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Kansas City Chiefs win overtime thriller over San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl LVIII

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Ryan Runaas
Kansas City Chiefs’ tight end Travis Kelce tells reporter the Chiefs will “three-peat” next season after winning the Super Bowl 25-22 in overtime.

Earlier this year, the Kansas City Chiefs were seen as mediocre due to their under-performing and average roster. However, one can never underestimate two-time MVP Patrick Mahomes. The Chiefs finished the season with a record of 15-6. This helped them become third seed in the AFC, behind the Buffalo Bills and Baltimore Ravens.

Coming off a Super Bowl win last year, the Chiefs were in hope of a repeat, despite being underdogs to the NFC champions: San Francisco 49ers. There was a lot of controversy around whether betting against Mahomes was logical. Most of the world did, favoring the balance of the 49ers’ roster over the star power of the Chiefs.  

As the game began, it looked like favoring the balance of the 49ers’ roster was a good idea as they held a 10-3 lead at halftime. San Francisco’s defense had Mahomes a little timid, as he was sacked and forced out of the pocket more than usual.

The defensive end duo of Chase Young and Nick Bosa caused troubles for Mahomes and the Chiefs’ offense, scoring an atrocious three points in the first half. The offense for the 49ers performed well during the first half, gaining momentum and confidence from the defensive stops.  

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The first couple of drives were steady for quarterback Brock Purdy as he was hitting open receivers downfield. The 49ers moved the ball well into Chiefs’ territory, but got stuck and settled for a field goal. However, this field goal was far from average. San Francisco’s kicker, Jake Moody, nailed a 55-yard field goal which was the longest made field goal in Super Bowl history. His victory was short-lived, however, when later in the game, the Chiefs’ kicker, Harrison Butker, hit a 57-yard field goal.

Later in the second quarter, the 49ers ran a trick play which became the first touchdown of the game by either team. Quarterback Brock Purdy flipped the ball back to receiver Juan Jennings, who threw it across the field to running back Christian McCaffrey, who ran it in for the touchdown.  

After halftime, the game switched. Patrick Mahomes started to get comfortable and found his main receivers downfield. Mahomes connected with receiver Marquez Valdes-Scantling for a touchdown, while finally getting his lead target, Travis Kelce, involved for vital first downs.

But down the stretch, Mahomes dominated with both his arms and his legs, escaping the pressure and getting first downs. Thanks to Mahomes and Kelce, the Chiefs got into field goal range in the fourth quarter to send the game to overtime.

In overtime, each team gets a chance to possess the ball and the first team to score a touchdown wins. The 49ers ended up winning the coin toss and were able to possess the ball first. They marched down the field, but ended up settling for a field goal.  

This gave the Chiefs a chance to win the game with a touchdown, which is exactly what they did. Mahomes ran for first downs and hit open receivers for short gains.  

The Chiefs ended up in the red zone with a couple more plays that would decide who would be the Super Bowl champions. Mahomes threw the game winning touchdown to receiver Mecole Hardman. The Chiefs knocked off the 49ers 25-22 in overtime, to win back to back Super Bowls.  

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Ryan Runaas
Ryan Runaas, Staff Writer
Ryan Runaas is a senior heading into his first year of Journalism. Writing has always been something that he has enjoyed and he looks forward to contributing to the Tom-Tom. Ryan wants to focus on sports articles along with a variety of news articles. Ryan is a member of the Lemont varsity basketball team where he is the starting point guard and team captain. In his free time, he enjoys watching tv, playing video games, hanging out with friends and watching sports games. He hopes to excel in college playing basketball and studying sports marketing.  
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