On February 2, Andy Reid finally got what he wanted, a Super Bowl win. The Kansas City Chiefs defeated the San Francisco 49ers 31-20, in a comeback win by the Chiefs. After going down 20-10 with 8:50 to go, Patrick Mahomes drove 83 yards down the field, concluding in a touchdown pass to Travis Kelce. After playing terribly all game, Patrick Mahomes clutched up in the fourth quarter to bring home the first Super Bowl win in Kansas City after a 50 year wait.
The 49ers came back from a 4-12 season last year, after drafting some valuable offensive and defensive assets including Nick Bosa and Debo Samuel. They had one of the best front sevens in the league. They ranked 1st in pass and 17 in run. Their stellar defense almost stopped the Kansas City Chiefs’ unmatched offense. But some poor coaching decisions and 50/50 calls from the refs changed the outcome of the game.
With less than a minute left in the first half, the 49ers decided to try to run out the clock. The score was 10-10. After a few runs, Kyle Shanahan decided to throw the ball deep. He made the right decision. George Kittle caught it 42 yards down the field. But a flag was thrown on the field. Offensive pass interference was the call. George Kittle extended his arm, creating space for the catch. The half ended with a tied score of 10-10. Later in the game, the Chiefs were driving down the field, only down by 3 points. On a play action rollout on the goal line, Patrick Mahomes passed the ball to Damien Williams. He lunged for the goal line, his foot stepping out just as the ball passed the plain. After a long review, it was confirmed to be a touchdown.
These two 50/50 calls made a big impact on who won the Super Bowl, a game that we will never forget.