This year’s quest for the Lombardi Trophy took place in Miami for Super Bowl 54 in the NFL’s centennial season between the San Francisco 49ers and Kansas City Chiefs.
Coming into the game, the 49ers had the second best defense in the NFL. Their biggest star for defense was rookie defensive end, Nick Bosa.
The Chiefs’ offense came with a lot of weapons, like tight end Travis Kelce and wide receivers Mecole Hardman, Tyreek Hill and Sammy Watkins. You can’t forget their biggest piece, quarterback Patrick Mahomes, who was MVP last year.
It was a slow start for both sides. A 38-yard field goal by Robbie Gould resulted in the 49ers taking the lead in the first quarter. The player to set it up was Debo Samuel, thanks to a 32-yard run to get into Kansas City territory.
The Chiefs then marched down the field for 75 yards in 15 plays to get the lead. Mahomes got the touchdown on a 1-yard rush touchdown to make it 7-3 Kansas City by the end of the first quarter.
In the second quarter, the Chiefs’ defense got an interception by Bashaud Breeland to set up a 31-yard field goal by Harrison Butker.
The 49ers responded quickly with a 15-yard touchdown by Jimmy Garoppolo to fullback Kyle Juszczyk. He is the first fullback to score a touchdown in a Super Bowl since Mike Alstott in Super Bowl 37.
The half would end at a 10-10 tie.
The 49ers would start off the second half with a field goal from Gould. Their defense shone as Fred Warner picked off Mahomes, leading to a 1-yard touchdown by Raheem Mostert.
This made it 20-10 at the end of the third quarter.
In the start fourth quarter, Mahomes threw to Hill for a 44-yard pass, setting up a 1-yard touchdown pass from Mahomes to Kelce.
Next, Kansas City drive Mahomes goes to running back Damien Williams for a 5-yard touchdown pass, getting the lead back 24-20.
But the game changer was in the final minutes as Damien Williams scored a 38-yard touchdown. The Chiefs scored 21 unanswered points in the fourth quarter and won their second Super Bowl in franchise history.
The final score was 31-20 Chiefs.
Mahomes won Super Bowl MVP throwing for 286 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions.
Andy Reid won his first ring as a head coach after having 222 career wins.