Oh, you thought it was done for the Kansas City Chiefs, huh? After all, this Patrick Mahomes was human?
You heard nothing against the Houston Texans from that divisional round game of the AFC, did you?
The man who with his no-look passes amazed the NFL and Houdini-like escapes pulled off his best magic trick yet on Sunday night. At the conclusion of the 3rd quarter, with about as much energy as road shooting, Mahomes led the Chiefs to 21 fourth-quarter points and a 31-20 victory over the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl LIV.
Left completely broken under the heat of the relentless pressure from Nick Bosa, throwing interceptions in the third quarter on consecutive plays, Mahomes replied with a performance for the ages.
“We never lost faith,” Mahomes said. “I think that’s the biggest thing. “Everyone in this room had no head down. And we believed in each other. That’s what we’ve been preaching all year long.” Decades from now on, this game will be debated alongside Tom Brady’s revival against Atlanta and Doug Williams ‘ demolition of the Denver Broncos. And it’s going to deserve every bit of myth-making.
The Mahomes erased a 10-point deficit in a span of less than 31⁄2 minutes. First there was Travis Kelce’s 1-yard scoring pass which capped a6-play, 55-yard drive, the heat and speed on the ball bringing back memories of his father, a former Major League Baseball relief pitcher. Mahomes powered the Chiefs 65 yards on seven plays after the defence made the 49ers quick work, punctuating him with a 5-yard pass that was caught by Damien Williams.
He would bring fan-favourite Andy Reid the title that has eluded him for a long time and Chiefs serenaded the coach with “Andy” chants! Jack!-Andy!”As ticked down at the last minute. Oh, and he gave Kansas City his first Super Bowl title in 50 years, with many more hoping to follow.
Mahomes Was Amazing And Put Up A Great Show
But none of that does justice completely to what Mahomes did.
Bosa had been in Mahomes ‘ space for much of the second half. And just to be honest in his head. When Bosa tackled Mahomes and pressured him to fumble in the third quarter with about six minutes left, last year’s MVP looked completely flustered. He launched a pass on the next play to Tyreek Hill which everyone in the stadium could see coming, including Fred Warner.
The middle linebacker for the 49ers jumped the path and picked off Mahomes. On the next drive, he was intercepted once again.
In his first two years as a starter, Mahomes rarely looked at his age-he’s not even 25. But that night, he did, possibly having his worst game since he still wore a Texas Tech jersey. His QB rating was in the 1950s, and his third-down numbers were abysmal outright.
But Mahomes is an amazing talent, and his teammates have seen him do so many special things that they never think they’re out of a play. He reversed a 24-0 deficit in less than a quarter just three weeks ago, joining Williams as the only quarterbacks in the playoffs to throw four touchdowns in a single quarter.
The Torch Has Been Passed
Now he has an even more remarkable status: Before their 25th birthday, he joins the hall of Famer Emmitt Smith as the only NLF players to win MVP honours, and a Super Bowl award. He is also breaking the reign of Brett Favre as the youngest quarterback to win a Super Bowl.
It helped Bosa in the fourth quarter to be relatively quiet, Kansas City’s offensive line ultimately finding a way to keep him from harassing their quarterback. Yet this was more about Mahomes, and the special player he is. He’d finish 10-of-17 in the fourth quarter for 141 yards and two touchdowns. His kneel-downs to end the game were as simple as they were impressive, which perhaps only those on the outskirts of Kansas City would have expected an hour earlier.
As the Chiefs were given the Championship Trophy, a torch was transferred, too. Brady and Drew Brees will continue to play, too. But in its second century, it is Mahomes who will lead the NFL.