What You Need to Know for Upcoming Super Bowl 2023

All the info for Sunday’s Big Game

Aiden Sweet, sandscript writer

This year’s Super Bowl will occur on Sunday, February 12 at 6:30 p.m. ET. on Fox. This event will be held at the State Farm Stadium, the home of the Arizona Cardinals in Glendale, Arizona. Playing in the Super Bowl will be the Philadelphia Eagles and Kansas City Chiefs. 

Now let’s dive into how these football teams marched their way into the 2023 Sunday Super Bowl. First, both of these teams earned the top seed in their conferences as well as a Round 1 Bye in the playoffs. Since then, Kansas City has defeated the Jacksonville Jaguars, and two weeks ago, beat the Cincinnati Bengals in a thrilling AFC Championship. The Eagles, on the other hand, crushed both of their opponents, the New York Giants and the San Francisco 49ers, where the Eagles scored a combined 65 points to their opponents’ 14.

One key storyline to watch out for, is the competition of two brothers. Jason and Travis Kelce, a center for the Eagles and tight end for the Chiefs, are brothers, and will be the first set of brothers to compete against each other in a Super Bowl. Talk about history! Mother and Father Kelce have an awfully tough decision to make this week. What’s more, both players are significant contributors to their respective teams, with Travis leading the Chiefs in receptions, and Jason as one of the top offensive lineman in the entire NFL.

In addition to the brothers Kelce, this will be the first Super Bowl to ever feature African American quarterbacks on both teams. Patrick Mahomes and Jalen Hurts, both MVP candidates this season, should take center stage in this clash of two extremely high powered offenses. Many will be taking note of the statistical battle between these two incredible talents at quarterback.

Speaking of those quarterbacks, watch out for those MVP candidates on both teams. The Eagles, led by Hurts, will look to keep their consistent ground game going this week, whether it’s through his legs, or running back Miles Sanders. Hurts though, can and will HURT (pun absolutely intended) the Chiefs secondary if they focus too much on stopping the run. On the season, Hurts has thrown for over 3,700 yards, with 22 touchdowns and only 6 interceptions. As previously mentioned, Hurts can also win games with his running abilities. The former Oklahoma Sooner (and Alabama Crimson Tide) can really duck and juke through the defense, and has done so this season incredibly effectively. To this point, Hurts has over 750 yards and 13 TDs on the ground this season. Look for him to feast on a Chiefs defense that had been fairly inconsistent until the playoffs rolled around.

For the Chiefs, look no further than Mahomes. Mahomes, a former Super Bowl champion and league MVP, is looking to win his second Super Bowl this Sunday. Previously, Mahomes and his Chiefs defeated the 49ers in Super Bowl LIV. This year Mahomes is up to his normal work, carving defenses with his field vision and extraordinary passing abilities. This season, Mahomes threw for 5,250 yards with 41 TDs and 12 interceptions this season. One of Mahomes’ unique abilities is his emphasis on hitting many receivers throughout the game, and really varying that up. This should be a game of epic proportions with two MVP candidates lining up at quarterback for these two teams.

While we here at the Sandscript wouldn’t recommend it, if you really want to take a trip to go see the Super Bowl it’s going to run you quite the pretty penny. Tickets and packages for traveling can be found at NFL’s hospitality provider and start at $4,972 per person, if there are even any left at this point. 

In terms of musical guests, Chris Stapleton will be kicking off the night with his rendition of the National Anthem. However, it’s the halftime show that fans are most excited for. After her seven year hiatus from performing, Rihanna will finally return this Sunday for a highly anticipated performance. While her set list and special guest list have not been released, fans can expect to hear many of her infamous hits in the 14-minute set time. 

Among the Chiefs and the Eagles, the talented rosters they have, the halftime, or pregame entertainment, every fan has something to look forward to this Sunday during Super Bowl LVII!