Both recent and all-time history may be working against quarterback Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs. They face the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl LVII on Sunday. Football history can change and records and streaks are meant to be broken. One stands out in particular. There are also some interesting factors when it comes to the Chiefs’ chances of capturing a second Super Bowl in four years.
As has been noted numerous times, no player has ever led the league in passing yards and won the Super Bowl in the same season. In 2022, the five-year pro threw for an NFL-best 5,250 yards (as well as 41 touchdowns).
On Thursday night, Mahomes was voted the league’s Most Valuable Player for the second time in his career. An NFL MVP has been on the winning side of a Super Bowl the same year numerous times. It has been a while since it last occurred. You have to go all the way back to the 1999 season when then-St. Louis Rams’ quarterback Kurt Warner turned the trick.
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This season, Andy Reid’s club led the NFL in both points per game and total yards per contest. These statistics also bear a closer look as well. The Chiefs are the 25th team to reach the Super Bowl after leading the league in scoring. Those previous 24 clubs own a combined 10-14 mark on Super Sunday.
Likewise for the team to gain the most yards per game in the league in a season. That’s happened 17 times previously and that club is 8-9 in the “Big Game.” The last time it occurred was two years ago when the Chiefs reached Super Bowl LV and fell to the Buccaneers, 31-9.
Of course, the biggest obstacle that Mahomes, Reid, All-Pro tight end Travis Kelce and the AFC champions’ offensive attack is a Philadelphia Eagles’ defensive unit that allowed the fewest passing yards per game in the league while totaling an NFL-best 70 sacks during the regular season. The Birds have given up a combined 14 points in two playoff games. History aside, the Chiefs and their talented quarterback face quite the challenge on Super Sunday.
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