Patrick Mahomes, Chiefs win thriller in victory over 49ers at Super Bowl LIV

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. – Even as he struggled to avoid a heated-San Francisco pass rush, even as he tossed two interceptions and even as he faced a double-digit deficit and a dwindling fourth quarter clock, Kansas City quarterback Patrick Mahomes kept grinding and kept making plays. 

A scramble for a first down here. A deep ball to Tyreek Hill there. 

Time and time again, Mahomes kept finding ways when ways didn’t seem possible as he delivered one of the bigger Super Bowl comebacks and Kansas City’s first championship in half a century. 

Chiefs 31, 49ers 20.

Trailing 20-10 in the middle of the fourth quarter and having not scored a point since the first half, Mahomes led the Chiefs on a 10-play, 83-yard touchdown drive that included converting two third-and-longs.

After the Chiefs forced a three-and-out, Mahomes gathered the team at Kansas City’s 35 and went to work. 

A pass to Hill. Another Travis Kelce. Another to Hill. Then a big 38-yarder to Sammy Watkins. 

Finally a 5-yard touchdown pass to Damien Williams to take the lead.

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MIAMI, FLORIDA - FEBRUARY 02: Frank Clark #55 of The Kansas City Chiefs celebrate after defeating the the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl LIV at Hard Rock Stadium on February 02, 2020 in Miami, Florida. The Kansas City Chiefs defeated the San Francisco 49ers with a score of 31 to 20. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FLORIDA - FEBRUARY 02: Patrick Mahomes #15 of the Kansas City Chiefs celebrates after throwing a touchdown pass against the San Francisco 49ers during the fourth quarter in Super Bowl LIV at Hard Rock Stadium on February 02, 2020 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FLORIDA - FEBRUARY 02: Kendall Fuller #29 of the Kansas City Chiefs celebrates after a interception against the San Francisco 49ers during the fourth quarter in Super Bowl LIV at Hard Rock Stadium on February 02, 2020 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FLORIDA - FEBRUARY 02: Jimmy Garoppolo #10 of the San Francisco 49ers reacts against the Kansas City Chiefs during the fourth quarter in Super Bowl LIV at Hard Rock Stadium on February 02, 2020 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FLORIDA - FEBRUARY 02: Damien Williams #26 of the Kansas City Chiefs runs for a touchdown against the San Francisco 49ers during the fourth quarter in Super Bowl LIV at Hard Rock Stadium on February 02, 2020 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FLORIDA - FEBRUARY 02: Patrick Mahomes #15 of the Kansas City Chiefs celebrates after throwing a touchdown pass against the San Francisco 49ers during the fourth quarter in Super Bowl LIV at Hard Rock Stadium on February 02, 2020 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FLORIDA - FEBRUARY 02: Damien Williams #26 of the Kansas City Chiefs celebrates after a touchdown against the San Francisco 49ers during the fourth quarter in Super Bowl LIV at Hard Rock Stadium on February 02, 2020 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FLORIDA - FEBRUARY 02: Sammy Watkins #14 of the Kansas City Chiefs runs with the ball after a reception against the San Francisco 49ers during the fourth quarter in Super Bowl LIV at Hard Rock Stadium on February 02, 2020 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FLORIDA - FEBRUARY 02: Damien Williams #26 of the Kansas City Chiefs dives into the endzone for a touchdown against the San Francisco 49ers during the fourth quarter in Super Bowl LIV at Hard Rock Stadium on February 02, 2020 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FLORIDA - FEBRUARY 02: Armani Watts #23 of the Kansas City Chiefs reacts during the fourth quarter against the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl LIV at Hard Rock Stadium on February 02, 2020 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FLORIDA - FEBRUARY 02: Tarvarius Moore #33 of the San Francisco 49ers interferes with a pass intended for Travis Kelce #87 of the Kansas City Chiefs during the fourth quarter in Super Bowl LIV at Hard Rock Stadium on February 02, 2020 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
Kansas City Chiefs' Travis Kelce (87) celebrates his touchdown with Kansas City Chiefs' Damien Williams during the second half of the NFL Super Bowl 54 football game against the San Francisco 49ers, Sunday, Feb. 2, 2020, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
Kansas City Chiefs' Damien Williams (26) scores a touchdown against the San Francisco 49ers during the second half of the NFL Super Bowl 54 football game Sunday, Feb. 2, 2020, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
San Francisco 49ers' Kyle Juszczyk (44) falls into the end zone for a touchdown the Kansas City Chiefs during the first half of the NFL Super Bowl 54 football game Sunday, Feb. 2, 2020, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) celebrates after scoring against the San Francisco 49ers during the first half of the NFL Super Bowl 54 football game Sunday, Feb. 2, 2020, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
MIAMI, FLORIDA - FEBRUARY 02: Tarvarius Moore #33 of the San Francisco 49ers celebrates after intercepting a pass by Patrick Mahomes #15 of the Kansas City Chiefs (not pictured) during the third quarter in Super Bowl LIV at Hard Rock Stadium on February 02, 2020 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FLORIDA - FEBRUARY 02: Jimmy Garoppolo #10 of the San Francisco 49ers celebrates after a touchdown against the Kansas City Chiefs during the third quarter in Super Bowl LIV at Hard Rock Stadium on February 02, 2020 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FLORIDA - FEBRUARY 02: Patrick Mahomes #15 of the Kansas City Chiefs celebrates after defeating the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl LIV at Hard Rock Stadium on February 02, 2020 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FLORIDA - FEBRUARY 02: Frank Clark #55 of The Kansas City Chiefs celebrate after defeating the the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl LIV at Hard Rock Stadium on February 02, 2020 in Miami, Florida. The Kansas City Chiefs defeated the San Francisco 49ers with a score of 31 to 20. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FLORIDA - FEBRUARY 02: Demarcus Robinson #11 of the Kansas City Chiefs celebrates after defeating the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl LIV at Hard Rock Stadium on February 02, 2020 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) celebrates a long pass against the San Francisco 49ers during the second half of the NFL Super Bowl 54 football game Sunday, Feb. 2, 2020, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid is doused on the sideline during the second half of the NFL Super Bowl 54 football game against the San Francisco 49ers Sunday, Feb. 2, 2020, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
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The 49ers’ pass rush, which had harassed Mahomes all night began to tire and slow, and the creative quarterback had the game in the palm of his hands. He was dealing like the NFL had seen him do over the course of two astounding seasons to start his career. Scrambling. Throwing. Just making plays. 

The Chiefs defense then held a last-ditch comeback effort by San Francisco and quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo. Kansas City’s Damien Williams added a late, 38-yard touchdown run to close out the scoring.

Maybe most impressive was that no matter how rough things had gotten throughout the game, he never stopped believing he could win the Super Bowl. On the biggest stage of his life, he hadn’t played his best. 

Yet Mahomes never blinked. It was the third consecutive playoff victory he and the Chiefs rallied from double digits. Mahomes finished 26-of-41 for 286 yards and two touchdowns. He also ran one in. 

The championship was particularly sweet for Andy Reid, the Chiefs 61-year-old coach and a mainstay in the league. Known for fielding competitive playoff teams, he finally broke through in the Super Bowl. 

The heavy Chiefs crowd was chanting “Andy! Andy!” in the game’s final seconds.

San Francisco got on the board first courtesy of a 38-yard field goal by kicker Robbie Gould, 7:57 into the game. Mahomes scored the game’s first touchdown when he ran in from the one with 0:31 remaining in the first.

The teams were tied at 10 going into halftime.

Jennifer Lopez and Shakira delivered a spirited song and dance routine during the break.

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