It turns out that even an overtime deficit in the Super Bowl wasn't enough to make Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes lose his cool.
As shared Jason Reid from Andscape, Chiefs right guard Trey Smith revealed that Mahomes converted his shot in the huddle shortly after the San Francisco 49ers took a 22-19 lead with 7:22 left in the first overtime of Super Bowl LVIII on Sunday night.
“We're going to score, guys,” Smith said of Mahomes' message to his teammates. “Just be great at your job and let's just do it.”
Mahomes was certainly great at his job when his team needed him most in front of a global audience. Behind Sean Gregory time and Jordan Mendoza from USA Today, the 28-year-old completed all eight pass attempts for 42 yards in the last play of the game, and Mahomes also added 27 yards rushing. He picked up eight yards with his legs on a fourth-and-1 play, passed for 13 yards on a third-and-six play, and later had a 19-yard score on a third-and-one play.
Even before Mahomes connected with wide receiver Mecole Hardman for a championship-clinching three-yard touchdown pass with three seconds remaining in the first extra frame, there was no doubt that the signal-caller was about to earn his third Super Bowl ring and third Super Bowl Most Valuable Award player for four years.
“At any point in the game [because of Mahomes], we are committed to this,” Smith explained. “When you have a Hall of Fame quarterback behind you, you don't question what he does and the decisions he makes. If [there is] every chance he gets, he'll do it.”
Understandably, much has been said about Mahomes trying to match at least the five Super Bowl MVPs and seven championship rings amassed by living legend Tom Brady. Mahomes is focused first on making the Chiefs the only franchise to three-peat as Super Bowl champions, and told reporters on Monday that those around the organization “are going to celebrate these next few weeks and then right away.” We'll be back on this one in the off-season.
“When you think about [Mahomes’] his leadership and his work ethic, the way he really builds his competitors around him through his examples and his trust in them… he really goes above and beyond,” Chiefs president Mark Donovan said. “A lot of leaders are really good at leading from the get-go.” front and said, “Do what I say.” Follow me.' And this is the guy who does it. But he also says, “OK.” This is what we intend to do together. And to do that, that's what I need.'”