NEW: Kansas City Chiefs Repeat as Super Bowl Champs in OT Thriller
For the first time in nearly two decades, the NFL has a repeat champion. That team is the Kansas City Chiefs.
Led by star QB Patrick Mahomes, and all-time great coach Andy Reid, the Chiefs bested the 49ers in Super Bowl LVIII by a final score of 25-22, in overtime. For the Chiefs, it's the establishment of the NFL's newest dynasty. For the 49ers, meanwhile, it's an all-too-familiar feeling of heartbreak.
Here's how it happened.
Chiefs Defeat 49ers in Super Bowl Rematch, 25-22 in Overtime
After a scoreless first quarter, San Francisco started the scoring off with a 55-yard field goal from rookie kicker, Jake Moody. At the time, Moody set the record for the longest field goal made in Super Bowl history.
The 49ers would add to their lead just over ten minutes later, when all-world running back Christian McCaffrey broke loose for a 21-yard score, on a pass thrown to him by WR Jauan Jennings.
It was 10-0 San Francisco at that moment, but still, no one was ready to count out Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs.
Harrison Butker would put Kansas City on the board with 0:20 remaining in the second quarter, sending the game to halftime at 10-3. Butker's kick was from 57 yards out, breaking Moody's record, and re-setting the Super Bowl record for the longest made kick.
Despite a Patrick Mahomes interception to start the third quarter, the Chiefs would dominate that frame, outscoring the 49ers, 10-0. The team took a three-point lead into the final quarter of regulation.
Jauan Jennings would haul in a 10-yard pass from Brock Purdy with 11:22 remaining in the fourth quarter, and just like that, San Francisco was back in the lead. Jennings became the second player in Super Bowl history to throw, and catch a touchdown, joining former Eagles' QB, Nick Foles, in the record books.
Butker and the Chiefs would return the favor soon after, answering the 49ers not once, but twice. The second answer came with 0:03 remaining in regulation, and with the game tied at 19, we made our way to overtime.
Jake Moody would hit another clutch field goal, this time from 27 yards out, to put San Francisco one defensive stop away from a Super Bowl win. That, however, gave Patrick Mahomes a chance to respond, and respond, Mahomes certainly did.
The Chiefs took 13 plays to march 75 yards down the field in OT, and on a three-yard pass to from Mahomes to Mecole Hardman, Kansas City was once again on top of the football world.
For Mahomes and the Chiefs, this win cements them as the NFL's newest dynasty. That's now four Super Bowl appearances over a five-year span, and three victories in the big game.
It's also the first time that a team has repeated as champion since the Patriots did so in the 2003 and 2004 seasons.
For San Francisco, meanwhile, they are once again the runner-up. This group, led by Kyle Shanahan, lost to Kansas City in Super Bowl LIV, which was Mahomes' first title at the time.
The team is talented, and the coaching staff is all-world, but they have not yet won the game that matters most. They, along with the rest of the National Football League, have not found a way to shut down Mahomes and the Chiefs in their current era of success.
Congratulations to Kansas City on their Super Bowl victory!
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