The Kansas City Chiefs are a dynasty and Patrick Mahomes solidified his case as one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time in the 25-22 overtime victory over the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl LVIII.
Mahomes, whose game-winning touchdown pass to Mecole Hardman in overtime gave the Chiefs the victory, joined Tom Brady, Joe Montana, Terry Bradshaw and Troy Aikman as the only starting quarterbacks with at least three Super Bowl victories. He was named Super Bowl MVP for the third time, a feat only Brady (five times) and Montana (three times) have matched.
While he was winning the game with his arm, Mahomes put himself and his team in position to win the game by making some key plays with his legs. In overtime, Mahomes had an eight-yard run on 4th-and-1 and a 19-yard run in overtime moments later. Those plays allowed Hardman to score his game-winning shot with three seconds remaining in overtime.
Mahomes finished the night with 333 yards and two touchdowns on 34-of-46 passing. But he also ran for a team-high 66 yards on nine carries, the second-most rushing yards by a quarterback in Super Bowl history.
One has to think that Mahomes’ success as a runner was at least partly due to Dre Greenlaw’s injury suffered midway through the second quarter. With Greenlaw out, the 49ers lost a key piece in the middle of their defense and Mahomes took full advantage.
That’s the problem with Mahomes. Although his arm grabs all the headlines, his abilities as an all-around athlete are one of the reasons he is a two-time league MVP and now a three-time Super Bowl MVP. His competitive drive is also one of the reasons the Chiefs are the first team since Brady’s Patriots to.
But if you think the Chiefs are done, Mahomes has other ideas.
“It’s the start of a first,” Mahomes told CBS Sports’ Tracy Wolfson when asked if the Chiefs were indeed a dynasty. “We’re not done. I know we’re going to celebrate tonight… but we’re not done. We have a young team, we’re going to keep going.”
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