The 2022 ESPY nominations are in, but should the Chiefs have had more nominations? Recapping a brief history of the team’s recent ESPY nominations and what they were nominated for this season.
The nominations are in for the 2022 ESPY Awards and the Chiefs have just one nomination. The ESPYs, (which stands for Excellence in Sports Performance Yearly) presented by ABC, were first awarded in 1993. the awards show was aired on ESPN from 1993 to 2014 and has been aired on ABC since 2015.
Patrick Mahomes was last nominated for an ESPY in 2019 when he was nominated for Best Male Athlete but ultimately lost to Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks. Mahomes did win the ESPY for Best NFL Player that year. Also that year, the Chiefs won the award for best game for their magnificent performance on Monday Night Football against the Rams. Kansas City lost that game 54 to 51 in a thriller.
The 2022 nominations are in and the Chiefs are nominated just once this season. The nominations for “Best NFL Player” include Cooper Kupp, T.J. Watt, Aaron Rodgers, and Jonathan Taylor. Once again, the league and media seem to be discounting Patrick Mahomes and his excellence.
So what are the Chiefs nominated for?
Chiefs Nominated For “Best Game” Award At 2022 ESPYs, By ABC
The lone nomination for the Chiefs isn’t an individual award but instead is the nomination for “Best Game.” The Chiefs also won this award in 2019 following their thrilling loss to the Rams on Monday Night Football. This year’s iteration of the nomination is for Kansas City’s magnificent victory over the Buffalo Bills in the Divisional Round playoff game.
The game, which saw Patrick Mahomes and the offense drive down the field and tie the game with just 13 seconds of regulation, was an instant classic and has already been hailed by many as the single best NFL game they’ve ever seen.
Fellow nominees for the Award include the following:
UConn defeats NC State in double OT (Elite 8 NCAA Women’s Basketball)
Kansas’ 16-point rally, which was the biggest comeback in championship game history (NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship)
Bryce Young rallies Alabama to beat Auburn in four OTs (NCAA Football Iron Bowl)
The odds that the Chiefs win the award seem pretty high. After all, the victory came on the NFL’s highest stage, in a win-or-go-home playoff atmosphere. The league’s two best quarterbacks gave us two of the best games we’ve ever seen from a quarterback and they did it against each other on the same field.
Remembering The Chiefs Thrilling Victory Over The Bills In 2021
Perhaps no NFL game ever has seen such a thrilling final two minutes as the game we saw in last year’s playoffs. The game, which saw 28 fourth-quarter points scored between the two teams, became an instant classic and will now be hailed as the best playoff game in history.
A masterclass by Jim Nantz and Tony Romo. The final few minutes from Sunday’s CBS broadcast of Chiefs/Bills. Unforgettable game. What a presentation, too. pic.twitter.com/e9OACKTDgc — John Ellis (@1PantherPlace) January 25, 2022
Patrick Mahomes and Josh Allen combined for 683 passing yards, 137 rushing yards, eight touchdowns, and zero turnovers. Both quarterbacks finished the game with passer ratings north of 120. Kansas City actually did a fantastic job of bottling up Bill’s top wide receiver, Stefon Diggs. Diggs finished the game with just three receptions for seven yards and zero touchdowns.
It was an unlikely hero in Gabriel Davis that kept the Bills competitive. He finished the day with 201 receiving yards and four receiving touchdowns. Three of his four touchdowns came in the last 16 minutes of regulation.
After Allen and the Bills drove down the field to take a three-point lead with just 13 seconds left in regulation, Mahomes got to work. On the first play of the team’s final fourth-quarter drive, Mahomes found Tyreek Hill on a short screen pass at the KC 30-yard line. It would go for 14 yards and the Chiefs called a time-out with seven seconds remaining. Of course, the very next play went to Kelce on a massive reception over the middle that set Harrison Butker up for a 48-yard field goal attempt. He would tie the game and send it to overtime.
Of course, the rest is history. The Chiefs would go on to win the overtime coin-toss. Mahomes threw a touchdown pass to Kelce with just over ten minutes remaining in overtime to send the Chiefs to their fourth consecutive AFC Championship Game.
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