Mahomes Becomes Youngest Ever to Win MVP and Super Bowl
Mahomes Leads Chiefs To Super Bowl Victory
At the young age of 24, Patrick Mahomes has already cemented his legacy in the history of the Kansas City Chiefs by leading his team back from a 10-point, fourth-quarter deficit to win Super Bowl LIV on Sunday.
With less than a quarter to play, Mahomes led his team on three straight scoring drives to overtake the San Francisco 49ers and claim the Lombardi Trophy.
Although he wasn’t at his best, Mahomes finished the game 26-of-42 for 286 yards with three total touchdowns, one of which came on the ground, and two interceptions. That was enough to earn the Kansas City quarterback Super Bowl MVP honors.
Mahomes now joins Tom Brady and Terry Bradshaw as the third player in league history to win Super Bowl MVP after throwing multiple interceptions. Trailing only Lynn Swann and Marcus Allen, Mahomes is the third-youngest Super Bowl MVP overall.
And at 24 years and 138 days old, Mahomes is now the youngest quarterback in NFL history to win a league MVP award and the Super Bowl.
“I’ve been waiting to say it my whole life: I’m going to Disney World,” Mahomes said after the game.
Mahomes Turns the Tide With One Big Throw
As the fourth quarter got underway in Miami Sunday night, the Chiefs were on the brink of throwing their Super Bowl chances away. After an overturned call that resulted in an incompletion, Kansas City faced a third-and-15 with a 10-point deficit on the scoreboard.
To this point, Mahomes had looked a far cry from his best self. Several of his passes dipped into the grass or were placed behind his receivers. Two of those throws ended up in the hands of a 49ers defender.
The pass rush of the San Francisco defense had caused Mahomes to falter far more than we’re used to seeing, but it all changed on that third-and-15.
Comeback Changes Everything
Mahomes received just enough protection to launch a ball up to Tyreek Hill, who was able to turn the safety before breaking toward the sideline. The play ended in an easy 44-yard catch for Hill.
At that point, the comeback was on. The Chiefs would score on that drive to cut the score to 20-17 before earning what would be the game-winning touchdown on their following possession when Mahomes flipped a five-yard touchdown pass to Damien Williams.
The Chiefs would go on to win by a final score of 31-20, but it all started with the big completion to Hill.
Super Bowl Standouts
Mahomes won Super Bowl MVP, but the award could easily have gone to the Chiefs running back. Williams rushed for 104 yards and delivered the football into the end zone on the two biggest drives of the game.
After his touchdown reception to put his team up 24-20, Williams sealed the contest with a 38-yard touchdown run with just over a minute remaining in the game.
In the passing game, Hill caught nine balls for 105 yards, Sammy Watkins caught five balls for 98 yards, and Travis Kelce caught six balls for 43 yards and a touchdown.
Despite the contributions of his teammates, the award was always going to go to Mahomes, who figures to be one of the faces of the NFL for years to come.