Patrick Mahomes and Chiefs leave no doubt in Super Bowl: They’re an all-time NFL dynasty

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LAS VEGAS – It was hardly a smooth coronation Sunday evening, but after nearly four hours, numerous momentum swings and only the second overtime in Super Bowl history, the Kansas City Chiefs were finally anointed as the NFL’s newest dynasty.

And Andy Reid, Patrick Mahomes, Travis Kelce and Co. more than earned the crown.

A team that managed next to nothing offensively in the first half of Super Bowl 58 became the first to overcome a Super Sunday overtime deficit, defeating the San Francisco 49ers 25-22 Sunday at Allegiant Stadium. Mahomes turned in another legendary performance – 333 yards and two touchdowns, including the game-winner, through the air and a team-high 66 rushing yards – on the way to Super Bowl MVP honors for the third time.

Dynasty? No doubt.

“Yeah, it’s the start of one,” Mahomes told CBS after throwing the script-flipping touchdown pass to Mecole Hardman with 3 seconds left in overtime.

“We’re not done. We’ve got a young team we’re going to keep this thing going.”

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With their third Lombardi Trophy in the past five seasons now in hand, these Chiefs can enter the immortal temple previously occupied by the 1960s Green Bay Packers, 1970s Pittsburgh Steelers, 1980s San Francisco 49ers, 1990s Dallas Cowboys and 21st century New England Patriots.

“I think the number three is a big number in terms of dynasties and things like that,” Kelce, the team’s superstar tight end, said in the lead-up to the game.

Kansas City also becomes the ninth team to pull off a Super Bowl repeat and the first in 19 years, ending the longest back-to-back drought in Super Bowl history. The Chiefs are now the seventh franchise in the league with at least four Super Bowl victories, and the sixth to win three over a five-season span.

“I think it puts the team in a different echelon,” Mahomes said before the game, referring to the prospect of a successful title defense.

“We understand how hard it is to do that in this league, with all the parity that’s in this league. Whenever you play 20 games and have a ton of success and then have to rebuild again that next year – because once you win the championship, that year’s over. You have to rebuild and go for it again.”

Yet that hasn’t been much of a problem for this first-rate, forward-thinking organization – one that has basically turned over its defense since winning Super Bowl 54 and fundamentally changed its offense two years ago by offloading All-Pro gamebreaker Tyreek Hill.

The next questions: How many more can the Chiefs win, and can they achieve the first three-peat of the Super Bowl era, which began in 1966?

“My only goal is to make the good old days last for a little bit longer,” said Mahomes on Thursday. “So we’ll try to continue to do that.”

Or, as Kelce said after hoisting the Lombardi Trophy on the field: “I’ll see you all next year.”

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