Super Bowl Keeps Fans on The Edge of Their Seats

Levi Tapia, Copy Editor

   The 2023 Super Bowl took place in State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona, on Feb. 13, 2023. When the Kansas City Chiefs and the Philadelphia Eagles faced off, this game was one of the most thrilling Super Bowls in years.

   The Super Bowl kicked off with the Eagles receiving the ball, and Jalen Hurts automatically ran in for a touchdown on the first drive. This would start a high-scoring game that came down to the last second. Patrick Mahomes stepped on the field and led the Chiefs to the end zone by throwing a perfect pass to Travis Kelce. Then, the Eagles went down the field and went three and out. Mahomes drove down the field to a field goal attempt before the end of the first quarter; then, the kicker for the Chiefs, Harrison Butker, proceeded to hit the goalpost and miss.

   The second quarter began with a perfect 45-yard touchdown pass by Jalen Hurts to star receiver A.J. Brown who fought through double coverage to take the lead 14-7. The Chiefs gained possession of the ball and went three and out. The Eagles received the ball, and Hurts dropped it; Nick Bolton picked up the fumble and ran to the endzone, tying the game 14-14. The Eagles gained possession and ran through the Chiefs’ defense, and scored easily with a run by Hurts. The Eagles went up 21-14 with two minutes left in the second quarter. Then, Mahomes received the ball and started the drive, where he ran out of the pocket and was tackled by Edwards, but in the process, he re-injured his ankle. Mahomes limped to the sideline, where he was examined by the training staff as he grinned in pain. The Eagles went down the field and kicked a field goal as time expired in the second quarter. The quarter closed with a 24-14 score; the Eagles expanded their lead by 10 points at halftime. 

   As the third quarter starts, the Chiefs receive the kickoff to start the second half. The Chiefs marched down the field, and Isaiah Pacheco ran in the endzone from the 1-yard line to bring the score to 24-21 Eagles. The Eagles received the ball and scored a field goal, bringing the score to 27-21.  

   In the fourth quarter, the Chiefs received the ball as Mahomes and JuJu Smith-Schuster had several connections on this drive, which ended with Kadaruis Toney having a walk-in touchdown from the 5-yard line. The Eagles went three and out again and then punted the ball to Toney, who returned the ball 65 yards to the 5-yard line, marking it as the longest punt return in Super Bowl history. The drive started, and the Chiefs scored easily on a 5-yard pass to Sky Moore to extend their lead to 35-27. 

   Hurts threw a 44-yard pass to a wide-open DeVonta Smith to set up at the 2-yard line. Hurts ran a QB sneak and scored his third touchdown. But the Eagles had to go for two points instead of one to avoid a tie since a Super Bowl can’t end in a tie. Hurts ran a designed run and scored to tie the game 35-35, with five minutes left in the 4th quarter. Afterward, the Chiefs went down the field and wasted all the time; but there was a holding call on James Bradberry that changed the outcome of the game. They set up the Chiefs inside the 10-yard line as they ran out the time and scored the game-winning field goal putting the final score at 38-35, as the Chiefs won their second Super Bowl in the past four years. Mahomes won Super Bowl MVP, the second one since his first Super Bowl win against the San Francisco 49ers in 2020.