Ma­homes sparks Chiefs to Su­per Bowl tri­umph

Muscat Daily - - SPORTS -

Mi­ami, US - Pa­trick Ma­homes led a thrilling late come­back as the Kansas City Chiefs ended their 50-year wait for a Su­per Bowl crown with a 31-20 vic­tory over the San Fran­cisco 49ers on Sun­day.

Chiefs quar­ter­back Ma­homes shrugged off an er­ror-strewn start to over­turn a 20-10 49ers fourth quar­ter lead in a grip­ping bat­tle for the Vince Lom­bardi Tro­phy at the Hard Rock Sta­dium. The Su­per Bowl win was Kansas City's first NFL Cham­pi­onship since their win over the Min­nesota Vik­ings in 1970, and only their sec­ond ever.

And it owed ev­ery­thing to the nerve of Ma­homes, who for the third straight post-sea­son game led the Chiefs back from a dou­ble-digit deficit to seal a dra­matic win. "We kept be­liev­ing," said Ma­homes, who was later named Su­per Bowl MVP. "That's what we've done all post­sea­son. They guys re­ally stepped up. They be­lieved in me...We found a way to win it in the end."

The Chiefs quar­ter­back had looked out of sorts un­til early in the fourth quar­ter, throw­ing two in­ter­cep­tions in the face of fierce pres­sure from the mag­nif­i­cent San Fran­cisco de­fence led by the ma­raud­ing Nick Bosa.

But with the game on the line in the fourth quar­ter, Ma­homes led his team on two long drives to set up touch­downs for tight end Travis Kelce and run­ning back Damien Wil­liams.

Those scores put the Chiefs into a 24-20 lead and Kansas

City made the game safe when Wil­liams danced up the side­line for a 38-yard rush­ing score with 1min 12sec re­main­ing.

Ma­homes fin­ished with 286 pass­ing yards and 26 com­ple­tions from 42 at­tempts with two touch­downs. The Chiefs quar­ter­back also rushed for a touch­down early in the first quar­ter.

But the de­feat was des­per­ately hard on the 49ers, who were chas­ing a record-equalling sixth Vince Lom­bardi Tro­phy.

The win was a long-awaited first Su­per Bowl tri­umph for Chiefs head coach Andy Reid, the 61 year old vet­eran long re­garded as the best NFL coach not to win a cham­pi­onship.

But the fourth quar­ter col­lapse was cruel on 49ers coach Kyle Shana­han. Shana­han had been the of­fen­sive co-or­di­na­tor for the At­lanta Fal­cons at the 2017 Su­per Bowl when they let a 28-3 lead slip in a stun­ning loss to the New Eng­land Pa­tri­ots.

(AFP)

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