It was an exciting back-and-forth game that saw the Chiefs claw back from a 10-point halftime deficit to win its second Super Bowl in four years by beating the Eagles 38-35 on Sunday in Glendale, AZ.
After aggravating the sprained ankle he suffered three weeks ago, Patrick Mahomes led the Kansas City Chiefs to a thrilling come-from-behind victory over the Philadelphia Eagles. hoisting his second Lombardi Trophy and taking with it the game’s MVP honor for the second time in his career.
Mahomes finished with 182 yards passing and three touchdowns, but he was especially brilliant on his hurt ankle in the second half: 13 of 14 for 93 yards and two touchdowns. The league’s MVP also had 44 yards rushing, including his 26-yard sprint with just over 2 minutes left in a 35-all game as Kansas City was driving for the go-ahead score.
Harrison Butker provided it with his 27-yard field goal with 8 seconds to go.
“I told you all this week there’s nothing that’s going to keep me off that football field,” said Mahomes, who hurt the ankle in the divisional round against Jacksonville. “I just want a shoutout to my teammates — we challenged each other, we needed everyone to win this football game — so shoutout to my teammates. We’re Super Bowl champs!”
Ten points down at halftime, Mahomes returned to the field despite a questionable ankle injury and promptly marched the Chiefs 75 yards and Isiah Pacheco crashed into the end zone to close within 24-21. When the Eagles answered with a field goal, Mahomes led another 75-yard TD march. And a 65-yard punt return by Kadarius Toney set up Mahomes’ 4-yard TD toss to a wide-open Skyy Moore that made it 35-27 in the fourth quarter.
Mahomes’ final scoring drive was pure guts.
The Eagles had just scored and made the 2-point conversion to knot the game 35-all with 5:15 left when Mahomes hit JuJu Smith-Schuster for a first down. He completed another pass to Travis Kelce, then Mahomes escaped on a long scramble — just like his one that set up their winning field goal against the Bengals in the AFC title game.
This time, the Chiefs kept going. They benefited from a defensive holding call on third-and-8 against Eagles cornerback James Bradberry, then got down to the goal line before killing the clock and sending Butker onto the field for what turned out to be the winning field goal.
It was a great game for the Chiefs with as Mahomes says, every player contributing. Mahomes wasn’t the only star with a number of players right on time and as needed.
It Was a History Making Super BowlLest we forget the history-making Super Bowl with two Black Quarterbacks.
It was a great, close game with both Hurt and Mahomes delivering a first-class performance.
Hurts played fabulously.
Rihanna returned to live performance after a six-year absence from live performance and revealed her baby bump, making her the first pregnant woman to perform in the Super Bowl halftime.
Then there were the Kelce brothers, Travis and Jason, playing on opposite sides, the first brothers to play in the Super Bowl.
Dave Skretta, Associated Press