The Kansas City Chiefs claimed their second Super Bowl in four years on Sunday, beating Philadelphia Eagles 38-35.
Patrick Mahomes proved why he is the NFL’s Most Valuable Player, as he shrugged off an ankle injury to lead his team to victory.
High-fliers of industry, entertainment and sports watched on in suburban Phoenix, with Elon Musk, Paul McCartney and LeBron James among the capacity crowd of 67,827.
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Kansas City’s hopes of returning home with the Lombardi Trophy looked bleak late in the opening half when quarterback Mahomes appeared to re-injure the right ankle that had been a major worry coming into the game.
Grimacing in pain after a tackle, Mahomes hobbled off the field and slammed his helmet to the turf as the Chiefs headed into halftime trailing 24-14.
But when the teams returned after the break a resilient Mahomes produced a heroic effort, tossing two fourth-quarter touchdowns and engineering a final drive to set up Harrison Butker’s 27-yard game-winning field goal with eight seconds to play.
“I told you all this week there was nothing going to keep me off this football field,” said Mahomes after accepting the Super Bowl MVP award to go along with the NFL MVP honor he received on Thursday.
There could be no better end to the NFL season than a championship game featuring the two teams with the best records and two dynamic young leaders in Mahomes and the Eagles’ Jalen Hurts – the first two black quarterbacks to start a Super Bowl.
Hurts, who was another leading candidate for the NFL MVP award, turned in an almost equally dazzling performance, running for three touchdowns and throwing for another.
While questions remained over Mahomes’ ankle there were no cracks in his determination as he started the third quarter by leading a 75-yard drive capped off by a one-yard run by Isiah Pacheco to cut the Philadelphia lead to 24-21.
Jake Elliott booted his second field goal to increase the Eagles’ advantage before Mahomes found Kadarius Toney with a five-yard touchdown strike for the Chiefs’ first lead of the night at 28-27.
Toney returned an Eagles punt 69 yards to the Philadelphia five, where Mahomes found Skyy Moore for a four-yard touchdown to increase their lead to 35-27.
But the Eagles were not about to wave the white flag, Hurts spotting a wide open DeVonta Smith at the two before diving over for the touchdown himself.
Philadelphia tied the game 35-35 with a two-point conversion with five minutes to play before Mahomes took control.
Rihanna confirmed she is pregnant for a second time during a hit-heavy headline slot at the 2023 Super Bowl half-time show.
The Barbadian singer, 34, kicked off her live performance suspended high above the stadium, dressed in a bold red ensemble jumpsuit while an army of dancers dressed in white gathered beneath her.
Debuting her pronounced baby bump at the beginning of the performance, Rihanna rubbed her hand over her stomach to announce her second pregnancy nine months after the birth of her son in May 2022.
The pop megastar treated fans to a selection of hits from her catalogue, including “Bitch Better Have My Money”, “We Found Love” and “Umbrella”, as well as two tracks she recorded with controversial rapper Kanye West – played back to back.
West, who has recently come under fire over a series of antisemitic remarks, featured on “Run This Town”, which was written by her former mentor Jay-Z. Rihanna also sang on West’s track “All of The Lights”, which is included on 2011 album My Dark Twisted Fantasy.
Rihanna commanded the stage, strolling up and down alongside a flock of dancers dressed in white hoodies and sweat pants, at one point stopping to touch up her make-up, and performing razor-sharp choreography throughout her show.
The 13-minute set also included recognisable hit songs “Only Girl (In the World)”, “Rude Boi”, “Work” and “Wild Thoughts”. Strobe lights and fireworks punctuated the show, and the singer donned a long red coat to finish with hit “Diamonds” from her 2012 album Unapologetic.
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