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Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs join Super Bowl elite with epic overtime win

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The Chiefs are Super Bowl champions for the third time in five years after an epic overtime win over San Francisco in Las Vegas.

Kansas City beat the 49ers 25-22 to become the first team since Tom Brady’s New England Patriots in 2004 to win back-to-back Super Bowls.

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Mahomes celebrates with Mecole Hardman after scoring the game-winning touchdownCredit: Getty

The Chiefs join the Pittsburgh Steelers of the 1970s, the Dallas Cowboys of the 1990s and New England Patriots of the 2000s and 2010s as the only NFL teams to have won three Super Bowls in a five-year span.

It’s the fourth Super Bowl win overall for the Chiefs franchise and the third for the team under coach Andy Reid, who joins Bill Walsh and Joe Gibbs in a tie for third-most all-time. Only Bill Belichick (six) and Chuck Noll (four) have more.

“Our defence played out of their mind,” Reid told CBS Sports’ Jim Nantz after the game.

“Our offense just kept persevering – kept pushing and pushing. I am so proud of the whole crew and getting to celebrate with these people right here.”

In a nail-biting finish, Chiefs kicker Harrison Butker scored a late field to send the game to overtime with six seconds remaining in regulation.

In only the second overtime game in Super Bowl history, 49ers kicker Jake Moody scored a field goal to give San Francisco a three-point lead and put them in pole position for a first world title since 1995.

But with less than two minutes remaining in OT, Patrick Mahomes threw a 3-yard touchdown pass to Mecole Hardman to seal the win.

Mahomes finished with 333 passing yards and two touchdowns to seal a third Super Bowl MVP award.

Mahomes and Travis Kelce embrace after winning their third Super Bowl together

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Mahomes and Travis Kelce embrace after winning their third Super Bowl togetherCredit: Getty
Travis Kelce hugs Taylor Swift after winning his third Super Bowl ring

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Travis Kelce hugs Taylor Swift after winning his third Super Bowl ringCredit: Getty

Asked after the game if the Chiefs are now officially a dynasty, Mahomes issued an ominous warning for the rest of the NFL.

“This means a ton. The adversity we dealt with this year, for the guys to never falter. I’m proud of my guys. This is legendary.

“It’s the start of one [a dynasty]. We’re not done. I know we’re going to celebrate tonight, but we’re not done, we’ve got a young team and we’re going to keep this thing going.”

Attention will now invariably turn to Tom Brady and whether Mahomes can catch the legendary quarterback’s total of seven Super Bowl titles.

The championship elevates Mahomes into elite company.

He’s now one of five quarterbacks in league history to win at least three Super Bowls, joining Brady (seven), Joe Montana (four), Terry Bradshaw (four) and Troy Aikman (three). 

At just 28, time is certainly on Mahomes side, and the Chiefs will be Super Bowl favourites once again next season.

Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce gave a rousing rendition of Beastie Boys’ smash-hit ‘Fight For Your Right’ before sharing a touching embrace with his partner, Taylor Swift.

 “We’ve been fighting for this all year,” said Kelce. “The goal has always been to get three [in a row] but you can’t do it without getting two and we’ve had a target on our back all year.

“We get a chance to do it all again next year. I’ll see you there. Viva Las Vegas!”





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