MIAMI – In spite of trailing 20-10 in the start of the fourth quarter, the Kansas City Chiefs scored 21 unanswered points to post a 31-20 win over the San Francisco 49ers to give the Chiefs their first Super Bowl in 50 years.
With the 49ers winning the coin toss and deferring for the second-half, Kansas City got the ball first and finished with a three-and-out.
On San Francisco’s first offensive series, they drove for a field-goal with the aiding of 39 rush yards by wide-receiver Deebo Samuel, giving the 49ers a 3-0 lead.
The Chiefs responded on their next drive, executing a 15-play 78-yard drive which included a 4th & 1 conversion, culminating in a 1-yard touchdown run by Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes II, making the score 7-3.
After an interception by Bashaud Breeland on 49ers QB Jimmy Garoppolo’s first pass attempt on their last drive, Kansas City turned the turnover into three points, extending their lead to 10-3.
On their next drive, the 49ers drove the ball 80 yards in seven plays, with Garoppolo tossing a 15-yard touchdown pass to Kyle Jusczyk, with the converted PAT tying the game at 10.
Their 10-10 tie was only the fourth Super Bowl with a halftime score being tied, with the other three being Super Bowls XXIII (23), XXXIX (39) and XLIX (49).
To begin the second-half, San Fran drove 60 yards to a 42-yard field-goal by Robbie Gould, reclaiming the lead 13-10.
On the first second-half offensive series for the Chiefs, they were unable to answer back, with Mahomes taking a sack and fumble, and threw an interception to 49ers linebacker Fred Warner.
After the interception, Garoppolo was able to extend San Fran’s lead, driving the full 60 yards for a touchdown, a one-yard run by Raheem Mostert, with the converted extra-point making the score 20-10.
Mostert’s TD would cap a 17-0 scoring run by the 49ers.
Mahomes drove the Chiefs 21 yards as the final 2:35 of the third quarter came to a close with them behind 20-10 at the start of the final quarter.
Just when KC reached 49ers territory, Mahomes took a DeForest Bunker sack on first down, then threw an red zone interception two plays later Tarvarius Moore to start the fourth quarter.
After the interception, Garoppolo was unable to take advantage, as San Fran was forced to punt for the first time in the game.
One play after a Tyreek Hill first down reception was overturned by a Coach’s Challenge, Hill caught a 44-yard pass on a 3rd & 15 to keep the drive alive.
Mahomes would take advantage tossing a one-yard touchdown to Travis Kelce to shave the Chiefs deficit to 20-17, in which would spark a 21-0 scoring run by the Chiefs to end the game.
The KC defense stiffened on San Fran’s next drive, forcing a three-and-out and getting the ball back into the hands of Mahomes with 5:10 left in regulation.
On a 2nd & 7, Mahomes hit Sammy Watkins for a 38-yard pass to get KC to the 49ers 10-yard line.
Three plays later on 3rd & Goal, Mahomes lobbed a TD pass to Damien Williams to give the Chiefs back the lead 24-20 with 2:44 left in regulation.
Garoppolo would lead the 49ers to the Chiefs 49, in which he was sacked on 4th & 10 by Frank Clark.
Two plays later, Williams would break loose a 38-yard touchdown run with 1:12 left, the Chiefs lead 31-20.
Kendell Fuller would intercept Garoppolo two plays into the 49ers next drive to seal the deal.
For the Chiefs, Mahomes finished 26-42 for 286 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions.
Mahomes also rushed for a TD and received Super Bowl MVP honors.
Damien Williams rushed for 104 yards and a touchdown and also had the three-yard touchdown reception which gave KC back the lead.
Tyreek Hill caught nine passes for 105 yards.
Sammy Watkins hauled in five receptions for 98 yards.
For the Chiefs defense, Breeland finished with seven total tackles and an interception.
Fuller had four tackles and an interception.
On the 49ers end, Garoppolo threw for 219 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions.
Mostert rushed for 58 yards and a touchdown.
Jimmie Ward led the 49ers defense with a game-high 11 total tackles.
Buckner had six tackles and a sack and a half.
Warner had seven tackles and an interception.
Kansas City bumped their Super Bowl record to 2-1, while the 49ers slipped to 5-2.