Mahomes leads Chiefs to Super Bowl thriller over 49ers
Patrick Mahomes conjured one other Tremendous Bowl comeback on Sunday because the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs snatched an exciting 25-22 additional time victory over the San Francisco 49ers to win their third NFL championship in 5 seasons.
In a superbly scripted finale earlier than a celebrity-studded Las Vegas crowd together with pop icon Taylor Swift, Mahomes discovered Mecole Hardman ultimately zone with simply three seconds remaining in additional time to seal a dramatic win in what was the longest Tremendous Bowl in historical past.
The victory makes Kansas Metropolis the primary workforce to win back-to-back Lombardi Trophies for the reason that New England Patriots in 2003-2004, cementing the franchise’s proper to be thought to be the NFL’s latest dynasty.
“It means a ton,” mentioned Mahomes, who was named Tremendous Bowl Most Precious Participant for the third time after the win. “With the adversity we handled this 12 months and to return via, the fellows by no means faltered.”
Mahomes, in the meantime, warned the Chiefs’ rivals that their newest win was simply the beginning of their reign of dominance.
“We’re not completed,” he mentioned. “We’ve bought a younger workforce. We’re going to maintain this factor going.”
For lengthy durations, nonetheless, it regarded as if Kansas Metropolis can be denied by San Francisco’s ferocious protection.
Chiefs star Travis Kelce, whose romance with Swift has captivated the NFL this season, had a nightmare begin to the sport, at one stage blowing up on the sidelines at Kansas Metropolis head coach Andy Reid in a unprecedented outburst.
However with Mahomes pulling the strings, the Chiefs lastly battled via a below-par efficiency to ship when it mattered as soon as extra.
It marked the third time that Mahomes has led Kansas Metropolis again from double-digit deficits to win the Tremendous Bowl, sealing his popularity because the inheritor obvious to the legendary Tom Brady.
It was additionally the third time that 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan has completed on the shedding aspect in a Tremendous Bowl after seeing his workforce go 10 or extra factors forward.
“All of us damage,” a deflated Shanahan mentioned after the defeat. “Everybody is aware of the way it feels. Don’t have loads of phrases for it. Clearly we’re hurting. Our workforce’s hurting. That’s the way it goes once you put your self on the market.”
The Chiefs fell behind 10-0 within the first quarter after San Francisco struck first via a 55-yard Jake Moody area objective and a brilliantly labored trick play that ended with a landing for operating again Christian McCaffrey.
Kansas Metropolis have been left with only a Harrison Butker area objective to point out for his or her first half efforts to make it 10-3 on the break.
Kelce meltdown, additional time drama
Kelce went berserk on the Chiefs bench, with the tight finish screaming at head coach Andy Reid in obvious frustration at being stored off the sector for the play when an early Kansas Metropolis drive ended with an Isiah Pacheco fumble.
Kansas Metropolis’s offense fared little higher after the restart, with Mahomes giving up an interception to 49ers security Ji’ayir Brown after an overthrown move supposed for Marquez Valdes-Scantling.
San Francisco have been unable to show the possession into factors, nonetheless, as defenses stayed on prime, forcing punts on the following three possessions.
Kansas Metropolis added to their tally with a monstrous 57-yard Butker area objective that crept over the bar to eclipse Moody’s record-long first-half effort.
With San Francisco’s protection nonetheless on prime, Kansas Metropolis wanted a stroke of luck and so they bought it when a muffed punt between 49ers defenders Darrell Luter and Ray-Ray McCloud allowed the Chiefs to get well deep within the pink zone.
Mahomes wasted no time cashing in, hitting Valdes-Scantling ultimately zone from 16 yards, Butker’s additional level making it 13-10.
The 49ers got here roaring again, nonetheless, on the following drive, Purdy exhibiting nice composure to steer a 12-play 75-yard landing drive that ended with a Jennings rating.
A doubtlessly expensive missed additional level left San Francisco 16-13 forward, and the Chiefs drew stage on their subsequent possession with Butker’s third area objective to tie it at 16-16.
Moody kicked a 40-yard area objective to revive San Francisco’s lead at 19-16.
That set the stage for Mahomes to steer the Chiefs to a different Tremendous Bowl comeback with simply 1min 53sec left on the clock.
As the stress mounted, Mahomes discovered Kelce for a 23-yard acquire that took the Chiefs into kicking vary. After as soon as once more failing to get the ball into the top zone, Butker stepped as much as stage it at 19-19 with three seconds left, forcing additional time.
San Francisco scored a Moody area objective on the opening possession to make it 22-19, however Mahomes was not completed.
The quarterback coolly marched Kansas Metropolis upfield to the three-yard line, after which popped the successful move to Hardman to seal victory.
“Simply the entire sport was our entire total season, the protection simply preserving us in there after which the offense making performs when it counted,” Mahomes mentioned.
“I’m simply happy with the fellows. They stored believing. And I’m happy with the coaches for calling up these performs that bought us some touchdowns there on the finish.”
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