Why are the Eagles the home team for the Super Bowl? How are the home and away teams decided?
The Chiefs were top seeds in the AFC conference and finished the regular season 14-3 so why are the Eagles the home team in the Super Bowl?
The Philadelphia Eagles have been designated as the home team at Super Bowl LVII - that however, doesn’t mean they will enjoy a home-field advantage. The game will be played at a neutral venue (State Farm, Glendale) but Nick Sirianni’s team will have the option of being able to select what colour uniform they will wear. They will be wearing their traditional green jerseys for the game, while the Chiefs, who get to call the ceremonial coin toss, will be in white.
In regular season NFL games, the home team is the one who is hosting the game. That isn’t the case in the Super Bowl as the venue is more often than not, neutral. When it comes to the Super Bowl, the home team alternates every year between the AFC and NFC champions - to put it in simple terms, the AFC champions are designated the home team in even numbered years while the NFC champions are the home team in odd numbered years.
NFC champions’ turn
That means this year, 2023, it’s the turn of the NFC champions - Philadelphia, who beat the 49ers in last month’s Championship game - even though both the Chiefs and the Eagles were top seeds in their respective conferences and finished the regular season with an identical record, 14-3.