Patrick Mahomes named Super Bowl LVIII MVP after leading game-winning overtime drive

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For the third time, Patrick Mahomes has been named the Super Bowl MVP for the Kansas City Chiefs, this time after leading a come-from-behind 25-22 overtime win over the San Francisco 49ers.

Mahomes threw for two touchdown passes, including the game-winner in overtime.

He ended things with three seconds remaining in the first overtime when he connected with a wide open Mecole Hardman in the end zone for a 3-yard touchdown, surpassing San Francisco’s field goal drive to open the overtime period.

“The call is different but it’s like the same exact notion as Corndog, and we brought it back at the right time,” Mahomes said on the broadcast after the win. “Coach (Andy) Reid is a legend, man, he’ll do that. And Mecole Hardman battling through adversity this year and being in that moment and making that play, that’s special.”

The San Francisco 49ers took the early lead in the game, up 10-0 before the Kansas City Chiefs began to respond. It involved a little trickery too, with receiver Jauan Jennings throwing a pass to running back Christian McCaffery for a 21-yard touchdown.

But the Chiefs would respond, doing so just before halftime, converting a 28-yard Harrison Butker field goal to cut the deficit to 10-3 at the break.

And the Chiefs would keep rolling from there.

Butker did damage next in the third quarter when he connected on a Super Bowl record 57-yard field goal just after two streakers interrupted play briefly. That made it 10-6.

A San Francisco gaffe on special teams in the third quarter would allow Kansas City to take the lead.

On a punt from the Chiefs’ Tommy Townsend, the ball struck a 49ers blocker and rolled back toward the return man. Darrell Luter was credited with a muffed punt, and Kansas City’s Jaylen Watson was able to jump on it.

Kansas City took full advantage one play later, when Patrick Mahomes hit receiver Marquez Valdes-Scantling for a 16-yard touchdown pass, giving Kansas City a 13-10 lead.

San Francisco then regained the lead early in the fourth quarter when Jennings caught a 10-yard pass from quarterback Brock Purdy. But the 49ers had another special teams hiccup, getting the extra point attempt blocked.

That left the score 16-13. The teams would trade field goals down the stretch in the fourth quarter to make it 19-16 San Francisco, setting up a final Kansas City drive inside the final two minutes. The Chiefs ran a successful drive to kick a field goal and tie it up and send the game to overtime.

San Francisco struck first in overtime after a methodical 13-play, 66-yard drive that culminated in a 27-yard field goal. Then Patrick Mahomes answered.