Chiefs win Super Bowl with comeback against Eagles
Glendale, United States, Feb 12 (EFE).- Patrick Mahomes’ Kansas City Chiefs won the Super Bowl on Sunday by defeating the Philadelphia Eagles 35-38 after a second-half comeback.
This is the second title in four years for the Chiefs who trailed 24-14 at halftime and took the title despite Mahomes again suffering ankle problems.
It was a night of ruthless attacks, smashing offenses and points with incredible plays by both teams in a furious matchup between two formidable teams.
Mahomes, already an all-time great quarterback, finished 21 of 27 passing for 182 yards with three touchdown passes and no interceptions.
Facing him, young Jalen Hurts put up a fascinating battle, with 304 yards (27 of 38 passing) and a touchdown pass but, above all, overwhelming on the run with 70 rushing yards and three touchdowns, a Super Bowl record.
The Chiefs were overwhelming in a second half in which they got points on all their drives.
Philadelphia dominated the pace during the first half but their defense melted after the break.
The Eagles joined the Atlanta Falcons (2017) as the only team to lose a Super Bowl after leading by at least 10 points at halftime (26-2 all-time record.)
Hurts capped off his excellent performance by signing the first touchdown for the Eagles (7-0).
Mahomes recovered from his ankle problems – he made an eight-yard carry on the first drive – from him, connected from the beginning with his favorite partner, Travis Kelce.
With Philadelphia 45 yards from the end zone, Hurts pulled a lengthy pass out of the hat that practically fell out of the blue and was caught by A.J. Brown to seal a spectacular ‘touchdown’ (14-7.)
Hurts pulled magic with that pass but, five minutes later, made a a serious error.
With the Eagles at their 45-yard line, the ball slipped out of his hands – the first loss for Hurts in these playoffs – and Nick Bolton took advantage to equalize the score (14-14.)
But Hurts continued to attack and his aggressiveness was rewarded with his second touchdown (21-14.)
In his last drive before the intermission, Mahomes was tackled by TJ Edwards in his frail right ankle, the same one that had troubled him during the playoffs.
The quarterback was slow to get up, limping and wincing, and the entire State Farm Stadium fell silent for an instant.
Mahomes returned to the field at the restart and showed his physical problems and reduced mobility were an afterthought.
He pulled off a 10-play drive to start the second half that ended with a score by Pacheco (24-21.)
Receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster stepped up in the fourth quarter and the Chiefs reached the red zone.
Andy Reid’s board came to light and Kadarius Toney was left completely alone, so much so that he walked in to pocket the touchdown after Mahomes’ pass (27-28).