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Chiefs surprise the experts in Superbowl extravaganza

22 de Febrero de 2023 a las 09:46

Chiefs surprise the experts in Superbowl extravaganza

Foto courtesy of Ezra Shaw, Getty Images

Article by Jeremy Schooler
Columnist and Host on Spanglish World Networks, Spanglish Sports World & Zingo TV

Glendale, Arizona. - The Kansas City Chiefs beat the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl LVII Sunday night, 38-35,

as quarterback Patrick Mahomes, who was rumored to have a high ankle sprain, and hobbled off the field near the end of the first half, took home his second Super Bowl MVP award.

In a battle of two high powered, prolific offenses, the Eagles and Chiefs produced 38 first half points, just seven points behind the all-time record for most first half points in Super Bowl history (there were 45 points scored in Super Bowl XXII between the Redskins and Broncos). However, despite the 24-14 lead, Philadelphia allowed Mahomes to complete 93% of his second half passes, including two touchdowns, as the underdog Chiefs stormed back in the third quarter and took the lead early in the fourth quarter. Chiefs wide receivers Kadarius Toney and Skyy Moore scored second half touchdowns as the Chiefs completed their comeback. Toney also set a Super Bowl record for longest punt return, as he brought back a second half punt 65 yards, to well within the red zone.

Philadelphia quarterback Jalen Hurts rushed for three touchdowns and threw for another, making his case to be MVP despite a losing performance from his team. He also rushed for a game-tying two-point conversion to tie the game at 35 in the fourth quarter, becoming the first person to ever complete an “octopus” in the Super Bowl, meaning a player scores a touchdown and ensuing two-point conversion.

Despite Hurts’ ability to tie the game late in the fourth quarter on that two point conversion, he did so with just over five minutes left, allowing Mahomes and the Chiefs offense just enough time to set up a game winning field goal. The Kansas City signal caller orchestrated a meticulous 12-play drive, one that included a scramble of nearly 30 yards by Mahomes himself and allowed kicker Harrison Butker to put a 27-yard chip shot through the uprights with under 10 seconds to play.

The Eagles had time for one offensive play on their final drive, an attempted Hail Mary by Hurts that was deflected and fell well short of the endzone, solidifying the 38-35 Chiefs victory. In addition to this being Mahomes second Super Bowl title and MVP, it was the second championship for Chiefs coach Andy Reid, who spent 13 years as head coach in Philadelphia.