Tim McManusESPN Staff Writer3 Minutes Read
GLENDALE, Ariz. — “Kelce Bowl” goes to younger brother Travis Kelce as the Kansas City Chiefs defeated Jason Kelce and the Philadelphia Eagles 38-35 on Sunday in thrilling Super Bowl LVII.
Big brother Jason is gracious in defeat – even if his concessions have the fire of intimate rivalry.
“Maybe it hasn’t touched me yet. I get a little emotional when I see my mom and dad. Trav I’m not that emotional. I’m just like, ‘F — you, congrats,'” he said.
“What a great two weeks for our family. I’m so excited for Trav, the Chiefs. There are a lot of people I know in Kansas City who are a big reason why I’m even in Philadelphia, including head coach Andy Reid. Frustrated we didn’t win but of course happy for those guys.”
Donna Kelce’s mother said before the game that she would be rooting for both offenses (Travis Kelce was a tight end for the Chiefs, while Jason Kelce played center for the Eagles) as a way of coping with the difficult situation of having both of her sons play. against each other on the biggest stage. It did well in that regard, as the Chiefs and Eagles combined for 73 points, the third most in Super Bowl history.
Travis Kelce had six catches for 81 yards and a touchdown, while Eagles Jason Kelce had a 417-yard offense.
Any bragging rights that Travis Kelce had earned with the win were swept aside immediately after the game.
“There’s really nothing you can say to your loved ones in those situations. You joke all the time and say you want to beat your brother on the biggest stage, but it’s a strange feeling,” he said. “That team had great leadership, a great coach, and it was on to the end. We have all the respect in the world for those Eagles. There’s nothing I can say to him other than I love him and he played an amazing year.” , what a season.”
The two brothers were asked about their future after the match. Jason Kelce, 35, said he would take time to evaluate whether he was still capable of contributing at a high level and was willing to commit to a grueling season before making a decision on whether to retire.
Travis Kelce, 33, brought conversation back to the season special when asked how many years he would have played.
“I feel like this is the happiest year of my life — both off the pitch, on the pitch,” he said. “To see my family in all its glory and get all the flowers, my mom to be the center of attention on the JumboTron before a game on the biggest stage and to be able to be closer to my brother all season and meet him on the top of the mountain, it’s the best feeling in the world I don’t know how many more I have left, but I will cherish this one forever.”
ESPN’s Adam Teicher contributed to this report.
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