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For the second time in the last 4 years, your Kansas City Chiefs are Super Bowl champions. Coming back from 10 points down at halftime 24-14, the Chiefs scored touchdowns on each of their first three possessions in the second half outscoring the Eagles 24 to 11 to claim the 38-35 win over the Philadelphia Eagles.
In doing so, the Chiefs became the second team in NFL history to come back from a double-digit halftime deficit to win the Super Bowl. MVP QB Patrick Mahomes also became the first player since Kurt Warner in 1999 to win NFL MVP and lead his team to a victory in the Super Bowl.
With that being said, there where many contributors to win and there are those who were against us and now that the Parade is over, I am listing my last Winners and Losers article until the 2023 season begins.
Winners from Super Bowl 57:
1. Patrick Mahomes, QB
This kid is our GOAT and he proved those doubters wrong. Mahomes was simply spectacular in the second half, completing 13 of 15 passes for 93 yards and two scores while adding a crucial 26-yard scramble on what would eventually become the game-winning drive. The two-time NFL MVP completed 21 of 27 passes for 182 yards and 3 touchdowns and rushed the ball six times for 44 yards. Each of Mahomes’ touchdown passes went to different receivers with star tight end Travis Kelce grabbing an 18-yard score on the Chiefs’ first possession of the game. Again, MVPat used his skills, both through the air and on the ground. He also avoided taking a single sack against the NFL’s best pass rush unit, that racked up 70 sacks during the regular season and added eight more in its two NFC playoff games. Mahomes finished the season as the NFL leader in yards passing and passing touchdowns. Again, He won NFL MVP, the Super Bowl and Super Bowl MVP. Only three other quarterbacks (Warner, Tom Brady, Peyton Manning) have ever accomplished each of those feats in their entire career. Mahomes did it in a single season. He ain’t done yet.
2. Chiefs Offensive Line
If it weren’t for the guys up front, we wouldn’t have won this game. The Chiefs’ O-line not only neutralized the highly dominate Eagles’ pass rush. They shut them down. 0 sacks allowed. Hasson Reddick nor Josh Sweat nor Brandon Graham were nowhere to be found. Great job by Orlando Brown, Joe Thuney, Creed Humphrey, Trey Smith and the unsung hero of the O-line in this game, Andrew Wylie. Great job guys.
3. Kadarius Toney, WR/PR
Brett Veach is a genius. I know Giants fans are not happy about this one. With just over 10 minutes to play, the Eagles punted the ball back to the Chiefs for only the second time. Receiver Kadarius Toney, who had given the Chiefs their first lead of the game on the previous drive, lined up deep to receive the punt. The punt shanked off the foot of Arryn Siposs, the Eagles punter. Toney scooped up the low ball at Kansas City’s 30-yard line, outside the left hash marks. Like i said in my Part 3 article on the Chiefs special teams, Toney is capable of breaking tackles on returns. Toney staggered forward and quickly ran into a cluster of Eagles players. He looked cornered. But Toney said he saw “blood in the water.” He knew there was open field to his right if he could get there. Toney slipped past Eagles gunner Zach Pascal and saw his fellow white jerseys to his right which were his wall of blockers. Jody Fortson, Darius Harris and Marcus Kemp led the rest 65 yards later. Toney saved the best for last. I’m glad the Chiefs got this man before the deadline.
4. The Duo of Pacheco and McKinnon
The offensive line not only kept Mahomes’ jersey clean throughout the game, and it also cleared the way for running backs Isiah Pacheco (15 carries, 76 yards, TD) and Jerick McKinnon (four carries, 34 yards) to have big games on the ground. Both combining for 120 yards rushing. The duo has been the unsung heroes of our offense this season. In the Super Bowl, Pacheco showed why Brett Veach took him in the 7th round. He was running hard and showing a burst. As long as the Chiefs have Andy Reid running the show and Mahomes under center, they will be a pass-first offense. But Pacheco established himself as the team’s No. 1 back and I wouldn’t be surprised if they bring back McKinnon for one last time in 2023 and also add another RB during the draft in later rounds. The running combo of these two really took a lot off of Mahomes doing everything.
5. Nick Bolton, LB
Nick Bolton was the Defensive MVP on Sunday. The Chiefs’ leading tackler this season, finished with nine more tackles Sunday night which was the most of any player in the game. His biggest tackle came in the 3rd when he tracked down Eagles RB Kenneth Gainwell in the open field on a third down, forcing the Eagles to kick a field goal rather than go for it on 4th down. Bolton also picked up Hurts’ first-half fumble and returned it 36 yards for a score, keeping the Chiefs’ in the game before halftime. If Mahomes was the MVP of this game, it would’ve easily been Bolton. Bolton would’ve been the first LB to win MVP of the Super Bowl since Ray Lewis. I can’t lie, I’m to see Nick in that game tap into his inner Ray Lewis or by Chiefs standards, Derrick Johnson.
The Losers from Super Bowl 57:
1. Eagles Coaching and Discipline and Philly fans
The main reason they lost was because of their cockiness and overly confidence that was really arrogance. Yes they were dominating and they were celebrating too early. Stuff like that will definitely get back at you like Karma. That Karma happened when the Eagles committed the game’s only turnover with Eagles QB Jalen Hurts fumbling on a QB draw and Bolton scooping it up and taking it to the house. It also came up short on two key third downs in the 2nd half. The first led to a field goal (keeping the Chiefs within one score), but the second led to Toney’s record setting punt return. Plus, the Eagles’ explosive run game could not get on track. Of course, Hurts ran 15 times for 70 yards, but Gainwell, Miles Sanders and Boston Scott combined for just 45 yards on 17 carries. The inability to get their most dominate part of their offense going made the Eagles more one-dimensional than usual and gave the Chiefs an opening to make their epic comeback. That’s all on Nick Sirianni and the rest of the Eagles coaching staff for nothing being prepared and showing their emotions too early. This is a game of chess, not checkers. Philly fans! Imagine standing on the field like Dad Prescott at the Super Bowl, there to earn the title of Walter Payton Man of the Year, one of the league’s highest honors given to a person not based on their play but on the quality of their character as a human being. Then getting booed by the Eagles fans. That is also Karma as well for y’all. Don’t blame the refs. Your team was up 24-14. Not how you start, It’s how you finish.
2. All of the folks on Fox/NFL Network choosing against us.
My words for all of the Fox Sports NFL Crew, NFL Network and ESPN folks including Bart Scott. Not really my words but the words of the Voice of the Chiefs, Mitch Holthus. You can doubt the Chiefs, You can dislike the Chiefs, But, you’re gonna have to DEAL WITH THE CHIEFS. Deal with it experts, We’re the Pro Football Champs of the World. See y’all in September with a new edition of Winners of Losers.