After Patrick Mahomes broke off a 26-yard run on a sprained ankle, Harrison Butker kicked a 27-yard field goal with 8 seconds left, lifting the Kansas City Chiefs to a 38-35 Super Bowl victory over the Philadelphia Eagles.
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Patrick Mahomes recovered from an ankle injury, reverted to his former self as a magician, and led the Kansas City Chiefs to their second Super Bowl victory in four years.
Mahomes threw two touchdown passes and scrambled 26 yards on the game-winning drive before Harrison Butker kicked a 27-yard field goal with 8 seconds left to give the Chiefs a 38-35 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday night.
Mahomes and Hurts shone in the first Super Bowl featuring two Black starting quarterbacks. However, after aggravating a sprained right ankle, Mahomes, the two-time AP NFL MVP, turned it up in the second half.
Andy Reid, who was unable to win the big game in Philadelphia, defeated his former team to earn his second ring with Mahomes and the Chiefs.
With the score tied at 35-35, the Eagles attempted to give the Chiefs a touchdown with less than two minutes remaining in order to regain possession of the ball. However, Jerick McKinnon slipped at the 2, forcing the Eagles to call their final timeout.
Butker nailed his kick after Mahomes took two knees, sending thousands of red-clad Chiefs fans into a frenzy.
Following the 2019 season, the Chiefs won their second Super Bowl, 50 years after the first. It only took three years to secure another Lombardi.
The Chiefs fans were outnumbered in the stadium, but the tomahawk chop chant helped to quiet the rowdy Philadelphia fans.
With Mahomes limping and the Chiefs trailing 24-14, Rihanna’s electrifying halftime performance was followed by a sensational offensive outburst.
Mahomes, who suffered a high ankle sprain in the divisional round, injured it again late in the second quarter on a 3-yard scramble. He hobbled off the field but had no negative impact on Kansas City’s next possession.
Mahomes slipped in the pocket — several players lost their footing on the natural grass surface — but regained his balance and scrambled 14 yards to the Eagles 4, setting up Isiah Pacheco’s 1-yard touchdown run, cutting the deficit to 24-21.
The Chiefs struck again after Jake Elliott’s 33-yard field goal extended Philadelphia’s lead to 27-21.
Early in the fourth quarter, Mahomes threw a 5-yard touchdown pass to a wide-open Kardarius Toney, giving Kansas City its first lead, 28-27.
The Chiefs improved their defense, forcing the Eagles to punt. Then Toney returned a line-drive kick 65 yards to the Eagles 5 for the Super Bowl’s longest punt return.
Mahomes connected with Skyy Moore on third down from the 4, extending their lead to 35-27. Moore was also completely open on the play.