Shine bright like a diamond.
The Kansas City Chiefs are Super Bowl Champions for the second time in four years.
Harrison Butker kicked a 27-yard field goal to seal the shootout game over the Philadelphia Eagles 38-35 in Super Bowl LVII.
The game was a tale of the first and last two-quarters of the game.
In the first half, both teams put points on the board. Nick Bolton of the Chiefs picked up a Jalen Hurts fumble and raced 36 yards for a score that made it 14-14. Hurts had eight turnovers this season, six picks, and two fumbles and played a near-perfect Super Bowl. The Eagles took a 24-14 advantage to the locker room.
The Eagles had 270 total yards in the first half and owned the time of possession at 21:54, along with a 10-point lead. Chiefs had 128 total yards on offense with only 8:06 of possessing the football.
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Back to recapping Super Bowl LVII.
In the second half, the Chiefs were hot at the right time, playing nearly perfect football.
Chiefs’ last four drives: 34 plays, 221 yards and 24 points.
Three crucial plays in the second half for the Chiefs halted the momentum of the Eagles: Kadarius Toney’s 65-yard punt return, which became the longest punt return in Super History with 10:11 to play in the fourth quarter. A defensive holding penalty was called on James Bradberry, who was covering JuJu Smith-Schuster on third and eight on the Philadelphia 15-yard line, and Jerick McKinnon slid to remain in bounds as the clock continued to run with 1:40 remaining, leading to Butker’s game-winning field goal.
The Chiefs faced the best defensive line in the NFL. The Eagles were unable to sack Mahomes.
The Chiefs’ offensive line was impressive with the running game as they helped outrush the Eagles from 158 to 115.
“The offensive line stepped up in the second half, gave me enough time, and ran the football; that’s why we won the game,” Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes said.
The Eagles were favored to win by 1.5. They have nothing to be ashamed of; the Chiefs have Mahomes.
Mahomes and Hurts did not disappoint in the first Super Bowl matchup featuring two Black starting QBs. There can only be one MVP.
Mahomes completed 21 of 27 pass attempts (77.8 percent) for 182 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions for a 131.8 rating and added 44 rushing yards in helping the Chiefs overcome that 10-point halftime deficit en route to the win. It marked the fourth time ever a team has overcome a second-half deficit of at least 10 points to win the Super Bowl, joining New England in Super Bowls XLIX and LI, as well as Mahomes’ Chiefs in Super Bowl LIV.
“We just want to win at the end of the day,” Mahomes stated. “We don’t care how pretty it is. It is about winning and guys fighting to the very end.”
Mahomes, who was also named Super Bowl LIV MVP, is the sixth player ever to win multiple Super Bowl Most Valuable awards, joining Tom Brady (five), Eli Manning (two), and Pro Football Hall of Famers Joe Montana (three), Terry Bradshaw (two) and Bart Starr (two). At 27 years and 148 days old, he is the second-youngest player ever to win multiple Super Bowl Most Valuable Player awards, trailing only Tom Brady (26 years and 182 days old).
“We are not done; we have a long way to go to call ourselves a dynasty,” Mahomes stated. “We are going to have to keep fighting; we have a lot of young dudes on this team; I like our chances next year as well.”
It marks the 32nd time that a quarterback has been named Super Bowl Most Valuable Player. Mahomes is the seventh quarterback to win both the NFL MVP and Super Bowl MVP awards in the same season, joining Pro Football Hall of Famers Terry Bradshaw (1978), Joe Montana (1989), Emmitt Smith (1993), Bart Starr (1966), Kurt Warner (1999) and Steve Young (1994). He is also the first player to lead the NFL in passing yards and passing touchdowns and win the Super Bowl in the same season.
Hurts set a Super Bowl record with 70 yards rushing and tied a record with three rushing scores. He also threw for 304 yards and one TD.
“You want to cherish these moments with the people you have come so far with, your family, your loved ones, your teammates, your peers, everyone you do it with and do it for,” Hurts said. “I am so proud of this team, everything we have been able to overcome. We had a goal at the end that we wanted to accomplish, but we came up short.”
Hurts, who missed two games late in the season with a shoulder injury, had TD runs of 1 and 4 yards in the first half, along with a 45-yard TD pass to A.J. Brown.
“The beautiful part about it, everyone experiences different pains, everyone experiences different agony of life, but you decide if you want to learn from it,” Hurts said. “You decide if you want to use that to be a teachable moment, I know what I will do.”
Hurts has one year remaining on his current contract and proved he can lead the Eagles; moreover earned a new contract extension.
The Chiefs have eleven draft picks in the upcoming draft. They are set up to win more, especially with Mahomes, who is 27 years of age.