Patrick Mahomes entered Super Bowl LVII with a high ankle sprain and it re-aggravated during the first half of the game.
The Chiefs entered the locker room 10 points behind the Eagles and with a lame Mahomes. With his team in need of some motivation, Mahomes delivered an impassioned speech credited with helping lead the team to victory.
«We just dared ourselves, man, to put everything out there, and I don’t want to say we played tight in the first half, but you didn’t see the same joy that we played with,» Mahomes said Monday. in reference to his speech. «And he wanted the guys to know that everything we’re working for is for this moment.»
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Mahomes suffered the ankle injury during a divisional round playoff game four weeks earlier against the Jaguars. A tackle by linebacker TJ Edwards in the second quarter appeared to re-aggravate the same ankle.
But, Mahomes came out of the locker room and had an efficient second half en route to a 38-35 victory. The NFL MVP completed 13 of his 14 throws for 93 yards, while throwing for two touchdowns.
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The victory gave Kansas City its second Super Bowl in the past four seasons. After the game, Mahomes revealed that he refused treatment for the injury during halftime, the coaches bandaged his ankle.
«We put some new tape on there and did some movement to give him some mobility,» Mahomes said. «It was something he was going to play for.»
There was little doubt that Mahomes was going to leave the game. Head coach Andy Reid mentioned that Mahomes’ competitive advantage came from his father, who was an MLB pitcher.
«He grew up in a dressing room,» Reid told reporters. «He’s seen the greats and he strives to be the best. Without saying anything, that’s the way he works. He wants to be the best player of all time. That’s what he wants to do, and that’s the way he plays. goes about his business.
«When it’s time for the guys around him to step up their game, he helps them with that,» Reid continued. «Great quarterbacks make everyone around them better, including the head coach, so he’s done a great job.»
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Despite the loss, Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts had one of the best games of his professional career. He passed for 304 yards and rushed for three touchdowns.
Philadelphia’s defense was able to pressure quarterbacks all season and racked up a record 78 sacks, but couldn’t get to Mahomes in the Super Bowl.
A 26-yard run late in the fourth quarter helped set up the Chiefs’ game-winning field goal.
Mahomes now has two Super Bowl wins, but he’s already done compressions on an all-time great quarterback in Tom Brady, who has lifted the Lombardi trophy seven times.
«It’s going to be tough,» Mahomes said. “I mean, seven Super Bowl wins, 10 Super Bowls. There is a reason why he is so far ahead of the others. It’s hard to do, but I’ll do my best to chase it down.»
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Mahomes said he will now shift his focus to getting his ankle back. «We’ll continue with the rehabilitation, we’ll continue with the treatment that we were doing and we’ll just get some rest,» he said. «I think the best thing to do is rest. One thing that could take a hit is my golf game.»