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The Kansas City Chiefs became the first team to win consecutive Super Bowls in 19 years this Sunday, defeating the San Francisco 49ers 25-22 in overtime in Las Vegas. Led by quarterback Patrick Mahomes, the Chiefs have won the Super Bowl in three of the last five seasons.
Kansas City quarterback Patrick Mahomes, voted MVP in two previous Super Bowl victories, was 34 of 46 for 333 yards with two touchdowns, including the game-winner, and an interception. Mahomes also had 66 rushing yards, including a 19-yard run on the final drive of the game.
Taylor Swift kisses Travis Kelce after the Chiefs win Super Bowl LVIII. (Credit: Patrick T. Fallon/AFP via Getty Images)
49ers second-year quarterback Brock Purdy looked calm and collected in the pocket and was 23 of 38 for 255 yards and a touchdown. All-Pro running back Christian McCaffrey had 80 yards rushing and 80 receiving. Wide receiver Jauan Jennings became the second person in Super Bowl history to throw and catch touchdown passes.
Veteran tight end Travis Kelce, who only had one reception for one yard in the first half, finished with nine receptions and 93 yards, but did not find the end zone.
49ers kicker Jake Moody made three field goals, including one that temporarily held the Super Bowl record for longest, but missed an extra point in regulation when it was blocked.
The game was a rematch of the Super Bowl from four years ago, when the Chiefs pulled away in the fourth quarter to win 31-20.
A slow start turns into something exciting
This Sunday's game started slowly – very slowly – and the first points didn't come until Jake Moody kicked a Super Bowl-record 55-yard field goal 12 seconds into the second quarter. The first four drives of the game ended with a San Francisco fumble, then three consecutive punts by the two teams.
The game didn't open until the second 15 minutes, when the 49ers took a 3-0 lead and the Chiefs seemed ready to respond after a 52-yard pass, but a Kansas City fumble a few plays later was recovered by the Niners in their 8.
Two more punts followed the Chiefs' fumble, but then the 49ers took a 10-0 lead thanks to some smart play. Wide receiver Jauan Jennings, a star quarterback in high school, took a lateral pass on the left side of the field and then threw the entire field to All-Pro running back Christian McCaffrey, who found a hole in the Chiefs' defense. . and a path for a 21-yard sprint to the end zone with about 4:30 left in the half.
The Chiefs were able to score a short field goal just before intermission. A 28-yard boot by Harrison Butker cut the 49ers' lead to 10-3 with 20 seconds left in the second quarter. It capped off a 15-play Chiefs drive. None of the 13 teams that didn't score in the first half ever won the Super Bowl.
What little scoring momentum that had appeared in the second quarter disappeared early in the third and the special teams had the most notable plays.
Moody's longest field goal record also faded when Butker scored from 57 yards out with 5:01 left in the period to bring the Chiefs within four at 10-6.
With 2:32 left in the third quarter, another special teams play helped the Chiefs take their first lead. San Francisco's Darrell Luter Jr. tried to pick up a punt that hit a teammate's foot, but it slipped through his fingers and the Chiefs grabbed the ball at the 49ers' 16-yard line. On the next play, Mahomes threw a pass to a wide-open Márquez Valdés-Scantling for a touchdown and a 13-10 lead.
The Chiefs defense, typically stingy in the fourth quarter of a playoff game, gave up a touchdown with 11:22 left in the game when Purdy hit Jennings for a 10-yard score. However, the extra point was blocked and San Francisco only had a field goal lead, 16-13.
Butker tied the score five and a half minutes later, capping a 13-play Kansas City drive with a 24-yard field goal.
Moody put the Niners ahead 19-16 with another field goal from more than 50 yards out, a 53-yarder with just 1:53 left.
The game headed to overtime when the Chiefs drove 64 yards and Butker kicked a 29-yard field goal with three seconds left.
It was only the second time the Super Bowl went to overtime. In Super Bowl 51 in 2017, the New England Patriots rallied from a 28-3 deficit to win by a touchdown.
The 49ers scored on the first drive of overtime, settling for a 29-yard field goal on a quick Chiefs pass rush that saw Purdy tackle his receiver on third-and-four at the Kansas City 9-yard line.
Needing at least a field goal to extend the game, Mahomes worked his magic, mixing key completions with a big run for a first down. On the winning play he found Mecole Hardman Jr. open at the goal line for a touchdown.