The Super Bowl is officially set: the Kansas City Chiefs will face the Philadelphia Eagles in a few days to see who will win the Lombardi Trophy. One of these two teams will win their second Lombardi Trophy in the last six seasons.
The Chiefs clinched their ticket to Arizona by beating the Bengals 23-20 in a thrilling AFC Championship game. The game wasn’t decided until Harrison Butker hit a 45-yard field goal with just three seconds left. The Chiefs are now heading to the Super Bowl for the third time in four years.
The Chiefs will face an Eagles team that qualified for the Super Bowl after outscoring the 49ers 31-7 in the NFC Championship Game. The Eagles didn’t even rack up 300 total rushing yards against San Francisco, but they forced three turnovers, which led to 14 points.
Super Bowl LVII will mark Philadelphia’s fourth trip to the big game. In 2017, the Eagles beat the Patriots 41-33 in Super Bowl Super LII. They also played in Super Bowls XV and XXXIX, both of which were lost. This will be the fifth Super Bowl trip for the Chiefs, who have gone 2-2 in their previous four appearances.
With that in mind, here’s an overview of the entire playoff schedule and bracket.
Super Bowl LVII
February 12 (State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona)
Chiefs vs. Eagles, 6:30 p.m. ET (Fox, stream on fuboTV). This bigger story at the start of this game will revolve around Andy Reid. The Chiefs coach spent the first 14 seasons of his coaching career in Philadelphia before being fired in 2012. Reid was then hired by the Chiefs in 2013, and now, in his 10th season, he will get the chance to get revenge on his old team. Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce will also get the chance to face his brother, Eagles center Jason Kelce. The Eagles have been the best team in the NFL all season, but the Chiefs definitely have the talent to beat them.
Here’s a turn-by-turn look at how we got to Super Bowl LVII.
Super Wild Card Weekend
Saturday January 14
- (2) 49ers 41-23 over (7) Seahawks. The 49ers got a brief scare from the Seahawks one day when Seattle took a 17-16 halftime lead. But in the second half, San Francisco opened the game with a dominating performance. Brock Purdy threw for 332 yards while also becoming the first rookie in NFL history to total four touchdowns in a playoff game. (Purdy finished with three passing touchdowns and one rushing score).
- (4) 31-30 Jaguars on (5) loaders. The Jaguars won that game with one of the greatest comebacks in NFL history. The Jags fell behind, 27-0, early in the game largely due to four interceptions from Trevor Lawrence, but they bounced back to claim the stunning victory, thanks in large part to Lawrence, who threw four assists from hit.
Sunday January 15
- (2) Bills 34-31 on (7) Dolphins. The Dolphins entered this game as the biggest underdog in wild-round (+14) history and despite those odds, they still managed to scare the Bills. In the end, the Bills managed to avoid an upset thanks to Josh Allen (352 passing yards, three touchdowns) and a defense that offered several big plays, including two turnovers, four sacks and a fourth save that froze the game with only 2:30 to play.
- (6) Giants 31-24 against (3) Vikings. New York managed to upset Minnesota with a historic performance from Daniel Jones, who became the FIRST QB in NFL playoff history to throw at least 300 and two touchdowns while adding at least 70 rushing yards . Not only did Jones throw for 301 yards, but he was also the game’s leading rusher with 78 yards on 17 carries. The win over Minnesota marked the Giants’ first playoff win since beating the Patriots in Super Bowl XLVI in February 2012.
- (3) Bengals 24-17 vs. (6) Ravens. The Ravens had Cincinnati on the ropes for most of this game, but the Bengals were able to escape with a victory thanks to their defense, which made one of the biggest plays in the history of the playoffs of the NFL. With the Ravens at the Cincinnati yard line, Tyler Huntley fumbled and Sam Hubbard returned that 98-yard fumble for what ended up being the game-winning touchdown.
Monday January 16
- (5) Cowboys 31-14 against (4) Buccaneers. The Cowboys dominated that game from start to finish, and a big reason that happened was because of Dak Prescott, who had a historic big night. The Cowboys QB set a franchise record with five total touchdowns (four assists, one rush) while throwing for 305 yards. The only Cowboys player who struggled in that game was kicker Brett Maher, who missed an NFL record four extra runs. The Cowboys will now have to decide if they want to keep him for Sunday’s game in San Francisco.
Saturday January 21
- (1) Chiefs 27-20 over (4) Jaguars. After leaving the game in the second quarter with a serious ankle injury, Patrick Mahomes returned in the second half to lead the Chiefs to victory. Playing on one foot didn’t seem to slow him down as he completed 10 of 15 passes for 107 yards after suffering the injury. The Chiefs defense also pulled off two key turnovers in the fourth quarter to help propel Kansas City to its fifth straight AFC title game.
- (1) Eagles 38-7 against (6) Giants. The Eagles took a 28-0 halftime lead and then took the win from there. The Eagles pulled off the dominating victory with a defense that racked up five sacks and a rushing offense that totaled 268 rushing yards. Jalen Hurts also had a big night, and more importantly, his shoulder looked perfectly healthy as he tallied three touchdowns (two passing and one rushing).
Sunday January 22
- (3) Bengals 27-10 over (2) Bills. The Bengals offense put up big numbers, but it was the defense that stole the show in this game. The Bengals limited the Bills to just 10 points, which was Buffalo’s lowest total of the season. Cincinnati’s offense also culminated in a big game that included 242 yards and two touchdowns from Joe Burrow as well as 105 rushing yards from Joe Mixon.
- (2) 49ers 19-12 more (5) Cowboys. The 49ers earned their second straight trip to the NFC Championship by winning a defensive battle with the Cowboys. The 49ers knocked out Dak Prescott twice and got six points on those turnovers, and that turned out to be the difference in the game. Robbie Gould proved to be a huge weapon for the 49ers, scoring 13 of their 19 points with four field goals and an extra point.
- (1) Eagles 31-7 over (2) 49ers. The 49ers were already at their third-string quarterback heading into this game, then they lost two more with Brock Purdy (elbow) and Josh Johnson (concussion) both down. Although Purdy eventually came back, he couldn’t get the ball going, which made the win easy for the Eagles, who never looked back after taking a 21-7 halftime lead.
- (1) Chiefs 23-20 over (3) Bengals. The Chiefs defense spent four quarters beating Joe Burrow. Not only has the Bengals quarterback been sacked five times, he also threw two interceptions. The Chiefs’ offense wasn’t flashy, but the hampered Patrick Mahomes made a key 5-yard run in the dying seconds that allowed Harrison Butker to score a field goal. The Chiefs quickly took a 6-0 lead and never trailed during their victory.