With the team trailing by double digits for the third time in the playoffs, the Kansas City Chiefs found a way to win.
This time, it was a 10-point fourth quarter comeback in the biggest game of the year to help the Chiefs to a 31-20 victory over the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl LIV in Miami, Florida.
The Chiefs went on to score 21 unanswered points in the final 8:33 of the game in order to cap off their first Super Bowl victory in 50 years.
Chiefs quarterback and Super Bowl MVP Patrick Mahomes finished his night passing 26-of-42 for 286 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions, while adding a rushing touchdown and 29 yards on the ground.
Chiefs running back Damien Williams added 104 yards rushing and a pair of touchdowns (one rushing, one receiving), including the nail in the coffin to make it 31-20 with 1:12 left.
Wide receiver Tyreek Hill led the way in receiving for Kansas City, bringing in nine receptions for 105 yards.
49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo was 20-of-39 passing with 219 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions for San Francisco. NFC Championship Game hero Raheem Mostert led the 49ers with 58 rushing yards and a touchdown on 13 carries, while rookie receiver Deebo Samuel added 53 rushing yards and 39 receiving yards for San Francisco.
It didn't start out well for the Chiefs as the 49ers limited Kansas City to just 10 points in the first half as the teams traded the lead early in the game. San Francisco struck first with a field goal on their first drive, before the Chiefs got into the end zone courtesy of a Mahomes rushing touchdown on fourth-and-goal from the 49ers' one-yard line to make it 7-3.
The Chiefs added to their lead in the second quarter to make it 10-3 with a field goal after the Chiefs defense got an interception, but the 49ers tied it with a touchdown pass from Jimmy Garoppolo to fullback Kyle Juszczyk.
The 49ers then got to work building up a lead with a field goal on their opening drive of the third quarter to make it 13-10. The 49ers defense then got an interception of Mahomes, which the 49ers turned into a touchdown when Raheem Mostert finished off the drive with a one-yard run to make it a 10-point lead, 20-10, forcing the Chiefs into comeback mode.
The fourth quarter was all Kansas City, with Mahomes passing for a pair of touchdowns. First, Mahomes had a big play to Tyreek Hill to set up a passing touchdown to tight end Travis Kelce to claw back to 20-17. Then, Mahomes found former Bills receiver Sammy Watkins to bring the Chiefs into scoring position once again, where Mahomes hit Williams for the touchdown to allow Kansas City to reclaim the lead for good, 24-20.
The Chiefs defense then forced a turnover on downs, but with the 49ers still having all three timeouts, the Chiefs offense still had to put the finishing touch on the game. Williams scampered into the end zone with a 38-yard score to seal the game with 1:12 left in regulation.
This Super Bowl championship was a long time coming for Chiefs head coach Andy Reid, who wins his first title in his 28 years as a coach in the NFL.
The 61-year-old began his NFL coaching career in 1992 with the Green Bay Packers as an offensive assistant, and eventually earned himself his first head coaching job with the Philadelphia Eagles in 1999. Reid spent 14 seasons as head coach of the Eagles, putting up a 130-93-1 record, nine playoff appearances, and an appearing in one Super Bowl against the New England Patriots in the 2004 season.
After the Eagles decided not to re-sign Reid after the 2012 season, the Chiefs hired him as head coach, where he has led Kansas City to a 77-35 record in seven seasons at the helm. The Chiefs have only missed the playoffs once in Reid's tenure as head coach.