yards a carry, despite having to compete for the starting role with a former first-round pick, Clyde Edwards-Helaire. Defensively Chris Jones has been one of the best defensive linemen in the league, having a career year with 15.5 sacks, two forced fumbles and being in the final three for Defensive Player of the Year. Young talents such as Willie Gay, Nick Bolton and L’Jarius Sneed have brought this defense many good years to come. 

So the real question is who will win Super Bowl LVII? Vegas betting odds have the Eagles winning, but not by a large margin. Going into the playoffs this was considered one of the most leveled playing fields in recent memory. The storylines of this game also go deeper than the Kelce brothers. Chiefs Head Coach, Andy Reid, also coached the Eagles, leading them to five straight NFC championships. Eagles player Robert Quinn and Chiefs player Carlos Dunlap both went to high school together, as well as the Eagles’ AJ Brown and the Chiefs’ Willie Gay. People from all around the world will be tuning in to witness this one-of-a-kind match. For these young players, veterans and fans this is truly more than a game. It’s a brotherhood.