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.