The Kansas City Chiefs defeated the San-Francisco 49ers to win Super Bowl LIV and cap off the 100th NFL season.
The game featured a lethal Kansas City offense led by Patrick Mahomes and a stingy niners defense that had shut down Aaron Rodgers and the Packers just two weeks before.
When the game kicked off, San Francisco deferred the coin toss and gave Kansas City the ball to start the game. The first drive of the game ended with no points and a Chiefs punt. San Francisco started off the scoring with a Robbie Gould field goal halfway through the first quarter. Mahomes then lead the Chiefs on a scoring drive to make the score 7-3 with the Chiefs in the lead.
After a Jimmy Garoppolo interception, the Chiefs were back in position to put more points on the board. Capitalizing on the turnover, the Chiefs kicked a field goal to add to their lead. Before time ran out in the first half, the 49ers scored a touchdown to bring the score level at 10-10.
The 49ers came out of the extended half-time break and went down the field for another Gould field goal to put San Francisco ahead. The next Kansas City drive was halted by an interception from Patrick Mahomes. Garoppolo and the Niners offense took advantage of the turnover and cashed in for a touchdown bringing the score to 20-10 with two and a half minutes left in the third quarter.
On the following Kansas City possession, Mahomes throws his second interception of the game. San Francisco got the ball back with a chance to pile on and put the Chiefs away. The Niners were stopped, keeping Kansas City alive in the game. On the next drive Kansas City found themselves deep in their own territory facing a big 3rd and 15. Mahomes delivered a miracle pass to Tyreek Hill for 44 yards which led to an eventual touchdown.
San Francisco suffered a quick 3 and out on their next possession to keep the Chiefs chances alive. Mahomes went on to lead another touchdown drive to give Kansas City a four-point 24-20 lead late in the fourth quarter. With the ball back and two and a half minutes left in the game, Garoppolo was set to lead one final push to keep the Niners dreams alive. After a penalty, incomplete pass, and a 4 down sack, the Chiefs get the ball back and scored their final touchdown of the night.
Kansas City hoisting the Lombardi trophy for the first time in 50 years. Quarterback Patrick Mahomes was named Super Bowl MVP and is the youngest to ever do so at the age of 24. His head coach, Andy Reid captured his first Super Bowl title in his 21s year as an NFL head coach. GHC students Brady Kitts and Damien Wright both had differing opinions about this year’s super bowl. Kitts said that the game “was overall good but it didn’t really feel as hype as it does typically every year.” Kitts also stated that he thinks “the Chiefs will get back to the Super Bowl because of great coaching and all-around skill.”
Wright was on the other side and spoke very highly of this year’s contest. He said that, “Honestly, I thought the game was one of the best Super Bowls we’ve had in a minute. It was good from start to finish, with the right amount of offense and defense.” Like many fans, Wright was happy about Patrick Mahomes leading the fourth quarter comeback to make the Chiefs world champs once again. Wright said, “seeing him with his back against the wall as usual throughout this postseason and being able to come back and win was simply amazing.”