Patrick Mahomes wins Super Bowl MVP for third time

The MVP of Super Bowl LVIII went to Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes on Sunday night, just after he led his team on a winning scoring drive in overtime.

It was not, however, without drama. Not when the Chiefs were behind and needed to extend the game with a field goal at the very least.

When the Kansas City defence limited the San Francisco 49ers to a field goal on the first play of overtime on Sunday night, Mahomes had a unique perspective.

Go win the game right here was our mentality, Mahomes remarked. We won’t play that way again after we got the ball and lost in regulation. We’re going to take the pitch and prevail in the match.

Done deal.

Because with three seconds remaining, Mahomes hit receiver Mecole Hardman Jr. for a 3-yard walk-off score, giving the Chiefs a 25-22 lead, after leading the team 75 yards in 13 plays, including two runs for 27 yards on fourth-and-1 and third-and-1 conversions during the drive.

Mahomes, who is only 28 years old, not only helped the Chiefs win their third Super Bowl in five years, but he also won his third MVP award in Super Bowl history, which ties him for second place behind only Tom Brady (five).

With a 99.3 passing rating, Mahomes completed 34 of 46 passes for 333 yards, two touchdown passes, one interception, and 66 additional yards of running.

Coach Andy Reid of the Chiefs stated, “The offence persevered.” “That last drive was a thing of beauty.”

And since the New England Patriots in 2004–05, the Chiefs are the NFL’s first team to win two titles in a row.

After defeating the Las Vegas Raiders four times at Allegiant Stadium since it opened in 2020, Mahomes also kept his perfect record there. However, this was undoubtedly the most dramatic night because it was his final pass of the game that put an end to only the second overtime Super Bowl game ever.

The scene was established by the drive Mahomes orchestrated towards the end of regulation.

With 1:53 remaining and the Chiefs behind 19–16, Mahomes performed as usual. He guided Kansas City on an 11-play, 64-yard drive that was stopped with three seconds remaining on a 29-yard field goal by Harrison Butker.

And Mahomes repeated it after the 49ers grabbed the lead, 22-19, on the first drive of OT.

Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce confirmed that Mahomes entered the huddle on that drive and said, “Let’s go win this thing.” “I guess at this point, I take it for granted, but I know we’re in every single game I’ve ever played in with him,” Kelce said.

“That guy’s got magic in his right arm, man, and he can just — he found ways to propel us, even with his legs, as you saw today.”

Reid said as much to his standout tight end.

That place isn’t a façade, he declared. Every day, he arrives at work in humility. His daily goal is to improve.

As Mahomes put it, the game itself served as a “microcosm” of the Chiefs’ season, during which the champions appeared to be on the verge of collapse after losing five of their last eight games.

The Chiefs ended with an 11-6 record and won the AFC West; their most recent loss came against the Raiders at home on Christmas Day.

Mahomes remarked, “It’s culture, man,” in reference to the Chiefs’ mindset that they could overcome their obstacles. This culture was introduced to me. The team was being led by Alex Smith. They have all the parts together, and Coach Reid has been the best leader of them. I was brought in to try to embody that, and he never stops striving to be even better.

He allows me to be who I am, which brings out the best in me. In my opinion, that’s crucial. He doesn’t want to turn me into someone else. Without Coach Reid, I don’t think I would be the quarterback I am today. He desires for you to live your life to the fullest.

Mahomes has three Super Bowl victories, but in each of the previous three games, he has fallen down by a double-digit margin: in the fourth quarter of the game against the 49ers four years ago, in the third quarter of the previous year against the Philadelphia Eagles, and in the second quarter of Sunday’s game against San Francisco.

“I’m going to try to stop getting down 10 points in these games to make them a little bit easier,” Mahomes joked. “But I was proud of how the guys fought.”

Credits: ESPN

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