Patrick Mahomes named Super Bowl MVP, killing off the Madden Curse once and for all

Patrick Mahomes was named Super Bowl MVP after leading the Kansas City Chiefs back from a 10-point fourth-quarter deficit to beat the San Francisco 49ers. Which is notable for a whole bunch of reasons, including that Mahomes is the youngest Super Bowl MVP in NFL history – one year after becoming the youngest regular-season MVP in league history.

It’s also notable because Mahomes was on the cover of Madden 20. And Madden cover athletes aren’t supposed to have successful seasons.

Or at least that’s the theory behind the “Madden Curse,” the phenomenon fallacy that gracing the cover of the popular video game franchise signals impending doom.

Mahomes, though, rose above it. He led two fantastic comebacks to get the Chiefs to the Super Bowl. On Sunday, he threw for 286 yards, rushed for one touchdown and passed for two, including the game-winning score to Damien Williams with 2:44 remaining in the game.

And he lived a dream that dates back to at least 2013, and probably earlier than that. “I bet it feels amazing to be the quarterback who says ‘I’m going to Disney World” after winning the Super Bowl.

And he lived a dream that dates back to at least 2013, and probably earlier than that. “I bet it feels amazing to be the quarterback who says ‘I’m going to Disney World” after winning the Super Bowl.

Standing atop a podium in Miami on Sunday night, Mahomes got to do it. “I’m going to Disney World,” he exclaimed.

And with that, he was off to celebrate.

And with that, the Madden Curse died for good.

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