Super Bowl LVII is officially set! And if the regular season is any indication, it will be a matchup for the ages.
The Kansas City Chiefs defeated the Cincinnati Bengals 23-20 on Sunday night at Arrowhead Stadium in the AFC Championship game, earning the right to play the Philadelphia Eagles in the big game on February 12.
Kansas City led 6-0 after converting two field goals and quarterback Patrick Mahomes found tight end Travis Kelce for a touchdown to take a 13-6 lead going into halftime. The Bengals outscored Kansas City 14-7 in the second half to go into the fourth quarter tied at 20-20.
The Chiefs drove down the field in the final seconds when a scrambling Mahomes was shoved out of bounds by Cincinnati defensive end Joseph Ossai, who was called for a 15-yard unnecessary roughness penalty, setting up the game-winning 45-yard field goal by Harrison Butker.
“I was with this team, man. We played together. I said it from the beginning, when we were in the locker room, I said we gotta be together and this team stepped up. It’s a great football team and we showed this place that it’s Arrowhead, it’s not Burrowhead out here,” Mahomes said after the game.
Earlier in the day, the Eagles routed the San Francisco 49ers 31-7 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia to punch their ticket to the Super Bowl for the first time since 2018. The Eagles took an early 7-0 lead and used their defense to rough up 49ers quarterback Brock Purdy. Fourth string quarterback Josh Johnson entered the game for the injured Purdy before leaving the game with a concussion.
Purdy re-entered the game but San Francisco struggled to gain any momentum to get their offense going.
“We’ve got new moments,” Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts said. “New moments and new times.”