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12th Feb 2024

“Give him his crown!” – Patrick Mahomes inspires Chiefs to Super Bowl glory

Michael McQuaid

Patrick Mahomes

“We only getting started!”

Patrick Mahomes turns 29 in September and, when that date rolls around, he will already be chasing his fourth Super Bowl with the Kansas City Chiefs.

The star quarter-back was asked, following the 25-22 overtime win over San Francisco 49ers, if a third win in five years qualified as a sporting ‘dynasty’ for the Chiefs. Mahomes, fresh off throwing for two touchdowns and 333 yards, was already focusing on doing the three-peat in 2025.

Tom Brady got one over Mahomes in 2021, at Super Bowl 56, to win his seventh ring. Proclaimed as the NFL’s G.O.A.T, it felt like no-one would ever get close to his tally. Three years on, Mahomes is almost halfway there. In fact, had Super Bowl 56 went to the Chiefs, the score would just be 6-4 in the legend’s favour.

Following that OT win over a crushed 49ers, Travis Kelce told ESPN, “Best in the league, baby. He’s done things that very few quarter-backs have done. Give him his crown. Give him his crown!”

Mahomes also attempted to downplay Kelce’s first half bull-rush on Chiefs coach Andy Reid, saying, “For real, though, that moment right there speaks to the team that we are. Everybody loves it. Everybody loves the game, wants to compete, and coach Reid wants to compete. If you don’t watch out, you might get a little bit [from him] too.”

Kansas City Chiefs win Super Bowl LVIII and make history as repeat champs

The Super Bowl is always an iconic experience in sheer Americana. The game’s debut in Las Vegas was no exception. The Kansas City Chiefs were victorious in Super Bowl LVIII on Sunday, defeating the San Francisco 49ers 25-22.

For Quarterback Patrick Mahomes, it is his third title at the age of only 28. The Chiefs are now the fourth franchise in the history of the NFL to have won three Super Bowls in only a five year period (since Mahomes was drafted by the team), and the first to win back to back Super Bowls since the New England Patriots 20 years ago, in the 2003 and 2004 NFL seasons.

Over 60,000 attended Allegiant Stadium, including Taylor Swift, boyfriend of Travis Kelce – who was pictured having a conversation with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell before the start of
the game.

It was a cagey, weird game of sorts in the first half, dominated by each team’s defense.

One of the biggest plays of the game came with approximately four minutes left in the first half of the
game, when 49ers Quarterback Brock Purdy threw a lateral to Jauan Jennings. The wide receiver then tossed the ball to the bell cow running back Christian McCaffrey, who scored a 21 yard touchdown, giving the 49ers the lead in the game.

Both before and after these plays, a Super Bowl record for field goal length was made – twice. San Francisco kicker Moody made a 55 yard field goal, which was later beaten by Chiefs kicker
Harrison Butker.

The Chiefs kicker actually played in Dublin for Georgia Tech – and the kicker who played at the Aviva is now a three time Super Bowl champion. Butker spoke to Pro Football Ireland earlier in the week on how his experience in Ireland helped shape his career:

This year, Usher was the halftime act – and he welcomed guests such as Alicia Keys, Jermaine Dupri, Lil’ Jon and Ludacris. It’s a serious gig getting a stage onto a field:

Patrick Mahomes and Mecole Hardman clinch it

The second half was a different affair for both teams. Close to the end of the game Jake Moody kicked a 53 yard field goal to give the 49ers a 19-16 lead – with under two minutes remaining.

With the Chiefs under serious pressure, Patrick Mahomes and the offense got to the right part of the field, allowing Harrison Butker to level the game with a 29 yard field goal, which sent the
game to overtime. It was the first overtime Super Bowl since Super Bowl LI – the night of the legendary Patriots 34-28 comeback against the Atlanta Falcons. For many, it was fitting that an
incredible NFL Season would not end – just yet.

In overtime, the 49ers were not able to get a touchdown, with the Niners limited to a 27 yard field goal from Moody. When the Chiefs received the ball again, they would never give it back.

Patrick Mahomes and company powered down the field and Mecole Hardman made history, scoring the winning touchdown and winning the Lombardi Trophy for the Kansas City Chiefs.

For Travis Kelce and Taylor Swift – it was a football love story for the duration of the season that resulted in a happy ending.

A memorable NFL season has come to an end – one which saw two games in Frankfurt for the first time and for Irish fans, the introduction of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Jacksonville Jaguars
to the Irish market with the NFL Global Markets Program.

After a successful 500+ attended watch party in Croke Park for the Pittsburgh Steelers and multiple Irish players taking part in the 2024 NFL Combine, Irish NFL fans will be looking forward to the 2024 season with much anticipation of what comes next.

NFL fans can follow Pro Football Ireland on social media for dedicated coverage of the NFL Combine, NFL Draft and much more.

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