The Super Bowl introduces the world to legends.
Patrick Mahomes helped end a 50-year Super Bowl drought for the Kansas City Chiefs.
The legend of Mahomes continues to grow.
A two-decade wait for an NFL title for Chiefs coach Andy Reid ended also. Reid sealed a trip to Canton, Ohio.
What a game.
Mahomes, who voted Super Bowl MVP, led the Chiefs to 21 straight points in the final 6:13 for a 31-20 victory Sunday over the San Francisco 49ers.
Chiefs trailed by 10 to win three postseason games in which they trailed by ten plus points at some point. The comeback from 10 points down matches the second-biggest comeback by the Patriots in Super Bowl history.
“Obviously, the third quarter did not go the way I wanted it to; I try to force some things,” Mahomes stated. “But the guys believe in me, gave me confidence, and kept fighting; we found ways to win it in the end.”
After the 25-point comeback by the Patriots in Super Bowl LI, it is one of four 10-point comeback victories.
Reid, 61, won a Super Bowl ring with the 1996 Packers while in charge of tight ends. He’s been seeking one as a head coach since being hired by Philadelphia in 1999. The Eagles lost in their only trip to the big game under Reid after the 2004 season.
In the first half, Reid’s play-calling was very aggressive and impressive for the Chiefs. The game was tied ten going into the locker room at the half.
On the opposite side of the field, the 49ers flat out did not seal the game with a 10-point lead entering the fourth quarter.
The boxing match analogy comes to mind; both teams shared back and forth punches. 49ers lead the count; Chiefs had the knockout.
49ers had nothing left in the 4th quarter.
49ers head coach, Kyle Shanahan saw yet another late-game meltdown by his team. Three years ago, as offensive coordinator in Atlanta, he was part of the Falcons’ Super Bowl collapse and lost in overtime to New England.
“Tough loss, it hurts everybody in the room losing the Super Bowl,” Shanahan said. We had an opportunity to win that, and we came up short.
Shanahan was trying to out think himself.
San Francisco went 4-12 in 2018, and Shanahan came close to a ring once again, but down the stretch, the Niners couldn’t slow the no-huddle attack at which Mahomes, Tyreek Hill, Travis Kelce, Damien Williams and all the other Chiefs excel.
The Chiefs became the 13th team with multiple Super Bowl victories. Their first and second wins are a record 50 years apart.
With the win by the Chiefs, the AFC has now tied NFC in Super Bowl victories at 27-27.
Kansas City, an original AFL franchise, won the final Super Bowl before the full merger, beating Minnesota in 1970. Chiefs owner Lamar Hunt even coined the phrase Super Bowl.
Now the Hunt family can add a Vince Lombardi Trophy to the Lamar Hunt Trophy earned with the AFC crown.
“The first goal was to win the Lamar Hunt trophy, I wanted to bring it home, the one that has our founders name, I wanted to bring it to this family, this organization,” Mahomes said. “The second most important thing was to get coach Reid a Super Bowl trophy, he is one of the greatest coaches of all time.”
One legendary drought comes to an end. The 49ers have not won a Super Bowl since 1994, just half of 50 years.