Mahomes leads Chiefs to comeback win in opposition to Eagles in Tremendous Bowl traditional | Tremendous Bowl LVII

Jalen Hurts had a superb game for the Eagles but his evening would end in disappointment

The Kansas Metropolis Chiefs are Tremendous Bowl champions for a second time in 4 years after a hobbled Patrick Mahomes marshaled a game-winning drive to seal a 38-35 comeback win over a Philadelphia Eagles workforce who had outplayed them for a lot of the sport.

Mahomes, who entered his third Tremendous Bowl in 4 seasons nursing a sprained proper ankle and appeared to reaggravate the harm on the finish of the primary half with the Chiefs at their lowest level, accomplished 21 of 27 passes for 182 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions, saving his greatest for the largest moments because the Chiefs roared again from a 24-14 deficit at half-time.

The 2-time NFL Most Worthwhile Participant scrambled 26 yards on the ultimate drive, gimpy leg and all, earlier than Harrison Butker kicked a 27-yard subject aim with eight seconds left to win the sport, making Mahomes the primary participant to win the Tremendous Bowl in the identical season he was named MVP after 9 straight gamers earlier than him misplaced.

In doing so, the 28-year-old overcame an impressive Jalen Hurts, the younger Philadelphia signal-caller who threw for 304 yards, ran for 3 touchdowns and set a Tremendous Bowl report with 70 yards dashing within the first Tremendous Bowl matchup that includes two Black beginning quarterbacks.

The center-stopping affair lived as much as its advance billing beneath an open retractable roof and pristine 70F (21C) circumstances.

The Chiefs gained the toss and deferred, as they’ve all however as soon as all 12 months, inserting the ball in Hurts’ arms to begin. The 24-year-old promptly led an 11-play, 75-yard landing drive, plunging into the tip zone on fourth down. It marked the primary time in a quarter-century {that a} workforce acquired the opening kickoff within the Tremendous Bowl and drove it down the sector for a landing. The vaunted Philadelphia offensive line – all 5 of whom had been named to the Professional Bowl – had made an emphatic opening assertion within the battle of the trenches and despatched the decidedly pro-Philadelphia crowd into bedlam.

Then, in a sport pitched as the most effective roster v the most effective participant, it was Mahomes’ flip. He shortly marched Kansas Metropolis downfield earlier than discovering Travis Kelce on a stunning fade route for an 18-yard landing. It was the form of scripted opening drive that Chiefs coach Andy Reid has made his hallmark since coming into the top teaching ranks with, of all groups, Philadelphia again in 1999.

Then, on the primary play of the second quarter, Hurts took his shot downfield and related on a 45-yard landing to Brown. The runner-up in MVP balloting was off to a promising begin in his first Tremendous Bowl, finishing eight of his first 10 passes for 116 yards with no interceptions and a pair of touchdowns: one on the bottom and one by way of the air.

The Eagles quickly acquired the ball again after a Chiefs drive stalled. And that’s when catastrophe struck. Hurts made a shocking non-contact fumble whereas underneath duress, permitting Kansas Metropolis linebacker Nick Bolton to scoop the ball up and rumble 36 yards for the game-tying rating. It was the form of second the place Tremendous Bowls are gained and misplaced – and it will show expensive.

Of the seven quarterbacks who had began a Tremendous Bowl earlier than their twenty fifth birthday coming into Sunday’s sport, solely two had performed even remotely properly: Tom Brady within the 2001 season and Mahomes in 2018. But when there have been any concern that Hurts would crumble after his miscue, he instantly put it to relaxation on the following drive. He ran 14 yards on the primary play from scrimmage, transformed a 3rd down with one other run up the intestine into Kansas Metropolis territory, earlier than capping a 12-yard, 75-yard march with a four-yard landing run off the left deal with, placing the Eagles again in entrance at 21-14 amid chants of “MVP! MVP!” from the Philadelphia trustworthy.

Jalen Hurts had a superb game for the Eagles but his evening would end in disappointment
Jalen Hurts had an excellent sport for the Eagles however his night would finish in disappointment. {Photograph}: Caitlin O’Hara/Reuters

The Eagles would rating as soon as extra earlier than half-time by way of a 35-yard subject aim from Jake Elliot, opening a 10-point lead in a half the place they managed the ball for almost 22 minutes. However the greater challenge for the Chiefs was Mahomes, who limped off the sector after a deal with by TJ Edwards reaggravated the excessive ankle sprain he suffered within the divisional spherical.

Any promise of a stress-free end for the Eagles had been shortly doused by Mahomes, who led the Chiefs on an extended scoring drive capped by a one-yard Isiah Pacheco landing run, closing the deficit to 24-21.

The Eagles averted a disaster moments later when Boston Scott’s obvious fumble was returned for a landing – once more by the opportunistic Bolton – solely to be overturned by replay. The Eagles marched methodically downfield from there, going 60 yards on 17 performs – together with a highlight-reed catch by Dallas Goedert alongside the Philadelphia sideline – earlier than settling for one more Elliot subject aim and a 27-21 lead within the dying minutes of the third quarter.

That’s when Mahomes led a nine-play, 75-yard drive, punctuated by a four-yard landing go to a wide-open Kadarius Toney, sprung free because the Chiefs used Kelce as a decoy.

For the primary time in Philadelphia’s marauding postseason run, within the fourth quarter of the Tremendous Bowl, they discovered themselves behind. And that’s the place all of it went pear-shaped. Hurts accomplished a pair of brief passes however was hurried from the pocket by Carlos Dunlap on the subsequent play, forcing a three-and-out. Then Toney returned Aaron Siposs’s second punt of the sport across the subject and down the Philadelphia sideline, a 65-yard return that positioned the Chiefs inside 5 yards of the tip zone: the longest punt return in Tremendous Bowl historical past. Two performs later, the Chiefs had scored once more, extending their result in 35-27 after the additional level.

Issues appeared grim for the Eagles. However clinging to their final hope, Philadelphia fired again with an eight-play, 75-yard scoring drive highlighted by a 49-yard reception by Smith on the penultimate play then one other Hurts landing run – his third on the evening. Needing a two-point conversion to tie the rating, the Eagles once more turned to their dual-threat star underneath heart, who rushed it into the tip zone off the left finish.

That set the stage for Mahomes: tied at 35-35 within the Tremendous Bowl with 5 minutes left and 75 yards from the tip zone. After milking down the clock with a few hand-offs to Pacheco and a seven-yard reference to Kelce throughout the center, Mahomes darted 26 yards down the center of the sector all the way down to the Philadelphia 17. The Eagles’ flickering comeback hopes had been all however extinguished when a extremely controversial defensive holding name on cornerback James Bradberry on third-and-8 gave Kansas Metropolis a primary down that allowed them to burn much more valuable seconds away.

Butker’s subject aim left the Eagles with a last-ditch try with six seconds left. When Hurts’ hail mary try fell brief, one other Chiefs title had been sealed.

“He’s the MVP,” Reid mentioned of Mahomes. “That’s all that must be mentioned. MVP. And also you noticed it tonight.”