Jerick McKinnon Explains Key Slide During Super Bowl Win
For the Kansas City Chiefs and every fan in Chiefs Kingdom, it was the slide heard 'round the world. But for running back Jerick McKinnon, it was just another football play.
McKinnon and the Chiefs drove the length of the field after the Philadelphia Eagles tied Super Bowl 57 at 35 points apiece and just five minutes remaining in regulation. This drive was methodical but effective and saw Kansas City with the ball inside the 10-yard line with less than two minutes on the clock and Philadelphia nearly out of timeouts.
That's when McKinnon took a run to the left side and had the open end zone in his sights. But instead of scoring the touchdown and giving the Eagles the ball back with enough time for a game-tying drive, McKinnon slid at the 2-yard line, keeping the clock moving.
The talented Chiefs playmaker finally had a chance to open up about this crucial play on the biggest stage in sports.
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Philly was forced to burn its final timeout, allowing KC to run the clock down before kicking the game-winning field goal with just seconds left on the clock.
"It wasn't even a hesitation in my mind to score once I knew what situation we were in," said McKinnon. He also credited his savvy maneuver to coaching. "We practice that every week... I didn't really think too much of it because that's how we were coached. That's how coach Reid coaches us. When that play came up, obviously, I didn't understand the magnitude of it until after it happened to see everyone else's reaction."
In the grand scheme of things, McKinnon's play effectively clinched a championship for the Chiefs. The level of situational awareness, preparation and strategic smarts on display there shows why Kansas City was able to walk away with its second title in four seasons.
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