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Patrick Mahomes named game’s Most Valuable Player, now a dual MVP in one season
In the battle of two pro bowl quarterbacks, Kansas City Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes upset QB Jalen Hurts and the Philadelphia Eagles 38-35 to win Super Bowl LVII on Sunday, February 12, in Glendale, Arizona.
With the victory, Mahomes took home both the Super Bowl trophy and the Pete Rozelle Trophy as the 2023 Super Bowl LVII Most Valuable Player.
According to the NFL, Mahomes completed 21 of 27 pass attempts (77.8 percent) for 182 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions for a 131.8 rating and added 44 rushing yards in helping the Chiefs overcome a 10-point halftime deficit en route to a 38-35 win in Super Bowl LVII. It marked the fourth time ever a team has overcome a second-half deficit of at least 10 points to win the Super Bowl.
Mahomes is only the sixth player ever to win multiple Super Bowl Most Valuable awards. At 27 years old, he is the second-youngest player ever to win multiple Super Bowl Most Valuable Player awards.
It marks the 32nd time that a quarterback has been named Super Bowl Most Valuable Player. Mahomes is the seventh quarterback to win both the NFL MVP and Super Bowl MVP awards in the same season. He is also the first player to lead the NFL in passing yards and passing touchdowns and win the Super Bowl in the same season.
The winner of the award is chosen by a panel comprised of 16 media members – FOX and Westwood One analysts, media from Arizona, Kansas City, and Philadelphia, PFWA-appointed pool reporters who have attended team practice sessions during Super Bowl week, past Pro Football Writers of America presidents, at-large members of the national media, and fans, interactively, through the National Football League’s official website, NFL.com.
Joseph Phillips is the Sports Editor for the Chicago Crusader Newspaper. He is a Chicago native, who has been a sports writer for over 17 years. He also hosts the SC Media News and Sports Network Q&A radio show on WHPK 88.5 FM Chicago.