On February 12 when Rihanna took the stage at State Farm Stadium, Kansas City was behind by 10 points at the half. But Patrick Mahomes battled through despair to bring the Chiefs back from a 24-14 deficit to win a 38-35 thriller. The injured quarterback completed two touchdown passes in the second half. He was also named Super Bowl MVP, in addition to the NFL MVP honor he won earlier in the week.
Mahomes said: “We challenge each other as a team, it took everybody to win this football game. Shout out to my teammates, Super Bowl champions baby – let’s go!”
Mahomes bonded with Kadarius Toney and Skyy Moore in the second half to give the Eagles an unlikely lead. Jalen Hurts threw one touchdown pass and ran in three more, including one to tie the game at 35-35 with five minutes remaining.
But Mahomes led another game-winning drive, setting up Harrison Butker for a short field goal with eight seconds remaining. After Rihanna’s performance, the Eagles were made to pay for their poor second-half performance.
The music icon performed some of her biggest hits in Arizona. Fans speculated on Twitter that Rihanna was pregnant. By the time those rumors were proven, Mahomes was well on his way to adding a second Super Bowl trophy to the one he won in Miami in 2020.
He has appeared in three championship games in the previous four years. And the 27-year-old warrior appears to be returning to the biggest platform for years to come. Mahomes added: “I’m not going to say dynasty yet – we’re not done.”
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Running back Isiah Pacheco and wide receiver Skyy Moore both scored touchdowns against the Eagles. Another mid-season addition was Kadarius Toney. In terms of points and yards allowed, the defense was in the middle of the pack this season. This team has tremendous growth potential, which is scary to imagine.
The Chiefs will be tough as long as they have Mahomes and Andy Reid. However, the team around them is better than most people realize. A dynasty isn’t out of the question, and Kansas City can establish itself as one as early as next season.