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Super Bowl Cinema

The Kansas City Chiefs Defeat the San Francisco 49ers to Win Back-to-Back Super Bowls

Illustration by Mary Kate Kise/Maclay Andalusian

Red and white confetti pours onto the field as the Chiefs celebrate their second consecutive Super Bowl win. The 58th Super Bowl featured a rematch of the 54th Super Bowl in 2019. The 49ers headed into the matchup led by “Mr. Irrelevant”, Brock Purdy, and the Chiefs came into the game led by two time MVP and two time Super Bowl MVP Patrick Mahomes. 

Both offenses were quiet in the first quarter, as the score was 0-0 at the end of the quarter. The Chiefs punted on both of their possessions, and the 49ers fumbled and punted once on theirs. 

In the second quarter, the 49ers put the first points on the board after a Jake Moody 55 yard field goal. The Chiefs offense would continue to struggle to move the ball, but San Francisco started to move the ball on the ground. They capped off the drive with a trick play where wide receiver Juan Jennings threw a 21-yard touchdown pass to running back Christian McCaffrey. The 49ers would take a commanding 10-0 lead; however, the Chiefs cut the lead down to seven points after a late field goal.

In Patrick Mahomes' two Super Bowl wins prior to Super Bowl 58, he trailed by 10 or more points in both matches. However, this 49ers team won the NFC and held the second best record in the league. 

“Patrick Mahomes did his thing,” junior Ryder Marks said. “He is the best quarterback and player in the league so that’s why you can’t doubt him.”

After Usher’s halftime performance, the teams took the field for the last 30 minutes of the match. In the third quarter, Kansas City controlled the game on both sides of the game. Harrison Butker would make a 57-yard-field goal to cut the lead down to four points, and then Mahomes would find Marquez Valdes- Scantling in the back of the endzone for a Chiefs’ touchdown. The touchdown put Kansas City up by three points heading into the final quarter.

Unlike the third quarter, in the fourth quarter, San Francisco’s offense started to come together. They drove down the field and Purdy found Juan Jennings in the endzone to take the lead 16-13. Both teams then traded field goals, and with three seconds left, the Chiefs would tie the game 19-19 as the fourth quarter buzzer went off. 

“When the Chiefs were scoring touchdowns, Mahomes was able to use his legs and the receivers stopped dropping passes,” sophomore Evan Starr said. “I knew that they were going to win once the 49ers only had a FG in the first drive of overtime.”

This was only the second Super Bowl to go into overtime in the history of the sport. In overtime, the 49ers started with the ball and ended up with three points after driving 66 yards down the field. With a touchdown, the Chiefs would win the game. That is exactly what they did as Mahomes threw a three yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Mecole Hardman. Taylor Swift, Travis Kelce and the entire Chiefs fan base became ecstatic after the 25-22 overtime Super Bowl win.


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