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Kansas City victorious in Super Bowl classic

Arrowhead Stadium, home of the Kansas City Chiefs. Source: Harmony (Via Flickr)

by George Willoughby

Quarterback Patrick Mahomes won the Superbowl MVP award marking a record-breaking season.

It would be Kansas City who lifted the Vince Lombardi Trophy in a classic in Miami. The Chiefs came out on top by a margin of 31-20 having trailed by 11 points in the fourth quarter. It was the first Championship win for veteran coach Andy Reid, as well the end of a 50-year wait for Kansas.

The Chiefs received the ball for the opening drive of the match, but a staunch San Francisco 49ers defence forced a three and out. It was common knowledge that the 49ers have one of the best defensive units in the league. Coordinator Robert Saleh has formulated a defence that is dominant in the pass rush, as well as a strong secondary containing the highly-regarded Richard Sherman. 

Synonymous with the San Francisco offence, is their ability to run the ball. Tevin Coleman had some good early touches, but it was the versatile receiver Deebo Samuel who advanced the 49ers into Chiefs territory on their first drive of the game. The Kansas defence held, resulting in just a made field goal.

The Kansas City offence is full of weapons, and no player is better suited to finding the open receiver than former MVP Patrick Mahomes. One of his favourite targets is Travis Kelce, and the pair demonstrated their unstoppable rapport with the tight end having a nice catch and run to move the Chiefs into the red zone. A gutsy call on fourth and one eventually led to a Mahomes rushing touchdown and Kansas went into the lead.

Following the score, the 49ers returned to the field only for Jimmy Garoppolo to be intercepted by cornerback Bashaud Breeland. The ensuing possession saw Mahomes orchestrate a drive that resulted in a Harrison Butker field goal.

Falling seven points behind, the 49ers would respond emphatically. A Tevin Coleman run brought San Francisco into scoring range and they converted. A play-action pass to fullback Kyle Juszczyk fooled the Kansas City defence and the 28-year-old found his way into the endzone.

The scores were tied at 10-10 at the break. Obviously, the anticipated halftime show took place with headline acts Shakira and Jeniffer Lopez taking to the Miami stage in a memorable performance.

After the restart, the 49ers re-took the lead after the break with Robbie Gould splitting the sticks. What followed was an interception by linebacker Fred Warner. This was an opportunity San Francisco would not pass up and Raheem Mostert powered his way through for their second touchdown of the game.

Without a doubt, the 49ers defensive line started to pressurise Patrick Mahomes a lot more effectively in the second half. Mahomes was not given the time to find an open receiver and he was intercepted again. This time, it was cornerback Tarvarius Moore with the pick.

However, the Chiefs needed a stop and they got one, but they were left with the improbable task of overturning a 10-point deficit with only seven minutes left on the clock.

Some magic was needed from their quarterback, and Patrick Mahomes duly delivered.  A 40-yard strike to Tyreek Hill allowed the Texas-Tech product to find Kelce in the endzone to bring the Chiefs within one score.

A quick three and out for San Francisco meant Kansas had an opportunity to either level the game or get the go-ahead touchdown. Unfortunately for the 49ers, it would be the latter as runningback Damien Williams was on the receiving end of an accurate Mahomes throw.

Garropplo and the offence had just over two minutes to find an answer, but they were unsuccessful. A turnover on downs gave the ball back to the Chiefs and the scoring did not end there. Williams capped off a brilliant performance with a 38-yard touchdown run.

An interception by Kendall Fuller ended all San Francisco resistance and the start of a potential Kansas City dynasty was born.

Coach Andy Reid has implemented a fearless identity into this Chiefs team which was fully deserving of the victory. This Championship feels like it will be one of many, especially as signal-caller Patrick Mahomes continues to improve his game. The future is bright for Mahomes who now has an MVP and Super Bowl to his name at the age of just 24.

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