Patrick Mahomes Led the Kansas City Chiefs to a Super Bowl Return. He Likewise Affirmed His Greatness

Patrick Mahomes Led the Kansas City Chiefs to a Super Bowl Return. He Likewise Affirmed His Greatness

The half century was worth the wait.

With his group routing 20-10, and his second half littered with 2 interceptions and his instant ascendence into the pantheon of iconic modern-day athletes quite in jeopardy, Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes proved he belonged right here, today. He took the ball with just under nine minutes left, and crafted two flawless scoring drives that called to mind Joe Montana, Tom Brady or any of the other all-time Super Bowl greats. The Chiefs defeated the San Francisco 49 ers, 31-20, in Super Bowl LIV in Miami on Sunday, giving the Chiefs their very first title in 50 years. The half century, indeed, deserved the wait.

On a 3rd and 15 play at his own 35 backyard line, and a Kansas City Chiefs season destined for another heartbreak, Mahomes finally hit Tyreek Hill, head of the team’s electric “Legion of Zoom” receiving corp, with a 44- backyard pass to provide the Chiefs life. A couple of plays later on, a pass disturbance call on tight end Travis Kelce set up a one-yard goal pass from Mahomes to Kelce to cut San Francisco’s lead to 20-17 The Chiefs’ defense stepped up, forced a punt, and on what would wind up being the game-deciding drive, Mahomes was simply best.

Mahomes’s back-to-back scoring strikes took a little over five minutes. San Francisco had its possibilities, but the Niners just could not recover. San Francisco wasn’t alone; all postseason, the Chiefs offense could turn a game around in the time it takes you to put a bowl of chips. A Williams 38- backyard goal keep up over a minute left clinched the title.

Mahomes completed the video game completing 26 of 42 passes, for 286 lawns, two TD passes, and two interceptions. After Kansas City coach Andy Reid was doused with the celebratory Gatorade on the sideline, he shed his difference of being the winningest NFL coach never ever to clinch a championship.

Thankfully for Kansas City, Mahomes was able to fall on top of the loose ball to keep belongings. Mahomes could not capitalize on his good fortune; on the extremely next play, Mahomes threw an interception right into the hands of Fred Warner. Mahomes had actually made an unusual unsightly error, and it cost him; 49 ers QB Jimmy Garoppolo capitalized, making a few brief, accurate tosses to set up a one-yard goal run by San Francisco’s Raheem Mostert that gave the Niners a 20-10 lead.

Then at the start the 4th quarter, Mahomes made another incident: he missed out on Hill once again on a toss, in San Francisco area; the ball bounced off Hill’s body and landed in the hands of San Francisco’s Tavarius Moore. Kansas City, nevertheless, would not go quietly. Mahomes’ prior goofs would have ruined other professional athletes.

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They just rolled straight off him. Back to work, and another victory.

Mahomes and the Chiefs used America a required dosage of fun. All week long, awful news in sports– the death of Kobe Bryant, his daughter, and seven people in a horrific helicopter crash on January 26– eclipsed this Super Bowl. Even a week later, on the day of America’s most significant mass sporting spectacle, Bryant’s presence might be felt. On ESPN, studio experts got choked up while talking about Bryant, a week after his death. The 49 ers and Chiefs each lined up on the 24- yard-line– Bryant wore No. 24– for a pregame moment of silence to honor the victims of the crash in addition to NFL Hall of Famer Chris Doleman, who also died recently.

On Kansas City’s next ownership, Mahomes impressed with his feet, as he has throughout the playoffs. On a 3rd-and-11 from San Francisco’s 15 backyard line, he rushed to his right for a first down, and more: San Francisco’s Jimmie Ward knocked Mahomes hard near the 3-yard line, causing Mahomes to cough up the ball. And more significantly for Kansas City, Mahomes bounced right back from the violent contact, to continue the drive and Super Bowl mission.

The fumble, nevertheless, cost Kansas City an initially down; the ball was knocked back a couple of backyards, resulting in a 4th and 1, from the San Francisco five. Reid chose to go for it. Prior to the snap, Mahomes and members of the Chiefs backfield did a little spin while shifting to the right; running back Damien Williams took a direct snap for a four-yard gain, and an initially down. This piece of choreography seemed entirely unnecessary. However it was wonderful however; 2 plays later, Mahomes ran some more, into completion zone for a one-yard TD.

San Francisco’s second quarter got off to an auspicious start: KC defensive deal with Mike Pennel struck Garoppolo on a pass attempt, and Garoppolo sent a duck sailing into the air. Bashaud Breeland of Kansas City intercepted the pass, leading to a Chiefs field objective.

From there, the 49 ers were travelling, prior to the Chiefs turned to their hurry-up offense in the fourth quarter, and the Niners defense wilted. After Mahomes tossed those two second half interceptions, Reid informed Mahomes to keep believing in his eyes, and the Chiefs would be great.

Compose to Sean Gregory at sean.gregory@time.com

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