Super Bowl LIV recap: Chiefs end 50-year Super Bowl drought


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It was a full house at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami for Super Bowl LlV.

Stephen Wade, Staff Writer

Super Bowl LIV featured an intense matchup between the dominant defense of the San Francisco 49ers who were in search of their sixth Super Bowl win in seven appearances. They took on the outstanding offense of the Kansas City Chiefs who have not played in the big game since 1970 when they took down the Minnesota Vikings. 

Kansas City head coach and former Philadelphia Eagles coach, Andy Reid, looked to win his first Super Bowl after falling to the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XXXIX in 2004. Reid is just the twenty-fourth NFL head coach to appear in more than one Super Bowl. 

Meanwhile, the 49ers became the third team in NFL history to make it to the Super Bowl after winning less than five games in the previous season. They finished last season with a record of 4-12, which resulted in them receiving third place in the National Football Conference, or NFC, West.  

The fans at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami were roaring with excitement as the opening kickoff was received by the Chiefs and the Super Bowl came under way. The Chiefs failed to score on their first drive, but the 49ers responded with a 38-yard field goal by Robbie Gould giving them an early 3-0 lead. But the Chiefs fired back when Patrick Mahomes took it to the house himself for a touchdown, putting them on top by the end of the first quarter. 

The second quarter started off with an interception by Chiefs’ defensive back, Breshaud Breeland, setting them up for a 31-yard field goal by Harrison Butker, giving them a 10-3 lead over San Fransisco. However, the 49ers marched down field and came right back with a touchdown of their own when Jimmy Garoppolo connected with Kyle Juszczyk for a 15-yard touchdown pass tying the game 10-10 before the half. 

The Chiefs began the second half by kicking off to the 49ers who wasted no time taking back the lead with a field goal by Gould from 42 yards out, putting them up 13-10. The 49ers defense started to come to life with rookie defensive linemen, Nick Bosa, forcing a fumble that the Chiefs recovered, and an interception by linebacker, Fred Warner.  

This sudden explosion of defense resulted in a 1-yard rushing touchdown by 49ers running back, Raheem Mostert, putting them up 10 points over the Chiefs. The Super Bowl now was reaching the fourth quarter with the score of, 20-10. 

At the start of the fourth quarter, 49ers defensive back Jarvarius Moore got an interception after the pass was thrown behind the targeted receiver, Tyreek Hill. The turnover did not amount to a score for the 49ers, as they were forced to punt. With time running out in the fourth quarter, the Chiefs offense went to work looking for their third comeback win of the playoffs.  

Mahomes led the offense 83 yards down the field, including a clutch 44-yard pass to Tyreek Hill on third and fifteen, resulting in a 1-yard touchdown pass to tight end, Travis Kelce, bringing them within a field goal, down 20-17. The 49ers went three and out and were forced to punt for the second time in as many drives.  

The Chiefs took advantage of this opportunity taking only seven plays to score when Mahomes found running back Damien Williams for a five-yard touchdown pass putting them back on top. The 49ers, down 24-20, desperately needed a touchdown with time running out. The Chiefs defense came in clutch, forcing a turnover on downs with 1:25 left in the game. The Chiefs sealed the deal with a 38-yard touchdown by Williams making the score 31-20, following an interception by Chiefs defensive back, Kendall Fuller.  

The Kansas City Chiefs won Super Bowl LIV with a final score of 31-20 after a 50-year Super Bowl drought. Mahomes was named Super Bowl Most Valuable Player (MVP) and got to say those sweet words that he dreamed of saying one day. It’s a tradition that the MVP of the Super Bowl gets asked where they are going next and Mahomes responded with the traditional answer, “I’m going to Disney World.”

This dream that Mahomes had growing up dates back to a 2013 tweet where he stated, “I bet it feels amazing to be the quarterback who says I’m going to Disney World after winning the Super Bowl.” On Sunday night, he turned that dream into reality. 

Coach Reid said to Arrowhead Pride that Mahomes, “Understands the leadership role he’s been put in by position and how important that is, and he’s got that innate ability to lead. So, you give him a little guideline on that, and he takes it and goes.” 

Despite all the attention from the media, Mahomes remained humble. When asked if he considers himself the face of the National Football League (NFL), according to Reuters he responded, “There’s several guys that could be the face of the NFL. Just how good the quarterback play is now, guys come in here year in and year out and play great football.” He went on to say, “I’m just try to be the best Patrick Mahomes I can be and win football games.” 

The Super Bowl marks the end of the NFL season, which gives just over 200 days until next season. This leaves us with one main question: Who will take home the Lombardi Trophy next year? 

Scoring Summary: 

1st Quarter: 

SF: 38-yard FG (Robbie Gould) 3-0 SF 

KC: 1-yard rush (Patrick Mahomes), PAT (Harrison Butker) 7-3 KC 

2nd Quarter: 

KC: 31-yard FG (Harrison Butker) 10-3 KC 

SF: 15-yard TD pass (Jimmy Garoppolo to Kyle Juszczyk), PAT (Robbie Gould) 10-10 

3rd Quarter: 

SF: 42-yard FG (Robbie Gould) 13-10 SF 

SF: 1-yard TD rush (Raheem Mostert), PAT (Robbie Gould) 20-10 SF 

4th Quarter: 

KC: 1-yard TD pass (Patrick Mahomes to Travis Kelce), PAT (Harrison Butker) 20-17 SF 

KC: 5-yard TD pass (Patrick Mahomes to Damien Williams), PAT (Harrison Butker) 24-20 KC 

KC: 38-yard TD rush (Damien Williams), PAT (Harrison Butker) 31-20 KC 

Final: KC Wins 31-20 

Super Bowl MVP: Patrick Mahomes