Kansas City Chiefs: An Underdog Story
The Kansas City Chiefs are Super Bowl 57 Champions after defeating the Philadelphia Eagles 38-35 in the big game.
Patrick Mahomes, Travis Kelce, Andy Reid and most of the rest of the team have earned their 2nd Super Bowl in 3 years and have officially begun their dynasty campaign. The team excelled to a 14-3 regular season, first place record and soared to a 3-0 postseason record, defeating the Jaguars, Bengals and finally the Eagles.
The Chiefs weren't exactly a longshot to win the Super Bowl this year, but after their early exit to the Bengals last year and roster changes over the offseason, were definitely not the favorites. They began the season with odds of +1000 to win Super Bowl LVII before the season started and would quickly silence all the haters as they busted out of the gate to a 4-1 record withouit missing a beat.
The biggest reason for doubting this team was the departure of Tyreek Hill to the Dolphins during the offseason. Hill was traded for 5 picks and immediately given a $120 million contract due to his production in KC. Without Hill it seemed like Mahomes only surroundings would be Travis Kelce and a completely re-tooled O-line consisting of 2 draft picks from the year prior and 2 former pro bowlers being signed or traded that offseason.
The Chiefs would sign Juju Smith-Schuster and Marquez Valdez-Scantling as key receivers over the offseason and such, their new offense was built. With 5 new faces in the starting lineup (and soon 6 with Isiah Pacheco emerging as a 7-th round draft gem) The Chiefs were believed to have a down year, where Mahomes wouldn't meet his previous years' marks and likely get a first round playoff exit to the favorited Bills or even the Bengals and Broncos (LOL).
So about Mahomes "down year".....
5,250 passing yards, 41 touchdowns and 12 interceptions, with a 105.2 Rating on 67.1 completion percentage. He would also have 358 rushing yards and 4 touchdowns with his feet. Marking personal bests for Passing Yards, Completion Percentage, Rushing Yards and Rushing Touchdowns. With second-personal bests in completions, attempts, passing touchdowns and rush attempts.
Oh, and he won his 2nd MVP trophy.
and had a 17-3 record
and won his 2nd Super Bowl and Super Bowl MVP
So clearly Mahomes had one of the best seasons in his career but that shouldn't diminish the work that the rest of the offense including the coaches did on their Super Bowl run as well.
Juju and Valdez-Scantling combined for 1,620 yards and 5 TDs and Juju would even haul in the most catches with 7 in the big game. Orlando Brown and Joe Thuney would anchor the right side of their O-line and would allow only 5 sacks all year and commit only 8 penalties. Coaches Andy Reid and Eric Bieniemy had the hardest job of all, not only to assemble a new cast for Pat Mahomes, but to coach, lead and fix things as the season went on. Bieniemy has long been a Head Coaching candidate for other teams but has stuck around to coach Mahomes and has done a brilliant job on this team.
The Chiefs are now the only team to win 2 championships in 4 years since two separate Patriots dynasties since 2000. With Mahomes locked up for 9 years and the rest of this team at a reasonable age, it seems very likely we haven't seen the end of this dynasty.
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