Tim McManus | ESPNReading: 3 min.
GLENDALE, Ariz. — The “Kelce Bowl” was won by younger brother Travis Kelce as the Kansas City Chiefs defeated Jason Kelce and the Philadelphia Eagles 38-35 on Sunday in a thrilling Super Bowl LVII.
Older brother Jason was kind in defeat, even if his concession had a family competitive fire.
“Maybe it hasn’t affected me yet. I was a little excited when I saw my mom and dad. Trav didn’t get me too excited. I was like, ‘Fuck you, congratulations,'” he said.
“It was an amazing two weeks for our family. I’m so happy for Trav, the Chiefs. There are a lot of people I know in Kansas City who are a big reason I’m in Philly, including head coach Andy Reid. Frustrated that we didn’t win but certainly happy for those guys.”
Mother Donna Kelce said before the game that she would support both offenses (Travis Kelce is a tight end for the Chiefs, while Jason Kelce plays center for the Eagles) as a way to navigate the difficult situation of having both of her sons play. against each other in the greatest of scenarios. It worked out well in that regard, as the Chiefs and Eagles combined for 73 points, the third-most in Super Bowl history.
Travis Kelce had six receptions for 81 yards and a touchdown, while Jason Kelce’s Eagles had 417 yards on offense.
Any bragging rights that Travis Kelce earned with the victory were put on the back burner immediately after the game.
“There’s really nothing you can say to a loved one in a situation like that. You joke all the time and say you want to beat your brother on the biggest stage, but it’s a weird feeling,” he said. “That team had great leadership, great coaches, and it went all the way. 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 had a great year, an incredible season.”
Both brothers were asked about their future after the game. Jason Kelce, 35, said he would take time to assess whether he can still contribute at a high level and whether he is willing to commit to another grueling season before making the decision to retire.
Travis Kelce, 33, steered the conversation back to the recent special season when asked how many more years he would play.
“I feel like this was the happiest year of my life, both on and off the field,” he said. “Seeing my family in all their glory and receiving all their flowers, my mom being the center of attention in the JumboTron before the game on the biggest stage, and being able to get close to my brother during the season and meet him on 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.