After the Kansas City Chiefs lifted their third Lombardi Trophy, we take a look at the five events that happened for the first time ever at Super Bowl 57.
February 12, 2023. The day that the Kansas City Chiefs became Super Bowl champions for the third time in their history, and for the second time in just four seasons.
Kansas City defeated the high-flying Philadelphia Eagles 38-35, but it certainly didn’t look like it was going to play out that way. It had everything a neutral would hope for in a Super Bowl.
The first half ended 24-14 to the Eagles, but a scintillating display from the Chiefs resulted in a 24-11 second-half scoreline and guided them to the Lombardi Trophy. There was even controversy after a heavily-debated holding call.
But you probably know all of this. What you may not know, is that Super Bowl LVII was a Super Bowl of first time occurrences in NFL history. And we’re here to reveal 5 of the greatest ‘firsts’ that occurred in Glendale, Arizona on Super Bowl Sunday.
Most Points Scored By a Losing Team
Philadelphia has been the home of numerous broken records this season. Heading into the Super Bowl, the Eagles had the best record in NFL history against winning teams, had broken the NFL record for most players with double-digit sacks in one season, and more.
But this record is unwanted. Nobody gets a prize for losing (apart from a second place ring, of course). However, the Eagles can head into the off-season with their heads held high and full of confidence ahead of next season. The first team to score 35 points in a Super Bowl and miss out on victory – it’s both impressive and devastating.
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Previously, the San Francisco 49ers in 2012 and the Dallas Cowboys in 1978 held the joint-record for most points scored in a Super Bowl by the losing team (31 points). The Eagles now hold this record.
The First Ever Octopus Scored
If you don’t know what an NFL Octopus is, then get to know here. An octopus, in simple terms, is when the same player scores a touchdown and the following two-point conversion. That player has then recorded 8 consecutive points, hence the octopus reference.
There have been 29 Super Bowls since the two-point conversion’s inception. And there has never been a Super Bowl octopus once in that time.
That changed during Super Bowl 57, when Jalen Hurts made the two-point conversion late in the game following one of his three touchdowns on the night. Hurts’ octopus was the 170th in NFL history.
The First Ever QB to Rush for 3 Touchdowns
While we’re on the subject of Jalen Hurts, he certainly didn’t have a quiet first Super Bowl. He was the first ever quarterback to rush for three touchdowns in a Super Bowl.
And, to make things even more impressive, he didn’t take long to find his rhythm. Hurts was also the first quarterback to rush for two touchdowns in the first half of a Super Bowl. It was a night to remember for Jalen Hurts, minus the end-result.
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The First Chiefs QB to Win Multiple Super Bowls
Now, it’s time to show the winning quarterback some love. Patrick Mahomes goes down as the first QB in Chiefs history to win multiple Super Bowls. Remember, Kansas City has only been crowned champion in 1970, 2020 and 2023.
Mahomes also remains the only quarterback from the Big 12 Conference to have won a Super Bowl. And now, he’s done it twice.
Could success be largely down to the man in the quarterback role? Well, it goes without saying that he can already be placed among the best NFL quarterbacks ever.
The First Ever Super Bowl to Feature Two Black Starting QBs
Perhaps the most symbolic piece of history made on the night. The Mahomes and Hurts duel was not only one between two players in the form of their lives, but also an all-black duel.
No Super Bowl has ever featured two black players in the quarterback position. Super Bowl LVII also had the black national anthem, which signalled a big step in the right direction for the NFL given its history of racial controversies surrounding the likes of Colin Kapaernick.
Will we see Hurts and Mahomes at Super Bowl 58. You just never know…