Miami Gardens, Fla. —In the back of everybody’s minds people were saying would the stage be too big for Patrick Mahomes if the Chiefs were down by a surmountable lead–he would silence all of his doubters with a flick of the wrist.
San Francisco holding a 20-10 lead midway through the fourth quarter that turned into a deficit by the two-minute warning and ended in a 31-20 loss to the Kansas Chiefs. The Chiefs never lost their composure and just took it up another notch.
“I mean we never lost faith — that’s the biggest thing,” Mahomes said in an on-field interview immediately after the game.
Frisco had an opportunity to take the lead over KC just before halftime of Super Bowl LIV. Jimmy Garoppolothrew a 42-yard dart to All-Pro tight end George Kittle that would have put the 49ers at the Chiefs’ 13-yard line with six seconds before the half. The play was called back, Kittle was called for offensive pass interference on Chiefs safety Daniel Sorensen. The 10-yard penalty forced the 49ers to take a knee and go into halftime tied 10-10 with Kansas City.
In the second half, the Chiefs came with the trickeration and some offsetting alignments to throw the 49ers off. The razzle-dazzle in the offense propelled the Chief’s go-ahead touchdown. On third-and-5, Mahomes hit Damien Williams flaring out toward the sideline, and the running back pounded through everyone to score the biggest touchdown of his career.
Williams stepped out of bounds either right before or right after he reached the ball across the pylon, and after the replay, the officials couldn’t find anything to reverse the call, so it stood as a touchdown.
Mahomes became the youngest player at 24 years old to win the NFL’S MVP award and the Super Bowl, capping an incredible two years as a starter since being drafted at No 10 in 2017. While Andy Reid also secured his first Super Bowl victory after a 21-year head coaching career.
With 8:33 left in the game, Mahomes was able to find more windows in the 49ers defense that he hadn’t seen in the first half. He led his team on a 10-play, 83-yard touchdown drive in under three minutes. And shortly after that, Kansas City was receiving a punt and Mahomes was ready to get back under his center. This time, it only took seven plays. With a blink of an eye, Mahomes had thrown two touchdown passes and taken the lead.
Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo and the 49ers got the ball back with time to score, but a 4th-and-10 sack ended their chances. Kansas City running back Damien Williams capped it off with a long touchdown run, giving the Chiefs the explosive finish only they could pull off. The party was on and Mahomes started it.