After 19 years, the NFL has a repeat champion. The Kansas City Chiefs secured their third Super Bowl victory in five seasons, solidifying their status as a modern-day dynasty with a thrilling 25-22 overtime triumph against the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas.
This win, reminiscent of their previous two victories, saw the Chiefs, led by their superstar quarterback Patrick Mahomes, stage a remarkable second-half comeback, culminating in late heroics during overtime.
The victory parade is scheduled for 11 a.m. Wednesday.
The 49ers initially took the lead in overtime with Jake Moody’s 27-yard field goal, making it 22-19. However, the Chiefs retaliated with a 13-play, 75-yard drive, ultimately clinching the victory with a 3-yard touchdown pass from Mahomes to Mecole Hardman.
This game showcased the Chiefs’ knack for clutch performances, particularly with Mahomes leading the charge. Trailing 19-16 with less than two minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, the Chiefs orchestrated a 75-yard drive in 11 plays, resulting in Harrison Butker’s 29-yard field goal. A pivotal moment came on a third-and-7 play with 16 seconds left, as Mahomes connected with Travis Kelce for a crucial 22-yard gain, setting up the decisive kick.
The victory marks the fourth Super Bowl triumph for the Chiefs franchise and the third under the leadership of coach Andy Reid, placing him in esteemed company alongside Bill Walsh and Joe Gibbs. Only Bill Belichick (six) and Chuck Noll (four) boast more Super Bowl victories.
Tight end Travis Kelce emphasized the significance of the number three, expressing his desire to win this Super Bowl more than any of the previous three he had participated in. The Chiefs’ achievement of three titles within a five-year span propels them into discussions among the greatest runs in league history.
Mahomes, earning his third Super Bowl MVP award, delivered a stellar performance, completing 34-of-46 passes for 333 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception, resulting in a 99.3 passer rating.
This championship solidifies Mahomes’ status among the elite quarterbacks in NFL history. With a remarkable 15-3 record in the playoffs over his six-year career, Mahomes joins an illustrious group of quarterbacks with at least three Super Bowl victories, including Tom Brady, Joe Montana, Terry Bradshaw, and Troy Aikman. Notably, Mahomes, at 28, becomes one of the youngest quarterbacks to achieve this feat. Across the last two postseasons, Mahomes boasts a perfect 7-0 record, throwing 13 touchdowns with just one interception.
For the 49ers, the loss is particularly devastating, especially for coach Kyle Shanahan, who adds another chapter of Super Bowl heartbreak to his otherwise impressive career. Having experienced defeat as Atlanta’s offensive coordinator in 2017, when the Falcons blew a significant lead against the Patriots, Shanahan now faces his second Super Bowl loss as a head coach, with the 49ers squandering a 10-point lead to the Chiefs four years ago in Super Bowl LIV, ultimately losing 31-20.