Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) celebrates after the NFL Super Bowl 58 football game against the San Francisco 49ers, Sunday, Feb. 11, 2024, in Las Vegas. The Kansas City Chiefs won 25-22. Photo: AP/John Locher
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Patrick Mahomes rallies Chiefs to second straight Super Bowl title, 25-22 over 49ers in overtime

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By ROB MAADDI

Patrick Mahomes, Travis Kelce and the Kansas City Chiefs are back-to-back Super Bowl champions.

Mahomes threw a 3-yard touchdown pass to Mecole Hardman in overtime, and the Chiefs rallied to beat the San Francisco 49ers 25-22 on Sunday, becoming the first repeat Super Bowl champs in 19 years and ninth overall.

With pop star Taylor Swift watching boyfriend Kelce from a suite, the Chiefs captured their third title in five years and firmly established themselves as a dynasty.

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Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce embraces Taylor Swift after the game. Photo: AP/John Locher

The NFL’s first Super Bowl in Las Vegas was a sloppy, mistake-filled affair that was mostly boring until the back-and-forth fourth quarter and OT. It was the second of 58 Super Bowls to be tied after regulation, and the first played under new overtime rules that ensured both teams got the ball.

The Chiefs (15-6) trailed 22-19 after Jake Moody kicked a 27-yard field goal on the first possession of overtime, but Mahomes rallied the Chiefs, completing another impressive comeback in a rematch of the Super Bowl four years ago.

Mahomes ran 8 yards on fourth-and-1 to keep the Chiefs' chances alive and then scrambled 19 yards to set up the winning score, which came 14:57 into the extra period — just before what would have been the second OT.

“With all the adversity we’ve been through this season to come through tonight. ... I’m proud of the guys,” said Mahomes, who was named MVP. “This is awesome. Legendary.”

After he connected with a wide-open Hardman, the Chiefs ran on the field as red-and-yellow confetti fell onto the turf.

The most excitement in the first half came when a frustrated Kelce bumped Andy Reid on the sideline, knocking the Chiefs' 65-year-old coach a few steps back after teammate Isiah Pacheco fumbled inside the red zone during the second quarter.

“You guys saw that?” Kelce said. “I’m going to keep it between us unless my ‘mic’d up’ tells the world. I was just telling him how much I loved him.”

The action picked up after a crucial blunder by San Francisco’s special teams set up Mahomes’ 16-yard TD pass to Marquez Valdes-Scantling for a 13-10 lead.

Brock Purdy and the 49ers (14-6) answered but they couldn’t make enough plays, denying Mr. Irrelevant an opportunity to go from last pick in the 2022 NFL draft to Super Bowl champion.

Mahomes and Reid are now halfway to Tom Brady and Bill Belichick, who won six championships in 20 years together with the New England Patriots and were the most recent team to go back-to-back following the 2003-04 seasons.

The 28-year-old Mahomes becomes the fourth starting QB to win three Super Bowls — joining Brady, Joe Montana, Terry Bradshaw and Troy Aikman — and second-youngest.

Niners wide receiver Jauan Jennings threw a TD pass and caught one, joining Eagles quarterback Nick Foles six years ago as the only players to do both in the Super Bowl.

After Moody’s 53-yard field goal gave the Niners a 19-16 lead with 1:53 remaining, Mahomes and Kelce went to work. Mahomes connected with Kelce for a 22-yard gain to set up Harrison Butker’s tying kick, a 29-yarder with 3 seconds left.

A holding call on Kansas City’s Trent McDuffie extended San Francisco’s opening drive of overtime and Purdy made key throws to drive the 49ers to the Chiefs 9. But San Francisco settled for a field goal.

Purdy, Christian McCaffrey and the Niners jumped ahead 10-0, but that’s no big deal for Mahomes and the Chiefs in the Super Bowl. They’ve trailed by 10 points in all three of their victories, including last year’s 38-35 win over Philadelphia.

Mahomes wasn’t at his best early and threw an interception. But with the game on the line, he was a magician once again. He finished 34 of 46 for 333 yards and two TDs.

The Chiefs were hardly dominant during the regular season and entered the playoffs as the AFC's No. 3 seed. They won at Buffalo and at Baltimore in the postseason — the first road playoff games of Mahomes' career — and entered the Super Bowl as 2 1/2-point underdogs, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

“The Kansas City Chiefs are never underdogs. Just know that,” Mahomes said.

The game turned when San Francisco’s Ray-Ray McCloud couldn’t scoop a punt that hit teammate Darrell Luter Jr.’s leg and the Chiefs recovered at the 49ers 16, leading to Mahomes' go-ahead TD pass to Valdes-Scantling.

The Niners answered on the next possession with Purdy tossing a 10-yard TD pass to Jennings for a 16-13 lead. Moody’s extra point was blocked.

Niners coach Kyle Shanahan gambled on fourth-and-3 from the Chiefs 15, passing up a chance for a tying field goal. Purdy hit George Kittle for a 4-yard gain and then found Jennings for the score.

Shanahan resorted to trickery for the only touchdown in the first half.

Jennings, a wide receiver who had never thrown a pass in an NFL game, tossed a 21-yard TD to McCaffrey. He was hit as he threw, but McCaffrey snagged the wobbly pass across the field and sprinted to the end zone.

Shanahan fell to 0-2 as a head coach in Super Bowls and 0-3 overall, including a loss when he was offensive coordinator for Atlanta. That was the game in which Brady and the Patriots rallied from a 28-3 deficit to win in OT.

There were plenty of stars in the building as the NFL brought its biggest game to America’s showcase capital. Jay-Z, LeBron James and Paul McCartney were among many celebrities in the crowd.

Post Malone sang “America the Beautiful,” Reba McEntire performed the national anthem and Usher electrified the crowd at halftime. He brought out a number of guests, including Alicia Keys, H.E.R., Jermaine Dupri, Lil Jon and Ludacris.

Attendance was announced at 61,629, the smallest crowd in Super Bowl history except for the pandemic game in Tampa, Florida, three years ago.

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The majority of the game was indeed less exciting than a lot of matches, but it became pretty good in the latter part, and a nail-biter at the end for sure. Best part of the game, though, is watching and hearing MAGA fools poop themselves and scream about how they never wanted the grapes anyway because they are too bitter.

7 ( +9 / -2 )

Kelce behaved like an unhinged lunatic when he assaulted his coach. Clearly has some anger management issues and marred the whole thing.

Only if one is backing a loser.

6 ( +10 / -4 )

I completely missed the game due to an unexpected work incident being dumped on me (angry emoji)

It sounds like lots of errors, which will stop it being a classic, but the NFL successfully delivered a close game again and they are always entertaining. SF only 3 of 12 on third down, so that and the mixed extra point will have them thinking what might have been.

KC had a meh season, but Reid and Mahomes know how to get in done, even on the road, in the playoffs. Well done to them. They did it the hard way this time.

5 ( +8 / -3 )

Mahomes earning that half a Billion $ contract.

5 ( +6 / -1 )

A walk off game in OT.

If that’s boring, I don’t know what counts as excitement.

5 ( +6 / -1 )

CHIEFS BABY!

4 ( +9 / -5 )

Hats off to The Chiefs, back-to-back Champs! It sure was a nailbiter, but the best team definitely won. The incomparable Mahomes was outstanding in directing the plays - as was "Mr Taylor Swift" - Travis Kelce.

Party time on the streets of Missouri state tonight!

4 ( +7 / -3 )

Congrats Tay-Tay on winning your very first Super Bowl! That's no mean feat.

3 ( +10 / -7 )

Very good game. That blocked extra point loomed large at the end of regulation. Mahomes has ice water running through those veins and he shows it time and time again. Maybe Shanahan should have deferred at the start of OT but there's no knocking the 49ers, they just got beaten by one team better than they are: the dynastic Chiefs. Can't wait for next season!

3 ( +8 / -5 )

Crap. I wanted San Francisco to get another Super Bowl victory under their belts. There always will be a next time.

I actually got to see the 49ers back in 1987 but not in a game. Their tickets sold out way too fast even then. I saw Huey Lewis and the News at Laguna Raceway in late May and the 49ers (incl. Joe Montana!) came up and sang cameo on 'Hip to be Square'. We didn't have smartphones yet and Kodaks were a no-no.

Quite a surreal experience that was, just a memory but what a memory!

3 ( +8 / -5 )

CHIEFS BABY!

Good game, congrats.

2 ( +8 / -6 )

I watched the whole thing and what a game that was(!)—the best offense against the best defense—there was a little bit of everything and the OT brought us that extra excitement; congratulations, KC; overall, I think SF is a better team but Mahomes makes the right decisions at the right time—one of the best QBs of all time, probably the goat—Brady has 7 but if we compare Patrick Mahomes (28) to a 28 year old Tom Brady, Mahomes has 16 more regular season wins, 4 more playoff wins, one more SB appearance and he has now the same number of SB wins (3), plus he’s a three time mvp.

2 ( +7 / -5 )

Kudos to the Chiefs for doing what they had to, but really it was all there for the 9ers to win but they gave it away...which basically means yeah the better team triumphed.

2 ( +4 / -2 )

Best defense in team history.

Let’s hope they can re-sign their free agents.

Chris Jones and Snead.

1 ( +8 / -7 )

Congratulation to both the chiefs and the 49ers for playing an excellent game, and extra Congrats to the Chiefs on their second win in raw.

Would love to see the 49ers take the prize but it doesn't matter the Chiefs EARNED IT.

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My expert analysis:

If the 49ers would have scored more points than the Chiefs, they would have won. So, the coach should have had them score more points, while, at the same time, preventing the Chiefs from scoring as many points as they did.

That brilliant analysis is made even more amazing by the fact it was the only football game I've watched all year. Or many years.

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ProtestantFeb. 12  07:23 pm JST

Kelce - a talented football player but otherwise a laughingstock… run Taylor - burn the roast and he’s likely to put the boots to you.

If he does then she'll have a real reason to write a diss track about him, like she does about all her exes.

1 ( +1 / -0 )

Most watched program since the moon landing.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

My head is still hurting with Shanahan getting out-coached for the third time in Super Bowl.

I thought he would have learnt from his previous mistakes and provide us the die-hard Niners fans the Seventh Super Bowl but choked in the end.

Went too much pass and 3 and outs many times than just moving the ball up field.

Over complicating than continue to play with the strength's of the team,

It's hard to get to the Super Bowl and who knows when we'll be back.

One thing that had worried me throughout the season was that the defense was not playing as well as they could with the new DC even though all the past pieces plus more players were available. He had a habit of giving up too may long plays and it showed in the last few Chiefs plays and the last time they got the ball and scored.

He may not have a job next season.

-1 ( +2 / -3 )

First Superbowl in years that didn't put me to sleep. Congrats KC! Everyone from the midwest was behind you!

Officials only gave the 49rs 1 touchdown they didn't deserve.

-1 ( +1 / -2 )

a frustrated Kelce bumped Andy Reid on the sideline, knocking the Chiefs' 65-year-old coach a few steps back " 

BS. He full on shoved the coach!

Kelce, I believe, is mentally unstable.

-2 ( +6 / -8 )

It has been a rough past week with my family going through the flu. However, Whiners losing completely cured me lol

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Kelce, I believe, is mentally unstable.

@stan, I think so too.

-3 ( +1 / -4 )

When Kelce bumped his coach the camera panned to Taylor and she looked terrified. People will remember that scene as a early warning. Its just a matter of time before Taylor will be singing a song about Kelce. Maybe she will name it Over time, forth down, Sack!

-3 ( +1 / -4 )

DaDude - Harsh....

-6 ( +3 / -9 )

"a frustrated Kelce bumped Andy Reid on the sideline, knocking the Chiefs' 65-year-old coach a few steps back "

BS. He full on shoved the coach!

-6 ( +4 / -10 )

Kelce behaved like an unhinged lunatic when he assaulted his coach. Clearly has some anger management issues and marred the whole thing.

-7 ( +8 / -15 )

Here is a Niners cheerleader from the last time they won a Super Bowl-

https://www.kron4.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/11/2020/02/83903535_10100352491341466_1885260909438304256_n.jpg

-7 ( +1 / -8 )

Jind - agreed. It looked like the offense was discombobulated the entire game. Should have run the ball much more. They wasted a wonderful performance by the SF defense.

-7 ( +3 / -10 )

Wanted to see Baltimore-Detroit.

SF will be back next year.

-8 ( +1 / -9 )

It started slowly, but what a finish!

Even coattail rider Tyler Swift couldn't dampen the festivities around the world today! Congratulation Chiefs fans, and congratulations America. Another fine example of the most famous show in sports!

Been drinking since 8am, I might have to take a personal day tomorrow.

-10 ( +2 / -12 )

Such a boring game. It makes croquet look exciting.

-10 ( +2 / -12 )

A walk off game in OT. 

If that’s boring, I don’t know what counts as excitement.

apparently its 90 minutes of glorified jogging interrupted by flailing about on the turf if someone breathes on your ankle, then penalty kicks - most of which somehow missing despite a net the size of of Rhode Island.

-11 ( +1 / -12 )

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