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Chiefs vs 49ers Super Bowl 58: Another year another Chiefs win

The post made after the win by the Cheifs.
KC Cheifs
The post made after the win by the Cheifs.

This year the chiefs did not look like their normal dominant selves like in past years. Mahome’s number one target Travis Kelce had his worst statistical year and they almost lost the division title to the Denver Broncos. For the first time, the Chiefs had to play their first away playoff game with their dominant quarterback Patrick Mahomes. 

Even with these challenges, they are dominant against the run led by defensive tackle Chris Jones and young defensive end George Karlafits. On top of that a shutdown secondary led by corners L’Jarius Sneed, Trent McDuffie, and safety Justin Reid. 

The 49ers are a more balanced team with both a dominant offense led by running back Christian McCaffrey, tight end George Kittle, wider receiver Deebo Samuel, and their quarterback, ‘Mr. Irrelevant,’ Brock Purdy. 

With this matchup in the Super Bowl, this would surely be an exciting game. In the first quarter, the 49ers started with the ball and after a couple of plays McCaffrey ended up fumbling, and defensive end Karalafits came up with the ball to make it the Chiefs ball. To end the first quarter the score was still stagnant at 0-0.

At the start of the second, the 49ers put the first score on the board with a kick from Jake Moody from 55 yards out for a Super Bowl record longest kick. After that Mahomes launched one down the field and it was caught taking the Chiefs down to the nine-yard line but the next play chiefs running back Isaiah Pacheco got the ball and ended up fumbling the ball on the eight-yard line and the 49ers recovered. At this point of the game, it was a very low-scoring, defensive game. 

After multiple punts by both teams, the 49ers drove down the field and attempted a trick play on a throw by wide receiver Juwan Jennings to McCaffrey for a 26-yard catch and run for the first touchdown of the game. With four minutes left before halftime, the Chiefs drove down the field to kick a short field goal to make the score 10-3 going into the half.

During the start of the third, the Chiefs got the ball and flipped it back to Pacheco for the first play of the 3rd and it fumbled but recovered on their own ten-yard line for a 15-yard loss by Pacheco. On the same drive, the Chiefs got to third and 12, and Mahomes threw his target trying to get the first down and threw a pick.

After some more punts, the Chiefs had a solid drive going but once they got to the 39-yard line, they got held to a fourth down. 

They attempted a 57-yard field goal and the Chiefs kicker, Harrison Butker, made it and stole the previous record of 55 yards from earlier in the game by  Moody and now holds the new record for longest field goal made in a Super Bowl. 

After the kick, the Chiefs held the 49ers to a fourth down and got the ball back but they also ended up punting. During the punt, it hit a 49ers player and was recovered at the 16-yard line by the Chiefs which gave them great field position to take the lead with two minutes left in the third. The very next play, Mahomes rips it to Marquez Valdez scantling for the first Chiefs touchdown of the game and the lead, late in the game.

Going into the fourth the score was 13-10 Chiefs. After the Chief’s touchdown, the 49ers marched down the field and threw it to Jenning for his second touchdown of the game (one passing and one receiving) but during the extra point attempt, it was blocked and gave the Chiefs a chance to tie the game up with a field goal instead of needing a touchdown. 

The Chiefs capitalized on the blocked kick by making another field goal to tie the game with five minutes left in the fourth. 

With two minutes left the 49ers added three more onto the score with two minutes left in the game but the Chiefs ended up getting three of their own with six seconds left in the game to send the game into overtime tied 19-19.

The 49ers win the coin toss and elect to receive but only get a field goal. With the game on the line the 49ers held the Chiefs to fourth and one and had a chance to win had they held the Chiefs for only a yard but Mahomes used his legs to easily get the first down. 

The Chiefs then got all the way down to the three-yard line and Mahomes threw it to Mecole Hardman for the touchdown to win the game and make the Chiefs the first consecutive Superbowl winners since Tom Brady back in 2003-2004.  

49ers fan Senior Evan Johnson said “I think the Super Bowl was a pretty good game on defense offensively it was kind of slow at the beginning. Although we lost to the Taylor Swift team we are still a really good team and I’m excited about what we hold for next year.”

Chiefs fan Senior Ian Loutsenhizer said: “The offense wasn’t clicking too well so it was mainly the defense holding up the team, guys like Sneed who locked up Brandon Aiyuk to just 3 receptions all game, and McDuffie who only allowed 9 yards on seven targets and then the defense forcing the fumble on Christian McCaffery, but then in the second half we saw the offense start clicking after that punt from Townsend got bobbled up and the chiefs took advantage of that to score a td which from then on we saw Mahomes go into MVP mode.”

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