Magic Mahomes in Super Bowl MVP showing
Patrick Mahomes was struggling, and the Kansas City Chiefs were in huge trouble.
Until the young quarterback coolly brushed aside three-plus quarters of frustration and came through in the clutch, that is.
As he has already done so often in his young career.
"It's Magic Mahomes," tight end Travis Kelce said with a huge grin. "It's Showtime Mahomes. He's going to be himself no matter what the scenario. And, you know what? I love him. He willed this team back into the game."
Mahomes threw touchdown passes on consecutive fourth-quarter drives to lead Andy Reid's Chiefs to a 31-20 comeback victory and deliver the franchise its first Super Bowl title in 50 years.
"We never lost faith," Mahomes said. "That's the biggest thing. Everybody on this team, no one had their head down. And we believed in each other. And that's what we preached all year long - and we had this guy (Reid) right here to get us there.
"And we found a way to get it in the end."
The 24-year-old Mahomes was selected the game's MVP after bouncing back from being intercepted on two straight possessions as the Chiefs' title hopes seemingly slipped away.
"I was making a lot of mistakes out there early," Mahomes acknowledged.
But trailing 20-10, Mahomes and the Chiefs suddenly got going - and didn't stop until they stood in a confetti shower while passing around the Lombardi Trophy.
And it was the late-game performance of Mahomes that got them where Len Dawson last delivered the Chiefs in 1970.
"It's not all Patrick, and he'll be the first to tell you that," Reid said, "but it's a good place to start."