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Patrick Mahomes Leads Kansas City Chiefs to Super Bowl LVII Win

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Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs defeated the Philadelphia Eagles, 38-35, on a last-second field goal in Super Bowl LVII on Sunday.

The Chiefs won the game on a 27-yard field goal by Harrison Butker with eight seconds left, which capped off a second half in which Mahomes led the Chiefs to points on every offensive possession.

 

For Mahomes and the Chiefs, it is their second Super Bowl title in four seasons. Mahomes became the 13th quarterback to start and win two Super Bowls in his career.

The victory came at the expense of the Eagles and their starting quarterback Jalen Hurts, who played his final season of college football at Oklahoma, where he was second in Heisman Trophy voting. The game was billed as a contest between former Big 12 quarterbacks.

Mahomes went to Texas Tech and was a first-round pick in 2017, Hurts was a second-round pick of the Eagles in 2020.

Mahomes appeared to aggravate his high ankle sprain late in the first half but returned in the second half and played the entire game. He went 21-of-27 passing for 182 yards and three touchdowns. He had 44 yards rushing, including a key run that set up the game-winning field goal despite the ankle.

Hurts had a terrific game in the loss. He threw for 304 yards on 27-of-38 passing and a touchdown. He also rushed for 70 yards and scored three touchdowns. He broke the Super Bowl record for most rushing yards in a Super Bowl and set a record for most rushing touchdowns by a quarterback in the Super Bowl.

Earlier this week Mahomes won his second NFL Most Valuable Player Award. He went into the Super Bowl trying to become the 13th quarterback to win at least two Super Bowls as a starter.  

 

Mahomes received 48 of the 50 first-place votes for MVP. The other finalists were Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts, along with Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow, Bills quarterback Josh Allen and Vikings receiver Justin Jefferson.

Mahomes also became the 10th player in league history to win the award more than once. Mahomes won the award for the first time in 2018, his second year in the NFL.

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