Super Bowl LVII
Super Bowl LVII logo.png
DateFebruary 12, 2023
Kickoff time4:30 p.m. MST (UTC-7)
StadiumState Farm Stadium, Glendale, Arizona
FavoriteEagles by 2[1]
RefereeCarl Cheffers[2]
Ceremonies
National anthemChris Stapleton
Halftime showRihanna
TV in the United States
NetworkFox
AnnouncersKevin Burkhardt (play-by-play)
Greg Olsen (analyst)
Erin Andrews and Tom Rinaldi (sideline reporters)
Mike Pereira (rules analyst)
Cost of 30-second commercial$7 million[3]
Radio in the United States
NetworkWestwood One
AnnouncersKevin Harlan (play-by-play)
Kurt Warner (analyst)
Laura Okmin and Mike Golic (sideline reporters)

Super Bowl LVII is the upcoming American football championship game of the National Football League (NFL) for the 2022 NFL season. It will be played between the American Football Conference (AFC) champion Kansas City Chiefs and the National Football Conference (NFC) champion Philadelphia Eagles. The game is scheduled to be played on Sunday, February 12, 2023, at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona with kickoff time at 4:30 p.m. MST (UTC-7).

It will be the fourth Super Bowl hosted by the Phoenix metropolitan area, with the most recent being Super Bowl XLIX in 2015, also held at State Farm Stadium (then called University of Phoenix Stadium).[4] The game will be televised nationally by Fox.[5] The halftime show will be headlined by Rihanna.[6]

Background

Host selection

State Farm Stadium, 2022

A new system was introduced to select hosting sites for the Super Bowl, which began with Super Bowl LVI. The previous process that allowed cities to submit bids for the hosting rights was discarded. Instead, the league unilaterally chooses a single hosting site for each game, not allowing other cities to bid; the chosen city then puts together a proposal that is voted upon at the league's owners' meetings.

Arizona was the first location chosen under this process; its proposal was accepted unanimously on May 23, 2018.[4]

The official logo was unveiled on February 14, 2022; it follows the updated logo template introduced by Super Bowl LVI, with imagery of a desert canyon and sky (the latter resembling Arizona's state flag) to reflect the landscapes of the host region.[7]

Calls for location change

In February 2022, over 200 liberal religious leaders, including Jesse Jackson and William Barber, petitioned NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to move Super Bowl LVII out of Arizona after they accused the Arizona legislature of enacting unnecessary voting restrictions in Arizona bills HB 1003, SB 1485, and SB 1819.[8][9] Arizona Democratic Party vice chair Brianna Westbrook also voiced her support to move the Super Bowl after the Arizona legislature passed S.B. 1138 and S.B. 1165, which restricts access to gender reassignment procedures from minors, and bans transgender girls, who were assigned male at birth, from playing on girls' sports teams.[10]

Teams

Kansas City Chiefs

Main article: 2022 Kansas City Chiefs season

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes.
Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes.

Kansas City finished the season with their tenth consecutive winning record under coach Andy Reid, going 14-3 and advancing to their third Super Bowl in the last four years with one-score wins over the Jacksonville Jaguars (Divisional Round) and Cincinnati Bengals (AFC Championship Game).

The Chiefs had to endure the loss of their star wide receiver Tyreek Hill, who was traded away in the offseason for draft picks, but it didn't stop them from finishing the year as the NFL's best offense, leading the league in yards (7,032) and points (496). Quarterback Patrick Mahomes made the pro bowl for the fifth consecutive season, leading the league with a career high 5,250 passing yards and 41 touchdowns, while throwing 12 interceptions. His passer rating of 105.2 was second highest in the league. He also rushed for 354 yards and four touchdowns. He set the NFL record for most total yards in a season by a quarterback (combined passing and rushing) with 5,608 (previously held by Drew Brees).[11] Pro Bowl tight end Travis Kelce was the leading receiver with 1,338 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns. The team also brought in a new pair of veteran receivers to help make up for the loss of Hill: Juju Smith-Schuster (933 yards and 3 touchdowns) and Marquez Valdes-Scantling (687 yards and 2 touchdowns). The Chiefs' running game was led by rookie Isiah Pacheco, who had been primarily a kick returner before he stepped into the leading role due to a midseason injury to starter Clyde Edwards-Helaire. Pacheco finished the season with 830 rushing yards and 5 touchdowns, while also adding another 130 receiving yards and 597 yards returning kickoffs. Running back Jerrick McKinnon added 803 yards from scrimmage and 10 touchdowns. Their offensive line featured three pro bowl selections: guard Joe Thuney, tackle Orlando Brown Jr., and center Creed Humphrey. Punter Tommy Townsend also made the pro bowl, ranking second in the NFL in yards per punt (50.4) and leading the league with a 45.4 net average.

Kansas City's defensive line featured pro bowl defensive tackle Chris Jones, who led the team with 15.5 sacks, along with defensive ends George Karlaftis (6 sacks, 7 pass deflections) and Frank Clark (5 sacks). Linebacker Nick Bolton led the team with 180 combined tackles, while also recording 2 sacks and 2 interceptions. The secondary was led by cornerback L'Jarius Sneed (3 interceptions, 108 tackles, 3 forced fumbles, 3.5 sacks) and safety Juan Thornhill (3 interceptions, 71 tackles).[12]

It will be Kansas City's fifth Super Bowl, following wins in Super Bowls IV and LIV, with losses in Super Bowls I and LV. The Chiefs also won the American Football League championship in 1962.

Philadelphia Eagles

Main article: 2022 Philadelphia Eagles season

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts.
Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts.

Under second year head coach Nick Sirianni, the Eagles started the season winning eight consecutive games before finishing the season tied for an NFL-best 14–3 record and advancing to the Super Bowl by easily defeating their two playoff opponents (the New York Giants in the Divisional Round, and the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Championship Game) with a combined score of 69–14. The team excelled on both sides of the ball, scoring 477 points (3rd in the NFL) while only allowing 344 (8th) and sending an NFL-best 8 players to the Pro Bowl.[13]

Pro Bowl quarterback Jalen Hurts led the offense, setting new career highs in his third season in completion percentage (66%), passing yards (3,701) and passing touchdowns (22), while throwing just six interceptions, giving a career high 101.5 passer rating, the fourth-best in the NFL. Hurts also rushed for 736 yards and 13 touchdowns, the second highest total in the league. Pro Bowl receiver A. J. Brown, traded from the Tennessee Titans during the 2022 NFL Draft, posted 1,496 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns, while second-year receiver DeVonta Smith added 1,196 yards and seven scores. Tight end Dallas Goedert was another reliable target with 702 yards and three touchdowns. Pro Bowl running back Miles Sanders ranked fifth in the NFL with 1,269 yards and 11 touchdowns, averaging 4.9 yards per carry. The team also sent three starting offensive linemen to the Pro Bowl: Guard Landon Dickerson, tackle Lane Johnson, and center Jason Kelce. Kicker Jake Elliott made 20 of 23 field goals (87%), including 5 of 6 from at least 50 yards.

Philadelphia's defense ranked second in the league in fewest yards allowed (5,125) and set an NFL record with four players who recorded at least ten sacks. The defensive line features defensive ends Josh Sweat and Brandon Graham, who each recorded 11 sacks, along with defensive tackles Fletcher Cox (7 sacks), Javon Hargrave (11 sacks), and Milton Williams (4 sacks). Pro Bowl linebacker Haason Reddick ranked second in the NFL with 16 sacks, while also forcing five fumbles and recovering three. Linebackers T. J. Edwards and Kyzir White each recorded over 100 combined tackles and broke up seven passes. In the secondary, safety C. J. Gardner-Johnson co-led the NFL with six interceptions, while Pro Bowl cornerback Darius Slay and All-Pro cornerback James Bradberry each had three.[14]

It will be Philadelphia's fourth Super Bowl, following a win in Super Bowl LII and losses in Super Bowls XV and XXXIX. The Eagles also won three pre-Super Bowl NFL championships in 1948, 1949, and 1960.

Playoffs

Main article: 2022–23 NFL playoffs

Notes

The game has informally been referred to as "The Andy Reid Bowl", as Chiefs head coach Andy Reid had previously served as the head coach of the Eagles from 1999 to 2012.[15][16] Reid became the fifth head coach to face his former team in the Super Bowl, joining Weeb Ewbank (Super Bowl III), Dan Reeves (XXXIII), Jon Gruden (XXXVII), and Pete Carroll (XLIX).[17]

The game has also been informally referred to as "The Kelce Bowl",[18][19][20] as this will mark the first Super Bowl to feature brothers playing against each other, specifically Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce and Eagles center Jason Kelce.[21] It will be the second Super Bowl with brothers being on opposing teams, after Super Bowl XLVII featured Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh defeating his younger brother, San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh.

This is the most recent Super Bowl contested between the number 1 seeds of both conferences since Super Bowl LII in the 2017 season (incidentally, the Eagles were the number 1 seed of the NFC in both the 2017 and 2022 seasons), when the Eagles defeated the New England Patriots.[22]

It will also be the first time in NFL history the Super Bowl is played between two black starting quarterbacks, namely Patrick Mahomes (Chiefs) and Jalen Hurts (Eagles).[23]

Broadcasting

Super Bowl LVII will be televised by Fox, and marks the final game to be broadcast under the current NFL television contract.[24] Fox will air the season premiere of Next Level Chef as its lead-out program.[25] The game will also be available via streaming on NFL+.[26] The game will be available in Spanish on Fox Deportes.[27]

This will be the first Super Bowl assignment for Fox's broadcast team of Kevin Burkhardt and Greg Olsen,[28] who replaced Joe Buck and Troy Aikman after they departed for ABC/ESPN and Monday Night Football.[29] Erin Andrews and Tom Rinaldi will be the sideline reporters and Mike Pereira will be the rules analyst.

International

Entertainment

Pregame

On January 24, 2023, American country singer Chris Stapleton was announced as the singer for the national anthem,[37][38] actress Sheryl Lee Ralph will perform "Lift Every Voice and Sing", and R & B singer Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds will sing "America the Beautiful". All three songs will also be translated on the field in American Sign Language.[39]

Halftime

On September 23, 2022, Apple Music was announced as the new naming rights sponsor of the Super Bowl halftime show, replacing Pepsi, which had sponsored the previous ten halftime shows.[6]

On September 25, Barbadian singer Rihanna was announced as the headliner of the halftime show. It will mark Rihanna's first live performance in over five years.[40][41]

Game summary

Box score

Kansas City Chiefs vs Philadelphia Eagles — Game summary
Period 1 2 34Total
Chiefs (AFC) 0 0 000
Eagles (NFC) 0 0 000

at State Farm Stadium, Glendale, Arizona

Scoring summary
Quarter Time Drive Team Scoring information Score
Plays Yards TOP KC PHI
"TOP" = time of possession. For other American football terms, see Glossary of American football. 0 0

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