Super Bowl LVII Recap


Patrick Mahomes was phenomenal when the Chiefs needed it.

After provoking his already injured ankle during Super Bowl LVII on Sunday, Feb. 12, The Kansas City Chiefs star Quarterback reentered the game and threw for two more touchdowns before Chiefs Kicker Harrison Butker’s game winning 27 yard field goal giving the Chiefs a 38-35 win in Super Bowl LVII.

Coming into the game, the Chiefs’ opponent, the Philadelphia Eagles were widely regarded for their ability to pressure the quarterback while rushing only four players. Allowing a league-low 179.8 passing yards per game and coming up with a league-high 70 sacks on the season. It was a rare occurrence for them to not get to Mahomes once as he was able to pick apart their defense; throwing 21/27, 182 yards, and three touchdowns.

Early on, the Eagles seemed to move the ball at will, scoring on an 11-play, 75 yard drive to take a 7-0 lead. A few possessions later the Chiefs responded with an 18 yard touchdown pass to Travis Kelce. The Eagles answered back as AJ Brown was able to beat Chiefs’ safety Juan Thornhill and rookie first round corner Trent McDuffie as quarterback Jalen Hurts found Brown for the 45 yard touchdown to put the Eagles up 14-7.

Later in the second quarter on a crucial third down, the Eagles called a designed run for Hurts. As he was turning up the field, he lost control of the ball. It sat on the turf, as second year linebacker Nick Bolton scooped it up and took it to the house to knot the game up at 14.

Despite this, Hurts looked like the runner-up MVP. Grinding out 10 unanswered points and leading his team to a 24-14 lead at the half.

“I thought guys just embraced the moment,” Mahomes said regarding rallying from the halftime deficit. “In that first half, we were playing and doing some good stuff, but I felt like the guys were getting consumed by everything around us.”

This was the first ever Super Bowl with two African-American quarterbacks and both Mahomes and Hurts didn’t disappoint. The two traded punches throughout the game, ending with a combined 486 passing yards and seven touchdowns.

“[Jalen Hurts] arguably could’ve won MVP, even with the loss,” said Travis Kelce, Chiefs tight end, on Hurts’ performance.

With 1:50 remaining in the fourth quarter, it’s third and eight. Mahomes took the snap; heavy pressure came so he lofted it to wide receiver JuJu Smtih-Schuster who looked like he had a step on all-pro corner James Bradberry and the pass fell incomplete. A late flag came in as Bradberry got called for a controversial holding.

“It was holding,” Bradbury said. “I tugged his jersey. I was hoping they would let it slide.”

Giving the Chiefs the first down, all that was left was for the Chiefs to run the clock, kick the field goal, and ice the game. They ran the ball with Jerick McKinnon to the left as he wisely slid down at the two-yard line instead of giving the Eagles time.

“It feels amazing just to see the confetti,” Butker said. “I just tried to focus on one kick and focusing on the process.”

The Chiefs won their second title in four years after not winning in the previous 50 years.

Mahomes earned his second Super Bowl MVP award to add to his hardware and catapulted himself into the discussion with some of the all-time greats.