Kelce Brother Bowl, battle of the offenses; nonetheless, Super Bowl will excite 

At least one WSU alumni will walk away from Arizona with a ring 

BRANDON WILLMAN, Multimedia editor

The Super Bowl is set and the NFC Champion Philadelphia Eagles will clash against the champion of the AFC, the Kansas City Chiefs. The two teams will face off Feb. 12 in Glendale, Arizona, for bragging rights of the 103rd season of the NFL.

A lot of huge feats are playing out in the Super Bowl, most significant is the fact that this Super Bowl is the first to be played between two Black starting quarterbacks. Another huge feat is that it is the first one played by two brothers on different teams, Travis Kelce of the Chiefs and Jason Kelce of the Eagles.

Relevant in Pullman, both teams have WSU Cougars’ representation. Andre Dillard and Gardner Minshew play on the Eagles and Jaylen Watson has been making a name for himself on the Chiefs’ defense.

Watson has had the most significant impact of the three players in their team’s respective playoff push, as he has intercepted a pass in each of the last two games en route to the big dance.

Outside of the Cougs, the two teams are both extremely talented. They were the top seeds in their conference. Both are currently 14-3, they have the first (Chiefs) and third (Eagles) scoring offenses and the eagles even have the eighth-best defense in terms of points allowed.

Recently, many fans and players have been making jokes about the speculation that the NFL is rigged. One fan even pointed out that with the current Burger King You Rule campaign, the league is actively rigging the game for the Chiefs to win based on head coach Andy Reid’s intense infatuation with burgers.

With everything going into the Super Bowl, fans are expecting an absolute battle between the two best teams in the league, but, there may be a caveat.

Earlier this postseason, Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes sprained his ankle and it evidently hampered his play on the field. If he is not fully healthy for the big game, the Eagles may be in a position to dominate more than they are already expected to.

Despite the potential injuries, the game will most likely see heavy air-raid attacks from both teams and if the Eagles *Eagles’ -TD defense does not play up to expectations, it may quickly become a shootout for the ages.

As well as that, injury or not, Mahomes will most likely win the 2023 NFL MVP Award and his arm talent is not something that can be limited, even with a banged-up ankle. Luckily for the Eagles, their QB, Jalen Hurts, has also played tremendously well this season, enough to be named a finalist for the MVP Award alongside Mahomes.

The venue may also create some excitement for some fans, as Glendale, Arizona, has had some down-to-the-wire games in the last two times it hosted the Super Bowl.

“The last two Super Bowls played in the Phoenix area were two of the most thrilling games in recent history: the [New York] Giants’ win against the previously undefeated [New England] Patriots in Super Bowl XLII and the Patriots’ victory against the Seattle Seahawks off Malcolm Butler’s goal-line interception in Super Bowl XLIX,” wrote Jenny Vrentas, New York Times sports reporter.

No matter who fans are expecting to win or want to win, the game will be exciting to watch and it is a showcase of the two best teams in the NFL from the 2022 NFL season.

Super Bowl LVII will be played at 3:30 p.m., Feb. 12 in Glendale, Arizona. The game will be broadcasted nationally on FOX.