Chiefs, Eagles resume NFL’s least played rivalry in Super Bowl LVII


Super Bowl Week is a time to rejoice in the shared history of the teams playing in the NFL’s championship game, but in the case of the Kansas City Chiefs and the Philadelphia Eagles, there really isn’t much to talk about.

Sure, there’s the greatness of coach Andy Reid, who some argue — Hank Stram apologists notwithstanding — is the finest coach in the history of both teams. This game also marks the first time two brothers will play against each other in the Super Bowl, as Donna Kelce, mother of Jason Kelce of the Eagles and Travis Kelce of the Chiefs, will become the first person in history to tire of answering the question, “Which team are you rooting for?”

But coming up with compelling moments that occurred between the Chiefs and the Eagles on the football field is a daunting task. And that’s for a lack of trying on the team’s parts.

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Eagles and Chiefs record and history

Since the NFL-AFL merger in 1970 the Chiefs and the Eagles are the only teams that have been in the league every year who have not played each other at least 10 times. The Super Bowl will be their 10th game. These two teams have met only nine times in the regular season, and once went — wait for it — 20 years without playing each other (an explanation for that scheduling anomaly comes later).

The all-time record between the teams is about as close as it can be. The Chiefs have won five of the nine contests — including winning the last three — although the Eagles have outscored the Chiefs by a combined one point (219 to 218) in those nine games.

They first played two years after the merger in the sixth week of the 1972 season, when the NFC’s Eagles stunned the AFC’s Chiefs, 21-20, behind quarterback Pete Liske, who threw three first-half touchdown passes. The Eagles were winless entering the game. The Chiefs were perennial playoff contenders who were still trying to find their way around their shiny new field at the Harry S. Truman Sports Complex, losing for the third straight time in the first season of Arrowhead Stadium. They played their first game at Arrowhead on September 17, 1972, losing to the Miami Dolphins exactly 23 years to the day before Patrick Mahomes was born. The Chiefs finished 8-6 that year missing the playoffs and they wouldn’t return to the postseason until 1986.

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And that was it for 20 years. Stunningly, the Eagles and Chiefs didn’t play again until 1992. If you were born at the time of the first Eagles-Chiefs game in 1972, you might have been in college when you saw them play again.

They were supposed to play each other in 1977, but one game was removed from every team’s original schedule in order to find opponents for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Seattle Seahawks, who both joined the NFL that year.

One year later, the NFL scheduling process became more regimented, as the league went to the 16-game season. That also led to an innovation called the “fifth-place schedule.” With an odd number of teams in several divisions, a team that finished in fifth place was denied the crossover schedule that the top four teams in each division played the following year. In 1980, 1983, 1986, and 1989, when the AFC West teams played the NFC East teams, the Chiefs or Eagles always finished the previous year in fifth place and were not scheduled to play each other in a non-conference game. And because they never finished in fifth place at the same time, they didn’t get a fifth-place non-conference game either.

When the strangers finally collided again in 1992, the Philadelphia Inquirer called it “pro football’s least-contested rivalry.”

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They played in 1992, 1998, and 2001, before settling into the current four-year cycle. More recent games include the first time Reid coached against his former team in 2013, a 26-16 Chiefs victory. After that game, Reid — whose 130 regular season wins (and 140 overall) as the Eagles coach are the most in franchise history — told the Inquirer he was not sure how he was supposed to feel about the game. “I’m not sure exactly how I feel other than I’m glad we won the game,” he said. “It was different. I’m at the opposite end of the field that I’m normally at and looking at different things, but I wasn’t caught up in that part.”

The next game in 2017 was the first time both Kelce brothers played, and the game after that in 2021 was Mahomes’ only start against the Eagles.

The Chiefs won both of those games, too, giving Reid a 3-0 record against his former team. In the 2021 game, Mahomes threw five touchdown passes to lead Kansas City to a 42-30 victory.

Unique history on the line for Andy Reid

Mahomes is 1-0 in this, um, rivalry. Reid, however, is 6-0. The coach won three games against the Chiefs as the head coach of Philadelphia from 1999 to 2012. Two of those wins came against Chiefs coach Dick Vermeil, who led Philadelphia from 1976 to 1982 and is the third-winningest coach in Eagles history.

Vermeil is fourth among Chiefs coaches in total victories with 44. Marty Schottenheimer is third with 104 (including 101 in the regular season and three in the post). Then it gets interesting. Reid is second with 128 total wins including 11 in the playoffs. If the Chiefs win the Super Bowl, Reid will tie Hall of Famer Hank Stram with 129 career victories as Kansas City’s head coach. Stram won 124 regular season games and five post season games including Super Bowl IV against Minnesota in 1970 in his 15-year tenure with the team from 1960 to 1974.

Kelce vs Kelce ups the on-field intrigue

As for players, there hasn’t been much overlap between the rosters of the Chiefs and the Eagles. Significantly, former Eagles All-Pro LeSean McCoy spent a year with the Chiefs late in his career; and a pair of notable Eagles quarterbacks—Ron Jaworski and Nick Foles—spent one season with Kansas City. (Foles said he joined Kansas City to reunite with Reid, his former coach with the Eagles.) Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy finished his nine-year playing career with the Eagles in 1999.

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The on-field rivalry lags until you consider the upcoming brother vs. brother battle that interests many people this week. Eagles center Jason Kelce has played in the last three match-ups between the teams, but brother Travis, the Kansas City tight end didn’t appear in the 2013 game, only playing once during a rookie season spent mostly on injured reserve. The most popular Kelce this week could be their mother, Donna, who just might be interviewed more times than either player. Jason’s Eagles have lost all three times he has played the Chiefs. Maybe that’s why the custom Chiefs-Eagles combo jersey that Donna often wears has the Chiefs side in front.

City of Brotherly Love earns its name

Weirdly, this is the second time in the last year that a team from Philadelphia playing for the championship of its sport has had a player whose brother was a member of the opposing team. Nick Maton, a back-up utilityman for the Philadelphia Phillies, got one at bat in the 2022 World Series, lining out to third base as a pinch hitter in game two. That appearance was one more than his brother, Phil, who didn’t play in the Series as a member of the Houston Astros because of a broken finger in his pitching hand. Phil Maton broke the finger when punching a locker after a late-season game in which he gave up a hit to his younger brother.

Nick won the individual matchup between the Matons, but the Astros won the World Series and Phil got the ring.

Which leads to a ring story involving another time brothers were on opposing sidelines during a Super Bowl, brothers who also have a Pennsylvania connection. Way back in Super Bowl III in January 1969, Lou Michaels, a kicker for the Baltimore Colts, played against his brother, Walt, who was a defensive coach for the New York Jets. Walt and Lou grew up in Swoyersville, a coal-mining town in the Scranton area, about two hours north of Philadelphia.

Michaels missed two field goals in the Super Bowl, and considered himself one of the goats in the Colts 16-7 loss in the game in which Jets quarterback Joe Namath famously guaranteed that his team would win. More likely, it was the Colts offense, which was intercepted four times during the game that cost them victory.

Still, Michaels was inconsolable, telling the Washington Post that he was “disgusted” with his performance. Forty years later, he remained bothered by the defeat, and the last lines in his 2016 obituary in the New York Times explain why. “The sting of losing the big game never left him, Michaels told The Baltimore Sun in 2010. ‘People say, Forget about it,’ he said. ‘How do you do that when your brother has your Super Bowl ring?’”

After Super Bowl LVII, one of the Kelce’s will understand the feeling.

How can I watch and live stream Super Bowl 2023?

  • When: Sunday, February 12, 2023
  • Where: State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona
  • TV Channel: FOX
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Super Bowl squares 2023: Explanation, how to play, rules and printable template


Star quarterbacks Patrick Mahomes and Jalen Hurts are set to go head-to-head today, Super Bowl Sunday, when the Kansas City Chiefs take on the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl LVII.

Even if you’re home watching on the couch, you can still get in on the action by filling out your squares, which has become a Super Bowl tradition.

What are Super Bowl squares and what is the format?

A board features 10 rows and 10 columns, adding up to 100 squares total. One of the teams is assigned the rows, while the other team is assigned the columns.

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Each person in the pool then chooses one (or multiple) squares, depending on your pool’s rules. In some pools, squares are randomly assigned, while you may choose your own square in other pools.

After all the squares have been filled, numbers between zero and nine are randomly chosen for each row and column.

How do Super Bowl squares work? How do I win?

Each square has a corresponding row and column number. At the end of each quarter, the player whose two numbers match the end digits of each team’s point total will win.

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For example, if the score at the end of the first quarter is Chiefs 13, Eagles 7, the player whose box corresponds with “3” for Kansas City and “7” for Philadelphia would win.

Most pools pay out for the final score at the end of each quarter, for a total of four winners (1st quarter, halftime, 3rd quarter, final score). Some pools pay out for every score throughout the game.

Where can I find a template for Super Bowl squares?

NBC Sports has provided a template below, complete with a 10 by 10 grid. Fans can click here to print this template out to use for their Super Bowl squares.

How can I watch and live stream Super Bowl 2023?

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  • Where: State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona
  • TV Channel: FOX
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Marry Your Passion With Your Curiosity: Panelists Discuss Building Your Brand in Leadup to Super Bowl LVII


Fans in every color jersey of the rainbow internationally will tune into Super Bowl LVIII this Sunday. Ahead of the game, NBCU Academy partnered with PNE Showcase and Arizona State University to bring students and professionals an inside look at the people who color outside the lines for the National Football league.

The three powerhouses co-hosted the Building and Being Your Brand seminar in hopes of helping students and other national professionals identify their brand and the best ways to communicate the pillars of their brand to the masses.

There are just under 4,000 people employed by the NFL, which makes for hundreds of job paths within the league. As the panel began, NFL international marketing and player relations manager Emily Wirtz spoke about how her roots in Germany translated into the role she has now.

The first door opened for Wirtz in the NFL was as a digital video editor and producer. Wirtz transparently admitted she did not feel qualified for the job but with an extra push from her father, she decided to still go after the interview.

“My dad told me that even if I do not land the job, it will at least be good interview practice,” Wirtz said.

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Wirtz still thanks her father to this day. Her video supervisor learned she spoke German and instantly recommended her for a role within the NFL’s global expansion. She would go on to execute the first NFL game in Germany. Germany’s first official exposure to American football at the highest level sold out of millions of tickets in three minutes.

“When we are on the way to these international games in London, Germany and Mexico City, the NFL staff, we’re usually on a big bus or van,” Wirtz said. “In the van it’s about 40 of us and we’re literally trying to find a fan in one of the jerseys of all 32 teams. When we see someone we are like Chargers, Rams or whatever the team is! Every international game I’ve been to, all 5, we’ve been able to spot someone in each jersey.”

By showing up as her authentic self, Wirtz was able to leverage her job. All five of the panelists promoted a “helmet-off” approach to the game. This idea promotes getting to know the stories of the players to help advance the game.

Director of NFL college and club social marketing Sana Merchant-Rupani discussed taking on tasks that require you to grow. Before joining the league, Merchant-Rupani worked in digital marketing at Empire State Realty Trust. In the position, she was tasked with creating an Instagram presence for the company.

Merchant-Rupani had no experience with Instagram when taking on this task but it directly led her into her current role.

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“You have to marry your passion with your curiosity,” Merchant-Rupani said.

Senior manager of NFL game operations Karley Berry further emphasized Merchant-Rupani’s message by presenting the contrast. Berry posited that if a job is presented to someone and they check off all the job requirements, then the job is not for them.

The entire audience was initially confused by the statement but as Berry went on, she explained you must take a job that will offer you something new and will leave you with an extra skill you did not have going into the position.

Prior to stepping into the game operations realm, Berry took her first step into the football world when she was a recruiting assistant at Penn State University.

Growing up around Nittany Lion football her entire life, she knew the brand of the university’s football team. While in State College, PA, she challenged the recruitment staff to go after men with outstanding character.

“When we would go on home visits, I would make sure to pay attention,” Berry said. Berry wanted to be intentional with her tactics and believed the best players were those that were good people on and off the field.

Merchant-Rupani, Berry and Wirtz all used elements of their personal brand to succeed in their current spaces to get to their dream work destination. This message was passed on to the audience through painting their journey through experiences.

“We all know about Patrick Mahomes. There are other stories,” senior manager of NFL social marketing Jordan Dolbin said.

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Dolbin called on storytellers to push their limits. She wanted to ensure she was challenging audience members to go beneath the surface of the performers with the best stat numbers.

She brought up a story she came across during her Super Bowl preparation that was a “where are they now’ approach to telling the stories of all the players that caught interceptions against Maholmes in high school.

“Now, that is the story I will remember when this is all over,” Dolbin said.

Cincinnati Bengals special teamer Trayveon Williams added his experience to the panel, emphasizing exploring his other interests outside of football. He also commended today’s players for the tenacity in their approach to leaving a legacy outside of football.

The panel agreed collectively their main reason for taking time away from all the Super Bowl work obligations and festivities was to provide the representation they did not see while carving out their career paths.

NBCU Academy will be virtually hosting the Next Level Summit on March 22, 2023.

Author’s Note: Alexis Davis is currently in her last semesters in Walter Cronkite’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University. She received her bachelor’s from North Carolina A&T State University in multimedia journalism in May 2022. Davis is a featured writer for the MEAC conference. Davis also switches between play-by-play announcer, analyst and sideline reporter for the PAC-12 conference’s app. She also hosts a podcast focusing on international basketball players and their fashion experiences called What’s in Your Bag?