Damien Williams deserved the SB MVP award over Patrick Mahomes. Literally @ me, my twitter handle is @byronborefsmith and I will respond to any of my mentions referencing the Hot Take Corner.
To be clear, we are not discounting the efforts of Patrick Mahomes here, 286 yards passing and 3 total touchdowns on the grandest stage in sports is quite an achievement. You can not isolate the good of Mahomes’ performance, however, without acknowledging the bad. 2 interceptions (both of them were clearly his fault, a pass behind Hill and a wildly inaccurate pass on what should have been a guaranteed 20 yard pass to Hill), a fumble (which he thankfully picked up), and 4 sacks. The elite 49ers defense kept Mahomes struggling beyond the first quarter.
Patrick Mahomes got outplayed, but despite what Skip Bayless and twitter tells you, it was not by Jimmy Garoppolo. Jimmy G was not terrible, going for 219 yards and a touchdown, but where he fell short of Mahomes was his inability to find his playmakers and make something happen when his team needed it the most. The pressure of Chris Jones and Frank Clark continued to rock Garoppolo, forcing an early interception and ending the two most important drives of the game for the 49ers, unlike Mahomes, who felt the presence of Nick Bosa all game, yet fought to make a play when his team needed it most.
Patrick Mahomes was outplayed by the players on his own team, the stars and playmakers who stepped up and fought just as hard, if not harder, then Mahomes did to secure the Lombardi trophy for Andy Reid. Tyreek Hill fixed his mentality and fought tooth and nail to get in between zones and get open. Sammy Watkins outsmarted a future hall of fame corner in Richard Sherman, using what he had learned in the film room and over his career to embarrass Sherman when it mattered. Travis Kelce threw down some vital blocks and chips on Bosa and Dee Ford, keeping 15 safe and used his superior route tree to get free of the linebackers for easy 10 yard gains when necessary.
But the player who really elevated himself during Super Bowl 54 and made a compelling case for SB MVP was Damien Williams.
After week 17, I picked Williams to be the breakout star of the playoffs, citing his ability to really turn it on and get it going when the games get colder and more intense. For a second year in a row, Williams proved this to be true, really coming alive in week 17 but proving to be an explosive and vital option for the Chiefs in the playoffs and Super Bowl. 3 total touchdowns in the divisional round, 1 in the conference championship, and 2 more in the Super Bowl, Damien William reminded Chiefs Kingdom why he got the extension last year.
In the Super Bowl, Williams was instrumental in securing the win in the fourth quarter. On a 3rd and goal, where the 49ers had rejected the Chiefs attempts twice, Damien Williams fought and stretched while being dragged down by a strong tackle to just enter the end zone and score the touchdown that put the Chiefs ahead. On only the second play of the next drive, Damien Williams bounced to the outside and ran as if the Chiefs were still behind, scoring a 38 yard touchdown and putting the finishing touches on the red and gold’s first Lombardi in 50 years.
Add in Williams’ key blocks during the 49er blitz packages, multiple fourth down conversions, and great focus despite the score and Williams has a legitimate case for SB MVP. He was the difference maker for the Chiefs and without his effort and production, the confetti that falls is a different shade of red. If that is not deserving of Super Bowl MVP, then I don’t know what is.
Patrick Mahomes is the undisputed leader of the offense, and yes, Mahomes’ throws to Hill and Watkins were what really shifted the momentum in the Chiefs favor and helped them secure the win, but Damien Williams’ lack of mistakes and production when it mattered puts him as the more deserving Super Bowl MVP.