By Tiffany Williams –
The Philadelphia Eagles are gearing up for a Super Sunday matchup with the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LVII. Both franchises will meet at State Farm Stadium in Arizona.
For the Eagles, this is their fourth ever Super Bowl appearance, having previously done so in 1980, 2004 and 2017 when the Eagles defeated New England, 41-33.
As my colleague Stephen Ur III mentioned on Monday Night Sports Talk, this matchup features two MVP finalists in Jalen Hurts and Patrick Mahomes and represents the first ever Super Bowl featuring two Black starting QBs. Hurts is aiming to become the fourth Black QB to win a Super Bowl.
In the regular season, Jalen Hurts became the fourth NFL QB since 2000 to lead his team to 14+ wins while posting 35+ total TDs and 8-or-fewer giveaways. He also tied the single-season team record with 35 total TDs, including 13 rushing TDs.
In Week four of 2021 vs. Kansas City, Hurts threw for a career-high 387 yards, 2 TDs, 0 INTs and a 105.1 passer rating on 32-of-48 passing.
Following victories over New York and San Francisco in the Wild Card Round and NFC Championship Game, Philadelphia became the first team in NFL history to score 31+ points while allowing 7-or-fewer points multiple times in the same postseason. In the NFC Championship Game vs. San Francisco, the Eagles rushed for 148 yards and a franchise-playoff-record 4 TDs. It was the first time the 49ers had allowed 4 rushing TDs in a single game in more than six years.
The Eagles arrived in Arizona on Sunday. Both Monday and Tuesday, players met with the media. On Wednesday the Eagles had their first practice session since arriving in Arizona and head coach Nick Sirianni was trying to keep things as normal as possible for his team.
All 53 players on the active roster participated in Wednesday’s practice session including cornerback Avonte Maddox, who missed time late in the regular-season with a toe injury.
Wednesday’s session was heavy on individual and position drills, and included a brief ones vs. ones situational period at the end of practice.
On Thursday, the eagles will be back out for another practice session and while players will not be in pads, it will be another day of serious work to prepare for what Sirianni expects to be a physical game against the Chiefs.