Patrick Mahomes Produced Three Of The Best Passes Of His Career During The Super Bowl
Seeing Tom Brady lift his record seventh Vince Lombardi trophy was a special, special moment.
But on the night, you could argue that opposition quarterback Patrick Mahomes produced more impressive individual moments with the ball-in-hand.
Yes, before you jump down our throats, we're well aware that he didn't throw for a single touchdown during the Super Bowl and that he was uncharacteristically inaccurate during a cagey first quarter.
Oh, and he finished the game with two interceptions.
On top of that, Tampa Bay actually failed to get into the end zone at all with all of their points coming from the boot.
But (and it's a big but), Mahomes arguably mustered up three of the best passes of his career during the Chiefs' 31-9 loss - unfortunately for him though, they were all dropped by his intended receivers.
It has resulted in football fans dubbing the throws "the best incomplete passes of his career."
The first dropped catch came from someone you wouldn't expect.
Speed demon Tyreek Hill had the chance to score Super Bowl 55's very first touchdown when some Mahomes magic found the wide receiver just yards from the end zone.
Rushed by one of the Buccaneers' linebackers, Mahomes somehow managed to escape his grasp and skipped round him with relative ease.
And with his back foot just about touching the iconic NFL logo on the centre of the field, Mahomes peeled off left and launched an absolute rocket mid-stride with effortless precision.
The pass couldn't be converted though as rapid receiver Hill was covered by two Buc's secondaries and ended up dropping it.
Mahomes with another freakish escape + throw.
- John Ellis (@OnePantherPlace) February 8, 2021
The second dropped catch came from another Chiefs star you wouldn't expect to have butter-fingers.
Travis Kelce, who usually has very safe hands, dropped an absolute sitter with his team facing third-and-eight.
With the ball snapped, Mahomes was instantly rushed by the aggressive Tampa Bay defence.
Somehow managing to slip through the flailing bodies, the young quarterback fired off a 20-yard laser that landed perfectly in Kelce's hands - but yet again, it was dropped.
The botched catch resulted in the Chiefs punting to the Bucs, who ended up scoring just six players later thanks to a drive masterclass conducted by 43-year-old Tom Brady.
Oh my, Travis Kelce con un drop.#RunItBack ' #SuperBowl
- The Holy Roller (@TheHolyRoller49) February 8, 2021
But perhaps the most impressive pass (and terrible catch) came in the dying embers of the Super Bowl.
With his team trailing 31-9 in the fourth quarter, Mahomes and the Chiefs needed to make up nine yards on the fourth down.
It was tough ask against the resilient Tampa Bay defence, but Mahomes wasn't going to give up without a fight.
With William Gholston chasing him down, the 25-year-old turned on a dime and somehow avoided being sacked by the onrushing defensive powerhouse.
Scrambling and dropping deep into the pocket, Mahomes was clearly eyeing up his offensive weapons in the end zone but was tripped by Gholston just as he was setting himself to make the pass.
But despite being knocked completely off balance, Mahomes produced an incredible diving throw to reached Darrel Williams only for the running back to spill it against his helmet.
O QUE ACONTECEU AQUI. #RunItBack #NFLBrasil pic.twitter.com/XWVjFa6I7M
- NFL Brasil (@NFLBrasil) February 8, 2021
There was clearly plenty of opportunities for touchdowns to be scored on the night, but former league MVP Mahomes wasn't exactly helped out by his fellow teammates.
But while Mahomes' individual brilliance was on display for everyone to see, nothing should be taken away from the Buccaneers' defence who were immense throughout the entire game.
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