Last Updated: 13/02/23 3:59am
The Kansas City Chiefs beat the Philadelphia Eagles 38-35 in one of the greatest Super Bowls of all time, with Patrick Mahomes defying injury to win his second Super Bowl title.
The Chiefs trailed by 10 at half-time, with Mahomes limping his way into the locker room after aggravating the ankle injury he picked up earlier in the playoffs. But, after the break, Mahomes led his team on four-consecutive scoring drives to stun the Eagles.
Mahomes threw three touchdowns, but his stat line was otherwise a modest one, completing 21 of 27 passes for 182 yards, with Kansas City’s offense kept off the field for large chunks of the game.
Philadelphia dominated time of possession, while quarterback Jalen Hurts himself enjoyed an incredible outing on the game’s biggest stage – throwing for over 300 yards and running in three TDs – but the game swung in the second half as Mahomes carried Kansas City on his back.
The Chiefs nudged in front for the first time with 12 minutes left in the fourth quarter as Mahomes found a wide-open Kadarius Toney for the go-ahead score and, after a badly timed three-and-out of offense from the Eagles, KC swiftly found the end zone for a second time inside three minutes.
Toney had a say in proceedings again, with a Super Bowl-record 65-yard punt return to set the Chiefs up at the Philadelphia five-yard line, before another blown coverage allowed Mahomes to find Skyy Moore all alone this time for the TD.
But back came the Eagles, with an unruffled Hurts finding DeVonta Smith deep down the left sideline for 45 yards to set up his third rushing score of the game. Hurts then hurled himself over the goal line for the game-tying two-point conversion too, with five minutes and 15 seconds left.
One of the most remarkable aspects of Mahomes’ performance was his ability to scramble, as he rushed for 44 yards on six carries, and it was another – this one for 26 yards – that helped set Kansas City up at the Eagles 17-yard line just before the two-minute warning.
With time running out, Eagles fans will point to a questionable ‘pass interference’ call on James Bradberry against JuJu Smith-Schuster that granted the Chiefs a fresh set of downs and allowed them to run off more of the clock before Harrison Butker ultimately booted the game-winning field goal with eight seconds left.
There was time left for one last play, but Hurts’ desperate deep heave down the field fell incomplete to end a Super Bowl classic.