by Alex Poletti
Photo by Charlie Neibergall/AP Photo
Despite already having an MVP award to his name, it seems that Super Bowl LIV champion Patrick Mahomes still has a lot to learn about the game of football. The superstar quarterback tells The Second String that he forgot he was supposed to try during the first three quarters of Sunday’s big game against the San Francisco 49ers, forcing him to do all the work in the final quarter of the game.
“Honestly, I completely forgot that I was supposed to be going for the W,” the Texas Tech alumnus says. “I was just happy to be there. I was in Miami, partying my heart out. I was in the Super Bowl, you know? It was a good time, and trying to win the game completely slipped my mind.”
The best quarterback in the game looked pedestrian through three quarters, throwing two interceptions against a touch 49ers defense, something he hadn’t done all season. However, he came through in the fourth, leading his team back from a 10 point deficit to win the game 31-20, giving Kansas City their first Super Bowl win in 50 years.
“I felt kind of bad, to be honest,” Mahomes, who was awarded the Super Bowl MVP, says. “The rest of my team was really trying to get the Lombardi trophy from the kickoff. I owed it to them to put in a little bit of effort in the fourth, just so they wouldn’t be mad at me.”
Mahomes certainly put in the effort, unleashing an insane deep ball to Tyreek Hill late in the game to propel his team to the victory. After getting shut out in the third quarter, Mahomes was able to connect for two touchdowns, the only passing touchdowns on the day for the signal caller.
This isn’t the first time Mahomes has done this, as he trailed by ten in each of his previous two playoff games en route to the championship. While the flair for the dramatic is nice, head coach Andy Reid would prefer if he stuck to the fundamentals.
“Obviously, winning the Super Bowl is nice,” Andy Reid, who is likely to replace John Legend as the World’s Sexiest Man, says. “It was the first one of my career, so it meant a lot. But winning is really going to reinforce Patrick’s habits. It would’ve been nice to lose one just so he’d know he has to make good throws throughout the game. But I guess we’ll just have to accept this victory.”