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After 50 Years: Kansas City Wins Super Bowl

At the end of one of the best Super Bowl games in years, The Kansas City Chiefs trailed back from a 10-point deficit, and with an amazing fourth quarter beat San Francisco 49ers 31-20 and won the second NFL championship within the league’s 100 year history

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At the end of one of the best Super Bowl games in years, The Kansas City Chiefs trailed back from a 10-point deficit, and with an amazing fourth quarter beat San Francisco 49ers 31-20 and won the second NFL championship within the league’s 100 year history.  Quarterback Patrick Mahomes was crowned MVP after leading the Chiefs and throwing two touchdowns on the way to a revolutionary comeback.

In a fantastic turn of events, the Chiefs won the championship after double-digit deficits in all three playoff games.  But in all three of these games, they also came back and earned a double-digit victory.  And with 24 year-old Patrick Mahomes being the youngest Quarterback to ever win a Super Bowl, the NFL’s future became its present.

Mahome’s game wasn’t prefect, far from it actually, with two turnovers, and some drives that seemed as if the Chiefs’ offence cannot build momentum in face of the 49ers defense, with is the league’s best.  But in the fourth quarter, Mahomes gave a staller performance with two touchdowns and fantastic execution of calls.  So on the fourth and final quarter of the 2020 season, Kansas scored 21 points that were unanswered by San Francisco.

This is also brings a lot of joy for Chiefs’ Head Coach Andy Reid, who is 61 and not has his first-ever Super Bowl ring.  Reid lost last night the undesirable title of the coach with most winnings in the NFL, without a Super Bowl victory.

The bookies gave pretty tight odds before the game, and this is was shown in the first two quarters.  How tight? It was only the fourth time in Super Bowl history where the first half ended in a tie.  The 10-10 didn’t really show any great momentum to either side.

When the teams came back to the field after the halftime show, the 49ers seemed as if they came back to dominate the game from now on.  Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo came back with a series of great passes, and San Francisco’s running-game machine started to heat up.  The 49ers started to open up a gap and doubled to a 20-10 lead with a good kick by Robbie Gould and a touchdown by Raheem Mostrat.  Fred Warner turned over one of Mahomes’s throws, Travarius Moore caught the second interception from Kansas, and all seemed to be going San Francisco’s way. 

But that’s not the case when Patrick Mahomes is on the field.  In a crucial attack on a 3rd down and 15 – a minute after San Francisco challenged, and lost a complete pass caught by Tyreek Hill – Mahomes took a few steps back and throw another shotgun to Hill, this time a 44 yard throw that pulled the Chiefs out of the 49ers defensive pressure.  Mahomes finished this play with another short pass to Travis Kelce with 6:13 on the clock.  A minute later the Chiefs got the ball again for another attack.  With 2:44 to go, it ended with Mahomes passing to Damien Williams, and another turnover.

Williams was the Kansas City’s weapon of choice.  It was pretty clear from the get-go that the Chiefs’ only way to overcome the 49ers defense was to get a more diverse range of play, and that means mostly upping the running game, which was nowhere near San Francisco’s.  Williams stepped up to the challenge, and in the first half gained important yards that gave Mahomes more downs. 

Then Williams landed on the 49ers two more blows.  The pass he caught that is mentioned above, and a crazy 38-yard dash for another touchdown with 1:12 to go.  This was his sixth in the current playoffs.   He finished the game with 104 yards in rushing and 29 caught.

Patrick Mahomes completed 286 yards, 105 of these to Hill, and another 98 to Sammy Watkins who was also fantastic on the night.  On the other side, Jimmy Garoppolo seemed to have buckled under pressure later in the evening, with one touchdown, two interceptions for 219 yards.

So Mahomes now has his first Super Bowl ring.  But with such a performance at the young age of 24, we’ll probably see more NFL bling on his fingers soon.  He sure gave us a Super Bowl dreams are made of.

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