A heroic run by Mahomes and a field goal by Harrison Butker with seconds left gave the Chiefs a 23-20 win over the Bengals in the AFC finals as the Eagles routed the beleaguered 49ers 31-7. injuries in the National
On February 12 in Glendale (Arizona), the Chiefs will play their third Super Bowl in the last four years, after the title achieved in the 2019 season and the runner-up in 2020.
Young Joe Burrow’s Bengals were one step away from qualifying for their second Super Bowl in a row, after last year’s loss to the Los Angeles Rams.
In a dramatic finale, in which Burrow received a key tackle from Chris Jones at the last minute, the Chiefs got their long-awaited revenge for losing to them last year in front of their home crowd in overtime.
Mahomes, the only ‘quarterback’ along with Tom Brady to reach three Super Bowls in his first six NFL seasons, wrote a new page of glory in his biography by overcoming the right ankle sprain he suffered last week in the round divisional and win the duel against the talented Burrow.
“I want to thank God. He healed my body this week,” Mahomes said. “In the dressing room we said that we had to play together and we went out to show that we are a great team.”
The Chiefs were superior in the first half but went into halftime with a 13-6 lead that allowed the Bengals to fight for a new feat like the one they had a year ago, when they came back from a 21-3 deficit and won in time extra.
Racing with a visible limp, Mahomes gave an astonishing 19-yard touchdown pass to Marquez Valdes-Scantling as the Chiefs moved up 20-13.
Burrow returned it with a big drive capped off by Samaje Perine’s touchdown but then suffered a 40-yard interception and Chris Jones’ game-changing catch that gave the Chiefs 40 seconds to avoid overtime.
On the return, Skyy Moore drove to midfield and Mahomes filled in with an epic run to put the Chiefs in position to score Butker’s game-winning field goal.
In the final of the National Conference, The Philadelphia Eagles swept the San Francisco 49ers 31-7 and will have the opportunity to cap off their exceptional season with the second Super Bowl title in their history.
The 49ers, who are extending a trophy drought that has lasted since 1994, were doomed by serious mistakes of their own and by an injury to Brock Purdy, who was seeking to be the first rookie quarterback to qualify for the Super Bowl in history.
Nearly 70,000 fans at Lincoln Financial Field celebrated in style as the Eagles qualified for their fourth Super Bowl and first since the 2017 season, when they opened their record by beating Brady’s New England Patriots.
“I’ve dreamed of this, and every guy on this team has dreamed of this their entire lives,” Eagles coach Nick Sirianni said. “To be able to do this together with a group of guys who love each other, are connected to each other, and would do anything for each other…it’s so sweet.”
All four of the Eagles’ touchdowns came on the run, two by Miles Sanders and one by star quarterback Jalen Hurts.
The 49ers arrived on a roll, with 12 consecutive wins, but they were taking serious risks in their position as quarterback.
At 23 years old, Purdy had to take over the job in December due to the successive injuries to Trey Lance and Jimmy Garoppolo, but this Sunday he could not escape the curse and had to temporarily withdraw from the game due to a severe blow to his right elbow.
Purdy was the fifth rookie quarterback to start a conference finals and none of them got a ticket to the Super Bowl.
San Francisco’s fourth quarterback, veteran Josh Johnson, also left the field with a possible concussion.
“I was very proud of how they fought,” coach Kyle Shanahan said of his 49ers players. “I think they got a very heavy hand today. I hurt for them.”
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