The Kansas City Chiefs are the 2020 Super Bowl champions, defeating the San Francisco 49ers by a score of 31-20. For the third time this postseason, the Chiefs came back from being down by at least ten points to come back and win the game.
The game was tied 10-10 at halftime, with Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes scoring off of a one yard touchdown run in the first quarter, and 49ers fullback Kyle Juszczyk scoring off of a 15 yard touchdown pass.
The Chiefs were 1.5 point favorites for sports bettors coming into the game, but that changed after falling to a 10 point deficit at the end of the third quarter. The Chiefs took over in the fourth quarter, scoring three straight touchdowns to win by 11 points.
Senior Grayson Fleck said that he expected the Chiefs to win since before the game started, and that he was not nervous when they went down by 10. He never doubted the Chiefs, however. “Pat (Mahomes) is a beast,” said Fleck.
Leading up to the Superbowl, Mahomes had no interceptions, while throwing eight total touchdowns, with five of them coming against the Houston Texans, when the Chiefs scored 24 unanswered points to win the game.
It was a game that started off very slowly, despite most people’s expectations that it the game would feature lots of offense, and an abundance of scoring. In the NFC Championship game between the Green Bay Packers and the 49ers, running back Raheem Mostert rushed for 220 yards. In the Super Bowl, it was a different story. The entire 49ers team rushed for 141 total yards.
The two teams combined for four interceptions, with Jimmy Garopollo, the 49er’s quarterback, and Mahomes each throwing two. Mahomes threw for 286 yards, two touchdowns and two picks, while running back Damien Williams led the Chiefs offense on the ground, with 104 yards and a touchdown, and Tyreek Hill led the Chiefs’ in receiving with 105 yards.
For the 49ers, their offense was absent for most of the game, and their defense was unable to hold their lead in the fourth quarter. Garopollo threw for 210 yards, which, although it is not a lot for a quarterback in the Super Bowl, it is much more than the 77 yards that he threw for the prior game against the Packers.
Garopollo was only able to find the endzone once against the Chiefs, from the 15 yard touchdown to Juszczyk around halfway through the second quarter. Mostert rushed for only 58 yards, after his dominant performance in the NFC Championship game two weeks ago. On the receiving end, the 49ers struggled mightily. The leading receiver, Kendrick Bourne, racked up 42 yards.