Chiefs Win Super Bowl To Write Down History

Chiefs Win Super Bowl To Write Down History



February 12th, 2024

Kansas City Chiefs defeat 49ers in overtime to win their second back to back Super Bowl in Las Vegas. Chiefs overthrew a 10-point lead of the 49ers and pushed the game to an overtime, eventually defeating them with a 25-22 score. Chiefs are the first back-to-back champions in two decades.

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In a back-and-forth game, the two teams were knotted at 19 at the end of regulation. Jake Moody kicked a 27-yard field goal in overtime, giving the Niners a 22-19 lead. But Kansas City quarterback Patrick Mahomes, as he has done so many times before, drove the Chiefs down the field and connected with receiver Mecole Hardman on a one-yard touchdown pass with 13 seconds left in overtime, giving the Chiefs their third Super Bowl win in five seasons and establishing Kansas City as a football dynasty.

This was just the second Super Bowl to go into overtime, the previous being Super Bowl LI in 2017, when Tom Brady and the New England Patriots rallied from 28-3 down to upset the Atlanta Falcons 34-28.

Predictions and upsets

The Chiefs entered the Super Bowl as underdogs versus the Niners, just as they were to the Baltimore Ravens in the conference championship game and the Buffalo Bills in the divisional round – something Mahomes was well aware of.

"Just know that the Kansas City Chiefs are never underdogs," Mahomes said.

Super Bowl LVIII was a rematch of Super Bowl LIV in 2020, when the Chiefs and Mahomes defeated the Niners 31-20 to win Kansas City's first Super Bowl win in 50 years. The two head coaches who were on the sidelines four years ago returned to the helm on Sunday. With the victory, Chiefs head coach Andy Reid preserved his perfect 4-0 record versus Niners coach Kyle Shanahan.

The Chiefs also prolonged the 49ers' Super Bowl drought to 30 years.

Game Highlights

The Niners scored first in the game, taking a 3-0 lead early in the second quarter with a 55-yard field goal from kicker Jake Moody, which temporarily held the record for the longest field goal in Super Bowl history. 

They extended their advantage to 10-0 with a double-pass trick play. With less than five minutes left in the second quarter. Niners quarterback Brock Purdy sent the ball back to wide receiver Jauan Jennings, who tossed it across the field to Christian McCaffrey, who ran 21 yards for the touchdown.

Jennings became the first wide receiver to throw a touchdown pass in the Super Bowl since Antwaan Randle El done so for the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2006, when they defeated the Seattle Seahawks. 

Harrison Butker's 28-yard field goal before halftime gave the Chiefs their first points. 
Turnovers were the story of the game, with both teams committing costly blunders. The running backs are fighting to keep the ball.

McCaffrey fumbled during the game's first drive. Then, with the Chiefs still without a point with a potential first-and-goal from the Niners' nine-yard line early in the second quarter, running back Isaiah Pacheco had the ball knocked out, which the Niners recovered. 

The Niners defense consistently stumped Mahomes. He returned from halftime and quickly threw an interception to rookie safety Ji'Ayir Brown, marking Mahomes' first pick in his past 218 postseason throw attempts and halting the third-longest such run in NFL history.

Trvais Kelce holds the Lombardi Trophy after defeating the San Francisco 49ers 25-22  - Gettyimages

Butker broke Moody's record midway through the third quarter with his own 57-yard field goal, cutting the Niners' advantage to 10-6.

With less than three minutes remaining in the third quarter, Niners returner Ray-Ray McCloud fumbled a punt, which the Chiefs recovered, and on the following play, Mahomes connected with Marquez Valdes-Scantling on a 16-yard touchdown throw, giving the Chiefs a 13-10 lead.

The Niners responded early in the fourth, with Purdy connecting with Jennings for a six-yard score. However, Moody missed the extra point, leaving the Niners with a slender 16-13 advantage.

Butker's 24-yard field goal with about six minutes remaining leveled the game at 16. 

However, Moody atoned for his earlier mistake by sinking a 53-yard field goal with less than two minutes remaining to give the Niners a 19-16 lead.

But Mahomes led the Chiefs down the field, setting up a 29-yard tying field goal with three seconds remaining to send the game into overtime. 
Super Bowl LVIII was broadcast on CBS and Nickelodeon and streamed on Paramount+ from Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas. Our CBS Sports partners also covered Sunday's game.

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