Mahomes leads Chiefs past 49ers in Super Bowl victory
BarnBurner Sports Writer
Monday, February 3, 2020
Toronto, ON – If there was one thing to take into the Super Bowl 54 matchup between the Chiefs and 49ers, it was that you can’t count Kansas City out of any game.
They overcame a 24-point deficit against the Texans. Next, they won after trailing by ten points against the Titans in the AFC title game.
And finally, they did it in the biggest game of the year on Sunday night in Miami. They erased a ten-point deficit, scoring 21 straight points in the fourth quarter to win the Super Bowl 31-20 over the 49ers.
Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes was named Super Bowl MVP. He led the fourth-quarter comeback with two touchdown passes in the frame. He finished 26-for-42, throwing for 286 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions. His counterpart, Jimmy Garoppolo, was 20-for-31 for 219 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions.
At 24, Mahomes became the youngest player in NFL history to be named Super Bowl MVP. Not only that, he also became the only player in NFL history to win a league-MVP award and a Super Bowl before the age of 25.
"We never lost faith," Mahomes told reporters after the game. "That's the biggest thing. Everybody on this team, no one had their head down. We believed in each other. That's what we preached all year long."
It marks the first time Kansas City has won the Vince Lombardi trophy since 1970. It was also a special night for head coach Andy Reid, who collected his 222nd career win and long-awaited first Super Bowl victory in his 21st year as an NFL head coach.
San Francisco fell short late in the game, as it was another late-game collapse for head coach Kyle Shanahan. He was the offensive coordinator for the Falcons when they lost the Super Bowl three years ago after blowing a 25-point lead to the Patriots.
"We'll lick our wounds and we'll get over this," Shanahan told reporters after the game.
The Chiefs trailed 20-10 with just over seven minutes to go in the fourth quarter. They needed a big play from Mahomes, and they got one.
Mahomes found Tyreek Hill on 3rd & 15 for a huge 44-yard catch to push Kansas City down the field. Later in the drive, he found Kelce for his fourth touchdown of the postseason to make it a three-point game with 6:13 to play.
Three-and-a-half minutes later, on 3rd & goal from the five-yard line, Mahomes found Damien Williams who ran it in for the touchdown. It was reviewed after it looked like his foot was out-of-bounds, but the call stood that the ball crossed the plane of the goal-line.
Just like that, it was 24-20 with 2:44 to go.
With 1:25 left, the Niners were forced to go for it on 4th & 10. Garoppolo was sacked by Frank Clark, resulting in a turnover on downs.
Two plays later, it was Williams once again. He rushed it into the endzone for a 38-yard score, making it a 31-20 game with 1:12 to go. Two plays later, Garoppolo was intercepted by cornerback Kendall Fuller to seal the Kansas City victory.