Patrick Mahomes still wore his dirty jersey stained with grass and sweat as the celebration continued in the locker room. He had barely won his third Super Bowl title and his second in a row when he thought about doing something that had never been done before in the Super Bowl era.
“I’m going to celebrate tonight. I’m going to celebrate in the parade,” Mahomes said after the game. “Then I will do everything I can to be back in this game next year and try to get the three. It’s an ongoing thing in the NFL. Once you win the championship, you have these saves and you get these rings, and then you’re no longer the champion. You have to come back with the same mentality.
“I learned from people like [Tom] Brady, who was the greatest of all time, at the top of his game. That’s my attitude. I will celebrate with my boys how we achieved this, but then we will do everything we can to get back into this game next year.”
The Chiefs became the first team since Brady’s Patriots in the 2003-04 season to do so after Mahomes went 8-for-8 for 42 yards and a touchdown on the decisive drive in overtime. Mahomes also ran for 27 yards and two first downs on two runs, including a fourth-down run.
He accounted for 69 of the team’s 75 yards on the drive.
“I think the biggest thing for me is the way we did it,” Mahomes said of winning two straight titles. “The fight in the middle of the season, the attitude: ‘We’re going to keep believing.’ It’s really something special. I will try to stop losing ten points in these games and make them a little easier, but I was proud of the way the boys fought.”
Brady has seven championships. Mahomes has three and won the MVP award in all three.
If he’s not already in the conversation for greatest of all time, Mahomes could be there this time next year if he’s able to do something that’s never been done before, not even by Brady.