His third Tremendous Bowl MVP Award, fairly fittingly, tied Mahomes with Montana for the second-most all-time, behind Tom Brady’s 5. Mahomes additionally turned solely the third back-to-back Tremendous Bowl MVP, becoming a member of two different legends — Bart Starr and Terry Bradshaw.
The Chiefs fell behind 10-0 because the 49ers took the early edge in Tremendous Bowl LVIII. Mahomes was beneath hearth early because the 49ers’ move rush gave the Chiefs issues. Kansas Metropolis punted on three of their first 4 possessions and fumbled within the pink zone when Isiah Pacheco coughed up the Chiefs finest likelihood to attain a first-half TD.
“I’m going to attempt to cease getting down 10 factors in these and make it simpler,” Mahomes joked (Kansas Metropolis has trailed by 10 in all three of Mahomes’ Tremendous Bowl wins).
Mahomes led a 58-yard drive on the finish of the primary half, highlighted by a 52-yard bomb to Hardman, however the Chiefs needed to accept Harrison Butker‘s 28-yard subject aim after Mahomes was sacked within the pink zone. The beginning of the third quarter was shaky, too, with Mahomes misfiring a pitch to Pacheco for a loss after which throwing an ill-advised interception into heavy protection on their first possession after halftime.
The Chiefs’ protection saved the sport shut whereas the Chiefs’ offense struggled to get cooking, as Travis Kelce had been held to 1 catch for 1 yard within the first half and was seen ripping into Andy Reid instantly after Pacheco’s fumble.
Butker hit a 57-yarder to make it a 10-6 recreation within the third quarter, but it surely was telling that Reid handed up a fourth-and-6 alternative for Mahomes and the offense on the San Francisco 39-yard line.
After the 49ers compelled a three-and-out, unhealthy luck would give Mahomes a jolt. Tommy Townsend‘s punt glanced off the foot of the 49ers’ Darrell Luter, giving the ball again to the Chiefs. Mahomes instantly went for the carotid artery on the primary play, hitting Marquez Valdes-Scantling for the go-ahead TD at 13-10.
That may kick-start a streak of 4 straight scoring drives led by Mahomes, they usually wanted each single one in every of them to win. The 49ers took the lead at 16-13, having the extra-point blocked, and the 2 groups traded subject objectives for the remainder of regulation.
Mahomes could not end off both of the Chiefs’ remaining two drives within the fourth quarter with TDs, regardless of driving to the San Francisco 6- and 11-yard strains, respectively, taking a sack on third down on the primary one. With 10 seconds left on the clock, the Chiefs tried to hit Kelce on a back-shoulder fade. Reid opted for Butker’s game-tying subject aim with six seconds left, as an alternative of giving Mahomes another likelihood to win it in regulation.
Mahomes would validate his coach. After the 49ers acquired the ball first in additional time and kicked a go-ahead subject aim, the ball was again in Mahomes’ palms with an opportunity to win it. Was it going to go every other approach?
Instantly, the Chiefs confronted a fourth-and-1. However Mahomes — like he had earlier within the recreation on a 22-yard rush — saved the ball on a 6-yard choice run to transform. His legs bailed them out as soon as extra on the drive, as Mahomes scrambled proper up the intestine of the 49ers’ protection for 19 yards to place the Chiefs in vary for one more potential game-tying subject aim.
However Mahomes wasn’t about to accept a tie. Kelce, who completed with 9 catches for 93 yards, took a display screen for a primary all the way down to the San Francisco 3-yard line.
That arrange the throw – Mahomes to Hardman – to ship a 3rd title to Kansas Metropolis.
Hardman began the season with the Jets and solely returned to Kansas Metropolis due to the workforce’s issues at broad receiver in the course of the season. He might need been the Chiefs’ fourth receiver (a task that had been earmarked as soon as for the inactive Kadarius Toney), however Hardman performed a quietly main function within the victory.
That unit wasn’t good on Sunday, both. However Mahomes hit eight completely different receivers, every with two or extra receptions, understanding he had no selection however to belief his receivers to ship at this second. They did not let him down in the long run.
Mahomes had already reached heights few 28-year previous quarterbacks ever have previous to Sunday. However this win and this efficiency in clutch time places him proper up there subsequent to Brady, Montana and a handful of the all-time Tremendous Bowl greats.
“Why not?” Valdes-Scantling responded when requested on NFL Community after the sport if Mahomes is in the identical dialog as Brady after Tremendous Bowl win No. 3. “Take a look at him. Take a look at what he is doing. Six AFC championships … three Tremendous Bowls. He is simply doing it. He is the most effective to play this recreation proper now. He is simply keen this workforce to Tremendous Bowl after Tremendous Bowl.”