Super Bowl

Ethan Shewchuk, Staff Writer

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On Sunday, February 2nd, two NFL teams competed in the Super Bowl for the right to call themselves NFL Champions. The 2 teams were the San Francisco 49ers and the Kansas City Chiefs.

The game was played in Miami, Florida. The game was highly anticipated due to both teams being named conference champions two weeks prior. Many people expected a close game. Bleacher Report said, “The betting line for this year’s Super Bowl is only one point in favor of Kansas City.” The Chiefs came into the game with their offense ranked 6th overall and their defense ranked 17th. The rankings may not seem too impressive, but they have one of the most explosive offenses in the league. They have shown that no matter how much they are down by on the scoreboard they can come back and win the game. In the Divisional Round of the playoffs, they scored 28 points in 11 minutes to overcome a 24-point deficit. In the AFC Championship, they faced a 10-point deficit on 2 occasions and still came back and won the game. The Chiefs have one of the most feared players in the league in the form of Patrick Mahomes. Mahomes has gone above and beyond to make sure his team could come back and win. However, they were still only 1-point favorites. The reason for them being favored by so little stood on the other sideline. That reason was the 49ers defense. Pff.com reported, “The San Francisco 49ers arrived in Miami for Super Bowl LIV with arguably the best all-around defense of the 2019 NFL season.” That defense was ranked 2nd in the NFL. They had been dominant almost the entire season. However, their offense was nothing to overlook. Their offense was ranked 4th overall and had made many clutch plays to make up for poor defensive performances. The 49ers have relied on their running game to get them to where they are. In the NFC Championship their starting running back, Tevin Coleman, dislocated his shoulder early in the game, but the backup Raheem Mostert came into the game and racked up 220 yards and 4 touchdowns. The 49ers were the more balanced team coming into the game.

The game started off fairly slow with a Chiefs punt followed by a 49ers field goal. The Chiefs responded with a touchdown on their next drive. The 49ers threw an interception on the next play that resulted in a Chiefs field goal. The 49ers then responded by scoring a touchdown on their next drive. Both teams ended the first half with scoreless drives. This left the score at 10-10 at halftime. The 49ers got the ball to start the second half and scored a field goal on that drive. The Chiefs threw an interception on their next drive. The 49ers capitalized on that mistake and scored a touchdown to go up by 10. The Chiefs threw another interception on their next drive. The 49ers couldn’t capitalize this time and had to punt. With 9:04 left in the game, all hope for the Chiefs seemed lost, but Patrick Mahomes made a few clutch plays on the next drive and scored a touchdown to bring the deficit down to 3-points. The 49ers couldn’t do anything on their next drive, so they were forced to punt. The Chiefs offense got the ball back with 5:18 left on the clock. They drove down the field and ended the drive with Damien Williams reaching over the goal line to score the touchdown that gave them the lead with 2:50 left in the game. On the next drive, the 49ers started off there drive strong by getting 2 quick first-downs. However, the Chiefs defense stood strong and stopped them on a crucial fourth-down play to give their offense the ball. On their next drive, the Chiefs running back Damien Williams scored a 38-yard rushing touchdown to increase their lead. On their final drive Chiefs cornerback Kendall Fuller made an interception to seal a Chiefs victory. The Score noted that when asked about the game Patrick Mahomes said, “We never lost faith. That’s the biggest thing. Everybody on this team, no one had their head down. We believed in each other. That’s what we preached all year long.” With this win, the Chiefs have won their first Super Bowl in 50 years.