Chiefs Outlast 49ers in OT to Become Back-To-Back Super Bowl Champs

Chiefs Outlast 49ers in OT to Become Back-To-Back Super Bowl Champs

For the first time since the 2003-2004 New England Patriots, the Kansas City Chiefs become back-to-back Super Bowl Champions in an overtime thriller over the San Francisco 49ers out in the high-rolling desert of Las Vegas, Nevada.

Driven by a spirited performance from Patrick Mahomes, who would later be crowned Super Bowl MVP, the now three-time Super Bowl champion guided an offense that steadily found its footing over the course of the evening leading the Chiefs offense in passing (34/46 COMP, 333 YDS, 2 TDS, 1 INT) and rushing (9 ATT, 66 YDS). Mahomes would go on to find wide receiver Mecole Hardman (3 REC, 57 YDS) for his second touchdown throw to seal the deal with 00:12 left to play from 3 yards out.

After Kicker Harrison Butker sent Super Bowl LVIII to overtime with a 29-yard field goal, San Francisco proceeded to take possession to start the period and drove 66 yards to the Chiefs 9-yard line. The Chiefs would get the stop and force a 27-yard Jake Moody field goal thanks to incoming pressure from Chris Jones disrupting 49ers Quarterback Brock Purdy (23/38 COMP, 255 YDS, 1 TD) on 3rd & 4. That stop allowed the Chiefs to drive 75 yards to pay dirt which included an 8-yard run by Patrick Mahomes to convert a 4th & 1 at the KC 34.

After taking the majority of the momentum during a slow, defensively driven first half, the 49ers were held scoreless in the 3rd quarter thanks to three straight 3-and-outs coupled with a muffed punt off of the ankle of Darrell Luter.

The recovery would result in a 16-yard touchdown pass to Marquez Valdes-Scantling (3 REC, 20 yards) one play later with 02:32 left in the 3rd quarter and change to complexion of the contest.

The 49ers would respond on their next drive with a 12-play, 75-yard touchdown drive capped off with a 10-yard touchdown reception to Jauan Jennings (4 REC, 42 YDS) from Quarterback Brock Purdy.

Kicker Jake Moody would have his extra point attempt blocked which set up the back and forth scoring affair in the 4th quarter that set the game up to be the second Super Bowl to ever head to overtime. the 49ers went blow-for-blow with Kansas City in the 4th quarter and into overtime until Mahomes and and then hot second half Travis Kelce performance (9 REC, 93YDS) became to much for Steve Wilks’ defense to handle.

Here are some fun facts from Super Bowl LVIII:

  • Kickers Jake Moody and Harrison Butker both broke the record for the longest field goal made in Super Bowl history during the course of Super Bowl LVIII. Moody would take it first with a 55-yard FG in the 2nd quarter, while Butker would drain a 57-yard FG in the 3rd quarter.
  • Along with being the second ever Super Bowl to go to overtime, Kyle Shanahan has also been involved in a coaching capacity of some kind in both Super Bowls to feature overtime. Shanahan was infamously part of the doomed 2016 affair in Super Bowl LI between the Atlanta Falcons and the New England Patriots as the Falcons offensive coordinator under then head coach Dan Quinn.
  • This is the first Super Bowl to use the new playoff overtime format established in for the 2022 NFL season. Previously in Super Bowl LI, the old format allowed for a team to win if the team on offense either scored a touchdown first or whichever team took the lead after the opponent with the first offensive possession either failed to score or scored only a field goal. The new format allows for both offenses to be guarenteed a possession regardless if the first team possessing the ball scores a touchdown on their first drive.
  • After cross-referencing with the Pro Football Newsroom team during the Super Bowl LVIII broadcast, we determined that Taylor Swift was featured thirteen times on air during the broadcast of the game. This does not include pregame or postgame segments.