Drew Brees showed everybody why he’ll be in the Hall-of-Fame one day. On the NFL’s biggest stage, he really stepped up leading his New Orleans Saints to a Super Bowl victory over the Kansas City Chiefs 44-21. And he was phenomenal all game long. He hit on 20 of his first 21 passes and went on to complete 36 of 41 throws for 411 yards and 4 touchdowns!
But, early in the first quarter it appeared as if the Chiefs were going to continue their playoff momentum that brought them into this game with a tournament record of 6-0. The Saints got the ball first and marched to the Kansas City 38 yard line where they attempted to convert a 4th and 1, but Brees’ pass to Michael Thomas was stopped in the Saints’ backfield to turn the ball over to Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs.
Mahomes quickly moved the ball all the way down the field, connecting with Tyreek Hill for a 16 yard TD pass to give KC a 7-0 lead.
The Saints, however, moved the length of the field on their next possession, culminating in Brees’ scoring pass to tight-end, Jared Cook, from 22 yards out. But, place-kicker Wil Lutz missed the extra point. Lutz did, however, connect on a 45 yard field goal early in the second quarter to briefly give the Saints a 9-7 lead.
I say “briefly” because it only took Mahomes 2:00 to march the Chiefs to another TD. A 53 yard completion to Hill set up the 10 yard TD pass to Travis Kelce to give K.C. a 14-9 lead.
But, New Orleans had an answer. It only took them 3:00 to drive the length of the field, with Alvin Kamara recording a 39 yard run, Deonte Harris picking up 13 more on an end-around and Kamara taking it in from two yards out. A successful two-point conversion pass to Thomas gave the Saints a 17-14 lead . . . and they never looked back!
Brees threw three more TD passes and Lutz added two additional field goals as New Orleans dominated the Chiefs. And, it was truly domination. New Orleans ran 83 offensive plays versus Kansas City’s 51, accumulated 570 yards of offense compared to 376, and did not punt until only 1:45 remained in the game! The Saints had more return yardage, more quarterback sacks and fewer penalties. They also had only one turnover, compared to K.C.’s three – each of which came inside the Saint’s 20 yard line!
And, with only five incompletions, no interceptions and 4 TD passes, Brees was an easy choice for the game’s Most Valuable Player. A great victory for New Orleans!