02/14/23 It wasn’t just that the Chiefs won. It was the way they did it.

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I picked the Eagles 30-27, so I obviously thought this would be a very close game and that a Chiefs victory would by no means surprise me. Kansas City had the league’s MVP at quarterback in Patrick Mahomes as well as the NFL’s most creative play- designer and play-caller in Andy Reid. And since the Chiefs were making their third Super Bowl appearance in three years, they figured to be more comfortable in the dizzying environment.

All that proved to be true and decisive.

No shock that K.C. won. But I was floored by the WAY the Chiefs won. Philly figured to have the deeper, more versatile and more physical roster, on both sides of the ball.

And what happened? The Chiefs not only beat the Eagles, they beat them up. Again, on both sides of the ball. Kansas City was better at running the ball. Kansas City was better at stopping the run. Kansas City was better at getting after the passer. Kansas City’s special teams were better.

Kansas City was more composed than was Philly.

And ultimately the Chiefs were more adaptable, flexible and displayed a higher football IQ than their opponents’. The Eagles’ secondary went into the game talented and experienced. They exited looking confused and even panicked, particularly on those two key second half red zone TD passes to Toney and Moore, respectively. Reid and Bieniemy essentially called the same play twice, first to the left and then to the right, and the Eagle secondary botched the coverage both times, turning the receiver scot-free. That was the last thing we might have expected from the usually savvy Philly DBs.

It was not the Chiefs’ victory that surprised me. It was the way they got it done.

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