“I don’t care about the downs and distance … I want to run this game”: Patrick Mahomes reveals the order that the tide turned for the Kansas City Chiefs and triggered the fourth quarter of comeback in Super Bowl LIV
Patrick Mahomes has lifted the lid off the piece, turning Super Bowl LIV upside down.
The Chiefs of Kansas City fell by 20-10. Mahomes was enclosed by front four of the San Francisco 49ers, rendered powerless by relentless pressure.
But you can only keep a good man down for so long.
Patrick Mahomes said how Kansas City Chiefs overcame a deficit to win Super Bowl LIV
Third and 15. Halfway through the fourth. On his own 35. Mahomes steps back, evades the pass rush, steps up and finds receiver Tyreek Hill with a deep, arcous throw.
The 44-meter win – the largest in the game – brought the Chiefs to the 22-meter line of the 49ers and led to their attack. Now in the full hurry mode, the Chiefs reduced the deficit to three points four games later.
It took three and a half minutes to resume the lead on the road to clearing another double-digit deficit in the late season on the way to a 31-20 win.
But how did Mahomes fulfill a defense that looked watertight? The 24-year-old told NBC Sports’ Peter King that it all depended on the corner man of 49ers, Emmanuel Moseley.
Opting for the play ‘Gun trey right, 3 Jets Chip Wasp Y Funnel’ – which the Chiefs used in the loss of the AFC Championship for the Patriots in 2019 – Hill, Sammy Watkins and Travis Kelce were on the left.
“We talked a bit about the game during the game,” Mahomes told King. “We thought it was good versus the defense they were playing. I just asked it a bit. I have asked [offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy], “Do you think we have enough time in our pocket to play this long-developing piece?” He asked me if I wanted it first, or down and away. I just told him: “I don’t care about the D&D, I want to play this game.” “
Mahomes celebrates with the Vince Lombardi Trophy after the Chiefs defeated the 49ers in Miami
The Chiefs were familiar with the coverage of the 49ers, and Mahomes knew that if Moseley accompanied Watkins, Hill would match Jimmie Ward’s safety.
While officials judged the completed pass in second place, the Chiefs went through their options for the third – and possibly the fourth – time.
“With that little break we had while they were reviewing the catch, we could go through all the scenarios,” Mahomes said. “I had already spoken to the coach [Andy] Reid and coach [Mike] Kafka and EB. They told me: “like us [don’t] go right after this, we go for it [on fourth down] … If I don’t have Tyreek or Sammy on these two routes, let’s go straight to that check-down and give ourselves a chance on the fourth down ‘. I think having just that little bit of time and being able to discuss with our coaches what our plan was has given us a good game plan to go outside and execute at a high level at a crucial point in the game. “
While Moseley followed Watkins, Hill beat Ward with Mahomes, completing most of his career and founding the Chiefs for a famous victory.
But, as Mahomes revealed, the Chiefs were prepared for any outcome.
“If [Moseley] doesn’t stay there, “said Mahomes,” I’m throwing that down for the first time … Once I saw Tyreek 1-on-1 with safety, I mean, that’s a matchup I’m gonna take every time. “
He threw two touchdowns when the Chiefs won the Super Bowl for the first time since 1969
Meanwhile, according to sporting goods giant Fanatics, who run both the NFLshop.com and the Kansas City online store, the Chiefs are the second-best selling Super Bowl champion of all time and only follow the Philadelphia Eagles in 2018.
This year, fans from more than 100 countries bought something from the official online NFL store in the 24 hours after the Super Bowl victory in Kansas City.
And in jersey sales, Mahomes was the best-selling NFL player in the UK and for the entire NFL 2019-2020 season.
And if he keeps playing like in the Super Bowl, the trend seems to continue into the 2020 season.