Mahomes: ‘I play better when we are down’

Earlier in the week, Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes won the league MVP. A few days later, he battled a high ankle sprain and outdueled Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts( 304 passing yards, 70 rushing yards, four combined touchdowns) to lead the Chiefs to a comeback victory over the Eagles to win MVP of Super Bowl LVII.

Mahomes, who originally injured his ankle against the Jaguars in the Divisional Round, was walking gingerly after being tackled by Eagles LB T.J. Edwards before halftime, completed 21 of 27 pass attempts for 182 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions for a 131.8 rating and added 44 rushing yards in helping the Chiefs overcome a 10-point halftime deficit en route to a 38-35 win in Super Bowl LVII.

It marked the fourth time ever a team has overcome a second-half deficit of at least 10 points to win the Super Bowl, joining New England in Super Bowls XLIX and LI, as well as Mahomes’ Chiefs in Super Bowl LIV. 

Kansas City scored on all four of their second-half drives, and the Eagles had no answers for anything the Chiefs did on offense.

“To be down to a team like that and come back and win the game,” Mahomes said after the win. “I wish I’d make it easier and not be down, but I play better when we are down.”

Mahomes, also named Super Bowl LIV MVP, is the sixth player to win multiple Super Bowl Most Valuable awards; he is the second-youngest player ever to win multiple Super Bowl Most Valuable Player awards, trailing only Tom Brady (26 years and 182 days old). 

The two-time league MVP is the seventh quarterback to win both the NFL MVP and Super Bowl MVP awards in the same season, and he is also the first player to lead the NFL in passing yards and passing touchdowns and win the Super Bowl in the same season. 

The Chiefs have been in three of the last four Super Bowls and won two. Dynasty? Not yet, says Mahomes.

“I’m not gonna say dynasty yet; we’re not done,” he said.

At 27, Mahomes has a lot of football left, and if he continues playing like this, yeah, maybe the Chiefs could be a dynasty.

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