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NFL Super Bowl LVIII In Review – Mahomes & Shanahan Add To Their Legacies

That’s it for another NFL season. And like the last, it ended with Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs on top.

The record for the longest field goal in Super Bowl history was broken twice in this one. That just about sums up the first three-quarters of the game. The San Francisco 49ers needed a wide receiver to throw their first touchdown while the Kansas City Chiefs couldn’t even find the end zone in the first half. Penalties plagued both teams early as the game got off to a slow start.

San Francisco started the better of the two teams but couldn’t make the most of the advantage to be 10-0 in front. It felt as though they hadn’t quite done enough to be only 10-3 up at halftime.

Kyle Shanahan will have surely been disappointed with the lack of scoreboard pressure the 49ers were able to build while the Chiefs were clearly starting to become rattled regardless.

Kelce finished the first half with only one catch for one yard. Perhaps that was part of the frustration and why Mahomes seemed to force one in his direction to start the second half. Only one play after a second Pacheco fumble, Mahomes threw his first pick of the post-season shortly after halftime as the 49ers defence continued to grow in confidence.

But again, the 49ers couldn’t make the most of it. As expected, the rushing game was largely ineffective averaging only 3.3 yards per carry, while Deebo Samuel, also as expected, spent time in the blue tent. San Francisco started the second half with three-consecutive three-and-out possessions.

The Chiefs went on to score 13 unanswered points as the air of inevitability started to sweep over the stadium.

Mahomes found Kelce more and more. Just like that, the Chiefs looked more and more like the Chiefs.

A Jauan Jennings touchdown put the 49ers in front but not for long. The missed point after attempt changed the complexity of the game.  Kansas City’s approach became a lot clearer than it would have done had the been down four instead of three. A Mahomes drive led the Chiefs into field goal range on the last in regulation to force overtime.

Mahomes time.

The 49ers could only manage a field goal on the first possession. That gave Mahomes a chance to win it, and win it he did.

73 yards. 13 plays.

With one throw to seal victory with the worst case – assuming he didn’t throw an interception – a game-tying field goal, Mahomes found Mecole Hardman in the end zone. The Powerade poured over Andy Reid’s head as Kyle Shanahan’s bowed in defeat.

Given all of the doubts throughout the regular season, some even wrote them off as Super Bowl contenders, Mahomes said it himself: This one is the sweetest.

Brock Purdy played well. Christian McCaffrey looked unstoppable at times. The 49er’s offence did their job well enough to win, while the defence impressed throughout. There isn’t a team that could have beaten the 49ers in Super Bowl LVIII.

Just one man.

The Mahomes Legacy

Patrick Mahomes…

What more can you say about the man?

Once again he showed no fear in the face of a deficit.

Once again he led the way for the Chiefs to make a comeback.

Once again he’s a Super Bowl Champion.

He’s become only the sixth quarterback in NFL history to win three Super Bowls. Still only 28 years old, he has plenty of time to catch up with Tom Brady, which, in the all-boring-but-important-to-some GOAT debate, is a requirement for Mahomes ever to be considered. It’s worth noting it took a decade after winning his third for Brady to win his fourth.

But you only have to see what Mahomes is doing right now. That feeling of inevitability that he’s going to will his team to win is what makes the greatest great. It appeared as though he smiled on his way out onto the field to start the game-winning drive. He knew.

Mahomes did it again and added another Super Bowl MVP trophy to his mantlepiece.

The Other Legacy…

It’s not entirely fair. It takes a great coach to even make it to three Super Bowls.

However, until Kyle Shanahan wins one, his career will be defined by those he’s let slip away.

There is no doubting Shanahan’s influence on the NFL. It doesn’t carry the same weight without a ring, though. He’s an offensive genius that can’t seem to get over the hump. Although, Andy Reid was much the same…

Shanahan is still only 44 years old. He’s got another 20 seasons to get his ring if he wants to coach that long. While his 0-3 record will be mentioned until he has won more than he’s lost, Shanahan is one of the best coaches in the league. His 49ers will be among the favourites to reach another Super Bowl next season.

NFL Draft

All eyes now move to the NFL Draft as teams start to prepare for next season if they haven’t started already.

Caleb Williams has been the favourite to go No.1 all season and that remains no different with the Heisman Trophy winner on the first line of betting at $1.06. Drake Maye’s $8 suggests we will have another quarterback towards the top of the draft with Marvin Harrison Jr. the only other consideration for No.1 at $16.

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