Mahomes sparks Chiefs to Super Bowl triumph
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.
Kansas City Chiefs players celebrate after winning the Super Bowl on Sunday