Mahomes collects 3rd Super Bowl MVP after OT heroics
Patrick Mahomes collected his third Super Bowl MVP after leading the Kansas City Chiefs to a 25-22 overtime victory over the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl LVIII in Las Vegas on Sunday.
With the Chiefs facing a do-or-die situation, Mahomes capped a 13-play, 75-yard game-winning drive in overtime with a walk-off touchdown pass to Mecole Hardman to clinch the win. Kansas City had to score at least three points after the 49ers kicked a field goal on the first possession of overtime.
The Chiefs trailed by as much as 10 points Sunday, making it the third time in Mahomes' career that he's overcome a 10-point Super Bowl deficit.
Despite being limited by the 49ers' defense early, Mahomes went on a tear to end the game, engineering four consecutive scoring drives. The first came as the Chiefs capitalized on a 49ers muffed punt in the 3rd quarter when Mahomes hit Marquez Valdes-Scantling on a 16-yard touchdown to give them a 13-10 advantage and their first lead of the game.
He then led two game-tying possessions in the fourth quarter before his heroic walk-off drive in overtime. Both his game-tying drives were capped by Harrison Butker field goals, including a kick in the final seconds of the final quarter of regulation.
"The Kansas City Chiefs are never underdogs," Mahomes said postgame.
The 28-year-old quarterback finished Super Bowl LVIII with 34 completions on 46 pass attempts for 333 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception.
He's now won three Super Bowls over the last five years and has made the Chiefs the first team to capture back-to-back Lombardi Trophies since the New England Patriots in 2003-04.
Only Tom Brady has more Super Bowl MVPs (5) than Mahomes, who's tied with Joe Montana.