With respect to Tom Brady, the Kansas City Chiefs have the best quarterback of all time. The depths in which Patrick Mahomes dug this year to end the season as a back-to-back Super Bowl Champion puts him atop the many quarterbacks who preceded him.
For those that didn’t sleep last night after celebrating the Kansas City Chiefs 25-22 overtime thriller over the San Francisco 49ers, this morning, your team is World Champions for the fourth time in franchise history – thanks to the brilliance of Patrick Mahomes.
It’s been six years, and I don’t know how I can muster any more words about the greatness of Mahomes. On Sunday, the Chiefs upset the 49ers to finish their quest to become the first back-to-back Super Bowl Champion since the New England Patriots did it in 2003-2004.
Next February in New Orleans, Mahomes has a chance for absolute immortality if he can do his best, Michael Jordan, and three-peat!
We have 364 days to debate that quest, but for now, let’s enjoy the moment, the victory, and Mahomes and all his glory. Kansas City, you are witnessing a once-in-a-lifetime franchise player who plays for your team. He’s driven to win Super Bowls and equally driven to do it for his hometown.
All week leading up to the Super Bowl, the narrative was how Brock Purdy was Mahomes equal as a starting quarterback. To his credit, the young 49ers quarterback played his tail off. He was dominant in the first half, and his play in the fourth quarter was more than enough to beat the best quarterbacks in the NFL.
However, it wasn’t good enough to defeat the GOAT!
The Kansas City Chiefs are the best team in the NFL. They might be hated by most NFL fan bases in the country, but you can’t ignore their greatness. Further, you can’t look past the fact the Chiefs had a more difficult path to winning Super Bowl LVIII than any other team in NFL history.
Forget the stats, rankings, and numbers; to win Super Bowl LVIII, the Chiefs defeated the Miami Dolphins, Buffalo Bills, Baltimore Ravens, and the San Francisco 49ers. At one point this season, every one of those teams and their quarterbacks was mentioned as the player and team that could dethrone Mahomes and the Chiefs.
They couldn’t despite having the advantage.
Kansas City excelled playing the underdog role in their Super Bowl run. Mahomes and Travis Kelce were the ring leaders who ensured everyone understood the responsibility of changing that narrative. Even when it looked like the Chiefs would lose Super Bowl LVIII, Mahomes and the cast around him banded together as brothers facing impossible odds.
The role of Kelce during the last four games can’t be understated either. He and Mahomes are in a class by themselves. What they’ve accomplished in their careers to date is NOT over, so don’t entertain the thought that Kelce is hanging up his cleats anytime soon; this tandem is second to none.
Still, this win falls on the grounded shoulders of Patrick Mahomes. He talked about breaking the Chiefs curse in the playoffs when he became a starter six years ago. He defeated the Colts and Andrew Luck in his first playoff game and set the narrative that the fortunes of this franchise were about to change.
The fact it’s changed to this degree is virtually unimaginable for fans who waited fifty years to win their second Super Bowl Trophy. Kansas City has won three in the last five seasons because Mahomes is not human.
This franchise was in the dumpster pile for the generations of Chiefs fans from the ’60s, ’70s, ’80s, ’90s, and the new millennium until Mahomes arrived.
Now he’s chasing Tom Brady for Super Bowl wins, Super Bowl MVP, and playoff wins. He’s climbed into second place, and he’s just 28 years of age. He just won his third Super Bowl with arguably the worst offense of his career.
But that doesn’t matter to Mahomes. What matters is his trust in his receivers to make big plays late in games.
In Super Bowl LVII and Super Bowl LVIII, Mahomes threw touchdown passes to Kelce, Kadarius Toney, Skyy Moore, Marquez Valdez-Scantling, and Mecole Hardman. If you had that prop bet, you’d be a multi-millionaire. Only one of them is headed to the Hall of Fame.
So, with the parade set for Wednesday, Chiefs fans can make every excuse not to work, celebrate that you have the best quarterback ever to play a game residing in your city, and wonder about what is next.
It’s a great time to be a Chiefs fan!!!