The Kansas City Chiefs take the title


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Kansas City’s Union Station lights up red to celebrate the Chiefs’ Super Bowl win.

Sam Dare, Staff Writer

The 103rd NFL season has ended, and a world champion has been crowned. The Kansas City Chiefs have won their second Super Bowl in four years, with quarterback Patrick Mahomes winning his second Super Bowl MVP in that timeframe. Patrick Mahomes became the first player ever to win the Super Bowl, Super Bowl MVP, MVP, and First Team All-Pro in the same season, solidifying his status as one of the greats of the position at the fresh age of 27. 

The Chiefs beat the Eagles 38-35 Sunday night, coming back from down two scores at the half. They became only the second team ever to do so, with the 2017 Patriots and the infamous 28-3 comeback being the other one. Mahomes battled through serious pain and an ankle injury to mount the comeback. He played excellently, passing at a 78% clip and for three touchdowns. The defense made an impact, too, especially rookie linebacker Nick Bolton, who returned a fumble for a touchdown and had nine total tackles. 

But the game was not without its controversy, as players from both teams were complaining about the new hybrid grass that the NFL decided to experiment with using in the biggest game of the year. The grass, Tahoma 31, is notably similar to the type of grass often used on golf courses. It was grown at a small sod farm 45 miles west of State Farm Stadium in Glendale for over two years. Eagles linebacker Haason Reddick stated that it was “the worst field I have ever played on” but also that it couldn’t be to blame for their loss. 

Another controversy was a late holding call on the Eagles that gave the Chiefs a first down, allowing them to run the clock out and kick the eventual game-winning field goal. Upon review, there wasn’t much contact visible, and fans were outraged. But Eagles cornerback James Bradberry, who had it called on him, said that it was holding and should’ve been called. 

This win caps the end of an excellent season for the Chiefs, one where they were consistently among the best in the league week after week. But the Eagles season cannot be ignored. They played phenomenally and just barely lost. Quarterback Jalen Hurts was unstoppable, having one of the best Super Bowl performances ever. The defense was great, but the team just didn’t come out on top. 

This highly-anticipated Super Bowl paid off for NFL fans, with both powerhouses delivering the tight, high-scoring clash everyone wanted. Next year, expect both of these teams to be back and better than ever. Who knows, maybe we’ll even see a rematch?