LAS VEGAS– The San Francisco 49ers offered Patrick Mahomes 2 chances to drive for the winning goal in the Super Bowl.
They should have understood– who does not at this moment?– that it was one a lot of.
Mahomes gamely led the Chiefs downfield late in guideline, just to go for a connecting basket with 3 seconds left, before responding to a basket by the 49ers to begin overtime with a goal drive to bear in mind.
Mahomes rushed for a set of very first downs, consisting of one on 4th down, before striking Mecole Hardman with a 3-yard pass for the 25-22 triumph Sunday.
Mahomes commemorated by running like mad into completion zone, then wheeling around and heading all the method back to Kansas City’s sideline, where he collapsed on the yellow-painted grass in what appeared to be elation and a little bit of shock.
” This is incredible,” Mahomes stated. “Legendary.”
It was merely more Mahomes Magic, providing the 28-year-old quarterback his 2nd straight ring and his 3rd general. He’s just the 6th quarterback to win 3 Super Bowls and the 2nd youngest, and his 3 champions puts Mahomes behind just Tom Brady, Joe Montana and Terry Bradshaw for the most by a beginning QB in NFL history.
Montana and Bradshaw are definitely within reach with 4 each, and offered how rapidly Mahomes is accumulating Lombardi Trophies in Kansas City, it’s tough to think– even for him– that Brady’s record of 7 is untouchable.
The Chiefs are the very first repeat Super Bowl champs given that the Patriots in 2003 and ’04, and their 3rd champion in 4 journeys over the previous 5 years puts them in rarified air.
Asked whether they had actually attained dynasty status, Mahomes responded: “It’s the start of one.”
Mahomes had a hard time for much of the video game Sunday, particularly as the 49ers declined to bring the blitz, which the two-time league MVP tears apart with ease. However he began to warm up in the 4th quarter, when he drove Kansas City for a basket to connect it 16 with 5:46 left, then when he drove for another basket that sent out the video game to overtime.
He ended up with 333 lawns passing and 2 goals, an early interception long forgotten when he discovered Hardman broad open in the end zone to send out red and yellow confetti drizzling below the rafters of Allegiant Arena.
” Feel in one’s bones that the Kansas City Chiefs are never ever underdogs,” Mahomes stated. “Feel in one’s bones that.”