The Kansas City Chiefs defeated the San Francisco 49ers 25-22 in overtime to win their third Super Bowl in five years. The 49ers entered the first Super Bowl held in Las Vegas as slight favorites and were twice on the brink of victory at Allegiant Stadium. Patrick Mahomes’ touchdown pass to Mecole Hardman cemented Kansas City’s status as the first NFL dynasty since the New England Patriots.
The Chiefs have reached four of the past five Super Bowls and became the first team to win back-to-back titles since the Patriots in the 2003 and 2004 seasons. At just 28, Mahomes has become the sixth quarterback in NFL history to win three or more Super Bowls, while Andy Reid has become the fifth coach to win three or more.
The Chiefs began their Super Bowl streak with a fourth-quarter fightback against San Francisco in 2020 and their latest win came in the second Super Bowl to go to overtime. The 49ers remain five-time Super Bowl winners but have now lost in the big games three times since their last NFL title in 1995. This year’s Super Bowl attracted arguably more interest than ever before, with the US television audience expected to eclipse the record 115 million for Kansas City’s win over the Eagles last year.
This year’s Super Bowl attracted a wealth of new fans to the Chiefs and the NFL in general, with Prince Harry making a surprise appearance at the end-of-season awards ceremony in Vegas on Thursday. Taylor Swift’s relationship with Kansas City tight end Travis Kelce has brought a wealth of new fans to the Chiefs and the NFL in general, and there have even been conspiracy theories about the team’s play-off run being rigged to maintain that new interest and help get US President Joe Biden re-elected.
Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes expressed his pride in the defense and the young team, while Chiefs coach Andy Reid praised the defense’s perseverance and the offence’s hard work. Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce expressed their goal of getting three consecutive Super Bowl wins and looking forward to doing it all again next year.