Kansas City Chiefs tackles the Super Bowl LIV champion title


Leland Pan

The sea of red-clad fans filled the Hard Rock Stadium last night for Superbowl LIV.

With 62,000 fans in attendance of Superbowl LIV, last night’s brawl took place at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, FL. The San Francisco 49ers and Kansas City Chiefs battled out for the winning title. 

The Chiefs displayed their dominance on the field again last night, proving why they were the deserving champs. The game began in a rough way for Mahomes. On the first drive, he threw two incompletions and the Chiefs were forced to punt on fourth down. 

The Chiefs’ defense had been a concern for many analysts heading into the game. However, they were able to control the damage done by 49ers rookie Deebo Samuel and made the gold and red settle for a field goal. 

On the next drive, Mahomes was able to respond with a big play of his own to give Kansas City a 7-3 lead. His one-yard rush set the tone for the game and proved that Mahomes’ running ability was just as explosive as his arm. 

On the following San Francisco drive, quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo was lit up as he threw a pass intended for Samuel. The pass was intercepted by KC defensive back Bashaud Breeland. The interception led to a Chiefs field goal, putting them up 10-3. 

The 49ers quickly responded with a touchdown of their own after Garoppolo found fullback Kyle Juszczyk for an 11-yard reception. The game remained 10-10 as the first half ended, and an unpredictable finish was in store for the crowd of 62,417 attendees. 

After the electrifying halftime show, the 49ers received the second-half kickoff but were once again held to three points thanks to the Chiefs’ defense.

Shortly after, Kansas City was tested in the heaviest of ways. Right after 49ers defensive end Nick Bosa nearly recovered a forced fumble, Mahomes dropped back on third and 12 and threw a horrendous interception right into the hands of San Francisco linebacker Fred Warner.

The interception led to another 49ers touchdown almost immediately, as undrafted running back Raheem Mostert found the end zone from one yard out to put the game 20-10 in San Francisco’s favor. 

Unfortunately for the San Francisco faithful, this would be the last time they would put points up on the scoreboard. The 9ers offense ran out of gas despite another poor interception from Mahomes. After the Chief’s defense forced a San Francisco punt, Mahomes found his favorite target Tyreek Hill for a 44-yard bomb. The play opened for a Travis Kelce touchdown later in the quarter. 

Another 49ers punt later, Mahomes found running back Damien Williams for a five-yard touchdown that would put the Chiefs up 24-20. San Francisco got another chance to respond to KC, but squandered it after Garoppolo was sacked on fourth and ten. The Chiefs saw the chance to put the game away for good. Damien Williams capitalized on the opportunity and ran in a 38-yard touchdown, effectively ending the game and giving the Kansas City Chiefs their first Super Bowl trophy in 50 years. 

The Chiefs’ road to victory 

The Kansas City Chiefs had a lot to prove this year. The Chiefs came off a 12-4 record and an AFC Championship appearance last year. Some of their key players include former MVP Patrick Mahomes and well-rounded athlete Tyreek Hill. With the chances of a second Super Bowl, Chiefs Head Coach Andy Reid was looking to lead the herd. 

 The Chiefs started off the season with an easy win against the Jacksonville Jaguars. They showed off their offensive skills as Mahomes had 3 TD passes with no interceptions. Their defense did struggle at times. Nick Foles and Gardner Minshew combined for three touchdowns and the team as a whole had 26 points. 

The Oakland (now the Las Vegas) Raiders came to Missouri and took on the Chiefs. Derek Carr and the Raiders were stopped by the Chiefs. This game gave fans an insight on how offensive coordinator Steph Spagnuolo can once again lead his team to make great defensive plays. The Raiders finished the game with 10 points. Mahomes had yet another outstanding game as he threw for over 400 yards and four touchdowns all while having no interceptions thrown. The Chiefs drop 28 points and move on to a 2-0 record. 

In arguably their toughest matchup of the whole season, two young quarterbacks face off against each other: Lamar Jackson and Patrick Mahomes. Jackson had an underwhelming game with no thrown touchdown passes. Mark Ingram carried the team and rushed in three touchdowns. The 28 points for the Ravens was not enough. Mahomes and LeSean McCoy combined for four touchdowns and the Chiefs just barely wiggled their way to victory.

After a narrow win, the Chiefs were supposed to have a semi-easy game as they traveled to meet the Detroit Lions in Michigan. That was definitely not the case, Mahomes had an insufficient game. Threw/ran for no touchdowns and had a 57 percent completion rate. The Lions could not defend Ford Field and took a loss for that game.

Kansas City was now a third into their championship season and they have stayed undefeated. Their offense is looking good, everyone is contributing and everything seems to be going well. The struggling Indianapolis Colts changed that. The Colts came into town with an even .500 record and throughout the game, the Chiefs could not score. Both teams struggled to score but Indianapolis came out on top.

With now a loss on their record, the Chiefs hoped to come back against the Houston Texans but their hopes were cut short. Despite Deshaun Watson’s two interceptions and Mahome’s three touchdowns, the Chiefs were defeated. Kansas City just lost their second game of the season and needed a win soon. 

In week seven, the Chiefs got their wishes but it came with a ghastly price. The white and red trounced the Denver Broncos in Empower Field but in the second quarter, Patrick Mahomes hurt his right leg trying to score for his team again but was injured.

Fast forward four games and the Chiefs are 2-4 in their last six games. Mahomes is back and solidly performed in his last game against the Tennessee Titans but it was not enough. The Titans won by three. For Kansas City, there would not be another loss in this year’s season. 

The Los Angeles Chargers are about to play Kansas City for their first matchup of the season. It was either the Chiefs’ defense, River’s lack of skill, or both. Phillip River lobbed up four interceptions and only one touchdown. His misery was ended and the red and white had only won the game by a single touchdown.

Week 12 came with a much-needed bye week. Kansas City can travel back to Missouri and take the week off. This week proved to be handy has the Chiefs played the Raiders once again. Kansas City imposed the Raiders will and tied their highest-scoring game of the regular season.

After the blowout in Arrowhead Stadium, the Chiefs have only four games left of the season. Patriots, Bears, and once again the Broncos and the Chargers are next for a team redeeming themselves after a rough patch. Kansas City won all four games and once again finished with a 12-4 record. The playoff brackets were released and they come in at the second seed in the AFC just behind the Ravens.

The Chiefs had a bye week and played the Houston Texans who surprisingly knocked out the New England Patriots in the first round. Kansas City came back from a 0-24 first-quarter lead and stole the game from the Texans. The embarrassing red and blue collapsed and found themselves in a horror film. They let the Chiefs go on a 51-7 run and obviously that caused them the game.

The number six seeded Titans just pulled off two incredible upsets. One against the Buffalo Bills and another against the almost unbeatable Baltimore Ravens. The Chiefs caught themselves a break as most fans believe that the Ravens would have won.

The AFC championship game was not as fun for the Chief fans as the game before. The Chiefs still won but by a smaller margin. Most fans did not care as Kansas City just put themselves in the Super Bowl for the first time in 50 years.

As fans witnessed, the Chiefs’ path to victory in Super Bowl LIV was awarded to the red and white. The next NFL season will ramp up in September this year.