Mahomes Performs Miracles as Chiefs Beat NY Rivals, Win Super Bowl Thriller
It was an instant classic from the opening kick in Arizona on Sunday night.
The Kansas City Chiefs and Philadelphia Eagles entered Super Bowl Sunday as No. 1 seeds from their respective conferences. Both teams finished with identical regular season records at 14-3, and the exact same amount of points scored.
Both rosters even had a Kelce brother.
Naturally, it was neck-and-neck until the very end, but ultimately, only one team could lift the Lombardi Trophy.
Kansas City Chiefs Storm Back to Defeat Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl
The Kansas City Chiefs defeated the Philadelphia Eagles, 38-35, to lift the Lombardi Trophy as champions of Super Bowl LVII. NFL MVP-turned-Super Bowl MVP Patrick Mahomes led an impressive second-half comeback, one that saw the Chiefs score on every possession after the half to emerge victorious at State Farm Stadium.
Mahomes finished the day 21-of-27 passing, with just 182 passing yard, but an efficient three touchdowns through the air to lead Kansas City to the win. Travis Kelce, Kadarius Toney and Skyy Moore all hauled in touchdowns, while Isiah Pacheco ran one in on the ground.
In the losing effort, Eagles' QB Jalen Hurts proved once again that he is the real-deal, going toe-to-toe with the veteran Mahomes for much of the game. As a team, the Eagles drastically out-possessed the Chiefs, an effort that was anchored by the play of Hurts, who threw for 304 yards and a touchdown, and ran for 70 more on-the-ground.
It was the three touchdowns on the ground for Jalen Hurts that truly turned heads on Sunday, as Hurts set an NFL record for rushing scores by a quarterback in a Super Bowl, breaking Steve McNair's previous mark.
At the same time, Hurts also tied former Broncos' running back Terrell Davis' 25-year-old record for rushing scores in a Super Bowl game.
The game was controlled by Philadelphia for much of the first half, a trend that was punctuated by a nearly-devastating scare for Patrick Mahomes.
He appeared to re-injure his ankle as the game neared the half, causing him to hobble painfully to the sideline. Mahomes was able to return to the game in the second half, limping around under center, but motivating his team to come-from-behind and steal victory away from the Eagles with his play.
In a near-carbon copy play from the AFC Championship game, Mahomes was able to scramble for a crucial first down as time wound down in the Super Bowl, wincing in pain as he ran down the field.
Tonight's Super Bowl was an instant-classic, but will also be remembered for a pivotal holding call made late in the fourth quarter against the Eagles' defensive unit. The penalty gave Kansas City an automatic first down, allowing Harrison Butker to kick a game-winning field goal with under ten seconds to go.
Penalty aside, both teams proved that they deserved to be there, and executed masterful game-plans throughout the game. Ultimately, it was the veteran-laden Chiefs, led by Andy Reid, who came out victorious over the up-and-coming Eagles, led by Nick Sirianni.
After watching tonight's game, no football fan should be surprised if we see a rematch of these two teams in Super Bowl LVIII. We wouldn't mind that one bit, either.