Mahomes, Patrick Patrick Mahomes of the Kansas City Chiefs sprints into the end zone to score the opening touchdown of Super Bowl 54 in Miami against the San Francisco 49ers. The score was Mahomes' third touchdown pass this season and gave his team a 7-6 lead. It was also the first touchdown scored in the game.
Mahomes is a three-time NFL MVP candidate and has already won two awards this season: the Walter Payton Award as the top player in college football and the John Mackey Award as the most versatile player in college football.
He set multiple records this year including most touchdowns thrown by a quarterback in a single season (48), most consecutive games with at least one touchdown pass (17) and most total touchdowns (57).
Under head coach Andy Reid, the Chiefs have ranked first in scoring offense each year of Reid's tenure and have reached the playoffs every year except for 2014 when they lost in the first round. Last year, they beat the Tennessee Titans 26-21 in overtime to advance to their second Super Bowl appearance.
Patrick Mahomes II is the son of former Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes. He was drafted by the Texans with the 10th overall pick in this year's draft.
Brady and Kansas City star Patrick Mahomes faced up in the Super Bowl, representing two of just three quarterbacks to ever throw 50-plus touchdown passes in a single regular season. ...
Tom Brady tossed three touchdown passes in the first half and Leonard Fournette rushed in a 29-yard score in a 31-9 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl 55. This was the first time since 2009 that two different quarterbacks had three touchdowns thrown in a game. The last time it happened was when Ben Roethlisberger did it against Josh Freeman in 2013.
Brady became the first quarterback to win multiple Super Bowls with the same team. He joined Roger Staubach as the only other quarterback to do so.
The Patriots were able to overcome an early 9-3 deficit caused by a rough start from Brady who was picked off by Breeland Evans on his first possession of the game. But from then on out, it was all New England. They scored 28 straight points after that first quarter to pull away from their biggest rival.
This is now Brady's third title overall and second with New England. He also won with the 2007 Rams.
Fournette had more than just one touchdown run. He finished with 21 carries for 123 yards and a score. This is the first time since 2014 that a player has had at least 20 rushes and a touchdown in a Super Bowl. That year it was Jamaal Charles with 24 carries and a score against Denver.
The Chiefs commit an NFL-record eight first-half penalties. Kansas City failed to reach the end zone against the Buccaneers in the first half, punting three times on six drives. The previous record was seven first-half penalties by the 1949 Chicago Cardinals.
In fact, no other team has reached the end zone in the first half of a playoff game since the New England Patriots did so in 2001. The last time any team had eight first-half penalties was in the 1998 season when the Denver Broncos did so twice - once each against the Indianapolis Colts and Jacksonville Jaguars.
Chiefs head coach/general manager Clark Hunt said after the game that he didn't think his team was trying to set a record by committing so many penalties. "I don't know why we did it," he said. "But we've been doing a lot of things this week that we normally wouldn't do."
Hunt's comments suggest that his players may have been involved in deciding what kind of football team they wanted to be during the first half of this game. Either that or they were just taking advantage of all the opportunities that were given to them. Either way, it wasn't good for the Chiefs.
Muhammad Muhsin Carolina quarterback Jake Delhomme struck Muhsin Muhammad for an 85-yard touchdown throw, which remains the longest Super Bowl scoring pass to this day. The play was also a record for longest TD pass in NFL history.
Muhammad played in only one other game during his career, but he still holds several of his team's records today. He is the only player in NFL history with 200 or more receiving yards in three consecutive seasons. His four total touchdowns in 2001 broke Wayne Gandy's three-year-old mark of three scores shared by Randy Moss and Jerry Rice.
In addition to his work with The Miami Herald, Manny Medina also writes for ESPN.com. His articles include "The Man Who Captured the Super Bowl," "The Greatest Show Ever Played" and "Old School: The Life of Red Smith."
Medina is the author of two books about sports journalism: "You Are Here: A Journalist's Journey" and "Sweet Home Chicago: My Life In Baseball."
He has worked as a writer and editor for newspapers across the country, including the Miami Herald, where he covered sports from 1994 to 1999.
Montana became the first player in Super Bowl history to pass and dash for a touchdown in the same game in Super Bowl XVI (Ken Anderson would do it later in the game). Montana ran for 59 yards (and a score) in Super Bowl XIX, the most by a quarterback in a Super Bowl at the time.
In addition to running for touchdowns, Montana also threw two interceptions in the game. John Elway is the only other quarterback in Super Bowl history to throw two interceptions in a game; he did so in Super Bowl XVII.
Although Montana lost that game, he still holds many records for the Denver Broncos. He is the team's all-time leader in passing yards (30,246), touchdowns (228), and completion percentage (59.4%). His 228 career touchdowns are second only to Peyton Manning (236).
Additionally, Montana is third on the team's all-time list with 4,928 rushing yards. He trails only Terrell Davis and Gary Walker with 94 carries each. Monty's average of 7.7 yards per carry is fourth among NFL quarterbacks with at least 40 attempts over the course of a season.
Finally, Montana is second on the team's all-time list with four Super Bowl victories. He is behind Elway with five.
On September 26th, 1920, the Rock Island Independents and the St. Paul Ideals scored the first touchdown in NFL history. The Independents were members of the APFA, which existed at the time. Eddie Novak of the Independents scored the game's opening touchdown on a 10-yard run. The touchdown was set up when Harry Wilson returned an interception 70 yards for another touchdown.
The NFL did not begin play until 1933, so this question is irrelevant for earlier years. However, it is important to note that there was no uniform system of scoring at the time, so knowing how any particular team performed during these early years would be difficult without looking at each game's final score. However, since most games were decided by a field goal or less, it isn't likely that anyone ever scored more than 14 points during these years.
During World War II, football was banned because it was seen as a war crime for two players from different teams to meet face-to-face. The only exception was if both players were drafted into the military; then they could play together. After the war ended, the league resumed its regular schedule except that now there were only 8 teams due to the many remaining players being given amnesty agreements by their respective teams. The Los Angeles Rams were the only new team added to the league. This may have been because the other teams were still trying to figure out what kind of league they wanted to be after so many changes had been made during the war years.