NFL Final in Las Vegas: Super Bowl live: Mahomes invincible, Chiefs beat Niners
The Kansas City Chiefs won the Super Bowl for the fourth time. Star quarterback Patrick Mahomes' team defeated the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday (local time) in Las Vegas at 25:22 after overtime and successfully defended the National Football League title.
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Super Bowl: Kansas City Chiefs – San Francisco 49ers 25:22
The essentials in summary: The Kansas City Chiefs won the Super Bowl for the fourth time. The defending champion, led by star quarterback Patrick Mahomes, defeated the San Francisco 49ers in a thrilling National Football League finale on Sunday (local time) in Las Vegas with 25:22 into overtime. Boosted by pop superstar Taylor Swift, the Chiefs overcame a seven-point halftime deficit and also escaped overtime shortly before the end.
There, San Francisco scored its first points on a converted field goal by Jake Moody. But Kansas City responded, Mahomes decided the game with his second touchdown pass.
The Chiefs had previously won the Vince Lombardi Trophy in 2023, 2020 and 1970. The 49ers have won five Super Bowls with the most recent being the NFL title in 1995.
0:3 J. Moody field goal (55 yards)
0:10 touchdown pass from J. Jennings to C. McCaffrey (21 yards); Extra good point
3:10 H. Butker field goal (28 yards)
6:10 H. Butker field goal (57 yards)
13:10 touchdown pass from P. Mahomes to M. Valdés-Scantling (16 yards); Extra good point
13:16 touchdown pass from B. Purdy to J. Jennings (10 yards); Extra point blocked
16:16 H. Butker field goal (24 yards)
16:19 J. Moody field goal (53 yards)
19:19 H. Butker field goal (29 yards)
19:22 J. Moody field goal (27 yards)
25:22 Tochdown pass P. Mahomes to M. Hardman (3 yards)
Chiefs vs Niners: The Super Bowl to read
TOUCHDOWN AND VICTORIA BOSSES
The Chiefs win the Super Bowl! Patrick Mahomes has done it again! He leads his team down the field and finds Mecole Hardman in the end zone. The game ends, confetti rains from the sky as the men in red celebrate. The Niners have to take the bitter path of the locker room again.
NINE FIELD GOALS
A holding penalty on McDuffie keeps the Niners' momentum alive. After that, the team moves the ball well, especially McCaffrey. In the end, the Chiefs defense stood tall and prevented the touchdown. Moody scores the field goal and gives the Niners the lead back. Now it's the Chiefs' turn. A touchdown would immediately end the game, as would a turnover. If there is a field goal, the trip would continue in Las Vegas.
Fred Warner wins the toss for San Francisco, so the Niners start with possession.
FIELD GOAL HEADS
It's going to take extra time!!!! The Chiefs were very, very close. Travis Kelce brought the ball in just short of the end zone. From there, Mahomes had one last attempt, but Niners linebacker Fred Warner was close to Kelce and prevented the Chiefs from winning. Butker kicks, which means extra time!
So the fate of the game is in the hands of Patrick Mahomes. The Niners certainly didn't want that. The star quarterback has 1:53 minutes and two timeouts to match…or more!
NINE FIELD GOALS
But Purdy can't convert on third down! They pressure him and his pass is deflected off the line. But at least: Moody makes the field goal and puts the Niners ahead by three points!
two minute warning
Two minutes before the end of the match, the timer stops again. The Niners are already in the Chiefs' half, but now they face an important third down. If they can do that, they will control the clock and could decide the game with a field goal. They just can't give Mahomes more time because he's capable of anything. Now it counts!
FIELD GOAL HEADS
This may have been the Chiefs' best drive, but it doesn't end in a touchdown. Travis Kelce and Isaiah Pacheco bring the team closer to the end zone, but Mahomes can't find a way to get in. A serve from Hargrave ends the advance. Butker's kick is good and ties!
Courage is worth it! The Niners make a fourth down in the red zone, George Kittle gets the new first down with his first catch. From there, Purdy throws a short pass to Jennings and he makes his way to the promised land. LANDING! The Niners take advantage again. Only the extra point is blocked.
End of the 3rd quarter
The Niners have been moving the ball pretty sensibly for a long time. Now there is a short break, the third quarter is over.
Super Bowl: All the information about the game
No superlative seems too big for this Super Bowl in Las Vegas. Especially when the defending champions Kansas City Chiefs face the San Francisco 49ers and along with Patrick Mahomes, Travis Kelce and Christian McCaffrey, three of the most popular stars in the National Football League, pop giant Taylor is also expected in the stadium Swift. For the first time, the NFL celebrates the championship final in the gaming metropolis of the US state of Nevada and expects a spectacle never seen before.
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Quarterback Duel: Mahomes versus Purdy
Patrick Mahomes is the superstar of the NFL. For the fourth time in his career he is in the Super Bowl with the Chiefs, and in two of the first three finals games he was able to take home the Vince Lombardy Trophy at the end. Whether passing or running, Mahomes can do it all and can find a way out even in seemingly impossible situations.
On the other side is Brock Purdy. The Niners quarterback has been writing one of the most beautiful Cinderella stories in sports for almost two years. In the NFL Draft, the process of selecting the next big talent, he was last selected in 2022 and thus received the ironic title of “Mr. Irrelevant”.
But Purdy is anything but insignificant. The 24-year-old led his team to the playoffs for the second consecutive time and is instrumental in helping develop the versatile offense.
Kelce, Kittle and McCaffrey: the stars of the evening
George Kittle or Travis Kelce: In the five years since Kittle made his debut, one of the two has always been number one in the NFL's most important statistical categories and the other has finished second. Kittle blocks when he's supposed to, catches balls when they're thrown to him, and is one of the 49ers' top pros overall. His positive character also has enormous value for the atmosphere in the locker room. Kelce is becoming an unstoppable weapon in Mahomes' passing game, especially in the playoffs.
Christian McCaffrey is also a difference-making player. The Niners running back even finished in the top 5 when voting for the season's most valuable player. Whether as a running back or passing receiver, McCaffrey is a touchdown machine.
The defenses: star power against star coach
Statistically, the league's No. 2 (49ers) and No. 3 (Chiefs) defenses are in the finals. Only the Baltimore Ravens defense has allowed fewer points this season.
On paper, the Niners' star-studded roster outshines everything. The first line is especially well-known with Nick Bosa, Arik Armstead, Javon Hargrave, Chase Young and the two linebackers Fred Warner and Dre Greenlaw. In the two playoff games so far, the team has shown unusual weaknesses.
The Chiefs defense is completely different. Currently he seems to be at the zenith of his work. Defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo usually had the perfect plan for each opponent, and his players around star tackle Chris Jones implemented it to perfection.
Coaches' Duel: Andy Reid vs. Kyle Shanahan
There is a duel between two offensive geniuses on the sidelines. Andy Reid is currently considered the best head coach in the league. Since taking over in 2013, he has transformed the Kansas City Chiefs from the league's dismal midfielder to a powerful dynasty.
Kyle Shanahan, on the other hand, is one of football's greatest innovators. The only thing the 44-year-old coach lacks to reach the elite of coaches is a great title. It is said that Shanahan cannot deliver results in big, important games. But Andy Reid also lost five conference finals (the semifinals) and one Super Bowl before his first win. Today no one doubts the 65-year-old man.
Halftime show and anthem.
The famous Super Bowl halftime show is considered one of the biggest stages in the music world. This year it belongs to Usher. The American musician promises a show full of creativity… and with skates.
“I wanted to put on a show that showcased my creativity,” the musician said at a news conference in Las Vegas on Thursday. Over the past three years, Usher had given a total of 100 concerts in Las Vegas, and the Super Bowl appearance was now the “perfect ending” to this series of performances, the musician said.
“Anyone who heard about my show in Vegas will see what it was like and get the best out of it.” This included skates, both at the concerts that have already been held and now at the Super Bowl. “Roller skating in front of 60,000 people will bring out the best in me.” He wants to “be great” and “set standards.”
This year, Reba McEntire will sing the national anthem before kickoff. She was “very proud” of it, said the “Queen of the Country”, 68, at the press conference. Musician Post Malone, who will sing “America the Beautiful” at the football show, said he was “very nervous” but also very excited about her performance. However, her relationship with the Las Vegas venue is not easy. “I love Las Vegas. But Vegas doesn't love me. The casinos can tell you about it.”
Pop star Taylor Swift
She is the number one topic of conversation in Las Vegas: Taylor Swift. The pop superstar has been in a relationship with Chiefs pro Kelce since last fall and has therefore attended numerous Champions League matches. With millions of her fans and millions of fans, the 34-year-old has attracted a huge number of new people to the sport and has brought her friend, her team and the NFL a publicity value of 331 million dollars. This was the result of a study conducted by Apex Marketing Group.
There has been much debate in the United States whether Swift, who will give the last of a series of concerts in Tokyo on Saturday night, will arrive in Las Vegas on time. The American media even discussed detailed issues such as whether she will be able to get a parking space for her private plane in Las Vegas.