KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Three years after becoming one of the youngest Super Bowl MVPs in NFL history, Patrick Mahomes made history again.
Mahomes became only the sixth player in NFL history to win two Super Bowl MVP awards after his gutsy performance in a 38-35 win against the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl LVII at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.
And he probably appreciates this one more.
Mahomes said he “felt like a kid winning a prize at the fair,” when he won Super Bowl LIV in his second season as an NFL starter three years ago.
“Whereas, this one you’ve dealt with failure,” Mahomes said. “You understand how hard it is to get back on this stage and win this game. I played in a Super Bowl where I got blown out.”
Shrugging off a high ankle sprain for the third straight playoff game, Mahomes completed 21 of 27 passes for 182 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions.
Despite re-aggravating the ankle injury late in the second quarter, he also added six carries for 44 yards rushing, including some critical first-down runs, especially in the second half.
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“Pat is a one-in-a-generation, (once-in-a-)lifetime type of player,” defensive tackle Chris Jones said. “Sometimes, he does things so special it becomes normal for him.”
Mahomes leaned heavily on tight end Travis Kelce, who had a team-high 81 yards on six catches, and wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster, who had a team-high seven catches for 53 yards.
Mahomes’ 18-yard first-quarter touchdown to Kelce, the 14th for the duo in the last five postseasons, tied the NFL playoff record for touchdowns by any QB and tight end.
It all added up to yet another signature performance in the growing legend of Mahomes, who became the first player since St. Louis’ Kurt Warner in 1999 to win a league MVP and a Super Bowl in the same season.
He’s one of 10 players in NFL history with multiple MVP awards, the third youngest of all-time, and isone of only 13 QBs to have won multiple Super Bowls.
Tom Brady has won an NFL record five Super Bowl MVP awards.
Joe Montana’s three rank second in NFL history, while Mahomes is now tied with three other quarterbacks — Terry Bradshaw, Eli Manning and Bart Starr — with two Super Bowl MVPs.
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