1. Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City Chiefs
After a 50-year wait, the Kansas City Chiefs are Super Bowl champions once again, with Patrick Mahomes engineering a fourth-quarter comeback to beat the San Francisco 49ers, 31-20, at a raucous Hard Rock Stadium.
It was a game of momentum swings, but the last one went to the Chiefs, who entered the fourth quarter trailing by 10 points but proceeded to score three touchdowns over the course of just 5 minutes 1 second of game clock, overwhelming a San Francisco defense that had simply been hoping to hold on to a lead.
Mahomes had looked shaky for much of the game, throwing two second-half interceptions, but he was picked up by his defense in the fourth quarter as they harassed San Francisco quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo into a series of bad throws and ineffective drives, allowing Kansas City to find its rhythm.
Mahomes finished the game having completed 26 of 41 passes for 286 yards, with two touchdowns and two interceptions, getting huge contributions from running back Damien Williams (133 yards from scrimmage and two touchdowns), Tyreek Hill (105 receiving yards) and Sammy Watkins (98 receiving yards). Travis Kelce, the team’s All-Pro tight end, also contributed with the touchdown that started the comeback.