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SUPER BOWL LVII

EAGLES & CHIEFS, GAME ON!

Farm Stadium: Glendale, AZ

Sunday, February 12th, 2023, 630pm EST

They celebrated in muted tones for the rest of the night after whomping the San Francisco 49ers 31-7.

Cigars, yes. Champagne, no.

The Philadelphia Eagles aren’t finished yet, so taking that big step to Super Bowl LVII is an accomplishment they embrace, for sure, but they don’t feel they’ve crossed the finish line.

“I think when you have a team that genuinely expects to win, you understand the significance of this moment,” linebacker T.J. Edwards said in the haze of the Eagles’ locker room at Lincoln Financial Field on Sunday evening. “But we’re not satisfied with just getting there.

“Our goal, the one we talked about back in July and August when we started Training Camp, is to win the Super Bowl. So, we’re one win away.”

That was Sunday. Now it’s late in the week and the Eagles have taken care of all of their logistical needs for the trip to Arizona and Super Bowl LVII, where they will play the powerful Kansas City Chiefs, a team that went 14-3 in the regular season to earn the AFC’s No. 1 seed, and a roster that includes the best quarterback in the game, Patrick Mahomes, and the dominating All-Pro tight end Travis Kelce. Coached by Andy Reid, the Eagles’ head coach for 14 seasons, the Chiefs have been in three of the last four Super Bowls, winning in the 2019 season.

This is a matchup of the No. 1 seed in the NFC (Eagles) and the No. 1 seed in the AFC (Chiefs). That’s the way it’s supposed to be and, of course, the Eagles are embracing the idea of going up against such an established, outstanding team.

“Obviously they’ve been really good for a long time, great organization,” head coach Nick Sirianni said. “Coach Reid is a great coach, and Patrick Mahomes is one of the best players in the world, Travis Kelce, (Chiefs defensive tackle) Chris Jones. They have good players everywhere, and really good coaching.

We’re just in our early stages of studying them, having a couple weeks here. Really good team, obviously, as you would expect, as they’re in the Super Bowl.”

This is the second trip to the Super Bowl in five seasons for the Eagles (it is their fourth Super Bowl appearance overall) and no longer are they the underdogs, as they were in Super Bowl LII when Philadelphia shocked the world and upended Tom Brady and the New England Patriots. This Eagles team has it all – great talent and physical play at the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball, an elite quarterback in Jalen Hurts with best-of-the-best playmakers around him, a defense that takes the football away (three turnovers forced against San Francisco) and bludgeons quarterbacks with a relentless pass rush.

That’s why on February 12th in Glendale, AZ there’s a chance to make some sort of epic history: Yeah, you’re tuning in to see Rihanna at halftime, but that’s just an enticing extra to the incredible meal served before and after – the Eagles and the Chiefs are loaded in every area.

May the best team that day win.

“You have to play your very best football in games like these and we will be up to that challenge,” Eagles wide receiver A.J. Brown said. “We knew back in the summer we had a chance to be special. One more win and we are special. It’s nice to be in this position, but we’ve got more work to do.

“The Super Bowl is all that matters now.

One more win. That’s it. That’s the mission.”

Dave Spadaro
Dave Spadaro, Eagles Insider
www.PhiladelphiaEagles.com
@EaglesInsider #ItsAPhillyThing

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