The Kansas City Chiefs staged a second-half comeback to beat the San Francisco 49ers 25-22 on Sunday overtimebecoming the first team to win consecutive Super Bowls since the New England Patriots nearly two decades ago.
This is Kansas City’s fourth Super Bowl win and third in the last five years. The Chiefs won their first Super Bowl in 1969.
The Niners controlled the tempo of the game until the second halfNothing seemed to change when quarterback Patrick Mahomes threw an interception on the Chiefs’ first possession of the second half. But Kansas City slowly began to find its offensive footing and took its first lead at 13-10 in the third quarter. Afterwards, the game entered a tense back-and-forth game.
With less than two minutes left in the fourth quarter, the 49ers once again led 19-16, but the Chiefs tied the game with a field goal in the final seconds of regulation.
In overtime, the 49ers went on offense on their first possession and eventually scored on a field goal. Then, with three seconds left, Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes threw a three-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Mecole Hardman Jr. to win the game.
“This is a microcosm of our entire season,” Mahomes said during the award ceremony. “I’m proud of the guys that kept believing. I’m proud of the coaches for calling those plays that gave us touchdowns.” at the end. ”
National Football League Overtime rules changed In the 2022 playoffs, the team that scored first in overtime won, and now both sides have the opportunity to control the ball.
Mahomes was named Super Bowl MVP, an honor the Chiefs have received after each Super Bowl win over the past five years.
“Just know that the Kansas City Chiefs are never losers,” he said.
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