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The Kansas City Chiefs have made their third Super Bowl in four seasons by limping past the Cincinnati Bengals 23-20 in the AFC Championship Game. Key Kansas City offensive players were hobbling throughout the game. Including QB Patrick Mahomes and TE Travis Kelce. But a hobbling Mahomes could work enough magic to get the Chiefs into field goal position. And then Harrison Butker nailed a 45-yard field goal for the win. Gamblers are treated to numerous storylines for the Super Bowl. Among them is the Kansas City coach.
First, Chiefs head coach Andy Reid was formerly head coach of the Eagles. Reid had great success in Philadelphia but lost his only Super Bowl appearance. He was fired after the 2012 season but quickly caught on with the Chiefs. While in Kansas City, Reid has led a legacy franchise to its greatest era.
Also, there is the storyline of the Kelce brothers. Travis of Kansas City and C Kason of Philadelphia make for the first Super Bowl matchup of brothers.
Quarterbacks Jalen Hurts of the Eagles and Mahomes represent the new era of signal-callers. Both are mobile and improvise well. Additionally, each is a strong team leader who owns their teammates' respect. And neither QB was highly coveted out of college. Mahomes has the gaudier numbers. But Hurts continues to defy the experts that laughed at him becoming the Philadelphia QB.
The Eagles defeated the San Francisco 49ers 31-7 in the NFC championship game. It was no contest and a major factor in the Eagles' opening as a 2-point favorite over the Chiefs.
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NFL Super Bowl LVII Odds
|SUNDAY FEB 12 - STATE FARM STADIUM - GLENDALE - AZ
|Chiefs vs. Eagles (-1.5)
||Chiefs +105, Eagles -125
||6:30 PM (FOX)
*Odds as of Monday, February 6, 10:00 AM ET
Mahomes was forced to rely on his badly sprained right ankle rather than his strong right arm when the Chiefs were desperately driving with a chance to win the AFC championship. The All-Pro quarterback, missing three wide receivers to injuries and battered himself, took off on a third-down play near midfield in another gut-check game with the Bengals. Mahomes strained to reach the mark he needed and was headed out of bounds when he felt the hands of Joseph Ossai send him sprawling into the bench.
The mad dash and the 15-yard penalty for a late hit were all Kansas City needed.
Harrison Butker strode confidently onto the field, sent a 45-yard kick through cold, gusting wind over the crossbar with 3 seconds to go, and put the Chiefs back in the Super Bowl for the third time in four years.
It was payback for the AFC West champions, who had lost three straight to their newfound nemeses, including a three-point overtime loss to Cincinnati in last year's conference title game. All of those defeats were by three points. Now, the Chiefs are headed back to the big game.
Hurts had one of Philadelphia's four rushing touchdowns and the Eagles soared into the Super Bowl, forcing both of San Francisco's quarterbacks out of the game with injuries and beating the wounded 49ers.
The Eagles, who won the Super Bowl five years ago with a different coach and quarterback, will try to do it again behind the formidable duo of Hurts and coach Nick Sirianni. Philadelphia will play former Eagles coach Andy Reid's Kansas City Chiefs.
Hurts had a modest game by his standards after a season in which he was a finalist for MVP. He was 15-of-25 passing for 121 yards and ran for 39, improving to 16-1 as a starter this season. The Eagles lost two games that he missed with a sprained right shoulder.
Miles Sanders ran for two touchdowns, and linebacker Haason Reddick made the hit that forced 49ers rookie quarterback Brock Purdy out of the game with an elbow injury. Reddick also recovered a fumble by Purdy's replacement, Josh Johnson, who later suffered a concussion.
That forced Purdy back into the game. But his injury was a factor as the 49ers all but gave up on the passing game. Even while trailing by multiple scores. Purdy said he could not throw the ball more than 10 yards after his elbow got hurt.
San Francisco's bad luck at quarterback was finally too much to overcome as its 12-game win streak ended. The Niners lost Trey Lance and Jimmy Garoppolo to season-ending injuries, and Purdy - the final pick in April's draft - lost as a starter for the first time.
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