Super Bowl 57 Review
By Andrew Lavoie
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On February 12, 2023 Super Bowl 57 took place with the Eagles and Chiefs representing their conferences. Both teams were coming off big wins against formidable opponents in the Bengals and 49ers. Both conference championship games had some controversy, but all that mattered at the time this article was written was the Super Bowl.
First off, let's get into injuries on the defensive side of the ball. According to cbssports.com star chief's cornerback L’jarius Sneed had cleared concussion protocol and would most likely play on Sunday. Another Chiefs player, linebacker Willie Gay was questionable to play (shoulder) but in my opinion whether or not he played would not make a very big impact on the impact of the game. The last injured Chiefs player Defensive Tackle Tershawn Watson would not play Sunday (knee). However, like I said earlier, neither of the injured chiefs players, on the defense at least, would change anything.
Similar to the Chiefs, the Eagles did not have any injured defensive players that would make an impact on the game individually. Despite that, many of those injuries were to players on the defensive line, who, despite not being very successful individually, have made this Eagles defensive line a force to reckon with this season.
Now, onto the offensive side of the ball. The Chiefs had several key injuries to their wide receiver unit including Juju Smith-Schuster and Kadarius Toney, and both players were questionable to return while Mecole Hardman was on injured reverse and wouldn’t play Sunday. This may have been bad for the Chiefs as these are some of his favorite targets. However, I assumed that Toney would be cleared to play, and Patrick Mahomes still had star TE Travis Kelce to throw to. Not to mention, Patrick Mahomes's high ankle sprain which he would play on had been affecting his mobility in the last two playoff games.
On the Eagles offense, there were no major injuries except for a couple to the offensive line. Overall, I think the Eagles won the injury battle with limited injuries on both sides of the ball.
Onto to the overall performance of the teams. The Eagles had been very explosive, but so had the Chiefs. The Eagles may have had some struggles with one of their best units, the offensive line, due to injuries. As for the quarterbacks, both had been playing great and, in my opinion, it was up to the rest of the team to decide who wins. The defenses were both good, but the Chiefs have an edge because of the injuries to the Eagles offensive line and their overall play was better with veteran Chris Jones leading the way. In general, I thought that the Chiefs would win because of one, their overall ability, two, their experience on the big stage, and 3: Pat Mahomes's natural ability to finish plays no matter what.