Chiefs Win Super Bowl LIV

Grace Higgins | February 3rd, 2020

The 100th NFL season ended with the Kansas City Chiefs defeating the San Francisco 49ers, 31-20, to win Super Bowl LIV; their first appearance and win since Super Bowl IV in 1970.

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After passing for 286 yards and two touchdowns, adding 29 rushing yards and one rushing touchdown, Patrick Mahomes was named the MVP of the Super Bowl, the seventh quarterback to win Super Bowl MVP this decade.

In just 36 games, Mahomes has won an MVP, led the Chiefs to a top five scoring offense in NFL history, led double-digit comeback victories in three straight playoff games, and won Super Bowl MVP at only 24 years old.

Andy Reid, the coach who spent his entire career being mocked and ridiculed for choking away playoff games, finally got the monkey off his back and solidified himself as one of the best coaches in NFL history. All of the NFL world has to be happy for him. His 21 season wait was the longest for a head coach in NFL history.

The game started slow, with the 49ers connecting on a short field goal and Mahomes running in the first touchdown of the game from one yard out. The first quarter ended 7-3 in favor of the Chiefs.

After a short field goal from the Chiefs, Jimmy Garoppolo threw his first touchdown pass in the Super Bowl, a 15-yard pass to fullback Kyle Juszczyk. Garoppolo ended with 219 passing yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. Both quarterbacks threw two interceptions each in the game.

A 10-10 tie led into the Shakira and Jennifer Lopez halftime show.

The 49ers took advantage in the third quarter. At one point in the night, they had a 95%-win probability rate. First a field goal and then a one-yard touchdown run by Raheem Mostert gave the 49ers a 20-10 lead. With the Chiefs offense stale all night and unwilling to take deep chances, the 49ers seemed poised to win the game.

At the 10-minute mark in the game, the Chiefs started an 83-yard scoring drive, taking only 2:40 to score a touchdown. Mahomes found Travis Kelce for a one-yard score. The defense forced a stop, and the Chiefs traveled 65 yards in 2:26 to score again when Mahomes found Damien Williams for the lead-changing touchdown. Williams totaled 135 yards and two touchdowns.

Garoppolo threw an interception, and with the defense needing a stop, Williams broke free for a 38-yard run to seal the Super Bowl for the Chiefs.

Over his last two Super Bowl appearances, Kyle Shanahan’s teams have been outscored 46-0 inside the 10-minute mark of the fourth quarter.

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