Mahomes: Chiefs 3-peat would be 'legendary'
With no NFL team having ever won three straight Super Bowl titles, Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes can't wait to have a shot at making history yet again after leading Kansas City to its second consecutive championship.
"It's legendary. No one's ever done it," Mahomes said Monday about going for a three-peat, according to NFL.com's Michael Baca. "We knew it's legendary to win back-to-back. I think eight other teams have done it. We had heard it all week.
"We had talked to the guys about it, and we felt like we had the best opportunity that we had ever had to go out there and do that and fell short the year before. So, all you can do is come back next year with a fresh mindset knowing it's going to be even harder. We got to continue to play our best football."
The Chiefs topped the San Francisco 49ers 25-22 in Super Bowl LVIII to become the first team to win back-to-back Super Bowl titles since the New England Patriots in 2003 and 2004.
Kansas City wasn't dominant all season and had ups and downs throughout the campaign, largely due to repetitive mistakes on offense. However, with help from a premier defense, Mahomes and Co. stepped up in the playoffs to lift its third Lombardi Trophy in the last five years.
The Chiefs trailed for most of Super Bowl LVIII but ultimately prevailed, with Mahomes being named Super Bowl MVP for the third time in his career.
"I want to take the credit, but honestly, it was everybody," Mahomes said of the Chiefs' inconsistency in 2023. "I knew it was going to turn around, the way the guys worked. Whenever stuff got tough, especially in that receiving room or offensive line or whatever, or with me.
"Everybody came to work the next day, and we'll just get that extra work in. Let's do those extra things. And when you see that, you know it's going to turn around. Our defense kept us in that all year long."
Coach Andy Reid recently said that his team's home loss to the Las Vegas Raiders on Christmas Day "was a good wake-up call."
Despite retirement speculation regarding Reid and Travis Kelce, the legendary coach and tight end have confirmed they'll return to the Chiefs to try to make history in 2024.