SUPER BOWL PREDICTIONS
Chiefs, 30-27: The Eagles have a ferocious defense, and Patrick Mahomes is still dealing with an ankle injury. But I find it impossible to bet against the guy. He’s playing in his third Super Bowl, and he understands that legacies are made in the brightest spotlight. Season: 12-5.
Chiefs, 28-21: The Eagles’ defense is outstanding, and Jalen Hurts is on the cusp of a great career. But Mahomes already is great, doing things we haven’t seen. If nobody wakes him up, he’ll do magical things one more time. Season: 11-6.
LAURENCE W. HOLMES
Chiefs, 24-20: On paper, the Eagles are better, with a top-notch O-line and running game. Their defense has playmakers on every level. But Mahomes is reaching a level where you’re foolish to bet against him. So I won’t. Season: 11-6.
Eagles, 24-20: The Eagles are favored, so why does picking them seem like a leap? Because their two playoff wins came against Daniel Jones and the 49ers’ fourth-string quarterback? Because they won’t have the best QB on Sunday? Their defense, though, is killer. Season: 10-7.
Chiefs, 30-27: The Eagles have destroyed teams, but it’s always going to be hard to bet against the Chiefs when Mahomes is at the top of his game. He was the best player in the NFL this season, and he’ll be the best on the field Sunday. Season: 9-8.
Chiefs, 27-24: The Eagles seem to rate the edge with a wellbalanced team. But unless they harass Mahomes like the Buccaneers did in Super Bowl LV, he’ll find a way to win. Season: 11-6.