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Mahomes’ magical comeback

Chiefs triumph in Super Bowl over-time thriller after Usher’s star-studded halftime show

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Maybe it was Usher’s star-studded halftime show that inspired the Kansas City Chiefs and their superstar quarterback Pat Mahomes in the second half to win their third Super Bowl in four years with a thrilling 25-22 over-time victory over the San Francisco ‘49ers in Las Vegas. Or perhaps, it was just inevitable that Mahomes, a Black quarterback, was inspired by the pregame singing of ‘Lift Every Voice,’ and the bold ‘End Racism’ sign painted at each end zone. Or could it have been a combination of all of the above, along with the specter of playing a ‘49ers team where Colin Kaepernick took a stand for Black Lives Matter that’s cost him a football career?

Whatever it was, Patrick Mahomes again proved why he’s worth every penny of his mega $500 million-plus contract and why, on the football field at least, he overshadows all the Travis Kelce-Taylor Swift noise. Mahomes helped Kansas City overcome a stifling ‘49ers defense, and San Francisco’s potent offense after being stymied in the first half. The Chiefs trailed 10-3 at the half, and it appeared they couldn’t figure out how to break through the ‘49er’s defense, while the Chiefs’ own defense had all kinds of trouble limiting Brock Purdy and his offense.

While they gathered in the locker room after two quarters, Usher took center stage and not only whipped out all of his classic hits but brought out several A-list superstars to punctuate the Apple Music Halftime Show. With Alicia Keys joining in with her hit ‘If I Ain’t Got You’ and the collab ‘My Boo’ chart-topper ‘H.E.R.’ rocked the Allegiance Stadium crown with a blistering solo on ‘U Got It Bad.’ Will.i.am then joined Usher on ‘OMG,’ and Jermaine Dupri, Lil Jon, and Ludacris helped close Usher’s set with ‘Yeah.’

Usher

After the halftime spectacle, the teams returned to the field. The Chiefs got the ball to start the second half, but they didn’t solve the ‘49ers—at least not immediately. However, Kansas City’s defense finally figured out Purdy, and the trick plays that punctuated San Francisco’s first-half dominance, and Mahomes worked his magic. After yielding an overtime field goal to the ‘49ers, the Chiefs had to at least match that to keep the game going under the new NFL over-time rules that allow both teams to have the ball on offense. A pivotal 4th down conversion helped propel the Chiefs before Mahomes threw a three-yard touchdown pass to Mecole Hardman, and Kansas City became the NFL’s ninth repeat Super Bowl champs. “With all the adversity we’ve been through this season to come through tonight. I’m proud of the guys,” said Mahomes, who earned his third Super Bowl MVP award. “This is awesome—legendary.” The 28-year-old Mahomes becomes the fourth starting quarterback to win three Super Bowls, joining Brady, Joe Montana, Terry Bradshaw, and Troy Aikman — and second youngest.

“I am going to celebrate tonight, celebrate at the parade, and then work my way to get back in this game next year,” Mahomes said. “I am going to do whatever I can to be back in this game next year. Three-peat.

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