The Kansas City Chiefs captured their second Super Bowl championship in four years after a dramatic 25-22 overtime victory over the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday night. Among the jubilant celebrations was running back Isiah Pacheco proudly waving the Puerto Rican flag, honoring his Boricua roots.
Mahomes Engineers Game-Winning Drive in Overtime
The game was a back-and-forth thriller that fittingly went into overtime after the teams were deadlocked at 22. After the 49ers kicked a field goal on the opening drive, the Chiefs got the ball back, needing a touchdown to win.
“This is fabulous. Legendary,” said quarterback Patrick Mahomes after engineering the championship-winning drive. “I don’t think Pat knows how to lose,” added receiver Rashee Rice.
Mahomes first got away to run for a pair of critical first downs, including one on a daring fourth-down scramble. He then connected with Mecole Hardman on a three-yard touchdown to complete the comeback.
Mahomes Joins Elite Company with 3rd Championship
The thrilling victory gives the 28-year-old Mahomes his third Super Bowl ring, making him only the second youngest quarterback to reach that mark. His continued success has put him in the company of legends like Tom Brady, Joe Montana, and Terry Bradshaw.
When asked if the Chiefs are now a dynasty, Mahomes simply replied, “It is.” Montana and Bradshaw’s four Super Bowl wins are in reach, given Kansas City’s dominance over the past half-decade under Mahomes.
Pacheco Reps Puerto Rico During Celebration
As the Chiefs reveled in their latest championship, Pacheco represented his Puerto Rican heritage. The rookie running back, whose father is Puerto Rican, proudly waved the flag on the field and continued displaying it during postgame interviews.
“Not many Boricuas make it to the stage where I was,” Pacheco told NFL Network. In his first season, the seventh-round pick made the most of his opportunity, rushing for 59 yards in the Super Bowl win. Pacheco will take on an even bigger role next season in Kansas City’s dynamic offense.