The AFC champion Kansas City Chiefs set up a mouth-watering clash against the NFC champion Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl 57 on Feb. 12 in Glendale, Ariz.
In terms of the betting, the Chiefs are trading as the +1 underdogs after opening at +2½ following Sunday’s Conference Championship round. On the moneyline, they’re currently priced at +105 (bet $100 to win $105) compared to the Eagles priced at -125 (bet $125 to win $100), and the total is projected to 51 points, up from an opening 49½, with the over and under juiced to -110.
With NFL history, glory, team and individual accolades, and more on the line between these two storied football franchises, it’s only fitting that we look back at both teams’ Super Bowl history separately in this two-part series. We begin with the Chiefs here. To read about the Eagles, click here.
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Chiefs Super Bowl Titles & Appearances
|Super Bowl I||Green Bay Packers||Kansas City Chiefs|
|Super Bowl IV||Kansas City Chiefs||Minnesota Vikings|
|Super Bowl LIV||Kansas City Chiefs||San Francisco 49ers|
|Super Bowl LV||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||Kansas City Chiefs|
Chiefs Eye Third Lombardi Trophy
The Chiefs have won two Super Bowls in four appearances in franchise history. They featured in the inaugural Super Bowl against the Green Bay Packers on Jan. 15, 1967, but lost 35-10. Three seasons later, they won their maiden Super Bowl against the Minnesota Vikings 23-7 on Jan. 11, 1970.
A 50-year drought ensued before the Chiefs returned to the champions’ circle. In 2019, the Chiefs defeated the San Francisco 49ers 31-20 to lift the franchise’s second Lombardi Trophy on Feb. 2, 2020.
Kansas City returned to the Big Game a year later but they were steamrolled by the Tom Brady-led Tampa Bay Buccaneers 31-9 in Super Bowl 55.
Super Bowl 1: Packers 35, Chiefs 10
What was originally known as the AFL-NFL Championship Game in the first two years of its inception became known as Super Bowl by its third installment. The term itself was coined by Chiefs founder and visionary Lamar Hunt. The story goes, Hunt came up with the term after watching his kids play with a popular kids toy at the time called “Super Ball.”
The Chiefs emerged into the AFL-NFL Championship Game after a dominant 11-2-1 AFL season. The team was composed of future Hall of Famers such as Len Dawson, Otis Taylor, Buck Buchanan and Bobby Bell, to name a few. However, despite their star-studded cast, they were outmatched by the NFL powerhouse Packers in a lopsided final.
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Super Bowl IV: Chiefs 23, Vikings 7
The Chiefs’ second championship run came in 1970 when they reached Super Bowl 4, which was also the final game played between the AFL and NFL before it merged into one overarching league.
Quarterback Dawson led the Chiefs to the dominant 23-7 win over the Vikings against the odds. Minnesota was favored to win because of its famed defense, also known as the “Purple People Eaters.” Tale told, the Chiefs were up 16-0 at halftime. The Vikings came back in the second half with a score to shave Kansas City’s lead to 16-7, but Dawson and Taylor combined for a touchdown to move 16 points ahead again and ice the game.
Super Bowl 54: Chiefs 31, 49ers 20
After an exhaustive and long wait – 50 years is no chump change – the Chiefs finally joined an illustrious group of multiple champions by winning Super Bowl 54 over the San Francisco 49ers in Miami on Feb. 2, 2020. In winning, they became only the 13th franchise to win the coveted Vince Lombardi Trophy more than once.
Prodigal quarterback Patrick Mahomes led the Chiefs to the Promised Land in only his second year as the starter in Kansas City. And he did it in sensational style, rallying his side from a 20-10 deficit at the end of the third quarter to clinch the 31-20 win.
After being shut out in the third quarter, the Chiefs scored 21 unanswered points in the final quarter. Mahomes went 24 of 42 for 286 yards and two touchdowns. He also added one rushing score and deservedly claimed the Super Bowl MVP award. At age 24, he was the youngest player to receive the honor.
Super Bowl MVP Patrick Mahomes is the first QB under 25 to win NFL MVP and the Super Bowl. Watch for more notes and statistics on Super Bowl 54.
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Super Bowl 55, Buccaneers 31, Chiefs 9
The Chiefs were bidding to become only the 10th NFL franchise to win three Super Bowl titles. They were also bidding to become only the eighth franchise to win back-to-back Super Bowls and the first to do it since Tom Brady and the New England Patriots accomplished the feat in 2003-04. Alas, things didn’t go to plan, and it’s not without some irony that they lost to Brady and the Bucs – the last player to pull off back-to-back titles.
A year after winning his maiden Super Bowl, Mahomes came crashing back down to earth in an overly hyped-up game that was billed at the time as the generational battle between the GOAT vs the Kid. But Brady outshined his younger counterpart in the lopsided 31-9 decision, throwing three touchdown passes on the way to his seventh Super Bowl victory and fifth Super Bowl MVP award. By contrast, Mahomes couldn’t find the end zone through the stoic Buccaneers defense that thwarted him at every turn.
Super Bowl 57: Chiefs vs Eagles
In reaching Super Bowl 57, the Chiefs joined an exclusive group of franchises to play in three Super Bowls in a short four-year period. This level of success is not the norm, and its largely down to the successful quarterback-head coach partnership of Mahomes and Andy Reid.
The Miami Dolphins, Minnesota Vikings, Dallas Cowboys (twice), Denver Broncos, Buffalo Bills, and the New England Patriots (twice) are the few that have reached the Super Bowl three times during a four-year stretch, with the Cowboys and Patriots accomplishing the feat twice in franchise history.
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