Pat Mahomes is finally getting to go to Disney World.
Way back in 2013, Mahomes was in high school when he tweeted, “I bet it feels amazing to be the quarterback who says ‘I’m going to Disney World’ after winning the Super Bowl.” After Sunday night, the Kansas City Chief gunslinger doesn’t have to imagine anymore.
Mahomes led his squad back from a 10-point deficit in the fourth quarter to win Super Bowl LIV (or 54 for those who slept through Roman numeral studies) 31-20 over the San Francisco 49ers. The game turned when Mahomes – now a Super Bowl MVP and NFL MVP before the age of 25 – converted a 3rd-and-15 with 7:14 to go.
Mahomes took the snap and slowly worked his way backwards, giving ground to escape what had been a relentless 49er pass rush. In an instant, Mahomes effortlessly flicked a 60-plus yard throw down the sideline, hitting Tyreek Hill in stride for the conversion.
I don’t know if any other NFL quarterback can make that throw. At the very least, I don’t know any who make it look so easy.
His stat line wasn’t gaudy by his standards – 26-for-42 for 286 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions. Still, when it mattered most, Mahomes was on the money.
On the other side, Jimmy Garoppolo had a chance to steal the victory late, only to overthrow a wide-open Emmanuel Sanders on a bomb.
Those two passes – Mahomes’ perfect heave and Garoppolo’s misfire – were the perfect illustration of the razor-thin margin of error on the biggest stage.
Overall, it was an exciting game. Here’s a few other takeaways I had from checking out the game at Mudbums:
• When it comes to Super Bowls with no local team involved, always assume the person cheering loudest has the most money on the line. Gambling is illegal – everybody know that – and yet the American Gambling Association expected there would be $6.4 billion bet on Sunday’s game.
To anybody who had 0-0 on their Super Bowl squares, congratulations!
• While there seemed to be some controversy about the halftime show brew up across the globe, I heard none where I was at. It did spark an attractiveness debate: Shakira vs. J-Lo. Count me as team Shakira.
• Mahomes winning the big game at such an early age has already triggered debates on where he will stand among the elite quarterbacks. It’s still too early to gauge, but he’s as skilled as I’ve ever seen. If anything, the Super Bowl was further evidence the best quarterback usually wins.