Kansas City Chiefs win their second Super Bowl in four years


The Kansas City Chiefs and Philadelphia Eagles faced off against each other in the 57th Super Bowl on Sunday, February 12. Photo courtesy of NBC Sports

Weston Corak

Going into this year’s Super Bowl game, history was already made. It was the first Super Bowl with two black quarterbacks facing one another. Playing on a hurt ankle, Patrick Mahomes (Kansas City) was able to cement and excel in his legacy as one of the best players the game has ever seen. With these wins, Mahomes sits with an elite company. He is tied fifth for the most super bowl wins of all time for quarterbacks with people such as John Elway, Ben Roethlisberger, and the Manning brothers. At the age of 27, Mahomes is in a good place to exceed these players as he competes for the rest of his career.

In the first half of the game, the Chiefs won the coin flip and chose to kick first. With the first possession of the ball, the Eagles were able to drive down the length of the field and score first as Jalen Hurts pushed his way through from the one-yard line. On this drive, Devonta Smith was able to catch a 30-yard pass from Jalen Hurts, putting the first points on the board. Philadelphia led 7-0 with 10:09 left in the first, following an extra point by Jake Elliot. The Eagles then kicked the ball off to the Chiefs. They too were able to march down the field and score a touchdown thanks to Travis Kelce’s 18-yard catch. With the successful extra point, the Chiefs kicked the ball back to the Eagles with 6:57 left in the first quarter. On the first play of the drive, the Eagles gained 6 yards following a catch by Kenneth Gainwell; however, it was called back for offensive pass interference, sending them back 10 yards. The Eagles were forced to punt with 5:00 left in the quarter, as they couldn’t overcome the yardage they lost. With the ball, the Chiefs were able to march down the Philadelphia 24-yard line. They elected to kick a 42-yard field goal but ended up missing. With this, the Eagles got the ball back with 2:27 left in the quarter. Philadelphia drove down to the Chief’s 45-yard line as the quarter ended.

To start out the second quarter, Jalen Hurts threw a 45-yard touchdown to A.J. Brown. Getting the extra point, the Eagles led 14-7 against the Chiefs with 14:52 left in the half. On the next drive, the Eagles forced the Chiefs to a three-and-out as Kansas City elected to punt. With the ball, the Eagles began to march down the field again until Jalen Hurts fumbled the ball. This resulted in a 36-yard scoop and score for the Chiefs. They also made the extra point, which tied the game 14-14 with 9:39 left in the half. Despite the fumble on their last drive, the Eagles put together a long drive over 7 minutes, resulting in a touchdown run by Jalen Hurts. They made the extra point, resulting in a 21-14 lead. With the ball back, Kansas City put together a short, 58-second long drive before punting. With no time left, the Eagles marched down the field again and scored a field goal. This put them up 24-14 going into the second half.

In the second half, the Chiefs got the ball first and were able to drive down the field and score a touchdown, following a one-yard rush by Isiah Pacheco. Following the successful extra point, the Chiefs kicked the ball back to the Eagles. Philadelphia led 24-21. With the ball, the Eagles were able to put up another long drive, lasting over seven minutes. With their good field position, the Eagles chose to kick a field goal with 1:45 left in the third quarter. They then kicked it back to Kansas City, who closed out the quarter following an 11-yard run by Pacheco.

To start out the fourth quarter, Mahomes hit Juju Smith-Schuster for three consecutive passes for 14, 13, and three-yard gains. Later in the drive, Mahomes through a five-yard touchdown pass to Kadarius Toney with 12:04 left in the game. Following their extra point, the Chiefs led 28-27 as they kicked it back to the Eagles. Philadelphia was held to a three-and-out on their next drive and elected to punt the ball back to the Chiefs with 10:33 left. With the ball, Toney was able to return the punt 65 yards for the longest punt return in Super Bowl history.

The Chiefs were then at the Philadelphia 5-yard line. With great field position, the Chiefs scored a touchdown following a four-yard pass by Mahomes to Skyy Moore. Following a made extra point, the Chiefs led 35-27 with 9:22 left as they kicked the ball back to the Eagles. Following some short gains, Hurts threw a long 45-yard pass to Smith with 5:45 left. This got them down to the Kansas City two-yard line. Hurts then punched the ball in on a sneak play, tying the game 35-35 following a two-point conversion by the Eagles and a run by Hurts. Mahomes and the Chiefs got the ball back with 5:07 left in the game. The Chiefs were able to run the clock down and kick a game-winning field goal. During their drive, however, there was a controversial defensive hold call called on the Eagles. With this call, the Chiefs were able to run the clock down leaving very little time for the Eagles. With 0:06 left on the clock, Hurts made one last throw, but it dropped incomplete. With this, the Chiefs won the Super Bowl 38-35.

With the win, Kansas City Head Coach Andy Ried was able to beat his old team for the Lombardi Trophy. Being one of the highest-scoring Super Bowls ever, football fans were lucky to witness such a remarkable game.