Patrick Mahomes proves no stage is too big and no light is too bright. The 24 year-old quarterback for the Kansas City Chiefs came back from another double digit deficit for the third straight game. This led the Chiefs to their first Super Bowl win in 50 years.
The first half seemed to be a win for the 49ers. They were containing Mahomes for the most part, holding him to 0 passing touchdowns. Other than a debatable offensive pass interference call on George Kittle, things were going their way. They went into halftime tied with the most potent offense in the league, what more could you ask for. The second half was a different story.
Down 10, with 7:13 left on the clock, Mahomes was facing a third-and-15 after throwing his second interception on the previous drive. The Chiefs desperately needed their star-studded quarterback to execute a big play. Anything less then a first down potentially would have allowed the 49ers to burn clock or even worse, score a game-securing touchdown. The 49ers sent a four-man rush, and forced Mahomes to throw flat footed and across his body. The pass soared through the air for what seemed like minutes. As the pass spiraled downwards, a red jersey entered the television screen. Who else but the cheetah, Tyreek Hill, to catch the 44-yard pass to breathe life back into the Chiefs. This pass led to the Chiefs first points since the first half. It led to the Chiefs scoring 21 unanswered points.
The 49ers blew a chance to score the go ahead touchdown with a 1:40 left in the fourth. After two incompletions, one almost being an interception, the 49ers faced a third-and-10. Jimmy Garrapolo, the 49ers quarterback, needed to pull off his best Mahomes impression to give his team any chance of winning the game. Kyle Shanahan dialed up a deep post route, ran by Emannuel Sanders, and a crossing route, ran by Kendrick Bourne. Off the line of scrimmage Sanders seemed to be doubled, but somehow snuck his way behind his defenders. Garrapolo noticed Sanders had a step on the secondary and went for it all. Garropolo threw it as Sanders came out of his break but overthrew the biggest pass of his life by 2 yards.
This eventually left to a turnover on downs and a game sealing touchdown leading to the score of 31-20. Patrick Mahomes won Super Bowl MVP for his late-game heroics, and near perfect 4th quarter. He is now the youngest Super Bowl MVP in history.
With the Patriots dynasty seemingly coming to an end, did the Chiefs victory guarantee the start of their own dynasty?