The Lombardi Trophy is heading Ma(home)s to KC


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Players dunk Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid with Gatorade after they defeated the San Francisco 49ers at Super Bowl LIV at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla. on Sunday, Feb. 2, 2020.

A football game played by the best teams in the NFL, a cavalcade of expensive advertisements, and an energetic halftime concert. These are the components that make up the Super Bowl, the most watched event in North America.

Super Bowl LIV took place on Feb. 2 coincidentally Palindrome day, at Hard Rock Stadium, home of the Miami Dolphins in Miami Gardens, FL. The Kansas City Chiefs represented the AFC, led by reigning MVP QB Patrick Mahomes and their high powered offense, and the San Francisco 49ers represented the NFC with their elite defense led by rookie DE Nick Bosa and veteran DB Richard Sherman. This marked the Chiefs first Super Bowl appearance since 1970 and the 49ers 7th Super Bowl.

The Chiefs also have Parkway Central alumni Khalen Saunders on the roster. He had 22 combined tackles and a sack in 12 starts.

The Chiefs started the game with a three and out while the 49ers quickly established the running game and scored the first points with a field goal. Kansas City responded by driving down the field and scoring the game’s first touchdown on a Patrick Mahomes run. Kansas City also capitalized on an interception by Jimmy Garoppolo by scoring a field goal to make the score 10-3.

On the next drive, the 49ers went down and scored a touchdown to tie the game on a touchdown pass to Kyle Juszczyk, and the score at halftime was 10-10.

The third quarter was dominated by the 49ers. The Chiefs struggled to get anything going on offense, so the 49ers’ defense was able to hold them to zero points in the quarter while scoring ten unanswered points in the quarter.

The beginning of the fourth quarter was more of the same for the Chiefs. They were unable to move down the field and score, but they were able to turn it around in the last 8:33 of the game. Back-to-back touchdown drives from Patrick Mahomes to Travis Kelce and Damien Williams, and the Chiefs had a four point lead with 2:44 left in the fourth. Afterwards, their defense held the 49ers to a turnover on downs. The icing on the cake was a rushing touchdown by Damien Williams to give the Chiefs the 31-20 victory and their first Super Bowl Championship in 50 years.

Patrick Mahomes, for his fourth quarter heroics, was awarded the Super Bowl MVP. He’s now the youngest QB to ever win the award.

“I’m going to Disney World,” Mahomes said after being awarded MVP.