We couldn’t have dreamed of a better Super Bowl matchup: Kansas City Chiefs versus Philadelphia Eagles.
Two passionate fanbases, two strong teams, and two talented quarterbacks will square off at the ultimate stage for a chance to take that Vince Lombardi trophy home.
However, as it usually happens at this point in the season, health could wind up sealing the fate of a team, just as it happened with the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Championship Game.
As talented as both gunslingers are, neither quarterback is — or will be — at 100% by the time of kickoff, albeit NFL insider Ian Rapoport believes there’s no chance they miss the game.
From @GFMB: A look at where both Super Bowl QBs stand injury-wise, plus why the #Chiefs aren’t optimistic about Mecole Hardman’s health. pic.twitter.com/N9wNUVU3N9
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) February 3, 2023
Jalen Hurts was a leading MVP candidate throughout the best part of the season, but he’s been quite limited for the past two months or so with a shoulder injury.
Notably, he suffered that injury in a game where most people thought the Eagles would rest their starters.
As for Mahomes, he suffered a high-ankle injury in the AFC Divisional game versus the Jacksonville Jaguars, but he was able to fight through it and get back on the field.
Mahomes was visibly limited in the AFC Championship Game against the Cincinnati Bengals, struggling to scramble and gain yards in the open field.
But both players will now have some extra time to rest and get ready for what might as well be the biggest game of their careers, and we expect these two competitors to leave it all on the gridiron regardless of how healthy they are.NEXT: Saquon Barkley Shows Off His Dodgeball Moves At Pro Bowl