Patrick Mahomes won Super Bowl MVP for last year’s Super Bowl, meaning he isn’t a lock to win it this go around.
It was a little surprising that Patrick Mahomes was named MVP of Super Bowl LIV considering how badly he struggled in the first half of that game. He threw two interceptions in the first half and went on to finish the game with 286 yards, two touchdowns, and two picks.
Not bad numbers by any stretch of the imagination, but many felt that running back Damien Williams was more deserving of the MVP award. Williams rushed for 104 yards and a touchdown while also hauling in 29 receiving yards and another touchdown through the air. He was the one who popped off that huge run at the end of the game to make it a 10-point lead and eventual Chiefs victory.
Alas, Mahomes was awarded Super Bowl MVP and because of that, it won’t be shocking if another Chiefs player wins MVP should KC win the Super Bowl on Sunday. The most likely names to win it other than Mahomes would be any of the key offensive playmakers, but Travis Kelce or Tyreek Hill would be the obvious ones to put money on if you’re into gambling.
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Patrick Mahomes will have to put up gaudy numbers in order to win his second Super Bowl MVP.
Many felt Mahomes was awarded MVP in last year’s game because he was a household name and that makes perfect sense. Williams being the MVP wouldn’t have the same intrigue to it, as he didn’t have a fantastic season and wasn’t a name that everyone knew. Also, it’s common if there isn’t a clear cut choice for MVP to just go with the quarterback.
Tom Brady has won six Super Bowl titles and he won MVP in four of those six wins (including one in that crazy overtime win over Atlanta). In the two instances where he didn’t win MVP, both awards have gone to wide receivers with Deion Branch winning it in Super Bowl XXXIX and Julian Edelman winning in Super Bowl LI. Branch had 133 yards off 11 catches while Edelman had 10 catches for 141 yards the year he won it.
If Kelce or Hill go for over 100 yards (which is pretty likely), they could be the recipients of this year’s Super Bowl MVP. If Hill has the kind of performance that he did against the Buccaneers the first time these two teams met, he’ll easily get the title.
Unless Patrick Mahomes throws for over 350 yards, more than three touchdowns, or has the key play to help them win the game in crunch time, it might be tough for him to win Super Bowl MVP again this year. This is assuming, of course, that the Kansas City Chiefs win their second straight Super Bowl.