This game and the quarterbacks lived up to the hype.
Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs claimed their second Super Bowl title in four years with a thrilling second-half rally from a 10-point halftime deficit to edge Philadelphia Sunday night on Harrison Butker’s 27-yard field with eight seconds left.
The game was televised exclusively by FOX 25/48 in Western Wisconsin and 113 million viewers tuned in across the globe to witness head coach Andy Reid beat his former employer to hoist the Lombardi Trophy and stoke the talk of a Chiefs’ dynasty.
Mahomes, who again overcame his ankle injury that was aggravated during the game, would not endorse the dynasty talk in a postgame interview with the FOX sports crew.
“We’re not done yet,” the 27-year-old superstar said matter-of-factly.
This game had a little bit of everything, from the Mahomes-Jalen Hurts quarterback and Kelce brothers matchup to three rushing touchdowns by Hurts and some drama in the game’s final minutes with the teams tied 35-35.
“That was a great game, had you on the edge of your seat,” said former Packers running back Ahman Green, who will be the featured speaker at the Gateway Council BSA Golden Eagle Dinner in La Crosse next month. “Both teams were battling to the end and there were great plays throughout the game by both teams. Too bad there was that defensive penalty at the end. Who knows what would have happened if Hurts and the Eagles got the ball back in the final two minutes.”
A controversial holding call on the Eagles’ defense allowed Kansas City to run out the clock as Chiefs running back Jerick McKinnon wisely slid down at the 2-yard line to force Philadelphia to burn their final time out.
Hurts, the Eagles’ dual-threat quarterback, had a record-setting performance with 70 rushing yards by a quarterback in a Super Bowl and his three rushing touchdowns tied Denver’s Terrell Davis mark set in the Broncos’ Super Bowl XXXII victory over the Green Bay Packers.
Reid sidestepped questioning on his retirement and enjoyed the moment as Chiefs fans celebrated in State Farm Stadium as their team followed up Rihanna’s electrifying halftime performance with a 24-point second-half rally.
With an exciting conclusion to the 2022 season now in the books, Packer fans now await the fate of quarterback Aaron Rodgers in Green Bay. Let the saga begin.