Today, I woke up at 3:30 in the morning to watch the fifty-fourth Super Bowl. The winner would be the champion of the NFL’s 100th season, and the loser would go home reeling, probably wondering what on earth happened. The winner would win by an 11 point deficit, propelled by its quarterback and staunch defense. The loser would choke at the end, throwing interceptions and losing costly time.
In case you’re wondering, this is exactly what happened. Spoilers ahead.
In what was quite possibly the best Super Bowl comeback since the Patriots faced off against the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl fifty, the Kansas City Chiefs rallied from a 10-point deficit to beat the San Francisco 49ers 31-20.
After a quiet first half, Kansas quarterback Patrick Mahomes roared to life, throwing for a total of 286 yards, two touchdowns, and two interceptions. His San Francisco counterpart Jimmy Garoppolo ended with a very underwhelming night, throwing 219 yards, 1 touchdown, and 2 interceptions. While the two quarterbacks seemed to be evenly matched through the first half, it was Mahomes that made the game-winning plays that pushed the Chiefs past the 49ers. However, it wasn’t just Mahomes that made the game-winning plays.
With the Chiefs behind 20-17 in the fourth quarter with 2:20 left to play, running back Damien Williams scampered around the defense after receiving a quick pass to the right, barely managing to get the ball over the pylon. Although later pictures seem to indicated that Williams was out before he scored, the ruling on the field was upheld and the score counted. Chiefs up 24-20.
Jimmy Garoppolo tried to lead his failing troops, and at first he seemed to succeed. Raheem Mostert started the drive with a 17 yard run, followed by two passes from Jimmy G for a total of 24 yards. Then, disaster struck as Jimmy threw three consecutive incompletions, followed by a vital fourth-and-out sack from Kansas City’s Frank Clark. Chiefs ball at the KC 49 yard line.
1:25 remained on the clock, and it seemed as if Patrick Mahomes and co. would try to wear time out. Instead, what appeared to be a nondescript run from Damien Williams turned into a 38 yard touchdown run. Chiefs ahead, 31-20.
Finally, with only a minute and twelve seconds left on the clock, an exhausted Jimmy Garoppolo dropped back in the pocket and threw deep down the middle of the field, hoping to hit running back Deebo Samuel. . . only to get picked off by Kyle Fuller. Game over. Chiefs win. Jimmy, head back to San Fran and hang your head.
This was the first Super Bowl in six years that I had not particularly liked either team. There was always a team to root for, whether it was the team playing the Patriots or the team that I just enjoyed watching. And so, with a completely unbiased opinion, I will say this- while the Chiefs took the dub, and Patrick Mahomes took Super Bowl MVP honors, I believe there was one player that got completely overlooked- Damien Williams. Williams became the first player in Super Bowl history to have both a rushing touchdown, a receiving touchdown, and 100 yards rushing. Not only did he bring his team back from the brink of destruction, he worked tirelessly off the ball to open the field up for Mahomes to make better plays. Damien, you did a great job today, and you didn’t go unnoticed.
After a Super Bowl that didn’t even see a combined 20 points, this seemed far more satisfactory. The game was close, both teams were given an even chance at victory, and there was a large amount of exciting offensive plays. If you didn’t get the chance to watch it, make sure to watch the highlights below.
Finally, there is one major thing we have learned from this Super Bowl- in today’s NFL, no good team can expect to win the Super Bowl without a passing game. As Mahomes has proven time and time again, the victories usually go to the team that passed the most accurately.
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