The wait around for the Kansas City Chiefs — and for their head mentor — is at last in excess of. A 50 percent century immediately after winning their initially Super Bowl, the Chiefs are champions once additional, successful Tremendous Bowl LIV in epic vogue at Challenging Rock Stadium.
Kansas City, led by Mahomes, overcame a 10-point deficit to stun the San Francisco 49ers 31-20, building the Chiefs the to start with group in NFL heritage to gain 3 online games right after trailing by 10 or much more factors in a single postseason.
“We stored believing,” Mahomes stated. “That is what we did all postseason. I felt like if we were being down by 10, we were not taking part in our very best soccer. The men truly stepped up. They believed in me. I was earning a great deal of issues out there early. We identified a way to acquire it in the close.”
At 24 years and 138 days old on Sunday, Mahomes is the youngest quarterback to gain Super Bowl MVP honors and is the next-youngest quarterback to acquire a Tremendous Bowl (Roethlisberger, at 23, is the youngest).
Mahomes is also now the youngest participant to earn both equally an NFL MVP award and a Super Bowl title, surpassing Pro Football Hall of Famer Emmitt Smith (24 a long time, 233 times old on the final day of his MVP 1993 period).
Mahomes is the 3rd African American quarterback to acquire a Tremendous Bowl, joining Doug Williams (with Washington in Super Bowl XXII in 1988) and Russell Wilson (Seattle, Tremendous Bowl XLVIII in 2014).
And it is really the initially title for Andy Reid, 61, who up till Sunday night time experienced been regarded as the most effective head mentor to have never received a Super Bowl or NFL championship. This was his next Tremendous Bowl appearance in his 21-12 months head coaching job.
Now, with career win No. 222, Reid is a winner. He broke the file for the most wins (together with the playoffs) by a head coach right before at past successful it all, surpassing 2020 Professional Football Hall of Famer Monthly bill Cowher’s 152 wins.
“I am really enthusiastic,” Reid explained. “You get a single, you want to go get yet another one particular, but we got to backpedal for about a minute right here and appreciate this one and we will get busy on the upcoming just one.”
Claimed Chiefs chairman Clark Hunt: “Nobody justifies this trophy extra than Andy Reid.”
It wasn’t straightforward for the Chiefs. That was, in aspect, since Mahomes was pressured by the 49ers defensive front and was sacked 4 situations.
With 5:23 remaining in the third quarter, Mahomes made his initially significant mistake, throwing his very first job postseason interception, major to a 49ers landing to make it 20-10. He was picked off once more on Kansas City’s following possession, with Mahomes’ throw heading guiding vast receiver Tyreek Hill and into the fingers of Tarvarius Moore.
Mahomes’ 11 passing touchdowns without the need of an interception was the most to start a playoff vocation in the Tremendous Bowl era.
“They are one particular of the ideal defenses that I’ve been up towards in my career so much,” Mahomes reported of the 49ers.
But as it bought late, Mahomes received to work, with three straight landing drives in just over five minutes.
With 6:13 left, Mahomes observed Travis Kelce in the endzone to minimize it to 3. And with 2:44 remaining, Mahomes hit Damien Williams with a 5-property pass for the go-forward rating. It was a play that would be reviewed, as it appeared Williams may well have stepped out of bounds in advance of the ball crossed the airplane, but the simply call stood.
On that travel, Mahomes went 5-for-5 for 60 yards. For the night time, Mahomes completed 26 of his 42 passes for 286 yards.
A breakaway touchdown run of 38 yards by Williams set the match absent with 1:12 remaining.
“We never give up,” Mahomes explained. “I assume these fellas, the leaders that we have on this staff, they have that state of mind that we under no circumstances give up and we are heading to combat right up until the conclusion.
“Thank you, Kansas Metropolis. We did it, toddler!”
The Chiefs were in their first Tremendous Bowl in 50 yrs, with their former title coming in Tremendous Bowl IV.
Shanahan: ‘A challenging loss’
The reduction finishes what experienced been a successful turnaround for the 49ers, who turned the 3rd staff to achieve the Super Bowl immediately after profitable four games or considerably less the former period, becoming a member of the 1999 St. Louis Rams (4-12 in 1998) and the 1988 Cincinnati Bengals (4-11 in 1987). In 2018, the 49ers limped to a 4-12 complete when quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo tore his ACL in the 3rd activity of the 12 months.
“It truly is hard,” Garoppolo mentioned, obtaining gained two Super Bowls when he was Brady’s backup for the Patriots, on Sunday’s reduction. “I suggest, I’ve hardly ever had this experience in advance of, so kind of an unreal sensation.”
This was the initial Tremendous Bowl visual appearance as a head mentor for San Francisco’s Kyle Shanahan, the 40-12 months-outdated son of two-time Tremendous Bowl-profitable coach Mike Shanahan. They are the only father-son duo to just about every be in a Super Bowl as a head mentor in NFL heritage.
“It was a tough decline, and it hurts everybody in that (locker) place losing the Tremendous Bowl,” Kyle Shanahan stated.
“We experienced alternatives to earn that and came up short. Earn or lose, it would not modify how I really feel about our group. I am proud of all of the guys for what they did all yr, and I am very pleased of what they did today.
“Kansas Town played a fantastic video game. They were far better than us currently. We can offer with that, but we’re certainly upset.”