Super Bowl 54: Chiefs end 50 year championship drought

Story by Christopher Caraballo, Staff Writer

When Chiefs QuarterBack Patrick Mahomes was intercepted by the 49ers Tarvarius Moore with 12:00 left in the 4th, we all thought the game was over. 

A 10-point lead in the fourth quarter and possession of the ball? It looked like the San Francisco 49ers were on their way to tying New England and Pittsburgh for the most Super Bowl wins in NFL History. 

Enter Patrick Mahomes. 

The 2018 League MVP had had uneventful first three-quarters of play up to this point, throwing two interceptions and fumbling the ball. But when it mattered most, he delivered. 

In the fourth-quarter alone, Mahomes was 10/17 for 141 Yards, 2 TDs, and a 100.4 Rating. Jimmy Garoppolo on the other hand, had a fourth-quarter to forget. Jimmy G went 3-11 for 36 yards and 1 INT with a 2.8 rating. These stats are the reason why Kansas City ended up bringing the Lombardi Trophy home.

It was the same old same old for 49ers Head Coach Kyle Shanahan, who was the Offensive Coordinator for the Falcons when they blew a 25-Point Lead to Tom Brady and the Patriots in 2017. His 49ers had built an impressive 20-10 lead heading into the fourth quarter that was anchored by stout defensive play. The 49ers defense held Mahomes to 145 Passing Yards and the Chiefs ground game was non-existent. It seemed as if the cards were dealt to Andy Reid and the Chiefs, but three players thought otherwise.

Defensively for the Chiefs, Chris Jones was the MVP, recording 3 pass breakups on Sunday Night, and one big one to force a 3rd and five for the 49ers on a potential game-clinching drive. Damien Williams, who has a knack for big fourth-quarter performances in the playoffs scored twice in the last ten minutes. Perhaps the biggest snub for Super Bowl MVP, Williams racked up 17 carries for 104 yards, 1 TD and 4 catches for 29 yards and a TD.  

Overall, the 49ers weakest link wasn’t the offense, which is what everyone is talking about. It was their defensive backs. Richard Sherman ended up getting burned multiple times by Tyreek Hill and Sammy Watkins, who racked up a combined 14 catches for 203 yards. The Chiefs were just too fast for the 49ers to keep up with, which is normally the case for anyone who plays the Chiefs. 

Andy Reid finally gets his Super Bowl victory. Prior to Super Bowl 54, he was the most winningest coach to never win a Super Bowl. Kansas City ended its 50-year championship drought and Patrick Mahomes joins elite company as one of the only players to win MVP, a Super Bowl and Super Bowl MVP within his first three seasons. The Chiefs look like they could possibly be starting a dynasty, but with teams like the Ravens, Patriots, Titans, and Texans looking promising, we’re in for a bright future in the NFL. Photo:×3648/1200×800/filters:focal(1664×1303:2538×2177)/