The Kansas City Chiefs and the Philadelphia Eagles delivered an epic finish to Super Bowl LVII on Sunday night at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona, and it was a shame one team had to lose.
Patrick Mahomes and a late holding penalty set the Chiefs up near the goal line and Harrison Butker would deliver the game-winning field goal.
The Chiefs would win 38-35.
Mahomes played through a high-ankle sprain, which he re-aggravated in the second quarter of the game, to help the Chiefs come back from a 10-point deficit, to take the lead in the fourth quarter.
Kansas City would have to hold off Jalen Hurts and the Eagles as the star quarterback tied the game with 5:15 left with a 2-yard touchdown and a two-point conversion.
Mahomes would run for 26 yards on the bum ankle and get the Chiefs in field-goal range.
On the same drive, Eagles cornerback James Bradberry was called for defensive holding when it appeared he grabbed the back of wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster. Fans watching at home debated the penalty but regardless the call stood and it moved the Chiefs closer.
It appeared the Eagles were going to let the Chiefs score but Jerrick McKinnon – after catching a pass from Mahomes – ran just short of the goal line to keep the clock rolling. It was all a part of the plan.
Mahomes was named Super Bowl MVP – the second of his career. He led the Chiefs to four scoring drives after he appeared to be really hurt at the end of the first half but things really started to click in the second half.
He led the Chiefs on a 10-play, 75-yard drive that ended with an Isiah Pacheco touchdown. On the second drive, he found Kadarius Toney for a 5-yard touchdown pass. It was just the start for Toney.
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Toney would then return the subsequent punt 65 yards to set up the next touchdown. It was the longest punt return in Super Bowl history and it led to a touchdown pass from Mahomes to Moore.
Philly wasn’t going to roll over just because Kansas City scored.
Hurts rallied the troops and fired a 45-yard pass to DeVonta Smith to get into the red zone. Hurts would sneak into the end zone and then convert the two-point conversion to tie the game.
The rest is history. Philadelphia wouldn’t have a great shot at tying the game as the Hail Mary came up short.
Mahomes finished 21-of-27 with 182 passing yards and three touchdown passes. He also had 44 yards on the ground despite the ankle injury. Pacheco had 76 yards on the ground to lead the Chiefs. Travis Kelce finished with six catches for 81 yards and a touchdown. JuJu Smith-Schuster had seven catches for 53 yards.
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Nick Bolton also made a huge difference. Along with nine total tackles, he had a fumble recovery for a touchdown in the first half.
Hurts had a terrific first half finishing with three total touchdowns. He had a 1-yard run on the goal line to put Philadelphia on board early. He found A.J. Brown on a deep pass in which the wide receiver blew by a few Chiefs defenders in the back of the end zone. He put his third one into the end zone with 2:20 left in the half.
Jake Elliott made it 24-14 and Philadelphia.
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Mahomes limped into the locker room after he appeared he re-aggravated his ankle injury toward the end of the second quarter. He was in serious pain as he left the field to get checked out.
Hurts finished the first half 17-of-22 with 183 passing yards and a touchdown pass. He had 63 yards on the ground and two rushing touchdowns.
Mahomes was 8-of-13 with 89 passing yards and a touchdown pass.
Hurts finished 27-of-38 with 304 passing yards and a touchdown. Smith had seven catches for 100 yards. Brown had six catches for 86 yards and a score.
Andy Reid now has his second Super Bowl ring. He told Premier League TV Sports’ Jay Glazer earlier in the day he may have to make a decision on retirement soon but for now, he will enjoy the win.
Kansas City now has three Super Bowl titles.