Chiefs end 50-year title drought, knock off Niners in Super Bowl LIV 31-20

chinapost.nownews.com photo: Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Pat Mahomes (15) is jubilant as the Chiefs win their first Super Bowl since 1970 at The Hard Rock Café Stadium in Miami on Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers

By Daniel Dullum
Sports Radio Service
Sunday, February 2, 2020

Going into Super Bowl LIV, Kansas City coach Andy Reid had the most coaching wins without winning the NFL championship.

That status changed Sunday at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami, Fla., after the Chiefs came from behind to defeat the San Francisco 49ers 31-20. It was the Chiefs’ first championship triumph since their win over Minnesota in Super Bowl IV in January 1970.

Kansas City outscored the 49ers 21-0 in the fourth quarter to complete their comeback from a 20-10 deficit.

Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes, selected as the game’s most valuable player, completed 26 of 42 passes for 286 yards and two touchdowns. He also ran nine times for 29 yards and a touchdown.

Other leaders for Kansas City included Damien Williams, who rushed 17 times for 104 yards and a touchdown. Tyreek Hill caught nine passes for 105 yards, and Sammy Watkins caught five passes for 98 yards.

San Francisco quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo completed 20 of 31 passes for 219 yards and a touchdown. Raheem Mostert led 49er ball carriers with 58 yards on 12 carries. Deebo Samuel caught five passes for 39 yards.

At 9:29 of the third quarter, Gould’s 42-yard field goal put the 49ers up 13-10. Four minutes later, Fred Warner’s interception of a Mahomes pass set up the next 49ers score, a 1-yard run by Mostert made it a two-possession game at 20-10.

Mahomes threw his second pick, this one to Tavarius Moore on a pass intended for Hill at 12:04 of the fourth quarter.

Kansas City closed its deficit to 20-17 at 6:13 of the fourth quarter when Mahomes found Travis Kelce open for a 1-yard TD pass.

Mahomes engineered a 10-play, 83-yard drive that included converting two third-and-long situations. After a 6-yard run by Mahomes to the San Francisco 5, he flipped a go-ahead scoring pass to Damien Williams, who held the ball over the right pylon on the goal line.

The play was reviewed, and officials upheld the original call. Butker’s PAT kick gave the Chiefs a 24-20 at 2:44 of the fourth.

Then, the Chiefs defense held San Francisco on downs with 1:33 remaining, when Frank Clark sacked Garoppolo for an 11-yard loss on fourth down. While running out the clock, KC tacked on an insurance touchdown pass from Mahomes to Williams for 38 yards with 1:12 to play.

An interception by Kansas City’s Bashaud Breeland in the final minute sealed the win.

San Francisco fell short in its bid to win its sixth Super Bowl. The 49ers previously won in the 1982, 1985, 1989, 1990 and 1995 seasons.

San Francisco opened the scoring with a 38-yard Robbie Gould field goal at 7:57 of the first quarter. The Chiefs took their first lead of the game with 31 seconds remaining in the opening period when Mahomes ran in from a yard out, putting Kansas City up 7-3.

After Harrison Butker booted a 31-yard field goal to give KC at 10-3 lead, Garoppolo responded with a game-tying touchdown pass to Kyle Juszcyk at 5:05 of the second quarter. The halftime score was 10-10.

The Chiefs franchise won three American Football League titles and appeared in two of the first four Super Bowls. The ends a 50-year drought.

Shakira and Jennifer Lopez provided the energetic halftime entertainment, emphasizing the musical contributions of the Latina community to the entertainment industry.

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