On Sunday night, the Kansas City Chiefs started off slow like their last two playoffs games against the Houston Texans and Tennessee Titans, but they finished strong once again.
Patrick Mahomes had a rushing touchdown but threw two interceptions going into the fourth quarter as the Chiefs faced a 20-10 deficit with ten minutes to go. The 49ers had the ball, and the Chiefs defense needed to step up big twice to get the ball back twice in a two-score game.
As the Chiefs defense did their part, the Chiefs offense found its mojo in the biggest quarter of the year. Mahomes capitalized off an iffy pass interference to make the game 20-17. Then, the Chiefs defense held its ground once again as the Chiefs took little time to take the lead for good with a Patrick Mahomes to Damien Williams passing touchdown to make the score 24-20.
With two-plus minutes left, the 49ers had one more chance to drive down the field and win the game. Jimmy Garoppolo drove the 49ers into Kansas City territory but fell short on fourth down. To put the nail in the coffin two plays later, Damien Williams burst through the 49ers defense for a 38-yard touchdown to seal the deal for the Chiefs.
Kansas City's last Super Bowl appearance came on January 11th, 1970 in Super Bowl 4, and with 50 years to sit on that win, the Chiefs once again are Super Bowl Champions. We could talk about Patrick Mahomes and the superstar he will continue to be over the next ten or more years, but for me, this game is all about Andy Reid.
Reid has coached at the highest level during his tenure as an NFL coach but did not have a Super Bowl ring to show for it. On Sunday, the future Hall-of-Fame coach finally cemented himself as a Super Bowl-winning coach, and I wouldn't be surprised if there were more to come. With Tom Brady only having a handful of seasons left in the NFL, the NFL might just have a new powerhouse in the Kansas City Chiefs.
It will be interesting to see if this high-powered offense has a Super Bowl letdown like so many do the year after winning it all, but my money would be against that happening. The Chiefs should be in the playoffs for the foreseeable future and should be playing on Super Bowl Sunday a few more times with Mahomes under center.