NFL Kansas City Finals City Chiefs – Philadelphia Eagles, February 12, 2023. Kansas City quarterback Patrick Mahomes with the trophy.
Glendale (USA) – The Kansas City Chiefs won the NFL finals for the third time in history and for the second time in the last four seasons. In the 57th Super Bowl, they defeated the Philadelphia Eagles 38:35. A very even battle and duel between the two star quarterbacks Patrick Mahomes and Jalen Hurts was decided by the Chiefs with a smart tactical play for time on the last drive, which was ended by a successful kick by Harrison Butker with ten seconds left.
The Most Valuable Player of the finals was chosen by Mahomes, who, although he re-injured his ankle during the game, still led the team to the title and thus completed a perfect year in which he was also voted the best player of the season. He became the seventh player in history and the first since 1999 to win the regular season, Super Bowl and Super Bowl MVP awards in the same year. He thus confirmed his position as the current best player in the world.
“He's M-V-Pat. I can't even begin to describe what he means to our team. He did something unbelievable again,” said teammate Travis Kelce. “You have to work hard to deserve to celebrate. And that's what we did today. And now the party starts,” he added. “Patrick is the MVP, no more needs to be said. He clearly showed who is the best today,” added Chiefs coach Andy Reid.
The game started hard and both teams scored quickly. First, Philadelphia pushed the ball over the end line after a Hurts touchdown, Kansas City immediately showed its main weapon, namely the cooperation between Mahomes and Kelce. He equalized with an intercepted pass for 18 yards.
Early in the second quarter, Hurts showed that he can make a nice pass in addition to running, passing nearly half the field for a touchdown to A.J. Brown. But shortly after that Hurst made a mistake, lost the ball, which Nick Bolton picked up and ran with to tie the score.
However, Hurts showed a strong mentality and scored two nice runs in the next attack. It was the second running touchdown in the game, a feat accomplished only by Jim McMahon in 1985 in Super Bowl history.
The Chiefs wanted to equalize before halftime, Mahomes took a risk and during one run, a defender hit him in the ankle, which the Chiefs quarterback injured during the playoffs. Mahomes limped off the field with a pained grimace. In addition, the Eagles managed to increase the lead with a successful kick by Jake Elliott.
Mahomes entered the second half and immediately set up a touchdown for runner Isiah Pacheco. Although Elliott increased the difference by six points with another kick, Mahomes showed his quality again. Even with limited movement, he was nearly flawless, setting up a touchdown to Kadarious Toney with accurate short passes and the Chiefs taking the lead early in the fourth quarter.
Philadelphia's subsequent attack did not work, moreover, it failed to stop Toney again, who during a long 65 yards got his team close to the end line and Mahomes made another touchdown with a pass to Skye Moore.
But Hurts didn't want to be embarrassed in the battle of star quarterbacks and first moved his team just before the end line with a 45-yard long pass to DeVonta Smith. He then punted the ball for a touchdown, becoming the Super Bowl record holder for most rushing touchdowns by a quarterback and tying the record held by running back Terrell Davis, who also ran for three touchdowns in 1997.
The Eagles instead punted and punted. Hurts took the ball over the line again to tie the score. He was so close to being the star of the night, but Mahomes wasn't going to let him. Even with a sore ankle, he made a key 26-yard run to give his team the lead. Then the referee made it even worse with a strict penalty for the Eagles for possession. “It was a hold. I really pulled his jersey. I believed the refs would let it go,” admitted the author of the interception, James Bradberry.
Philadelphia, aware that time was running out, opened the way for the opponent to go for a touchdown to go for the ball and be able to tie it. But Jerrick McKinnon showed experience and tactical maturity, and instead of running for six points, he simply took a knee and broke the game. The Chiefs then let time run out and waited for the last seconds before Butker's kick decided the game.
Super Bowl, NFL final in Glendale:
Kansas City Chiefs – Philadelphia Eagles 38:35.