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Connor McPicks: Chiefs Prevail in a Toss-Up


Connor McCaughey, Staff Writer

It’s that time of year folks; the long-awaited McPicks for the big game. Well, in last year’s case, the picks were “McWrong.” I’m hoping for better luck this time.

Super Bowl LVII, or otherwise known as the “Kelce Bowl” or the “Reid Bowl,” features the Kansas City Chiefs (16-3) and the Philadelphia Eagles (16-3), which both finished the regular season as the No.1 seeds in their conference before winning their conference titles respectively. The Chiefs return to the Super Bowl after just a one year absence, and it’s the Eagles first time in the big game since 2017. 

Despite some preseason hesitancy from the experts, the Chiefs haven’t missed a beat in the absence of Tyreek Hill. I think it’s just a representation of how good quarterback Patrick Mahomes is; he can throw to anyone. If Mahomes’ ankle was bothering him in the AFC Championship game, it definitely wasn’t noticeable as he played lights out … again. If the Chiefs pull through next Sunday, it will be even more meaningful than their 2019 championship because of all the challenges and adversity they faced. Especially considering they had to take down Joe Burrow and the Cincinnati Bengals after coming up short in the previous three matchups. It seemed as though the Joe Burrow rave had caused people to forget about Mahomes.

We shouldn’t underestimate the Eagles. After all, they are the favorites by a narrow margin. Eagles coach Nick Srianni has led this team to the biggest stage for the first time since their win over the Patriots in Super Bowl XII. Jalen Hurts has played a large part in getting the team to where they are today. He showed some flashes towards the end of last season, but has truly raised his game to the next level this year establishing himself as an elite MVP candidate. 

It’s not a mistake that these two teams will meet in Arizona. They are the best of the best. That’s why it’s so hard to pick a winner. Though, what would be the point in writing all of this if I didn’t? My gut tells me this year to go with the Chiefs. Hurts showed some struggles in the big games during his time at Alabama, which makes me hesitant to side with Philly. Mahomes, however, has shown he can do it once already. And yes, I haven’t forgotten about their awful Super Bowl LX loss the very next year. In fact, I think it will play to their benefit; the Chiefs will refuse to let a loss like that happen again. Kansas City is out for revenge.

I’m taking Pat Mahomes and the Chiefs in a close one, final score being 26-22.

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