Philadelphia Eagles QB Jalen Hurts (1) is pushed by San Francisco 49ers S Talanoa Hufanga (29) throughout NFC Championship sport between the Eagles and 49ers AP Photograph/Matt Slocum
By David Brandt
Patrick Mahomes lastly received the perfect of Joe Burrow.
All he wanted was a bit of shove.
Harrison Butker made a 45-yard discipline objective with 3 seconds left — after Cincinnati’s Joseph Ossai was flagged for a 15-yard penalty for shoving Mahomes after he was out of bounds — and the Chiefs beat the Bengals 23-20 in the AFC championship game to make it again to the Tremendous Bowl.
Kansas Metropolis will face the Philadelphia Eagles within the Tremendous Bowl on Feb. 12 in Glendale, Arizona.
The Eagles opened as a 1 1/2-point favourite, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
There are not any scarcity of storylines: Kansas Metropolis coach Andy Reid goes towards his previous crew — which he led to Tremendous Bowl 39 — in a sport that’s additionally the primary matchup of Black beginning quarterbacks within the Tremendous Bowl with Mahomes and Philadelphia’s Jalen Hurts.
On high of that, there’s a brother-against-brother showdown between Chiefs tight finish Travis Kelce and Philadelphia heart Jason Kelce.
“ Officially done being a Chiefs fan this season!! ” Jason Kelce tweeted instantly after the Chiefs gained.
The Chiefs have been making deep postseason runs frequently ever since Mahomes got here to city because the franchise quarterback.
This was their fifth straight journey to the AFC title sport and will likely be their third Tremendous Bowl look in that span. They beat the 49ers for the NFL title within the 2019 season, however misplaced to the Bucs the next season.
The Eagles clobbered the Niners 31-7 in the NFC title game earlier Sunday. They’ve regarded dominant within the playoffs to this point, additionally beating the New York Giants 38-7 within the divisional spherical.
Philadelphia is again within the Tremendous Bowl 5 years after beating the New England Patriots 41-33 on Feb. 4, 2018.
Now a largely new era of Eagles — led by coach Nick Sirianni and Hurts — will come to Arizona to attempt to win one other title.
The Chiefs-Bengals sport regarded as if it was going to time beyond regulation earlier than Ossai’s ill-advised play. Mahomes — who was taking part in on a badly sprained ankle — was operating to get a primary down within the ultimate seconds as Ossai desperately tried to trace him down.
Mahomes was out of bounds when Ossai gave him a shove, sending each gamers tumbling to the turf. The following 15-yard penalty was sufficient to push Butker into field-goal vary and the kick cut up the uprights.
A distraught Ossai sat on the bench together with his head in his palms, properly after the sport was over.
The Bengals and Chiefs had been taking part in for the fourth time in lower than 400 days and Cincinnati had gained the earlier three conferences — all by three factors. This one was determined by a discipline objective, too, and all Burrow might do was watch.
The Bengals misplaced to the Rams in final yr’s Tremendous Bowl and so they simply missed one other likelihood at returning to the title sport.
NO DRAMA IN NFC
Oddsmakers thought followers had been in for some shut convention championship video games.
They’ll must accept a 50% success price.
The NFC title sport was a blowout. Niners rookie quarterback Brock Purdy was injured within the first quarter when Eagles linebacker Haason Reddick drilled his proper arm on a play that was dominated a fumble. The Eagles recovered that fumble and the harm proved to be a game-changer.
With Purdy harm, San Francisco turned to 36-year-old journeyman Josh Johnson, who couldn’t do a lot earlier than ultimately leaving with a concussion. Purdy got here again into the sport, however might barely throw, and the Eagles cruised to the win.
The 49ers handled quarterback accidents all season, dropping Trey Lance and Jimmy Garoppolo earlier than turning to Purdy, a seventh-round draft pick of Iowa State. Purdy stepped right into a starter’s function in December and gained his first seven video games earlier than Sunday’s harm.
Right here’s just a few issues to know in regards to the upcoming Tremendous Bowl:
WHAT’S THE UPCOMING SCHEDULE?
Professional Bowl flag-football sport, 3 p.m. EST, ABC/ESPN
Tremendous Bowl LVII, Philadelphia Eagles vs. Kansas Metropolis Chiefs, 6:30 p.m. EST, Fox
RIHANNA AT HALFTIME
Rihanna will take heart stage because the headline act for this yr’s Tremendous Bowl halftime present.
With gross sales of greater than 250 million data worldwide, Rihanna ranks as one of many best-selling feminine artists ever. Her most up-to-date album was 2016′s “Anti.” Rihanna final carried out publicly on the Grammy Awards in 2018.
The singer stated she turned down the same alternative for the 2019 Tremendous Bowl that was finally headlined by Maroon 5. On the time, many artists voiced help for Colin Kaepernick, the previous San Francisco 49ers quarterback who protested police brutality towards Black folks and minorities by kneeling through the nationwide anthem in 2016.
Nation music star Chris Stapleton will sing the nationwide anthem, whereas R&B legend Babyface will carry out “America the Lovely.”
PRO BOWL MAKEOVER
The Professional Bowl is getting a major makeover this year after the NFL eradicated its full-contact all-star sport and changed it with weeklong abilities competitions and a flag soccer sport.
The flag soccer contest is Feb. 5 in Las Vegas at Allegiant Stadium, one week earlier than the Tremendous Bowl.
The Professional Bowl debuted in January 1951 in Los Angeles and stayed there for 21 seasons earlier than the sport moved to completely different cities from 1972-80. Hawaii hosted from 1980-2009, and the sport has had a number of properties within the years since, together with Miami, Phoenix, Orlando and Las Vegas.
“The sport was type of foolish, I suppose,” Saints two-time Professional Bowl offensive lineman Ryan Ramczyk stated again in September when the information was introduced. “Guys weren’t on the market taking part in true soccer. Hopefully, there’ll be a variety of interactions with the followers and guys will get their alternative to go on the market and present some abilities. I might see that being a great change.”
AP Leisure Writers Jake Coyle and Jonathan Landrum Jr. and AP Professional Soccer Author Rob Maaddi contributed to this story.