The Kansas City Chiefs won their third Super Bowl in five years on Sunday night, and afterward, quarterback Patrick Mahomes let the world know something very important: they aren’t finished.
During his on-field postgame interview following the Chiefs’ 25-22 win over the San Francisco 49ers, Mahomes sent an ominous warning to the rest of the NFL.
“Yeah, it’s the start of one. [But] we’re not done,” Mahomes told Tracy Wolfson of CBS Sports after the game (via Devon Clements of Heavy.com). “I know we are gonna celebrate tonight…but we’re not done. We’ve got a young team and we’re gonna keep this thing going.”
Mahomes went 34-for-46 with 333 yards, a couple of touchdowns and an interception in the victory, including the game-winning touchdown pass to Mecole Hardman in overtime.
The 28-year-old was named the Super Bowl MVP for his efforts, marking the third time he was won the award. He is chasing Tom Brady, who won five of them throughout his illustrious playing career.
It was a wild ride for Kansas City this season, as Mahomes and Co. resembled anything but Super Bowl contenders during much of the second half of the year.
The Chiefs got off to a 6-1 start in 2023, but proceeded to go just 3-5 over their next eight games to fall to 9-6. That included a listless effort in a 20-14 home loss to the Las Vegas Raiders on Christmas.
Perhaps the loss to the Raiders was exactly what Kansas City needed, because it didn’t lose another game the rest of the way.
The Chiefs won their last two regular-season contests to finish 11-6 and capture their eighth straight AFC West division crown. They then went on to defeat the Miami Dolphins, Buffalo Bills and Baltimore Ravens in the playoffs before rallying from a 10-0 deficit to top the 49ers in the Super Bowl.
This certainly wasn’t your typical Kansas City squad that blew opponents away in previous years, but the championship DNA obviously never left Mahomes and the boys.
The Chiefs also became the first team to win back-to-back Super Bowl titles since the New England Patriots achieved the feat in February 2005.
We’ll see what Patrick Mahomes and Kansas City do for an encore next season.