For the first time in 50 years, the Kansas City Chiefs are Super Bowl champions.
The Chiefs overcame a 10-point deficit halfway through the fourth quarter to beat the San Francisco 49ers, 31-20, in Super Bowl LIV at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami on Sunday.
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Patrick Mahomes, who named the MVP of the game, threw for 286 yards and two touchdowns, including the go-ahead touchdown with 2:44 remaining when he found Damian Williams, who just snuck inside the pylon, for a 5-yard touchdown.
The go-ahead score was under review, but the play was upheld as it completed the Kansas City comeback for the franchise’s second Lombardi Trophy.
It also marked the first Super Bowl victory as a head coach for Andy Reid, who entered the game with the most wins without a Super Bowl among active coaches.
The Chiefs’ magic this season appeared to have been running out as Mahomes threw two interceptions in the second half and faced a critical third-and-15 from the Kansas City 35-yard line with 7:13 remaining in the game.
But last year’s NFL MVP connected with Tyreek Hill on a 44-yard gain, forcing a seismic shift in momentum. Four plays later, Mahomes found Travis Kelce in the end zone for a 1-yard touchdown pass to pull within three.
The Kansas City defense followed with a quick three-and-out, setting up the game-winning drive for Mahomes.
Mahomes completed all five of his pass attempts as he gutted the vaunted 49ers defense for 65 yards in just seven plays.
The Niners had plenty of time to respond, but turned the ball over on downs in their final possession.
Williams, who finished with 104 rushing yards, left no doubt by closing the game out with a 38-yard touchdown run as the Chiefs attempted to run out the clock.
Mahomes engineered the first scoring drive of the game, taking the Chiefs 75 yards down field on 15 plays. It culminated on a second-and-goal from the 1-yard line when Mahomes faked an option and took the ball in for the score himself, which gave Kansas City a 7-3 lead.
Jimmy Garoppolo threw an interception on the ensuing possession, which led to another three points for the Chiefs.
Yet the 49ers responded with 17 unanswered points, beginning with the very next drive when Garoppolo led the offense 80 yards down field in just seven plays, which was capped with the quarterback finding fullback Kyle Juszczyk, who ran into the end zone for a 15-yard touchdown reception to tie the game at 10.
The Niners nearly scored again before the half, but an offensive pass interference call — which some thought to be questionable — negated a 33-yard gain late in the second half and San Francisco had to run out the clock instead.
They managed to take the lead on the first possession of the second half, though, then added another touchdown following a Mahomes interception.
However, the Niners failed to score again, and the Chiefs got the last laugh.