SUPER BOWL LVII RECAP

2023-02-13 · 3 min read · NFL/Football
Winning team Quaterback Patrick Mahomes

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A look at the history made on Sunday
The 57th edition of the Super Bowl is in the books in a matchup which went down to the wire and lived up to its billing.
On Sunday, we saw virtually everything we expected in a game featuring the top two seeds during the regular season.
There were some big plays on both sides, some heroic performances by both Jalen Hurts and Patrick Mahomes, plus some controversial officiating decisions, which will probably sting more if you’re an Eagles fan, as Philadelphia was beaten 38-35.
That holding penalty created a huge debate as to whether or not it was the right decision, but no matter if you agree with the call or not, it’s hard to disagree with the fact that from the opening kickoff until Harrison Butker’s game-winning field goal, both teams put on quite the show.
Here is a list of interesting facts about Sunday’s memorable Super Bowl.
  1. The 73 points scored between the Eagles and Chiefs is the third-highest total in Super Bowl history, behind the Eagles’ triumph over the New England Patriots in 2018 (41-33) and the San Francisco 49ers’ victory over the San Diego Chargers (49-26) in Super Bowl XXIX.
Kansas City erased a 10-point deficit at the half to defeat Philly on Sunday, equaling the second-biggest comeback in Super Bowl history, behind only the Patriots’ 25-point reversal against the Atlanta Falcons in 2017, as Patrick Mahomes now has two Super Bowl comebacks of at least 10 points, drawing even with Tom Brady.
Heading into Sunday’s big game, a 10-point deficit by halftime seemed virtually insurmountable, with the team leading at the interval by at least that margin, boasting a 26-1 record until the Eagles joined the Falcons as the only two teams to squander a double-digit halftime advantage.
Patrick Mahomes made plenty of history with his victory this weekend, including becoming the first starting black quarterback to win the Super Bowl twice.
The Chiefs #15 also became the first quarterback to throw for three touchdown passes in a single Super Bowl and have zero interceptions while also taking no sacks.
Sticking with Mahomes, he became the first QB to lead the NFL in passing during the regular season and win a world championship in the same season, breaking a 56-year drought.
That wasn’t the only curse that ended on Sunday, as Mahomes was the first regular season MVP to win the Super Bowl since Kurt Warner did it with the St. Louis Rams in 2000.
Although he was on the wrong end of the final score, Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts also made some history in the big game, breaking the late Steve McNair’s QB rushing record in the big game, with 70 yards on the ground, six more than the former Tennessee Titans pivot managed when they were a yard away from forcing overtime in 2000. Hurts also had three scores on Sunday, the most ever by a QB and tied for the most by one player in a single game, equalling Terrell Davis of the Denver Broncos.
Those were some pretty impressive feats by the Eagles QB, but he achieved something else rather special, becoming the first player in NFL history, regular season or playoffs, to have at least 300 yards passing, 70 yards rushing, and three touchdowns in a single game.
Running the ball is undoubtedly a significant weapon in the NFL; however, one curse that will continue into next season. Since 2000 the team that has led the NFL in rushing touchdowns has made it to the Super Bowl six times, but with the Eagles’ loss on Sunday, those teams are now 0-6, with the other losing sides being the 2001 Rams, the 2005 and 2014 Seahawks, the 2015 Panthers and the 2019 49ers.
The 65-yard punt return by the Chiefs’ Kadarius Toney was a game-changing play on Sunday, the longest punt return in Super Bowl history, while he was five yards away from being the first player ever to return a Super Bowl punt for a touchdown.
That big return by Toney was probably the only highlight-reel play on special teams for either side, as the Eagles and Chiefs only combined for 11 kickoff return yards in the Super Bowl, the fewest ever in the big game.
Andy Reid picked up his second Super Bowl title as a head coach, joining Bill Belichick, Don Shula, and Tom Landry as the only others to pull that off. In addition, Reid became the fourth head coach in NFL history to win at least 200 regular season encounters, along with multiple Super Bowls.
Isiah Pacheco had 15 carries for 76 yards against the Eagles, and when he found the end zone, he became only the second-ever seventh-round draft pick in league history to score a Super Bowl touchdown, joining Ahmad Bradshaw, who had the game-winning score in the New York Giants victory over New England in Super Bowl XLVI.
Philly was the home team for Sunday’s game but didn’t choose to wear white, which didn’t have any bearing on the result, but for the sake of superstition, teams that have worn white in the Super Bowl are 16-3.
  • One of the craziest curses, which means absolutely nothing, came to an end on Sunday as the Chiefs won the coin toss but wound up winning the game, something which hadn’t happened in eight straight Super Bowl outings.
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