Patrick Mahomes made another Super Bowl comeback on Sunday, as the Kansas City Chiefs won a thrilling 25-22 overtime victory over the San Francisco 49ers to win their third NFL championship in five seasons. In a perfectly scripted finale in front of a celebrity-packed Las Vegas crowd, including pop icon Taylor Swift, Mahomes hit Mecole Hardman in the end zone with just three seconds remaining in overtime to seal the dramatic victory in the longest Super Bowl in history. of.
The win makes Kansas City the first team in two decades to win consecutive Lombardi Trophies, solidifying the franchise's right to be considered the NFL's newest dynasty.
“It means a lot,” Mahomes said. “The people never wavered in the adversity we faced and overcame this year.”
Meanwhile, Mahomes warned the Chiefs' rivals that their latest win is the beginning of their dynasty.
“Our work is not done,” he said. “We have a young team. We're going to keep this thing going.”
However, for long periods it looked like Kansas City would be outmatched by San Francisco's ferocious defense.
Chiefs star Travis Kelce – a lover of watching singer Swift – had a nightmare start to the game, at one point bursting into extraordinary anger at Kansas City head coach Andy Reid.
But after Mahomes worked hard, the Chiefs finally had to overcome a below-par performance to once again make a breakthrough.
This is the third time that Mahomes has brought Kansas City back from a double-digit deficit to win a Super Bowl, cementing his reputation as the successor to the great Tom Brady.
The Chiefs trailed 10–0 in the first quarter when San Francisco struck first via a 55-yard Jake Moody field goal and a brilliantly executed trick play that ended with a touchdown to running back Christian McCaffrey. Happened.
Kansas City had only a Harrison Butker field goal to show for its first-half efforts to make the score 10–3 at the break.
Kelce's meltdown, overtime drama
Kelce became frantic on the Chiefs bench when Kansas City's opening drive ended with a fumble by Isiah Pacheco, yelling at head coach Andy Reid in apparent frustration at being kept off the field for the game.
Kansas City's offense fared slightly better after the restart, with Mahomes throwing an interception to 49ers safety Zaire Brown after an overthrown pass to Marquez Valdes-Scantling.
However, San Francisco was unable to convert the possession into points as the defense came out on top, forcing punts on the next three possessions.
Kansas City added to its tally with a 57-yard Butker field goal that crossed the bar, surpassing Moody's record-long first half attempt.
With San Francisco's defense still on top, Kansas City needed a stroke of luck and they got it when a bad punt between 49ers defenders Darrell Luter and Ray-Ray McCloud gave the Chiefs a fumble recovery deep in the red zone. Gave the permission to.
Mahomes wasted no time capitalizing, hitting Valdes Scantling in the end zone from 16 yards out, Butker's extra point made it 13–10.
However, the 49ers came roaring back, on the next drive, Purdy showed great composure to lead a 12-play 75-yard touchdown drive that ended with a Jennings score.
A missed potentially costly extra point put San Francisco ahead 16–13, and the Chiefs tied the score at 16–16 on their next possession with Butker's third field goal.
Moody kicked a 40-yard field goal to restore San Francisco's lead at 19–16.
This set the stage for Mahomes to lead the Chiefs to another Super Bowl comeback with only 1 minute 53 seconds left on the clock.
As the tension grew, Mahomes threw a 23-yard gain to Kelce, which moved the Chiefs into kicking range. After once again failing to get the ball into the end zone, Butker stepped up to tie it 19–19 with three seconds remaining, forcing overtime.
San Francisco made it 22–19 with a Moody field goal on the opening possession, but Mahomes could not do so.
The quarterback calmly drove Kansas City to the three-yard line, and then threw the winning pass to Hardman to seal the victory.
“The whole game was our whole season, the defense held us there and then made plays on offense,” Mahomes said.
“I'm just proud of the guys. They kept believing. And I'm proud of the coaches who called those plays that got us some touchdowns at the end.”
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