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GLENDALE, ARIZONA (SMI-SPORTS-FEB. 12-14, 2023)-Kansas City(NFL) quarterback Patrick Mahomes threw 21-of-27 for 182-yards, 3-TDs, and kicker Harrison Butker scored a 27-yard winning field goal with game-time running out as the Chiefs defeated the Philadelphia Eagles 38-35, during a thriller ending in Super Bowl LVII (2022- 57th Edition) to win its third NFL Lombardi Trophy at State Farm Stadium, in Glendale, Arizona.
With the win, the Chiefs win its 2nd Lombardy Trophy in the last 4-years and third overall in club history, while Patrick Mahomes won the Super Bowl LVII MVP award, his second of his career for carrying the Kansas City Chiefs of 38-25, victory over Philadelphia.
Both teams battled from the start and exchanged a TD apiece on their first offensive drive for 7-7, tied game at the end of the first quarter.
The Eagles scored first through quarterback Jalen Hurst when he rushed for a 1-yard TD, during 11-plays and 75-yards to put Philadelphia in front 7-0, at 10:09(04:51. After K. Gainwell's TD was reversed by the referee, Hurst on 1 & goal from the Kansas City 1-yard line surged forward for touchdown, his third of the postseason becoming the first quarterback in NFL history to rush for 3TDs in 3-separate games in a single postseason.
The Chiefs answered back immediately with a TD of its own on their first offensive drive when Patrick Mahomes on 2nd & 8 from the Philadelphia 18-yard line connected with tigh end Travis Kelce for a 18-yard TD to tie the game 7-7, his fourth of the postseason, during 6-plays, and 75-yards and 06:57, remaining in the first frame.
After K.C. missed field goal and Eagles' punted to closed-out the first quarter, Philadelphia's quarterback Jalen Hurst on 1st & 10 at Chiefs 45-yard line, threw his first pass to start the second quarter for a 45-yard TD inside the end zone to A.J. Brown to put the Eagles ahead 14-7, over Kansas City at 14:52 mark.
Philadelphia got the ball back and after advancing 15-yards to its own 49-yard line, Jalen Hurst on 3 & 6 and during shotgun formation fumbled the ball at his own 44-yard line that was recovered by Kansas City's linebacker Nick Bolton who ran for a 36-yard TD to even the game 14-14, with 09:39 left in the second frame.
The Eagles regrouped the rest of the second quarter and scored 10-unanswered points with a TD and a field goal to send both teams to the locker-rooms with Philadelphia leading 24-14, at the half.
Jalen Hurst on a 1 & Goal at Kansas City 4-yard line, rushed for a 4-yard TD, his second of the game to make it 21-14, with 02:20 left in the quarter and kicker Jake Elliot executed a perfect 35-yard field goal with time running out in the 2nd frame with the score of 24-14, in favor of the Eagles.
In the second half, the Chiefs scored on their first offensive drive to cut the deficit 24-21, through Isiah Pacheco who rushed for 1-yard TD, during 10-plays and 75-yards at 09:30(05:30) mark.
After Philadelphia kicker Jake Elliot scored a 33-Yard field goal to to make it 27-21, with 01:43 left in the 3rd frame, Chief's wide receiver Kadarius Toney connected with Patrick Mahomes for 5-yard TD pass to overcome the score and take the lead of 28-27, for first in the game with 12:04 remaining in the fourth quarter.
The game turned physical with the crowd getting louder and louder rooting for their teams the rest of the game.Chiefs' Kadarius Toney ran for a 65-yard punt returned to the Philadelphia 5-yard line and 1-minute later during three plays, Sky Moore scored a 4-yard TD pass from Patrick Mahomes to make it 35-27, in favor of Kansas City with 09:22 in the fourth quarter.
Philadelphia answered back with a TD and 2-point conversion rushed by Jalen Hurst to tie the game 35-35, sending the crowd wild with 05:15 remaining in the game.
With 05:15 left in the game, Kansas City went to the offensive and after 12-plays and 66-yards consuming most of the time clock kicker Harrison Butker hit a 27-yard winning field goal with 00:08' left to sealed the victory for the Chiefs of 38-35, over the Eagles.
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