Super Bowl 57, by the numbers: 6 historic, heroic stats from Chiefs comeback victory over Eagles

Patrick Mahomes

The Chiefs are back at the top of the NFL world.

On Sunday, a one-legged Patrick Mahomes propelled the Chiefs to another comeback win in the Super Bowl, this time overcoming a 10-point deficit at halftime, defeating the Eagles 38-35 and adding a second ring to his burgeoning Hall of Famer to continue .

Fans expected an offensive performance, and that’s exactly what they got when the Chiefs and the Eagles, the two teams with the most points in the regular season, combined for the third most points in a Super Bowl in NFL history (73rd – 73rd). ). behind the 49ers’ win over the Chargers in Super Bowl 29 and the Eagles’ win over New England in Super Bowl 52.

In every game there are many numbers that can paint a picture of why a game played out the way it did. Here are some key stats from Sunday’s game that explain how the Chiefs beat the Eagles at State Farm Stadium.

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Super Bowl 57, by the numbers

Patrick Mahomes

Patrick Mahomes’ healthy ankles

That number would be one. And yet Mahomes played better than ever in his career.

During the second quarter, Mahomes appeared to be aggravating his high ankle sprain and appeared to be in significant pain.

Patrick Mahomes gets up limping on his ankle after the sack.#SBLVII pic.twitter.com/KEbwCRuGe3

— TSN (@TSN_Sports) February 13, 2023

But after that injury, Mahomes went 13 for 14 for 93 yards and threw for two touchdowns. In the second half, each of the Chiefs’ four drives ended in points, helping them overcome a 10-point deficit at halftime.

It wasn’t just his arm that carried the Chiefs. Mahomes slashed the Eagles defense with his legs. On the first drive of the third quarter, Mahomes scrambled to the Eagles 4 for a 14-yard pickup in what turned out to be a touchdown-scoring drive. On the game-winning drive, he kept the Chiefs’ drive alive by running a third-and-1 for 26 yards on the Eagles’ 17 and setting the Chiefs up with possession and a chance for the two-minute caution to keep the clock ticking .

Fight for every inch. @PatrickMahomes

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— NFL (@NFL) February 13, 2023

Next Gen Stats tracked its run as Kansas City’s winning probability rose from 69.1 percent to 81.2 percent.

Patrick Mahomes scrambled 26 yards for a first down and increased the Chiefs’ winning probability from 69.1% to 81.2% (+12.1%).

Mahomes has racked up 24 first downs on scramble runs in the postseason since 2018, more than double any other QB.#SBLVII | #Kingdom of Chiefs pic.twitter.com/UK8xNIjB5j

– Next Gen Statistics (@NextGenStats) February 13, 2023

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Jalen hurts

Jalen Hurt’s staggering success

Mahomes may have emerged victorious from Super Bowl 57, but no one can deny Hurts’ efforts. As he has done most of the season, the Eagles quarterback forced his side to first downs and touchdowns throughout the game, fighting through stacks on countless QB sneaks, evading the pressure to either use his legs or an open one Finding a man in the field, or showing off arm strength with a few deep shots.

It was his legs that particularly wore the night for hurts. He tied Terrell Davis with three rushing touchdowns for the most by a player in the Super Bowl and set the record for most by a quarterback. He also ran 15 times for 70 yards, both numbers also setting new Super Bowl records.

Hurts led his team to rushing with his team on a night when one of the league’s best rushing offenses was struggling. The rest of the team combined 45 yards for 17 carries (2.6 yards per carry). Only Chiefs running back Isiah Pacheco (15 rushes for 76 yards) had more yards on the ground than hurts.

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This isn’t meant to take anything away from his arm, which was also fantastic. He completed 27 of 38 passes for 304 yards with a touchdown. According to Stathead, he is the only quarterback in Super Bowl history, along with Colin Kaepernick and Joe Montana, with at least 50 rushing yards and 300 passing yards in a game.

Hurts did everything to bring the Lombardi Trophy back to Philadelphia. It just wasn’t enough on Sunday.

The historic nights of the Chiefs Rookies

Speaking of Pacheco, he and rookie Skyy Moore shared a bit of history together. Pacheco hit a rushing touchdown in the third quarter while Moore caught a 4-yard touchdown from Mahomes in the fourth quarter, his only catch of the day.

While Moore’s performance wasn’t exactly a world-shattering feat, according to ESPN Stats, it was only the second time two rookies had scored touchdowns for the same team in the Super Bowl, joining the Bears’ William Perry and Reggie Phillips in 1985 & The Info.

Rookies Isiah Pacheco and Skyy Moore each have a TD tonight.

The Chiefs are the second team to score a TD on 2 different rookies in the Super Bowl, joining the 1985 Bears (William Perry & Reggie Phillips). pic.twitter.com/BAc3ynywqD

– ESPN Statistics and Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) February 13, 2023

Pacheco and Moore also each showed on Sunday how the Chiefs had weathered the loss of Tyreek Hill. Pacheco emerged as a legitimate weapon for Kansas City as the season progressed, giving the team a dangerous rushing attack to complement their already strong passing game. And on Sunday, he was one of the main reasons the Chiefs overtook the Eagles by 158 yards to 115 yards.

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Moore finished eighth on the team in gaining yards at 250 and didn’t catch a touchdown in his rookie year until that fourth-quarter game against the Eagles. But as the Chiefs progressed without a real star like Hill at wide receiver, the rest of the team got involved throughout the season as they became only the 20th team in NFL history to have at least eight different players who played at least 250 Receiving yards scored one season, per Stathead.

Travis Kelce’s continued exploits

The Chiefs might not have had a star at wide receiver, but they’ve had one at the tight end for a long time. And he was back in the Super Bowl.

Kelce caught six passes for 81 yards and a touchdown and caught the first Chiefs drive of the game. Touchdown reception put him past Rob Gronkowski, with his 16th playoff touchdown, now only behind Jerry Rice’s 22.

Mahomes to Kelce does great though.

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— NFL (@NFL) February 13, 2023

There aren’t many teams that have found ways to mark Kelce, and the Eagles struggled with that on Sunday, too. Kelce faced man coverage multiple times throughout the match Next-gen stat tracking he has caught four of six passes against Mann for 39 yards, including his touchdown.

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The result he had in the first quarter came when he felt safe in Marcus Epps’ one-man man and took advantage with the Grab. According to Next Gen Stats, he had 13 touchdowns against man coverage in 2022, the most in a single year since 2018.

Travis Kelce moves into the slot and makes a matchup with Marcus Epps, whom he hits for an 18-yard TD.

Kelce has racked up 13 TD-to-man coverage this season including the playoffs, the most in a season since 2018.#SBLVII | #Kingdom of Chiefs pic.twitter.com/UfcOK306XB

– Next Gen Statistics (@NextGenStats) February 13, 2023

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Eagles pass rush problems

Since the Bears of 1985, no team had sacked the opposition more than the Eagles in 2022. From the start of the regular season through the NFC championship game, Philadelphia had brought down the opposing QB 78 times, the third-most in NFL history behind the 1984 Bears ‘ 82 and the 1985 Bears’ 80. Faced with a limping Mahomes, it would be imperative to apply pressure.

But that was not the case. The Eagles’ exuberant pass rush failed to sack Mahomes once during the game and rarely put pressure on the Chiefs’ star quarterback.

According to NFL Next Gen Stats, the Eagles pressured Mahomes at just 25.9 percent of his dropbacks, the first time since Week 12 that they hadn’t exceeded 34 percent.

The Chiefs linebackers were active today, with Willie Gay, Nick Bolton and Leo Chenal each recording 5 defensive stops.

Their 15 total defensive stops are ranked fourth since 2016 by a Chiefs LB unit.#SBLVII | #Kingdom of Chiefs

– Next Gen Statistics (@NextGenStats) February 13, 2023

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time of the possession struggle

All season, the Eagles have won by reducing possession time, hitting from long drives and preventing opponents from creating too many scoring chances. That was still the case on Sunday when the Eagles dominated possession time. The problem? The Chiefs didn’t need that extra possession time.

Philadelphia finished the game with 35-47 on the ball. In Super Bowl history, only the Titans had more possession time in Super Bowl 34, losing to the Rams 36-26. The Eagles are also only the 14th team in the 57 Super Bowls to win possession and lose the game.

Sunday was a matter of what each team did with their time. In the first half, the Chiefs had the ball for just 8:06 compared to a whopping 21:54 by the Eagles. But in the second half, the Chiefs won the possession battle by 16:07 to 13:53 from the Eagles. Kansas City finished in points all four drives in the second half, while the Eagles finished in points only two drives.

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