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This year’s Super Bowl pretty much lived up to its billing, as it went down to the wire and was decided on the very last snap.
After falling behind 24-14 at halftime, Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs came roaring back and took it all with a 38-35 win over the Philadelphia Eagles on a field goal by Harrison Butker.
Mahomes claimed MVP honors, but his teammate, All-Pro tight end Travis Kelce, said that Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts could’ve easily won the award, even though his team lost.
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Hurts had a magnificent performance, completing 27 of 38 passes for 304 yards while throwing a touchdown pass and scoring three more himself on the ground.
Meanwhile, Mahomes completed 21 of 27 passes and threw three touchdown passes without an interception.
Some fans feel it makes no sense to award the MVP of a world championship in a team sport to a member of the losing team.
In NFL history, only one player on a losing team has ever won the Super Bowl — that was Chuck Howley, the Dallas Cowboys linebacker who endured a 16-13 loss to the Baltimore Colts.
In the other major North American sports, winning a championship MVP while playing on the losing team has been just as rare.
It happened just once in the NBA, when legendary guard Jerry West played outstanding ball in the 1969 NBA Finals, only to see his Los Angeles Lakers narrowly lose to the Boston Celtics in Game 7.
In the 1960 World Series, the New York Yankees lost to the Pittsburgh Pirates in seven games, yet the Yankees’ Bobby Richardson was awarded the MVP.
In the NHL, five members of the losing team in the Stanley Cup Finals have won the Conn Smythe Trophy, which is given to the most valuable player of the entire postseason.
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