Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes aims to become first player to win MVP, Super Bowl in same season this century


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For the second time in his career, Kansas City Chiefs quarterback link-placeholder-0] was voted The Associated Press NFL [Most Valuable Player.

For Mahomes to become just the seventh player to win MVP and a Super Bowl in the same season, he’ll need to break a long and dubious streak of MVPs coming up short in the biggest of big games.

The last nine AP NFL MVPs to play in the Super Bowl the same year lost the big game, according to NFL Research. Adding more historically bad mojo, the last to do so was Tom Brady, whose New England Patriots lost in Super Bowl LII to the Eagles.

Mahomes has rattled off ridiculous numbers and defied logic throughout an already spectacular career of just six seasons. However, history isn’t on his side heading into Sunday.

No player this century has captured the league’s highest on-field honor and won a Super Bowl in the same season. It’s a feat that hasn’t been accomplished since 1999 when Kurt Warner led the Rams to a triumph after introducing himself to the football world in the first season of a Hall of Fame career.

Players to Win NFL MVP, Play in Super Bowl in Same Season (since 2000)

Table inside Article
PlayerSuper BowlResult
KC Patrick MahomesLVII???
NE Tom BradyLIILost
ATL Matt RyanLILost
CAR Cam Newton50Lost
DEN Peyton ManningXLVIIILost
IND Peyton ManningXLIVLost
NE Tom BradyXLIILost
SEA Shaun AlexanderXLLost
OAK Rich GannonXXXVIILost
STL Kurt WarnerXXXVILost

Quarterbacks to win an NFL MVP and play a Super Bowl are 0-8 since 2000, per NFL Research, and adding to Mahomes’ statistical stress is that he’s squaring off with Eagles QB Jalen Hurts, the MVP runner-up. Super Bowl LVII will be the fourth instance in which the MVP and MVP runner-up have played against each other. In the previous three showdowns, the runner-up took home the world championship.

MVP vs. MVP Runner-Up in Super Bowl Matchups

Table inside Article
MVPMVP Runner-upSuper Bowl
KC Patrick MahomesPHI Jalen HurtsLVII
ATL Matt RyanNE Tom BradyLI
IND Peyton ManningNO Drew BreesXLIV
CIN Ken AndersonSF Joe MontanaXVI

Having defeated the Eagles during a 2021 matchup in his only start against the team, Mahomes would join Warner, Brett Favre (Green Bay Packers; 1996), Steve Young (San Francisco 49ers; 1994), Joe Montana (49ers; 1989), Terry Bradshaw (Pittsburgh Steelers; 1978) and Bart Starr (Packers; 1966) as the only players to win an MVP and Super Bowl in the same season with a triumph on Sunday.

It would be the latest and greatest accomplishment for the five-time Pro Bowler, who won his first MVP in the 2018 season and a Super Bowl the year after.

If Mahomes and the Chiefs come up short, though, he will become the 10th player in a row to win the league’s highest individual honor and fall days later striving for the NFL’s pinnacle of team achievement.

Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes aims to become first player to win MVP, Super Bowl in same season this century

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