LAS VEGAS, NV — The Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers squared off on Football's biggest night in America for Super Bowl LVIII. Four quarters were not enough as the game pushed into overtime. Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs came back from 10 points down to win back-to-back Super Bowl Championships. Chiefs win, 25-22.
The Chiefs won the coin toss and deferred to the second half. San Fran received the opening kickoff, and Super Bowl LVIII was underway. The 49ers had initial success on their first drive. San Francisco quarterback Brock Purdy hit Kyle Juszczyk and Christian McCaffrey for solid games to push the ball across the 50. However, Kansas City's defense stepped up inside the 30-yard line. McCaffrey coughed the football up, and the Chiefs took over at the KC 27-yard line.
Kansas City's offense had zero luck following the takeaway. Three plays never managed to gain more than 10 yards, and the Chiefs punted it away. The following few drives turned into a defensive battle for the remainder of the 1st quarter. Neither team gained any ground and took turns playing field position with punts.
It wasn't until the first few seconds of the 2nd quarter that someone finally broke the stalemate. San Franciso's rookie kicker Jake Moody put his name in the Super Bowl history books with a record-breaking kick. Moody booted a 55-yard field goal to give the 49ers a 3-0 lead with 14:48 remaining in the 2nd quarter.
Kansas City answered quickly following the kick. Pat Mahomes loaded up and launched a deep ball reminiscent of his time in a Red Raiders' uniform to connect with Mecole Hardman, who completed the 52-yard catch. Disaster struck on the ensuing play when Isaiah Pecheco fumbled. San Francisco returned the favor on their earlier turnover and took over at the 49ers 8-yard line.
San Franciso failed to capitalize off the turnover and had to punt on the ensuing possession. The 49ers began the next drive at the San Fran 33-yard line. The ground game gained momentum as the 49ers drove the ball past the 50-yard line. Some extracurricular action after the play saw the referees call a penalty on Kansas City, which further pushed San Francisco deep into the Chiefs' territory. Then, Kyle Shannahan had the gutsiest call yet in Super Bowl LVIII.
Purdy threw a pass behind the line of scrimmage to Jauan Jennings on the far side of the field. However, it was a trick play. Samuel threw the ball all the way back across the field to an open McCaffrey with a convoy of big boys in front of him. McCaffrey bobbed and weaved his way through a few blocks before he sprinted 21 yards to the house for the game's first touchdown. San Francisco led 10-0 with 4:23 remaining in the half.
Kansas City finally saw some success on offense, with time winding down in the 2nd quarter. The Chiefs began the drive at the KC 25-yard line. Isaiah Pecheco found some running room to give the Chiefs a rare first down. Mahomes then found 6th-year receiver Justin Watson for a 21-yard pass to push Kansas City into San Franciso territory. After that, Rashee Rice caught two passes in a row to crawl near the 10-yard line. San Francisco's Arik Armstead saved a touchdown with a 3rd down sack to force a field goal attempt. KC's Harrison Butker nailed the 28-yard field goal to put the Chiefs on the board.
Kansas City trailed the 49ers at the half 10-3.
Kansas City received the 2nd half kickoff and immediately ran into trouble. On the first play from scrimmage, Isaiah Pecheco mishandled a handoff and had to retreat back 10 yards to recover the fumble. After a short pass to Noah Grey, Patrick Mahomes threw an errant pass over the head of Travis Kelce. The Niners were ready and waiting and picked off Mahomes at the Kansas City 44-yard line.
The Chiefs' defense bailed out Mahomes after the pick with an excellent defensive stand. San Fran went three-and-out and had to punt. The 49ers downed the football inside the five, and Kansas City took over at the 1-yard line.
These two teams entered a stalemate like the one in the first quarter, where neither offense managed a first down. Two more punts ensued before the Chiefs finally moved the chains again. Patrick Mahomes put his team on his back with two runs to put KC into field goal range. The first was a short 3rd down conversion with lots of contact, and the second was a 22-yard run to San Francisco's 43-yard line. Harrison Butker then broke the Super Bowl record that Moody set in the 2nd quarter when he nailed a 57-yard field goal. San Francisco led 10-6 with less than five minutes to go in the 3rd quarter.
A special team's mistake by San Francisco on a Kansas City punt gave the Chiefs a golden opportunity to take the lead inside the 49ers 20-yard line. After the Chiefs kicked it away, the ball fell and hit a 49ers defender trying to block for the returner. The returner tried to pick up the loose ball, but as anyone who's ever tried to pick up a loose football knows, the ball has a mind of its own and slipped out of his grasp. The Chiefs took over inside the 20-yard line. On the first play after the turnover, Mahomes hit Marques Valdes-Scantling for a wide-open 16-yard touchdown.
The Chiefs took their first lead of the game, 13-10, with 2:28 remaining in the 3rd quarter.
San Francisco generated offense for the first time in the 2nd half in the 4th quarter. After the 49ers mixed up a combination of plays through the air and on the ground, Brock Purdy found Jauan Jennings for a 10-yard touchdown pass. The Chiefs blocked the PAT to keep the game within three points. San Francisco led early in the 4th quarter 16-13.
Down by three points, Kansas City had to respond. The Patrick Mahomes-Travis Kelce combo finally showed results as the Chiefs moved the football down the field. San Francisco made a stand near the goal line and forced a three-point attempt. The Chiefs made the field goal to tie the Super Bowl at 16-16 with less than five minutes to play in the 4th quarter.
Brock Purdy and the 49ers responded with another score to retake the lead. Moody hit a 53-yard field goal with less than two minutes to play to set some Super Bowl Drama. Patrick Mahomes and the Cheifs had the ball with 1:38 to play and the game on the line.
Mahomes hit Kelce on a 3rd and 7 with 16 seconds left. Kelce took the ball 22 yards up the sideline in an almost poetic fashion to give the Chiefs a chance at another Super Bowl Victory. However, San Francisco held strong to force a field goal. The score remained in a deadlock at the end of regulation 19-19.
The 49ers began the overtime period on offense. San Francisco went on a march, chewing more than 7:30 minutes off the clock. Purdy converted several third downs, including an excellent catch and run to McCaffrey, but was ultimately stopped inside the 15-yard line. San Francisco took the lead on a field goal 22-19.
Pat Mahomes and the Chiefs took over with another opportunity to go and win the game. A field goal would tie the score and continue the Super Bowl, but a touchdown at that juncture would win the game. The 49ers needed a stop to win, but the Chiefs would not be denied. Any time Kansas City needed a play, Patrick Mahomes answered. Mahomes hit Mecole Harman on a 4-yard touchdown pass to win Kansas City another championship and the Chiefs' second in a row.
Kansas City is the 2023-24 Super Bowl Champions.