What the KC Chiefs must do in order to win Super Bowl LVII
Another simple concept that is absolutely critical. Tackle. Tackle. Tackle. Miles Sanders and Kenneth Gainwell, on average, rush for about two yards before they even are contacted by a defender, which is incredible. That’s a testament to Philadelphia’s offensive line but it also shows that missing routine tackles can be catastrophic. Poor tackling can turn a potential 2nd-and-7 into a 2nd-and-3 or a 3rd-and-2 into a 1st down. The Chiefs have had problems tackling throughout the season, including George Karlaftis (25.0%), Mike Danna (16.0%), Frank Clark (12.9%), and Willie Gay (11.5%) each having a missed tackle % of more than 10% on running plays. That’s not going to fly on Sunday.
In addition to the running game, the Chiefs need to be able to tackle in space on passing plays. A.J. Brown is 6th in the NFL in yards after the catch per reception and is also tied for 3rd in missed tackles forced among wide receivers. The Chiefs do not have the luxury of allowing five-yard gains to become ten-yard gains due to poor tackling. The Chiefs need to have an efficient game tackling the Philadelphia skill position players.
These five keys are not the only areas that will decide Super Bowl LVII but they are some of the most important. In addition to basic execution and game planning on offense, defense, and special teams, if the Kansas City Chiefs can successfully accomplish the majority of these keys on Sunday, they have a very good chance of winning their third Super Bowl in franchise history.