Last night, Patrick Mahomes won the league MVP award.
This was his second MVP award in his fifth season as the starter for the Kansas City Chiefs.
On Sunday, Mahomes and the Chiefs will compete in the Super Bowl.
Unfortunately for Mahomes, a historical precedent for MVPs has been set, and he will look to overcome a nine-time occurrence.
A streak Patrick Mahomes will look to snap on Sunday: The last nine reigning MVPs who played in the Super Bowl all lost:
01: Kurt Warner
02: Rich Gannon
05: Shaun Alexander
07: Tom Brady
09: Peyton Manning
13: Peyton Manning
15: Cam Newton
16: Matt Ryan
17: Tom Brady
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) February 10, 2023
Since 2001, there have been nine players who have been awarded the league MVP honors but lost in the Super Bowl.
Will Mahomes become the tenth such player to do so, or will be the player that stands out?
As of this morning, the Chiefs are seen as slight underdogs in this game and will need to do everything in their power to overcome a strong defensive front from the Philadelphia Eagles, and a potent offense as well.
If anyone can do it, it will be Mahomes and the Chiefs.
Let’s take a look at Mahomes’ regular stats this season, which indicated to many that he would go on to win the MVP.
Mahomes led the league in passing yards, touchdowns, first downs, 40-plus yard touchdowns, and many more.
A few call-outs from this list are his passing yards and touchdown totals.
Mahomes threw for 5,250 yards, which was not only the best mark, but he beat the second-place finisher, Justin Herbert, by over 500 yards.
Similarly, Mahomes finished the season with 41 passing touchdowns, which was six more than the second-place finisher, Josh Allen.
Mahomes certainly had a historic season in 2022.
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