MIAMI, FL─It might not have been the matchup many were expecting, but the Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers did battle for the ultimate prize in the NFL: the Super Bowl and the Vince Lombardi trophy. It was nice seeing the NFL pay tribute to its 100th anniversary highlighting some of the past to play the game defensively, offensively, quarterbacks and coaches. You sometimes forget about some of the greatest players of all-time in the league.
With that said the ceremony kicked off with the National Anthem sang by Demi Lovato, but let’s talk about Yolanda Adams first who dazzled the crowd with “America the Beautiful.” Man if that woman everyone crossed over out of gospel into Pop or R&B, some other musicians should be shaking in their boots. Now let’s talk about Lovato, who I’ve stated before has some vocal chops that haven’t always been highlighted. Solid performance, we’ve seen people sing that song and actually butcher it, but not Lovato.
With that said, it’s time for the big game. Kansas City had first possession, but couldn’t make anything happen, which allowed SF to place the first points on the board with a field goal in the first quarter. The Chiefs would respond with the Patrick Mahomes and Travis Kelce combo. These two just have amazing chemistry as athletes. As the first quarter came to an end, KC scored the first touchdown courtesy of Mahomes himself. That is what makes this guy dangerous. He’s not afraid to run the ball if needed, and I love it. So KC leads the first quarter with 7-3.
At the start of the second quarter, SF quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo threw a pass after a hit that led to an interception by KC courtesy of Bashaud Breeland. Mahomes continued the momentum with a massive pass to Sammy Watkins to continue the drive down the field as they neared the end zone, but was forced to settle for a field goal bringing their lead to 10-3. The 49ers offense has been stale most of the game perhaps that is the result of the Chiefs defense. That soon changed with their next possession making a drive courtesy of Deebo Samuel who helped the 49ers tie up the game courtesy of Kyle Juszczyk. Alright people, we now have a football game people.
So at half-time we remain at a 10-10 score, as we get to the Super Bowl Halftime show featuring Jennifer Lopez and Shakira. Shakira kicked things off with an impressive dance number decked out in all red. She later kicked things off with her hits “Forever,” “I Like It Like That” and “Hips Don’t Lie.” Forgive me, but I had no idea who that guy who joined her on stage was. Once Shakira wrapped up, Jennifer Lopez took to the stage singing hits like “Jenny From the Block,” “Isn’t It Funny,” “Get Right,” “Waiting for Tonight” and “Love Don’t Cost a Thing” to name a few.
The songs were ok, the dancing and theatrics more tantalizing. Not a bad half-time show, but nothing that blew me out of my seat. The third quarter kicked off with San Francisco in possession of the football, and a strong run towards the end zone people. While unable to get into the end zone, the 49ers managed to kick a field goal giving them a 13-10 lead. After what looked like an impressive run, Mahomes threw a pass that was intercepted giving the 49ers more momentum on their side. This placed SF just mere inches from scoring another touchdown giving them a 10-point lead, 20-10.
Mahomes and the Chiefs attempted a comeback in the fourth quarter, but a throw to Tyreek Hill turned into a fumble that gave the 49ers their second interception of the game. Yeah, I was rooting for the Chiefs, but I don’t think they’re going to pull it off. The defense from this San Francisco team is damn impressive people. With the fourth quarter upon us and time dwindling down, the Chiefs were able to stop SF for scoring again, but they needed offense to step up.
With about 7 minutes left, a catch led to SF challenging rather it was a completed pass for KC and it was ruled incomplete by officials. While the previous catch was ruled null, Mahomes threw a Hail Mary to Hill that got me revitalized, as Mahomes and Kelce connected for a touchdown slicing the 49ers lead to 3 points (20-17) with 6 minutes still remaining in the game. The Chiefs defense really came to town with 5 minutes left in the game preventing Garoppolo and San Francisco from scoring any points.
Mahomes threw a pass to Sammy Watkins that placed the Chiefs with a few yards from a touchdown, and changing the dynamic of this game with about 3 minutes and 30 seconds left in the game. Now this is the KC Chiefs that I recall watching make comebacks during the playoffs. They never give up. Damien Williams made the drive to score a touchdown for KC, but the play was under review, and ruled complete, giving the Chiefs the lead 24-20 with less than 3 minutes in the game.
The Chiefs were down and I thought out, but man what Mahomes, Andy Reid and company has done within a matter of minutes tells you to never fall to sleep on this team. However, the 49ers did not give up, even with a Hail Mary Garoppolo could not make the connection and went for a move on the fourth down, with a flag being thrown, but Kansas City got the ball with 1:25 left. Can you believe this?
Just 15 minutes ago I was throwing the towel in on this game thinking the 49ers had this locked up. All the Chiefs need to do is run down the clock and not make any stupid mistakes. It looks like KC has locked this game in after Damien Williams scored another touchdown giving the Chiefs a 11-point lead (31-20). With only a minute remaining this is a two possession game where it’s nearly impossible for the 49ers to make something happen to take back the lead.
Andy Reid is about to finally get that long-awaited Super Bowl victory, 50 years in the making people. An interception by Kendell Fuller sealed Super Bowl LIV with the Kansas City Chiefs being named our champs with a score of 31-20. So many people though the Chiefs had no victory in this dance, but never, never underestimate an underdog people as KC has been waiting for this victory for a long time. With that said, Super Bowl LIV started slow, but man that was some exciting football for the fourth quarter. I love when a Super Bowl is a close game, congrats to the Kansas City Chiefs you deserve it!