Kansas City Chiefs rally to win Super Bowl, defeating Philadelphia 38-35 as Mahomes named MVP

The Kansas City Chiefs had won two other Super Bowls before this, once in 1970 and again in 2020.

Updated: February 13, 2023 - 10:42am

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In a Super Bowl thriller worthy of a heavyweight fight between star quarterbacks,  a hobbled Patrick Mahomes rallied his Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday night to 38-35 win over the Philadelphia Eagles and his team’s second NFL championship in four years.

Mahomes, fresh off winning the league MVP award, reinjured his ankle that was sprained in the AFC championship game two weeks ago.

He also was named the game’s MVP, becoming the only third quarterback to win two league MVPs and two Super Bowl MVPs.

Philadelphia led by its star quarterback Jalen Hurts held a 10-point lead at halftime, and a 6-point lead going into the fourth quarter. But in a dramatic finale, Kansas City rallied behind Mahomes to an 8-point lead, before Philadelphia came back for a quick touchdown and two-point conversion to tie the game at 35-35. 

Kansas City then ran down the clock down and kicked what proved to be the game winning field goal with 8 seconds on the clock. 

Two Chiefs players would have celebrated Sunday regardless of the Super Bowl's outcome. Chiefs offensive lineman Nick Allegretti’s wife gave birth in Chicago to twin girls earlier in the day, according to The Associated Press. He watched her give birth via FaceTime.

Around the same time Allegretti’s wife, Christina, gave birth, Chiefs wide receiver Mecole Hardman tweeted that his girlfriend, Chariah Gordeon, went into labor. He was unable to play in the Super Bowl as he was on injured reserve this week. 

The Kansas City Chiefs had won two other Super Bowls before this, once in 1970 and again in 2020.

The game featured a halftime performance by Rihanna, whose first-ever Super Bowl performance was also her first live show in seven years.