Chiefs conquer the Eagles in close Super Bowl game


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Victoria Lisi, Sports Editor

With two minutes left on the clock, the stadium held its breath as the Philadelphia Eagles and Kansas City Chiefs, tied 35-35, battled it out in one of the highest scoring Super Bowl Games in NFL history.

While both teams have appeared in three of the last five Super Bowls, this is the first time the two have faced off.

Eagles’ quarterback Jalen Hurts and Chiefs’ quarterback Patrick Mahomes both entered Sunday’s game as two of the most prolific quarterbacks in the league.

But the storyline for the week leading up to the big game was this: how would Mahomes manage with an injured ankle?

He seemed to answer that question early in the first quarter with a touchdown strike to tight end Travis Kelce, evening the score at 7-7.

However, the first half belonged to Hurts and the Eagles. Hurts tossed one touchdown to wide receiver AJ Brown and rushed for two touchdowns on the ground, building a 24-14 halftime lead.

The Eagles defense seemed to injure Mahomes late in the second quarter: Mahomes limped into the locker room facing a 10-point deficit.

The Chiefs came out in the second half hitting on all cylinders as Mahomes led the team on a 10play, 75-yard drive that culminated with Isaiah Pacheco’s one-yard touchdown run.

In the fourth quarter, after the Chiefs held the Eagles to a field goal, Philadelphia’s lead stood at 27-21.

On the ensuing drive, Mahomes gave the Chiefs their first lead of the game at 28-27 with a fiveyard TD pass to Chiefs’ wide receiver Kadarius Toney.

Toney broke the record for the longest punt-return in Super Bowl history when he returned a line drive kick 65-yards down to the Eagles five yard line.

The Chiefs would add another touchdown moments later when Mahomes found wide receiver Sky Moore on a four-yard touchdown pass.

The touchdown pass allowed Kansas City to build a 35-27 lead with 9:22 left in the game.

But beating the Eagles was no easy feat, as Hurts led the Eagles back. Hurts connected with wide receiver DeVonta Smith for a 45-yard connection, setting up his two-yard touchdown run.

Hurts would also score on the two-point conversion, tying the score at 35-35 with just over four minutes left in the game.

Hurts set a Super Bowl record with 70 yards rushing, including three touchdowns, while throwing for 304 yards and one touchdown.

With the game on the line, Mahomes brought the Chiefs home with a 66-yard drive that put the team into field goal range.

With a mere eight seconds on the clock, Chiefs’ kicker Harrison Butker kicked the game-winning 27-yard field goal, making the final score 38-35.

Despite losing, the Eagles set the record for the most points scored by a losing team in the Super Bowl.

Wide receivers Smith and Brown combined for 196 yards with one touchdown.

For the first time in nine years, the season’s MVP came from the Super Bowl’s winning team. Mahomes, one of the league’s youngest quarterbacks, earned his second Super Bowl MVP award.

Mahomes rushed for 44 yards, and completed 21 of 27 passes for 182 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions.

He is now the youngest quarterback to have started three Super Bowls and the third player to win his second MVP before the age of 28.

Both teams ended the season breaking multiple records – it won’t be surprising to see them battling it out on the field soon for a rematch in the 2023 season.