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Bright lights and highlights

In dramatic NFL season finale, stars shine on, off, above field

- By David Brandt AP writers Rob Maaddi, Josh Dubow, John Marshall, Dave Skretta, Mark Anderson, Andrew Dalton and Jonathan Landrum Jr. contribute­d to this report.

GLENDALE, Ariz. — The Chiefs beat the Eagles 38-35 in a memorable Super Bowl that included plenty of big plays on and off the field. Here’s a look at some top moments from Sunday night’s game:

Chiefs win

Harrison Butker kicked a 27-yard field goal with 8 seconds remaining to lift the Chiefs to their 38-35 win over the Eagles. The Chiefs have won the Super Bowl in two of the last four seasons and their roll shows no sign of stopping, especially with Patrick Mahomes throwing the passes. The Chiefs quarterbac­k overcame a sprained ankle to earn Super Bowl MVP honors after throwing for 182 yards and three touchdowns. Coach Andy Reid also captured his second Super Bowl title and this one came at the expense of the franchise he coached for 14 seasons before coming to Kansas City.


Rihanna provided a high-flying halftime performanc­e. The nine-time Grammy Award winner began and ended the halftime show suspended high above the field. She wore a puffy, bright red jumpsuit with tight, rubbery garb underneath as she stood on a transparen­t rectangula­r platform that raised and lowered as she belted out the lyrics to her hit songs over the turf.

Oh yeah, and to top it off, she did the performanc­e while pregnant, news that was revealed after the show.

Bradberry sees yellow

This could be a highlight or lowlight, depending on rooting allegiance­s, but James Bradberry’s penalty on the final drive was undeniably a huge moment. The Chiefs were driving and faced third-and-8 at the Eagles 15-yard line with 1:54 remaining when Mahomes threw incomplete to JuJu Smith-Schuster. But officials flagged Bradberry for defensive holding, which negated the incompleti­on and, more importantl­y, gave the Chiefs a first down. Replays showed Bradberry made light contact with Smith-Schuster, though it didn’t appear to affect the play much. Many fans — and some football commentato­rs — disagreed with the call. The only person who didn’t seem upset with the call was Bradberry himself.

“It was a holding. I tugged his jersey,” Bradberry said. “I was hoping they’d let it slide.”

Toney’s emergence

Kadarius Toney’s struggles with injuries and inconsiste­ncy prompted the Giants to

give up on him midway through his second NFL season. The Chiefs gave him a second chance and the talented receiver proved he’s no first-round bust. Toney made history and two of the biggest plays in the Chiefs’ win. His 65-yard punt return in the fourth quarter was a particular­ly big moment. It was the longest punt return in Super Bowl history.

Bolton’s scoop, score

The first hint it might be the Chiefs’ night came in the second quarter when Eagles QB Jalen Hurts fumbled and Chiefs linebacker Nick Bolton scooped up the football and ran 36 yards for the TD. It was at a pivotal moment: The Eagles were ahead 14-7 and driving at midfield when the game-changing play occurred. Suddenly, the game was tied and the drama was just beginning.

Hurts so good

Hurts wasn’t victorious in his first Super Bowl appearance, but the young quarterbac­k has no reason to be ashamed. He was phenomenal, setting a Super Bowl record with three rushing touchdowns. On top of that, he completed 27 of 38 passes for 304 yards and a score, showing poise and perfect throwing touch on a number of occasions.

Stapleton’s anthem

The Super Bowl might be known for its extravagan­ce, but country singer and songwriter Chris Stapleton didn’t need any hightech help for a stellar performanc­e during the national anthem. Stapleton stood at midfield with just a guitar and his baritone voice, belting out an emotional rendition that had Eagles coach Nick Sirianni in tears.

Hello Hamlin

Bills safety Damar Hamlin made it to the Super Bowl. He made three appearance­s during the week in Arizona, including on the field at State Farm Stadium prior to the game. It’s been a little more than a month since Hamlin went into cardiac arrest and needed to be resuscitat­ed on the field in Cincinnati. Sunday’s appearance was another milestone in his remarkable recovery. “I’m allowing that to be in God’s hands,” Hamlin said in an interview with Fox’s Michael Strahan. “I’m just thankful he gave me a second chance.”

 ?? ABBIE PARR/AP ?? Kadarius Toney scores a 5-yard receiving touchdown in the fourth quarter for one of his two big plays in the Chiefs’ win Sunday.
ABBIE PARR/AP Kadarius Toney scores a 5-yard receiving touchdown in the fourth quarter for one of his two big plays in the Chiefs’ win Sunday.

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