Improbable. Against all odds. Dramatic. Those are just a few words to describe Super Bowl LVII, which saw Andy Reid and Patrick Mahomes capture their second Super Bowl with the Kansas City Chiefs.
A controversial defensive holding call on the Eagles under two minutes gave the Chiefs new life. This allowed Harrison Butker to tack on a 27-yard field goal to give them the 38-35 lead with eight seconds left.
When the Chiefs went into halftime down 24-14, history was not on their side. Teams that led by double digits at halftime were 26-1 in Super Bowl history, per ESPN stats. Additionally, the winner of the coin toss had lost the last eight consecutive Super Bowls; the Chiefs won the toss on Sunday.
How the Chiefs Got it Done
Kansas City had other plans. They scored on all four possessions of the second half. As the Chiefs have continually proven in the postseason, no lead is too big to overcome. Mahomes was also playing through a reaggravated ankle injury which he sustained in the second quarter.
Mahomes was at the helm for their comeback performance, but the game was more about their unsung heroes. Rookie seventh-round pick Isiah Pacheco kicked off the second half with a rushing touchdown, capping off a 10-play drive. On their next possession, Mahomes found a wide open Kadarius Toney, a mid-season acquisition, for a five-yard score. And just two minutes later, rookie second-rounder Skyy Moore found the endzone to extend their lead to 35-27.
A Historic Performance for Jalen Hurts
Of course, the Eagles fought hard until the end. QB Jalen Hurts put the team on his back. He completed 27 of 38 passes for 304 yards and a touchdown. Hurts also rushed for three touchdowns, tying a Super Bowl record.
Hurts also set a new NFL record with the most rushing yards in the Super Bowl by a QB (70).
The only blemish on Hurts’ record was a lost fumble in the second quarter. Chiefs LB Nick Bolton scooped up the ball and ran it back for a 36-yard score.
Regular season MVP and Super Bowl LVII MVP Patrick Mahomes completed 21 of 27 passes for 182 yards and three touchdowns. He also added 44 rushing yards, including a clutch 26-yard scramble on their final drive.
Pacheco led the team in rushing with 76 yards and a touchdown. TE Travis Kelce caught six passes for 81 yards and a touchdown. Two of his receptions came during the Chiefs first drive of the game. His second catch of the drive was an 18-yard score.
Three receivers for the Eagles caught six or more passes for 50+ yards: TE Dallas Goedert (6-60), WR A.J. Brown (6-96-1), and DeVonta Smith (7-100). Both Brown and Smith had huge 45-yard catches to keep Philly alive.
Overall, one of the better Super Bowls of recent memory. The Chiefs are continuing to build their dynasty. The Eagles, as tough of a loss as it was, have taken great strides of progress that will prop them up as NFC contenders once again next season.
The 2022 NFL season is officially over. Now we turn to the offseason, free agency, and the draft. More drama and excitement is sure to come.
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