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Super Bowl: Kansas City Chiefs defeat San Francisco 49ers

Patrick Mahomes, Travis Kelce and Andy Reid have made the Kansas City Chiefs a dynasty.

They are already thinking about the triplet.

First, they had to become the first back-to-back Super Bowl champions in 19 years.

Mahomes made sure of it, leading another super comeback on the NFL’s biggest stage in America’s showcase capital.

Mahomes threw a 3-yard touchdown pass to Mecole Hardman in overtime, and the Chiefs rallied to beat the San Francisco 49ers 25-22 on Sunday, becoming the NFL’s ninth repeat Super Bowl champion.

With pop star Taylor Swift watching her boyfriend Kelce from a suite, the Chiefs captured their third title in five years, a streak that puts them among the league’s top franchises.

“Well, you know the goal has always been to get three,” Kelce shouted onstage after sharing a kiss with Swift. “But we couldn’t get here without getting those two and having that goal on our back all year. … What about that. We have the opportunity to do it three times in a row.”

The first NFL Super Bowl in Las Vegas was a sloppy, error-filled affair that was mostly boring until the fourth quarter and overtime. It was the second of 58 Super Bowls tied after regulation, and the first was played under new overtime rules that ensured both teams received the ball.

The Chiefs (15-6) trailed 22-19 after Jake Moody kicked a 27-yard field goal on the first possession of overtime, but Mahomes rallied the Chiefs, completing another impressive comeback in a rematch of the Super Bowl ago. four years.

Mahomes ran 8 yards on fourth-and-1 to keep the Chiefs’ chances alive and then ran 19 yards to set up the winning score, which came 14:57 into the extra period, just before what would have been the second overtime.

“With all the adversity we’ve been through this season, we’ll get through this tonight. … I’m proud of the guys,” said Mahomes, who earned his third Super Bowl MVP award. “This is amazing. Legendary.”

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes, center, celebrates with wide receiver Mecole Hardman Jr. (12) after throwing the winning touchdown during overtime of the NFL Super Bowl 58 football game against the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday, February 11, 2024. in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

After connecting with a wide-open Hardman, the Chiefs ran onto the field as red and yellow confetti fell to the turf.

Mahomes and Reid are now halfway to Tom Brady and Bill Belichick, who won six championships in 20 years together with the New England Patriots and were the most recent team to do so consecutively after the 2003-04 seasons.

Mahomes, 28, becomes the fourth starting quarterback to win three Super Bowls (joining Brady, Joe Montana, Terry Bradshaw and Troy Aikman) and the second youngest.

“I’m going to celebrate tonight, I’m going to celebrate in the parade and then I’m going to work to get back to this game next year,” Mahomes said. “I’m going to do everything I can to get back in this game next year. Three pipes.”

The biggest excitement in the first half came when a frustrated Kelce shoved Reid on the sideline, backing down the 65-year-old Chiefs coach after teammate Isiah Pacheco fumbled inside the red zone during the second quarter.

“Did you guys see that?” Kelce said. “I’m going to keep it between us unless my ‘high mic’ tells the world. She was just telling him how much she loved him.”

The action resumed after a crucial error by San Francisco’s special teams that set up Mahomes’ 16-yard touchdown pass to Márquez Valdés-Scantling for a 13-10 lead.

Brock Purdy and the 49ers (14-6) responded, but couldn’t make enough plays, denying Mr. Irrelevant the opportunity to go from the last pick in the 2022 NFL draft to Super Bowl champion.

“We have the offense to score touchdowns and I couldn’t put the team in position to do that,” Purdy said.

Niners wide receiver Jauan Jennings threw a touchdown pass and caught one, joining Eagles quarterback Nick Foles six years ago as the only players to do both in the Super Bowl.

After Moody’s 53-yard field goal gave the Niners a 19-16 lead with 1:53 left, Mahomes and Kelce went to work. Mahomes connected with Kelce for a 22-yard gain to set up Harrison Butker’s tying kick, a 29-yarder with 3 seconds left.

A holding call on Kansas City’s Trent McDuffie extended San Francisco’s first overtime drive and Purdy made key throws to get the 49ers to the Chiefs’ 9-yard line. But San Francisco settled for a field goal.

Purdy, Christian McCaffrey and the Niners took a 10-0 lead, but that’s not a big deal for Mahomes and the Chiefs in the Super Bowl. They have trailed by 10 points in all three of their wins, including last year’s 38-35 victory over Philadelphia.

Mahomes was not at his best early and threw an interception. But with the game on the line, he was a magician again. He finished 34 of 46 for 333 yards and two touchdowns.

The Chiefs were barely dominant during the regular season and entered the playoffs as the third seed in the AFC. They won at Buffalo and Baltimore in the postseason, the first road playoff games of Mahomes’ career, and entered the Super Bowl as 2 1/2-point underdogs, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

“The Kansas City Chiefs are never the underdogs. I just know that,” Mahomes said.

They became the first team to win consecutive Super Bowls as underdogs; The Philadelphia Eagles were slight favorites a year ago.

The game changed when San Francisco’s Ray-Ray McCloud failed to make a punt that hit teammate Darrell Luter Jr.’s leg and the Chiefs recovered at the 49ers’ 16-yard line, leading to Mahomes’ touchdown pass. Valdés-Scantling.

The Niners responded on the next possession with Purdy throwing a 10-yard touchdown pass to Jennings for a 16-13 lead. Moody’s extra point was blocked.

Niners coach Kyle Shanahan went for fourth-and-3 from the Chiefs’ 15-yard line, passing up the opportunity to score the tying field goal. Purdy hit George Kittle for a 4-yard gain and then found Jennings for the score.

Shanahan resorted to trickery to score the only touchdown of the first half.

Jennings, a wide receiver who had never thrown a pass in an NFL game, threw a 21-yard touchdown to McCaffrey. He was hit as he threw a wobbly pass across the field, but McCaffrey caught it and ran into the end zone.

Shanahan fell to 0-2 as a head coach in Super Bowls and 0-3 overall, including a loss when he was Atlanta’s offensive coordinator. That was the game in which Brady and the Patriots rallied from a 28-3 deficit to win in overtime.

Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce (87) holds the Vince Lombardi Trophy after the team’s victory over the San Francisco 49ers in the NFL Super Bowl 58 football game on Sunday, Feb. 11 2024 in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

“When you go up against guys like Tom Brady and Pat Mahomes, you never get comfortable with a lead. Those guys are two of the best to ever play the game,” Shanahan said.

There were plenty of stars in the building when the NFL brought its biggest game to this gaming mecca, an idea that was once taboo. Jay-Z, LeBron James and Paul McCartney were among the celebrities in the crowd.

Post Malone sang “America the Beautiful,” Reba McEntire performed the national anthem and Usher electrified the crowd at halftime. He brought out several guests, including Alicia Keys, HER, Jermaine Dupri, Lil Jon and Ludacris.

Attendance was announced at 61,629 at the relatively compact Allegiant Stadium, the smallest attendance in Super Bowl history except for the pandemic game in Tampa, Florida, three years ago.

It didn’t start out well, but thanks to Mahomes, those fans ended up watching one of the best Super Bowl endings.

Fans will be able to celebrate the Chiefs on Wednesday, Valentine’s Day. The Kansas City Sports Commission released the official route and schedule Sunday night, KMBC-TV reported. The parade will begin at 11 a.m.

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