The Kansas City Chiefs are Super Bowl champions once again. They're now the first team since the 2003-2004 New England Patriots to go back-to-back.
Patrick Mahomes is one of the greatest players in the history of the NFL. Not even Mahomes' or the Chiefs' biggest haters can deny it anymore. In the Super Bowl LVIII victory over the San Francisco 49ers, Mahomes surpassed several postseason benchmarks that cement him among the greatest quarterbacks in NFL history.
First, Patrick Mahomes is now one of just five quarterbacks to have won at least three Super Bowls, joining Tom Brady, Joe Montana, Terry Bradshaw, and Troy Aikman. Mahomes, Brady, and Aikman are also the only three quarterbacks to win three Super Bowls before turning 30.
Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes hit several career postseason benchmarks in the Super Bowl LVIII win over the 49ers.
Since Mahomes also won Super Bowl MVP, the third of his career, he tied Tom Brady (5) and Joe Montana as the only other players with at least three. Given his two regular-season MVPs and three Super Bowl MVPs, his career resume is now as strong as anyone's in NFL history not named Tom Brady or Joe Montana.
Mahomes is now alone in third place for most playoff wins in NFL history by a quarterback with 15. Tom Brady (35) and Joe Montana (16) are the only ones he still has yet to catch.
With the game-winning touchdown pass to Mecole Hardman, Mahomes entered the Top 5 for most passing touchdowns in the playoffs. He also surpassed John Elway for the 8th most passing yards in NFL postseason history with 5,135 yards at present.
Regarding Super Bowl benchmarks, Mahomes has now thrown for the fifth most touchdowns in the history of the Big Game with 7, passing Kurt Warner and Steve Young. He now ranks fifth in passing yards with 1,071. He's just 86 yards away from obtaining second place. He also skyrocketed to second in completions with 107, only behind Tom Brady (277).
After tonight, there's little doubt that Patrick Mahomes is now an all-time great in the NFL. He locked up his Hall of Fame resume multiple years ago and likely cemented himself as a first-ballot HOFer with a victory in Super Bowl LVII last year.
Not even two months ago, the Kansas City Chiefs looked down, dead, and out with a humiliating Christmas Day loss at home to the Las Vegas Raiders. Tonight, they became the first team in almost 20 years to repeat as Super Bowl champions, which they did in the Raiders' home stadium nonetheless.
One of the main reasons why their season turned around is because their offense, led by Patrick Mahomes, finally figured it out and played well enough to complement their excellent defense.
Chiefs fans should never take Mahomes for granted ever again. Without him, this success would not be possible. As Andy Bernard said in The Office series finale, "I wish there was a way to know you're in 'the good old days' before you've actually left them." Well Kansas City fans, you're in the 'good old days' right now.