LIVE updates: Kansas City Chiefs win the 2023 Super Bowl

Published February 12, 2023 at 4:36 PM EST
Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes runs against Philadelphia Eagles defensive tackle Javon Hargrave (97) and linebacker Haason Reddick (7) during the second half of the NFL Super Bowl 57 football game.
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Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes runs against Philadelphia Eagles defensive tackle Javon Hargrave (97) and linebacker Haason Reddick (7) during the second half of the NFL Super Bowl 57 football game.

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The Kansas City Chiefs have claimed Super Bowl 57 victory, defeating the Philadelphia Eagles 38-35 with just seconds left on the clock.

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Looking for a full rundown of the game? We've got you covered

Posted February 12, 2023 at 11:13 PM EST

Russell Lewis, NPR's network sports editor, says tonight's contest was evenly matched:

"On paper, the Eagles and Chiefs were the two best teams in the NFL this season (seeded number one in their conferences). They had identical records (16-3) and both had each scored 546 points. Coming into the Super Bowl, Philadelphia was a slight 1.5 point favorite."

But in the end, it was the Chiefs that eked out a last-minute victory.

If you're looking for a recap of what happened between the kick-off and the final field goal, check out Lewis's full game summary here.

A friendly reminder to check on your Eagles fans

Posted February 12, 2023 at 11:07 PM EST

While they didn't win, Eagles fans seem to be taking it in stride, at least if the Kelce brothers are any indication.

Yep, the rumors were true: Rihanna is pregnant

Posted February 12, 2023 at 11:02 PM EST
Rihanna performs onstage during the Apple Music Super Bowl LVII Halftime Show.
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Rihanna performs onstage during the Apple Music Super Bowl LVII Halftime Show.

It turns out Rihanna didn't perform that halftime show solo after all: The singer is pregnant with her second child, her representatives confirmed to several news outlets, including The Associated Press.

Rihanna, 34, has a 9-month-old son with the rapper A$AP Rocky. During media previews of the halftime show on Thursday, she told reporters she wasn't sure about performing while postpartum.

“But when you become a mom, there’s something that just happens where you feel like you can take on the world, you can do anything,” she said, according to the AP.

“The Super Bowl is one of the biggest stages of the world. As scary as that was, because I hadn’t been on stage in seven years, there’s something exhilarating about the challenge of it all.”

NPR reached out to Rihanna's representatives directly but has not received a response.

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Kansas Citians cheer as the Chiefs win their 2nd Super Bowl in 4 years

Posted February 12, 2023 at 10:53 PM EST

Plus, another first:

Patrick Mahomes also became the first quarterback under the age of 30 to start three Super Bowls in a four-year span since Brady (2001-04). The other three quarterbacks who did it — Troy Aikman, John Elway and Bob Griese — are in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

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Here's what we know so far about Kansas City's Super Bowl victory celebration

Posted February 12, 2023 at 10:45 PM EST

Kansas City fans will take to the streets Wednesday to celebrate the team's second Super Bowl win in four years.

City officials expect at least a half-million people to attend the victory celebration for the Chiefs' second Super Bowl win in four years. The event will likely cost millions of dollars.

➡️Click through to KCUR for the details.

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Ahead of victory, Chiefs' Mahomes and Kelce said they had to regroup at halftime

Posted February 12, 2023 at 10:29 PM EST
Juan Thornhill of the Kansas City Chiefs celebrates after defeating the Philadelphia Eagles 38-35 to win Super Bowl LVII.
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Juan Thornhill of the Kansas City Chiefs celebrates after defeating the Philadelphia Eagles 38-35 to win Super Bowl LVII.

The confetti dropped on cue as the cameras coalesced right around Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes, who powered his team to victory in a nail-biter of a final half.

"He's MVP," said his Coach Andy Reid. "I could kiss you right now, but I'm not going to do that," he added.

Mahomes told reporters that his team successfully regrouped in the locker room after trailing the Eagles for the whole first half.

Chiefs' tight end Travis Kelce described that locker room moment as "all heart" — a conversation about how the team wasn't playing up to the expectations they hold for themselves.

"The next time the Chiefs say something [about winning], put some respect on our name," he told reporters, referring to the Eagles being favored to win ahead of tonight's match-up.

Final score

Kansas City Chiefs win the Super Bowl with a field goal in the final seconds

Posted February 12, 2023 at 10:16 PM EST

The Kansas City Chiefs won the Super Bowl, beating the Philadelphia Eagles 38-35.

The Chiefs didn't lead the entire game until the 4th quarter, and then continued to dominate.

They came back to score 24 points in the second half.

ICYMI

Sarah McLachlan's Super Bowl ad is a fan favorite

Posted February 12, 2023 at 10:11 PM EST
Sarah McLachlan at a summit in California in 2021. The Canadian crooner's Super Bowl commercial was a hit.
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Sarah McLachlan at a summit in California in 2021. The Canadian crooner's Super Bowl commercial was a hit.

Amid dozens of other competitors, it's hard for a Super Bowl ad to stick out among the crowd. But a commercial for Busch Beer, starring Canadian crooner Sarah McLachlan, may take the cake this year.

In the commercial, which can be viewed on YouTube, a voiceover describes all the qualities needed for the "great outdoors." The essentials include food, drink — such as Busch Beer — and shelter.

At the mention of shelter, McLachlan pops out of a tent and references the popular commercials done for the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. The commercial is set to McLachlan's song "Shelter," which often featured in ASPCA commercials.

The commercial resonated with fans who remember the old ASPCA ads.

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What's at stake? Philly and Kansas City have made an artful Super Bowl wager

Posted February 12, 2023 at 10:07 PM EST

The Philadelphia Museum of Art has entered into a Super Bowl wager with its counterpart in Kansas City, the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.

The museum of the losing city will send one of its masterworks, as a loan, to the museum of the winning city.
WHYY's got details on what might be on loan as a result of this wager.

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Meanwhile, in Philly: The lamp poles may or may not be greased

Posted February 12, 2023 at 10:04 PM EST

As NPR's Laura Benshoff explains, for the uninitiated, pole-greasing in Philly means using paint rollers to apply biodegradable gear oil to lamp posts and other structures, in order to keep fans from scaling them.

"Protocols for the upcoming game are being evaluated by the police department including the greasing of poles," City of Philadelphia spokesperson Joy Huertas tells NPR.

"For public safety reasons, the city is not disclosing if/when the poles will be greased," she added.

Why the secrecy? Perhaps because calling attention to something the city does not want fans to do can have the opposite effect.

But for the most committed, the challenge is very much expected, if not welcomed.

➡️ Nick Kariuki of Billy Penn at WHYY explains.

Game play

Eagles and Chiefs are tied in the 4th quarter

Posted February 12, 2023 at 10:00 PM EST

The Chiefs took their first lead of the game in the 4th quarter — it didn't last long.

Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts rushed the ball in for a touchdown and scored on the two-point conversion, tying the game 35-35.

Hurts now has three rushing touchdowns, a Super Bowl record for a quarterback.

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'The Sodfather' and tonight's slick playing field

Posted February 12, 2023 at 9:52 PM EST

You're not just imagining it: Players from both teams have slipped and fallen on the slick, natural grass all throughout the game.

Some have even changed cleats to try to get a better grip. Even the Eagles kicker fell on a kickoff, appearing to roll his angle.

Could weather be to blame? Glendale, Arizona has seen some scattered showers today, which isn't great turf news if you're in an open-roof venue like State Farm Stadium.

We do know that groundskeeping legend, Kansas City’s George Toma, known in the football world as "The Sodfather," was on the case.

This past week, the 94-year-old was in Glendale, Ariz., hard at work preparing State Farm Stadium for the Super Bowl game and Rihanna's halftime show.

➡️Read the full story of "the Sodfather" at KCUR.

Game Play

Chiefs score twice, and have their first lead of the game

Posted February 12, 2023 at 9:42 PM EST

The Kansas City Chiefs have taken the lead for the first time in the game.

Quarterback Patrick Mahomes threw the ball to Kadarius Toney who was wide open, walking right in the the end zone for a touchdown. After scoring the extra point, the Chiefs were beating the Eagles 28-27.

But they weren't done yet. Less than 3 minutes later, Mahomes passed to Skyy Moore more another touchdown. The extra point was good, and the Chiefs have a 35-27 lead.

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Is Rihanna pregnant?

Posted February 12, 2023 at 9:42 PM EST
Rihanna performed at the Super Bowl halftime show on Sunday. She gave birth to a son in May.
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Rihanna performed at the Super Bowl halftime show on Sunday. She gave birth to a son in May.

Rihanna's appearance, the first after a music hiatus, led some fans to speculate whether the singer is pregnant with another child.

She and boyfriend A$AP Rocky welcomed her first child, a son, in May 2022.

For tonight's halftime show, Rihanna wore a bright red jumpsuit unzipped to reveal a red bodysuit conspicuously underneath. The singer also kept her dance movements a bit more muted and touched her stomach a few times during the show.

Users took to social media to share speculation, causing hashtags like #PREGNANT and #ANOTHERBABY to trend on Twitter.

Other fans pointed to an interview with podcast host Nate Burleson earlier this week: Rihanna said then that there'd be a "surprise guest" during her performance, but in the end, she sang her hits solo. Could a baby be her surprise guest?

Game Play

Eagles lead the Chiefs 27-21 going into the final quarter

Posted February 12, 2023 at 9:30 PM EST

Heading into the final quarter, the Philadelphia Eagles lead the Kansas City Chiefs 27-21.

Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes came into the Super Bowl as a two-time NFL MVP in his third Super Bowl appearance (won in 2020 and lost in 2021). So it was no surprise that as the Chiefs opened the second half, Mahomes was back leading his team. He dashed and ran a bit, seemingly not slowed by his ankle injury. And, after 10 plays and almost six minutes, he guided the Chiefs to the end zone, slicing the Eagles' lead to 24-21.

On the next drive, the Eagles booted a field goal to extend the score to 27-21.

Rihanna had 13 minutes to play the hits -- and she played a lot of them

Posted February 12, 2023 at 9:13 PM EST
Rihanna performs onstage during the Apple Music Super Bowl LVII Halftime Show in Glendale, Arizona.
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Rihanna performs onstage during the Apple Music Super Bowl LVII Halftime Show in Glendale, Arizona.

It’s not easy to shoehorn 12 songs into a 13-minute Super Bowl halftime show, but Rihanna found a way.

Eschewing guest features, the singer hurtled through a dozen of her biggest smashes before closing with the pairing of “Umbrella” and “Diamonds.”

The approach still allowed space for high-flying halftime-show pageantry, complete with billowy costumes and floating platforms, one of which held Rihanna aloft for several sections of the show.

But stacking this many songs atop one another made her set feel more like a box-checking survey of hits than a larger statement — which, as far as the NFL is concerned, may have been for the best, given Rihanna’s past public statements about the league and its approach to former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

Whether the show sparks any memes (a la Katy Perry’s brushes with Left Shark a few years back) remains to be seen, but it also steered clear of major malfunctions. Rihanna hit all her marks and then some, all while compiling one of the longest set lists in Super Bowl history.

Here's the full set list:

B**** Better Have My Money
Where Have You Been
Only Girl (In The World)
We Found Love
Rude Boy
Work
Wild Thoughts
Pour It Up
All Of The Lights
Run This Town
Umbrella
Diamonds

Game Play

Chiefs score early to bring them closer to tying it up

Posted February 12, 2023 at 9:09 PM EST

The Kansas City Chiefs started the second half with a bang, scoring early to bring them closer to tying it up with the Philadelphia Eagles.

Isiah Pacheco ran the ball into the end zone and the Chiefs won the extra point, bringing the score 24-21 with the Eagles slightly ahead.

But there's still plenty of time left — and it's still anybody's game.

ICYMI

For Rihanna's opening song for halftime show, all bets were off

Posted February 12, 2023 at 9:09 PM EST
Rihanna opened her performance at the Super Bowl halftime show on Sunday with "Bitch Better Have My Money."
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Rihanna opened her performance at the Super Bowl halftime show on Sunday with "Bitch Better Have My Money."

It's commonplace to see plenty of bets made ahead of the Super Bowl — including which song a halftime performer will open with. "Don’t Stop the Music," "Diamonds" and "Where Have You Been" were some of the most popular bets, according to My Bookie.

But Rihanna ended up kicking off her performance with "B*tch Better Have My Money."

Other prop bets included whether the performer would bring any guest stars along with her and if she would take a tumble on stage. The answer to both? Not a chance.

"B*tch Better Have My Money" is one of the singles off of Rihanna's album, Anti. The album, which came out in 2016, was the last to be released by the singer before she took a hiatus from music.

Game update

Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes is playing again after limping off the field earlier

Posted February 12, 2023 at 9:05 PM EST

Kansas City fans can take a sigh of relief — quarterback Patrick Mahomes is back in the game in the second half, though he doesn't appear 100%. He dashed and ran a bit, seemingly not slowed by his ankle injury.

The Chiefs quarterback limped off the field in the second quarter after being tackled, wincing as he sat on the bench. He already had a high ankle sprain a few weeks ago that he recently recovered from, which likely left him more vulnerable.

So far this game Mahomes — the 2022 NFL MVP has 115 yards and 1 touchdown.

Twitter's verdict is in: Rihanna crushed it

Posted February 12, 2023 at 8:57 PM EST

Some Twitter users were experiencing some technical glitches during that halftime show. We don't know for sure if that's because of a bump in traffic (related to Rihanna worship), but it sure didn't tamp down fanfare:

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Did Rihanna just do the whole half time show solo?

Posted February 12, 2023 at 8:55 PM EST
Barbadian singer Rihanna performs during the halftime show of Super Bowl LVII between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Philadelphia Eagles at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona, on February 12, 2023.
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Barbadian singer Rihanna performs during the halftime show of Super Bowl LVII between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Philadelphia Eagles at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona, on February 12, 2023.

With the notable exception of a quick touch up on her makeup (Fenty powder perhaps?) Rhianna did her 13-minute set solo, without notable guest appearances (even by artists who had verses on tracks featured in her medley.)

While she did briefly sing Carlos Santana's Maria Maria, the guitarist seems to have not been on stage for the performance.

Not that any of us are complaining about the Rihanna concert on national TV.

Halftime show

Rihanna performs a medley of hits for Super Bowl halftime

Posted February 12, 2023 at 8:49 PM EST
Rihanna performs during the Super Bowl's halftime show on Sunday.
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Rihanna performs during the Super Bowl's halftime show on Sunday.

Rihanna performed the Super Bowl's halftime show, marking her return to music since the release of her last album in 2016.

Kicking off her setlist with "B*tch better have my money," the musician performed a medley of some of her most popular tracks including "Only Girl (in the World)" and "We Found Love." Rihanna stood out in a red jumpsuit as she shimmied alongside dozens of dancers clad in white sweatsuits on several stages suspended in the air over the center of the football field.

The ensemble dropped to the stage and continued to dance to tracks like "Wild Thoughts" and "Birthday Cake." Backup singers joined Rihanna as she dazzled fans with "Umbrella" and "Run This Town."

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From Billy Penn at WHYY in Philadelphia

Jalen Hurts' signature cheesesteak is ... pretty good!

Posted February 12, 2023 at 8:29 PM EST

For those of you using this halftime break to re-fuel, maybe consider the cheesesteak named after Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts.

The Jalen Special consists of seasoned steak, fried onions, Cooper Sharp cheese and mayonnaise.

"The steak itself is finely chopped and generously stacked, but not to a fault," Billy Penn's Zachary Moser tells us after testing out the order.

To see the steak and find out where you can get yours if you're in the Philly area, click through to Billy Penn at WHYY.

Game Play

Eagles lead the Chiefs 24-14 at halftime

Posted February 12, 2023 at 8:27 PM EST

With a field goal to cap off the first half of the Super Bowl, the Eagles lead the Chiefs 24-14 at halftime.

The first play of the second quarter was signature Philadelphia. Eagles QB Jalen Hurts heaved a 45-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver A.J. Brown to go up 14-7.

Kansas City didn't do much with its next possession. Philadelphia took over, aiming to extend the lead. But then came a rare mistake by Jalen Hurts, who fumbled the ball (the Eagles' first turnover of the postseason) as he tried to evade a tackler. The Chiefs' Nick Bolton picked it up and darted into the end zone to even the score 14-14.

Philadelphia and Jalen Hurts were undaunted. Hurts started the next drive with a rush, a pass, another pass and then a rush. The Eagles responded with two fourth-downs, Hurts capping the drive with a three-yard scamper for his second rushing touchdown — giving the Eagles a 21-14 lead.

Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes, the NFL MVP who has sparkled all season long, was tackled late in the second quarter as he scrambled to get a first down. Eagles defender T.J. Edwards tackled Mahomes, injuring his previously-injured ankle. Mahomes hobbled off the field, then winced on the bench.

ICYMI

Brie Larson, Pete Davidson and Jon Hamm appear in star-studded mayonnaise commercial

Posted February 12, 2023 at 8:26 PM EST
Pete Davidson, seen at this year's Super Bowl in Las Vegas, also appears in a commercial for Hellman's mayonnaise.
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Pete Davidson, seen at this year's Super Bowl in Las Vegas, also appears in a commercial for Hellman's mayonnaise.

Super Bowl commercials are known for celebrity appearances. And this year, an advertisement for a condiment is among the most star-studded.

Brie Larson, Pete Davidson and Jon Hamm all made appearances for Hellman's mayonnaise.

In the commercial, which can already be watched on YouTube, a miniature-sized Larson and Hamm appear in a fridge on either side of the condiment.

"We're dinner!" Larson exclaims.

The pair laugh about their food-adjacent names as "ham" and "brie" cheese, until a life-sized Pete Davidson opens the door. He then fixes himself a sandwich using (actual) ham, cheese and — you guessed it — the name-brand mayonnaise.

"You guys are really delicious," Davidson said, as he snacks on the sandwich while standing next to his co-stars, who are now life-sized.

Spotted

Annddd FLOTUS is also rooting for the Eagles

Posted February 12, 2023 at 8:12 PM EST

President Biden is staying neutral (at least officially), but another resident of the White House has declared her allegiances:

Spotted

Brittney and Cherelle Griner rep the Eagles at the Super Bowl

Posted February 12, 2023 at 8:11 PM EST

The NFL tweeted out a photo of the couple at the game, both wearing Eagles gear.

It's one of the WNBA star's few public appearances since her release from a Russian prison.

Yesterday, Griner attended the WM Phoenix Open gulf tournament in Scottsdale, Ariz.

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Patrick Mahomes just limped off the field

Posted February 12, 2023 at 8:08 PM EST

The Kansas City Chiefs' quarterback just hobbled off the field after being tackled, by TJ Edwards.

Mahomes already had a high ankle sprain a few weeks ago, which left him more vulnerable.

This could be devastating news for the Chiefs.

Some quick context for those who don't watch football every week: For the second time in his five years as the Kansas City Chiefs' starting quarterback, Mahomes won the NFL’s Most Valuable Player award. He previously won the award in 2018, his first full season as a Chiefs starter.

➡️Click through for more from KCUR.

Celebs

Nick Jonas talks about his diabetes in new commercial

Posted February 12, 2023 at 8:01 PM EST
Nick Jonas speaks at a ceremony in January where the Jonas Brothers receive a Walk of Fame star in 2023. The musician has referenced his struggle with diabetes in the band's music.
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Nick Jonas speaks at a ceremony in January where the Jonas Brothers receive a Walk of Fame star in 2023. The musician has referenced his struggle with diabetes in the band's music.

Musician Nick Jonas partnered up with a glucose monitoring company for a Super Bowl commercial.

Jonas, one-third of the pop-rock band The Jonas Brothers, has been public about his battle with Type 1 Diabetes for years. The band's youngest member even detailed the journey of his diagnosis in the song "A Little Bit Longer," featured on the album of the same name, in 2018.

In the commercial, which can be viewed on YouTube, Jonas shows off the Dexon G7. The device relays data on an individual's blood glucose levels to their smartphone.

"This small thing is the next big thing," Jonas said, as he models the device, which he attaches to his arm. "The all new Dexcom G7, for all types of diabetes."

Jonas describes its magic-like qualities before comically disappearing in a puff of smoke. Poof.

Game Play

The Eagles are up 21-14 — can the Chiefs tie it up?

Posted February 12, 2023 at 7:59 PM EST

For those of you who guessed there would be another touchdown this quarter, I hope you put money on it!

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts ran in for a touchdown late in the second quarter, giving the Eagles a 21-14 edge over the Kansas City Chiefs.

It was the second touchdown for the quarterback this game — he ran in both of them. With plays like these, Hurts is an early favorite to win Most Valuable Player tonight — the crowd was even chanting it.

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From KCUR Kansas City

A Kansas campaign spent $20 million on Super Bowl ads to rebrand Jesus Christ

Posted February 12, 2023 at 7:51 PM EST

Did you catch that commercial that portrayed Jesus as an influencer?

It was part of a campaign that will ultimately spend $1 billion to humanize Jesus and Christianity, asking “How did the world's greatest love story become known as a hate group?” The ads are funded, in part, by Hobby Lobby, known for its advocacy of conservative causes.

KCUR's got the details. Click through.

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Kansas City Chiefs' violent traditions alienate even some local fans

Posted February 12, 2023 at 7:45 PM EST

Not to rain on the Chiefs' touchdown celebration, but as the city celebrates their third Super Bowl appearance in four seasons, many fans are feeling conflicted. Some feel outright alienated every time they see that arrowhead-shaped logo or the so-called “tomahawk chop.”

“Our people were rounded up, kids stolen from their families, sent to boarding schools … and stripped of their culture and identity,” said Rhonda LeValdo, a Haskell Indian Nations University professor, Acoma Pueblo activist and founder of the Not In Our Honor coalition.

“Their religion was outlawed, they could not practice their ceremonies, they couldn't sing their songs,” LeValdo said. “So why is it OK for the fans in Kansas City to play Indian, when our people weren't allowed to be Indian?”

LeValdo thinks the team’s behavior is a mockery of Native culture, and said it harms mental health. And scientific research backs her up.

Click through to KCUR for more.

Game Play

The Chiefs and Eagles are tied (again) after a key fumble

Posted February 12, 2023 at 7:44 PM EST

Well, the Philadelphia Eagles weren't up for long.

A few minutes after the Eagles scored their second touchdown of the game, the Kansas City Chiefs were ready to do the same.

Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts fumbled the ball, and the Chiefs' Nick Bolton recovered the ball and ran it in for a touchdown.

The game is tied 14-14 in the second quarter. Bets on how long until someone else scores next?

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Music

If you're biding your time until Rihanna performs, here's a playlist to keep to keep you company

Posted February 12, 2023 at 7:42 PM EST

If you've got the game on mute until the halftime show, here's one soundtrack for you Eagles fans: the Philly Over Everybody playlist, care of World Cafe:

"With a music scene that is as diverse as the city itself, it's no wonder that the City of Brotherly Love and Sisterly Affection has produced some of the most influential musicians in various genres such as soul, R&B, jazz, hip-hop and rock music."

➡️Click through to explore the playlist from WXPN.

ICYMI

Alicia Silverstone brings back 'Clueless' character for Rakuten commercial

Posted February 12, 2023 at 7:41 PM EST
Actress Alicia Silverstone attends "The Daily Front Row Fashion Media Awards" during New York Fashion week (NYFW ) at the Rainbow Room in New York, on September 9, 2021. (Photo by Angela Weiss / AFP) (Photo by ANGELA WEISS/AFP via Getty Images)
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Actress Alicia Silverstone attends "The Daily Front Row Fashion Media Awards" during New York Fashion week (NYFW ) at the Rainbow Room in New York, on September 9, 2021. (Photo by Angela Weiss / AFP) (Photo by ANGELA WEISS/AFP via Getty Images)

Fans of Clueless were treated to a throwback while watching the Super Bowl: the star of the hit '90s film reprised her role for a commercial for Rakuten.

The company lets online shoppers download a browser extension or app to find coupons or other opportunities for cash back. Alicia Silverstone reprised her character, Cher, who is known for her fashionable wardrobe and love of retail.

"I used to be pretty clueless about shopping," Silverstone said, delivering a speech in a classroom. "Like when I heard I could save by getting cashback with Rakuten? I was like 'As if.' "

Silverstone dons a yellow plaid blazer similar to the one she wore in the film. She's seen speaking in front of a podium alongside fellow co-star, Elisa Donovan, who played her nemesis, Amber, in the film.

Other familiar faces are seen in the classroom, like fashion designer Christian Siriano.

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Philadelphia muralist Meg Saligman updated her 2018 Eagles mural with this extra twist

Posted February 12, 2023 at 7:38 PM EST

Meg Saligman is a Philadelphia muralist and has been creating masterpieces all around the city for more than 25 years. You may remember her from 2018 when her original mural went viral.

If you don’t remember what the original mural looked like, it was a giant bald eagle gripping Tom Brady with its talons. That mural was displayed on the 800 block of Bainbridge Street.

After the 2018 Super Bowl victory it was then repainted with the bald eagle grasping the Lombardi Trophy.

This year, though, the mural is looking a bit different (and it feels particularly timely with how this game is going). Click through to WHYY to see😂

Game play

Eagles' A.J. Brown scores his 1st Super Bowl touchdown

Posted February 12, 2023 at 7:36 PM EST

Stay in your seats, folks, because this game doesn't appear to be slowing down any time soon.

The Eagles scored VERY early on their first play of the second quarter. A.J. Brown scored the touchdown, in his first Super Bowl appearance.

The Eagles lead the Chiefs 14-7.

Game Play

The Philadelphia Eagles and the Kansas City Chiefs tied after the 1st quarter

Posted February 12, 2023 at 7:27 PM EST

The Philadelphia Eagles and the Kansas City Chiefs are tied at the end of the first quarter.

The Eagles opened the game doing what they've done all season long: marched 75 yards down the field in 11 plays using a mix of passing, scrambling and rushing to score the opening touchdown` a few minutes into the first quarter.

It didn't take long for the Chiefs to answer.

Kansas City did their own 75-yard march that included a scramble by KC quarterback Patrick Mahomes (his ankle seemed just fine) and an 18-yard touchdown toss to Travis Kelce. Six plays and the score was tied 7-7.

After the Eagles and Chiefs traded touchdowns on their opening drives, they each had problems on their second. Philadelphia went three-and-out and punted and then Kansas City had a 42-yard drive that ended with a narrowly missed field goal — a big DOINK hitting the goal post.

Kansas City is wearing white jerseys. History suggests that could be a good thing for them

Posted February 12, 2023 at 7:22 PM EST

A quick note about today's jerseys. You may notice the Eagles are wearing their normal midnight green jerseys, while Kansas City is wearing white.

Historically, teams wearing white have won the Super Bowl more often not — by a count of 36 to 20.

That lopsided record is entirely a result of a remarkable run over the past couple decades that has completely defied the odds: Teams in white jerseys have won 18 of the past 21 Super Bowls. In other words, since 2002, the team not wearing white has only won three times.

Here's where it gets a little complicated. One of those three winners was the 2017 Philadelphia Eagles, in which they wore the same midnight green jerseys that they're wearing today. That could be why Philly, as the "home" team, chose to wear green today. But another of the three was the 2019 Kansas City Chiefs, who won while wearing red.

Over their history, the Eagles are 1-2 in Super Bowls while wearing green. Kansas City is 0-1 while wearing white.

This all means nothing ... unless it means something. We won't know until the clock hits zero.

    Context

    Rihanna's halftime show is just around the corner

    Posted February 12, 2023 at 7:17 PM EST
    Rihanna appeared at a press conference for the halftime show in in Phoenix on Thursday.
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    Rihanna appeared at a press conference for the halftime show in in Phoenix on Thursday.

    Sure these touchdowns are impressive, but some of us are still counting down to the real feat of talent: Rihanna's halftime performance.

    This marks the singer's return to music since her last album ANTI dropped in 2016. Millions of viewers will be tuning in to see a performance that almost happened four years ago.

    The crooner turned down performing at the halftime show in 2019, in solidarity with former football player Colin Kaepernick. The NFL infamously ousted the player after he controversially took a knee during the national anthem in protest of racism in the U.S.

    "I just couldn’t be a sellout," Rihanna told Vogue that same year. "I couldn’t be an enabler. There’s things within that organization that I do not agree with at all, and I was not about to go and be of service to them in any way.”

    But Rihanna seemed to change her tune several years later. In September, she announced she would headline the 2023 Super Bowl.

    In November, Rihanna told reporters that performing at the game would be "a challenge that I welcomed."

    "If I'm going to leave my baby, I am going to leave my baby for something special," she said. "And I was willing to do it. It was now or never."

    Member Station Reports
    From KCUR in Kansas City & WHYY in Philly

    All the bets between Philly and Kansas City over the game's outcome

    Posted February 12, 2023 at 7:11 PM EST

    Well well well, looks like this game might keep us all on the edge of our seats. That could make for a fun (or terrifying) night for anyone who made a wager.

    As Asha Prihar of Billy Penn at WHYY reports, there are a ton of high-profile Super Bowl bets between Philadelphia and Kansas City — from mayors and senators to hospitals and zoos.

    One of those bets is between NPR member stations WHYY and KCUR, who couldn't resist a friendly food-related wager:


    KCUR in Kansas City and WHYY in Philadelphia are playing a huge part in today’s coverage of the game. You can, too! Click through to support Kansas City's NPR station KCUR; Philadelphia's member station WHYY, and the NPR Network.

    Both teams have scored early touchdowns

    Posted February 12, 2023 at 7:07 PM EST

    This game is heating up fast.

    The Philadelphia Eagles and the Kansas City Chiefs are tied 7-7, and the first quarter isn't even over yet.

    Tight end Travis Kelce made the first touchdown for the Chiefs. Kelce is facing off against his brother in the Super Bowl, a first for the NFL.

    Game Play

    Eagles score early with a touchdown from Jalen Hurts

    Posted February 12, 2023 at 6:57 PM EST

    The Philadelphia Eagles have an early lead over the Kansas City Chiefs — 7-0.

    Quarterback Jalen Hurts ran in for a touchdown, a few minutes into the game.

    The play came right after the team nearly had a touchdown from running back Kenneth Gainwell, but he was just short from reaching the end zone.

    Chiefs head coach Andy Reid used to coach the Eagles, too. A win today might make him a lock for the Hall of Fame

    Posted February 12, 2023 at 6:50 PM EST
    SCOTTSDALE, ARIZONA - FEBRUARY 06: Head coach Andy Reid of the Kansas City Chiefs speaks to the media during the Kansas City Chiefs media availability prior to Super Bowl LVII at the Hyatt Regency Gainey Ranch on February 07, 2023 in Scottsdale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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    Head coach Andy Reid of the Kansas City Chiefs.

    In Kansas City, there's a lot of love for Chiefs head coach Andy Reid — and there's a lot of love for him in Philadelphia, too. Before he joined the Chiefs in 2013, Reid coached the Eagles for 14 seasons.

    It was a transformative era for Philly. Reid took the Eagles to nine playoff runs and their second Super Bowl appearance. But he never seemed to get them over the hump: The team lost in three straight NFC title games. Then, when they finally won the fourth, they lost in the Super Bowl.

    After a disappointing 4-12 season in 2012, the Eagles and Reid parted ways. (The Eagles have since mostly continued to be successful, winning the Super Bowl after the 2017 season, and of course appearing again this year.)

    After he was fired, Reid was promptly hired by the Chiefs, who have since missed the playoffs only one year in the past decade and are now playing in their third Super Bowl in four years. Reid's Chiefs won it all in 2020. Winning a second ring this year could make him a lock for the Hall of Fame after he retires.

    And he's a charming fella to boot. He is a mastermind on offense who devises bizarre trick plays. He's an anti-fashionista who's partial to floral Hawaiian shirts. Hereallyloves cheeseburgers and also likes to crack jokes about his weight. Facing his former team means facing a few players he helped to draft to the Eagles, so during media day earlier this week, he gave them all hugs. How can you not like this guy?

    Analysis

    NPR's music critic: Chris Stapleton nailed it

    Posted February 12, 2023 at 6:48 PM EST

    Chris Stapleton should sing “The Star-Spangled Banner” at every Super Bowl going forward, if at all possible.

    The country star knew just how to seize the melody without strangling it, while letting the exact right amount of silence hang in the air between notes.

    The tears streaming down the face of Philadelphia Eagles coach Nick Sirianni said it all — about the size of the moment in his own life, sure, but also the beauty of Stapleton’s performance.

    The Super Bowl has a long history of over-amplifying moments like these, but this felt exactly right throughout.

    Just In
    Game Play

    The Chiefs won the coin toss but defer to the Eagles

    Posted February 12, 2023 at 6:43 PM EST

    The Kansas City Chiefs won the coin toss and defer the ball to the Eagles.

    But winning the coin toss might not actually be a good thing.

    💡 Since the start of the 2014 season, every team that has won the coin toss in the Super Bowl has ended up losing the game, according to CBS Sports.

    Just In

    Chris Stapleton gives the National Anthem some country twang

    Posted February 12, 2023 at 6:35 PM EST

    Sporting sunglasses and accompanied only by his single guitar, singer Chris Stapleton gave the National Anthem a bit of his signature country twang.

    He clocked in right around 2:08, for those of you watching prop bets.

    Volunteers held out an American flag, while at least two players and coaches were spotted tearing up. Eagles Coach Nick Sirianni didn't hold back.

    An all-female flyover crew and fireworks from the stop of the stadium punctuated the final few notes.

    We're just around the corner from kick-off. Stay tuned!

    Member Station Reports
    From Billy Penn at WHYY in Philadelphia

    Comcast’s Xfinity internet and cable service went down on Super Bowl Sunday in parts of Philly

    Updated February 12, 2023 at 7:22 PM EST
    Posted February 12, 2023 at 6:24 PM EST

    Update: As of 6:55 pm local time, the issue seems to have been resolved.

    The Philly-headquartered communications giant is aiming to have everything back up and running by kickoff.

    Comcast is aware of the issue and is working as hard as it can to fix the problem, a spokesperson said. The cause is thought to be physical damage in the Kensington neighborhood, which led to a widespread disruption in the River Wards.

    ➡️Click through to Billy Penn for details.

    Making history

    Look up: In a first, an all-women crew will perform the Super Bowl flyover

    Posted February 12, 2023 at 6:22 PM EST
    A historic Super Bowl flyover
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    Navy aviators Lt. Lyndsey Evans and Lt. Margaret Dente exit an EA-18G Growler after arriving at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., last week in preparation for their flyover of Super Bowl 57 at State Farm Stadium in Glendale.

    For the first time in Super Bowl history, an all-women crew will conduct the pregame military flyover.

    Look out for the diamond formation over State Farm Stadium at the end of the national anthem. Seven women will be making the flyover aboard four aircraft, reported Military.com.

    The team is paying tribute to 50 years of women pilots in the military branch, namely Capt. Rosemary Mariner, the Navy's first female jet pilot. She died last month after a battle with ovarian cancer.

    Navy Lt. Catie Perkowski, who will be piloting the plane at the back of the formation, toldGood Morning America that the opportunity is “any pilot’s dream.”

    "But for me, as a football fan, when I got the call to do the Super Bowl flyover, it's almost like a dream initially for someone who loves the NFL,” she said.

    The Navy’s all-women flyover roster wasn’t always the plan for the big game, the U.S. Naval Institute reported.

    After the Navy released the names on the flyover lineup for the flyover last month, the announcement was met with criticism in social media comments over the lack of women represented in a ceremony meant to honor women’s achievements.

    The new team was introduced in a Navy release dated Feb. 12. Meet the whole flyover crew here.

    Just In

    Damar Hamlin is in the stadium

    Posted February 12, 2023 at 6:18 PM EST

    Damar Hamlin was introduced at State Farm Stadium alongside first responders who are serving as guests of honor.

    The Buffalo Bills' safety was hospitalized after collapsing on the field last month, but has since been continuing his rehabilitation at home.

    He was spotted in Phoenix earlier this week, all smiles, as part of the Super Bowl celebrations. He also participated in an interview on his harrowing experience.

    It’s not the Super Bowl without the commercials. Here are a few on our radar this year

    Posted February 12, 2023 at 6:15 PM EST

    It’s true: the Super Bowl wouldn’t be the Super Bowl without the commercials.

    For those of you who tolerate the game just so you can watch what happens during the breaks from play, we’ve got you covered.

    Among the high-priced ads splashing across U.S. televisions this year will be your typical celebrity cameos and throwbacks.

    “Really good actor” Steve Martin will tell jokes for Pepsi while Alicia Silverstone is set to reprise her character, Cher Horowitz, from the movie Clueless.

    Meanwhile, actress Maya Rudolph will represent M&Ms. The brand removed its iconic spokescandies due to a political backlash, though the company says the anthropomorphic chocolates aren't gone for good.

    The lighter fare will also be joined by some more serious ad campaigns.

    According to member station KCUR, a group of mostly anonymous donors will spend $20 million to air two ads during the Super Bowl that are part of its “He Gets Us” campaign, which is meant to humanize Jesus and Christianity.

    And CNN reported that The Dawn Project, founded by tech CEO Dan O’Dowd, will air ads in certain cities warning of the dangers of Tesla’s fully self-driving technology.

    And those are just some of the ads on the list tonight — NPR's TV Critic Eric Deggans is standing by to bring us updates on some of the biggest surprises.

    Meet Autumn Lockwood, the first Black woman to coach in a Super Bowl

    Posted February 12, 2023 at 6:09 PM EST
    Assistant coach Autumn Lockwood of the Philadelphia Eagles will make history Sunday as the first
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    Assistant sports performance coach Autumn Lockwood of the Philadelphia Eagles will make history Sunday as the first Black woman to coach in a Super Bowl game.

    A member of the Eagles' strength and conditioning staff, Autumn Lockwood, is making history today as the first Black woman to coach in a Super Bowl.

    Lockwood is an assistant sports performance coach for the Eagles, meaning she works with players to help them stay mentally and physically fit throughout the season.

    The health of Eagles' players has been key to their success this season. When the playoffs began, they had only injured starter, cornerback Avonte Maddox, who'd been dealing with a toe injury since December — but he returned to play in the Eagles' previous game against the San Francisco 49ers. In the video below, you can see Lockwood working with Maddox before kickoff.

    In today's game, Philadelphia will have all 22 starters, a credit to the work of the team's strength and conditioning staff.

    Lockwood is the fourth woman to coach in a Super Bowl. The first, Katie Sowers, was an offensive assistant for the 2019 San Francisco 49ers during their Super Bowl run. The next year, Lori Locust and Maral Javadifar, both assistant coaches for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, became the first female coaches to win a Super Bowl ring.

    An Eagles fan and the Chiefs fans who gave him his kidney are going to the game together

    Posted February 12, 2023 at 6:02 PM EST

    When John Gladwell and Billy Welsh were serving in the Marines together, they didn’t like each other.

    “He was 17, he was young, he was too enthusiastic,” Gladwell said of Welsh, in an interview with Kansas City TV station KMBC. “He was a jerk,” Welsh said about Gladwell.

    Their personalities weren’t the only things setting the men apart. Gladwell is a Kansas City Chiefs fan, while Welsh roots for the Philadelphia Eagles.

    But when Welsh reached out on social media seeking a kidney donor, Gladwell discovered that he was a match and offered one of his, the TV station reported.

    “I don’t think I could’ve lived with myself if I could do something but didn’t,” Gladwell said.

    The kidney donation turned the two acquaintances into family, the pair attested. Welsh now calls Gladwell his hero.

    On Sunday, the two friends — and unlikely Super Bowl seatmates — will attend the big game together, a first for both.

    This is the first Super Bowl with two Black starting quarterbacks

    Posted February 12, 2023 at 5:54 PM EST
    Football fans take pictures with a backdrop showing Kansas City Chiefs' quarterback Patrick Mahomes (L) and Philadelphia Eagles' quarterback Jalen Hurts ahead of Super Bowl LVII between the Philadelphia Eagles and the Kansas City Chiefs at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona, on February 11, 2023. (Photo by ANGELA WEISS / AFP) (Photo by ANGELA WEISS/AFP via Getty Images)
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    Fans take pictures with a backdrop showing Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes and Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts.

    Both starting quarterbacks today, the Eagles' Jalen Hurts and the Chiefs' Patrick Mahomes, are Black. That makes today's game the first Super Bowl — yes, the first, in 57 years of them — to feature two Black men leading each team's offense.

    It's a milestone borne out of a legacy of discrimination against Black men in football, especially in the quarterback position.

    Black men were once barred from the NFL entirely. Then, even as the league began to integrate, Black players were relegated to positions that were thought to be more physical than intellectual, like running back, defensive back and wide receiver.

    "They felt Black men were inherently inferior, that Black quarterbacks — in their minds — could not lead white players in the NFL, and they just weren't smart enough," said Jason Reid, a sportswriter for ESPN and author of the book Rise of the Black Quarterback: What It Means for America, speaking in an interview with NPR last week.

    Hurts and Mahomes both talked this week about the historic nature of the game and nodded to those who came before them in the long road to integrate the position. You can read more about that history here.

    Meet the Kelces: The first brothers to play against each other in a Super Bowl

    Posted February 12, 2023 at 5:50 PM EST

    Many famous pairs of brothers have played in the NFL — the Mannings, the Watts, the Barbers, the Cunninghams — but none had yet squared off in the Super Bowl.

    Now, we've got the Kelce Bowl: Jason Kelce is the All-Pro center for the Philadelphia Eagles, and his younger brother Travis Kelce is the All-Pro tight end for the Kansas City Chiefs.

    Both players are arguably the best in the league at their position. Both guys are beloved fan favorites. Their mom, Donna Kelce, wears a custom half-red, half-green jersey with Travis' #87 on the front and Jason's #62 on the back. She brought them cookies to Super Bowl media day.

    The brothers invited their mom and dad onto their podcast last week to talk about what they were like as kids (Who was smarter? Who was more honest? What kind of food did they eat? Who's Mom rooting for?). It's all exceptionally wholesome.

    And here's one thing to watch when the Chiefs have the ball

    Posted February 12, 2023 at 5:42 PM EST
    Haason Reddick #7 of the Eagles celebrates after defeating the San Francisco 49ers to win the NFC Championship Game in January.
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    Haason Reddick #7 of the Eagles celebrates after defeating the San Francisco 49ers to win the NFC Championship Game in January.

    The game is won or lost in the trenches, the saying goes.

    Kansas City's biggest challenge is beating back the Eagles' imposing pass rush. Philadelphia's defensive unit, led by edge rusher Haason Reddick (#7), is the best in the league at getting to the other team's quarterback. The percentage of plays on which they sacked the quarterback — 11.5% — is the highest of any team in decades.

    This is a problem for the Chiefs. Mahomes (#15) sprained his ankle a couple games back and is still not 100%; protecting him is critical to their chances of winning. The Chiefs' interior offensive line is elite, but their tackles — the two outermost linemen — have struggled at times this year. If the Eagles can get by them, the Chiefs' offense might struggle to find a rhythm and move the ball.

    On the other hand, no quarterback is better at avoiding sacks than Mahomes. He is unbelievably good at sensing pressure and escaping from it to keep the play alive. Because of that, the Chiefs are especially dangerous on the "play after the play," as tight end Travis Kelce calls it — in other words, when the original play breaks down, and Mahomes and his receivers make something up on the fly. When Mahomes starts to scramble, keep your eye out for players like Kelce (#87) and running back Jerick McKinnon (#1) working to get open.

    Here's what to watch for when the Eagles have the ball

    Posted February 12, 2023 at 5:38 PM EST

    On paper, the biggest mismatch in this game is the Eagles' rushing offense vs. the Chiefs' run defense. The Eagles are the most effective running team in the league, and the Chiefs' run defense is mediocre.

    The Eagles have won a lot of games this year by jumping out to an early lead, then running the ball. A run-heavy game runs down the clock faster than a pass-heavy game, so most teams start rushing more often once they've got the lead — and the Eagles are very good at running the ball. Quarterback Jalen Hurts (#1) is a talented rusher in his own right, and Philadelphia's offensive line is skilled at creating space for him and their running backs to pick up yards on the ground.

    For the Chiefs' defense, the path to success might be to try to force Hurts to throw the ball, where he is good but not great. At the line of scrimmage, watch for Kansas City's All-Pro defensive tackle Chris Jones (#95) to see whether he can get pressure on Hurts.

    This is a tough choice for Kansas City. Focusing on the pass game might allow the Eagles to move the ball at will on the ground, which would chew through clock and limit opportunities for Kansas City's league-best offense.

    But if the Chiefs decide to put more defenders up front to try to stop the Eagles' run game, that risks opening up opportunities for the Eagles' stellar wide receivers A.J. Brown (#11) and DeVonta Smith (#6). If this seems like a lose-lose situation for the Chiefs, well ... that's why the Eagles are 14-3.

    More than 50 million Americans will bet $16b on the game today, an industry group says

    Posted February 12, 2023 at 5:26 PM EST
    An example from the 2018 Super Bowl between the Eagles and the Patriots of some of the many proposition bets displayed at the Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino.
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    An example from the 2018 Super Bowl between the Eagles and the Patriots of some of the many proposition bets displayed at the Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino.

    More than 50 million Americans are expected to bet a total of $16 billion on the game today, the American Gaming Association says.

    Both figures are record highs, thanks to the rapid legalization of sports gambling around the U.S. Betting on sports is now legal in more than half of U.S. states.

    The Philadelphia Eagles are slim favorites to win, but Americans will bet on every conceivable facet of the game, down to mind-numbing details that even the most diehard Chiefs or Eagles fans wouldn't normally care about.

    To give you a sense of just how many things someone could bet on, one book of available bets for today's game, published by Westgate Las Vegas, is 38 pages long.

    Will either team score three straight times? Will the game go to overtime? Which Eagles player will be the first to run the ball? Will Patrick Mahomes attempt more than 39.5 passes? Will the Eagles convert their first third-down attempt? Will Tommy Townsend's first punt be longer than 45.5 yards?

    Of course, there's no need to bet on the game itself. You can bet on which color of "liquid" (Gatorade) is poured on the winning coach (orange is the favorite). You can bet on the commercials. Then, of course, there's the most historically popular Super Bowl prop bet: the coin toss. Heads, tails, Chiefs win and Eagles win — all, of course, have even odds.

    Analysis

    Three more key music moments to watch today

    Posted February 12, 2023 at 5:17 PM EST

    Outside of Rihanna's highly anticipated halftime show, here are three key music moments to watch for tonight.

    1. The national anthem

    The Super Bowl serves up all sorts of juicy prop bets for folks wishing to expeditiously part ways with their money. Few are juicier than each year’s quest to predict the length of the pregame national anthem.

    Will this year’s rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner” whiz by like Neil Diamond’s (just 1:02!), or will it sprawl out like that of the record-setting Alicia Keys (a whopping 2:36)?

    The artist this year is no-frills roots-country everyman Chris Stapleton, so something under 2 minutes feels most likely — fellow country singer Mickey Guyton clocked in at 1:51 just last year — but you never know.

    Country singer Chris Stapleton, pictured here at a press conference in Phoenix, Arizona this week, will sing the national anthem ahead of today's game.
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    Country singer Chris Stapleton, pictured here at a press conference in Phoenix this week, will sing the national anthem ahead of today's game.

    2. “Lift Every Voice and Sing”

    A more recent addition to the Super Bowl pregame festivities, “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” will be sung by the great Sheryl Lee Ralph, whose Emmy speech last fall — when she won for her work on Abbott Elementary — reminded the world of her magnificent singing voice. Unmute the TV for this one.

    3. “America the Beautiful”

    In case you’re wondering where the Super Bowl comes down in the great “America: Pro or Con?” debate, the pregame festivities will also include “America the Beautiful,” this time sung by Grammy-festooned singer, songwriter and all-around mogul Babyface.

    Analysis

    What music critics are watching for in today's halftime show

    Posted February 12, 2023 at 5:11 PM EST
    Rihanna speaks during a press conference in Phoenix, Arizona earlier this week. Music critics are watching her halftime show as a possible turning point in her music career.
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    Rihanna speaks during a press conference in Phoenix, Arizona earlier this week. Music critics are watching her halftime show as a possible turning point in her music career.

    This is the biggie, obviously: a 13-minute Rihanna concert that’ll survey the singer’s decorated career.

    It’s possible to predict a few of the biggest of the big singles that might make appearances — “Umbrella” feels like a lock, as do “Diamonds,” “Run This Town” and perhaps “We Found Love.”

    Still, many questions remain:

    • Will there be guests — Jay-Z, perhaps?
    • Will Rihanna preview new material, given that she hasn’t released an album since 2016’s Anti?
    • Will she perform her newest single, last fall’s “Lift Me Up,” which is currently up for a best original song Oscar? (This seems unlikely, given that the song’s not exactly a fist-pumping rager, but who knows?)

    🎧 For more on why Rihanna is stepping up to the mic, check out NPR's podcastIt's Been a Minute.

    It's not just Rihanna — today's Super Bowl is packed with musical guests

    Posted February 12, 2023 at 5:02 PM EST
    Paris Hilton performed at a Super Bowl pre-game party hosted by Uber in Phoenix, Arizona this weekend. Musical acts and buzzworthy news will be woven throughout today's broadcast, from the halftime show to the commercial breaks.
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    Paris Hilton performed at a Super Bowl pregame party hosted by Uber in Phoenix this weekend. Musical acts and buzzworthy news will be woven throughout today's broadcast, from the halftime show to the commercial breaks.

    You might view today’s Super Bowl as a football game with a Rihanna concert in the middle. You might view it as a Rihanna concert bookended by footage of guys knocking into each other. You might view the whole shebang as little more than window dressing for ads hawking snack chips and online gambling.

    However you approach the big event, music will be inescapable: It’ll pop up at halftime (obviously), in commercials (which often serve up celebrity ringers, musical and otherwise) and in the long windup of the show’s pregame festivities.

    With the caveat that there are many known unknowns — which surprise guests Rihanna might invite, whose faces and songs pop up during the ads, and so on — we'll bring you a quick rundown of the musical performances to watch during tonight’s parade of orchestrated mayhem, literal and figurative fireworks, and ads urging you to get in on whatever’s left of the cryptocurrency industry.

    Your big-picture game overview

    Posted February 12, 2023 at 4:47 PM EST
    State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Ariz., host of Super Bowl LVII.
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    State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Ariz., host of Super Bowl LVII.

    As for the game itself, this year's matchup between the Philadelphia Eagles and Kansas City Chiefs should be a good one.

    We're getting a meeting between heavyweights, the best two teams in the NFL this season. Both finished 14-3 in the regular season. Both were the No. 1 seed in their conference.

    The Eagles were probably the most complete team in the NFL. They have no glaring weaknesses, and their run game and defense are formidable. They had by far the most sacks in the league this year. And they're much improved on offense this season, thanks to the strides made by quarterback Jalen Hurts, a running threat who's become a much more effective passer this year.

    But the Chiefs are no pushovers. Led by this year's Most Valuable Player, quarterback Patrick Mahomes, the Chiefs had the best offense in the league, full stop. This is true no matter which way you slice it, be it the simplest measures (the Chiefs were No. 1 in points scored and No. 1 in yards gained in the regular season), or the stats cited only by analytics nerds (their offensive expected points added per play, 0.17, was almost double the second-place team).

    It's as close to a tossup as they come, with the Eagles favored by just 1.5 points.

    How to watch (and hear!) today's big game

    Posted February 12, 2023 at 4:41 PM EST

    If you've followed NPR's live coverage before, you might have noticed we add livestreams of the events we're covering. Today will be an exception.

    Fox Sports has exclusive rights to today's game, which kicks off at 6:30 p.m. ET. We'll update this page with quarterly game summaries and news of any big, game-defining moments. But if you're also looking to catch the action for yourself, you might need two screens (or ears):

    How to watch on cable or satellite:

    Tune in to your local Fox affiliate. Not sure what channel number that is? Cabletv.com has a handy search tool.

    How to stream on a smart TV:

    You'll need one of the following streaming services to catch your local Fox affiliate on a smart TV (such as the Amazon Fire TV Stick, Roku or Apple TV):

    • DirectTVstream
    • Fubo TV
    • Hulu with live TV
    • Sling TV
    • YouTube TV

    How to stream on a mobile device:

    There are two apps where you can sign up for a new account or use your cable log-ins to catch the game on the go.

    • NFL+ mobile app
    • Fox Sports app

    How to listen on the radio:

    Fellow audiophiles, rejoice!

    • Westwood One sports is carrying the game nationally. You can find your station using this search tool.
    • If you're listening on mobile, you can download a national streaming app like Audacy, NFL Game Pass or TuneIn radio to listen for a fee.
    • Satellite radio users (SiriusXM) can find the game on the NFL or Fox Sports channels.
    Live from NPR HQ

    Welcome to NPR's live Super Bowl coverage

    Posted February 12, 2023 at 4:34 PM EST

    Hello there!

    I'm Emily Olson, one of NPR's digital editors, based in Washington, D.C.

    Here at NPR, we love sports, but we especially and deeply love the stories behind the games — the cultural moments on and off the field that reveal something deeper about our love of competition. We love sports for what sports tell us about ourselves.

    All this to say, we do things a little differently here. If you're looking for the deep cut, jargon-heavy, play-by-play: We admire your enthusiasm, but we won't be feeding it today.

    Think of this as a Super Bowl party for the rest of us. We'll cover the big highlights, sure, but we've also got our music critic teed up to analyze Rihanna's halftime show and a culture critic eyeing the best (and worst) commercials.

    We'll also be checking in with the fabulous reporters and critics at NPR member stations WHYY in Philadelphia and KCUR in Kansas City, who will fill us in on the good (and greasy) rivalry.

    In other words, we're going to have a little bit of fun today — we hope you will too.

    Thanks for joining us!