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Super Bowl LIV Recap – Andy Reid Finally Wins

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It took 21 years as an NFL head coach, but on Sunday night, Kansas City Chiefs coach Andy Reid could finally call himself a Super Bowl Champion. In rather eerie fashion, Reid’s first Super Bowl win of his hall of fame career came in his 222nd career win, on 02/02/2020. Deuces were wild, as was the finish of Super Bowl LIV, because with just under 10 minutes remaining, it looked like Reid was still going to be the winningest coach in NFL history to not have won a Super Bowl. 

In what was thought to be a high scoring affair, the first half of Super Bowl LIV was played rather conservatively. Pat Mahomes and the Chiefs made a constant effort to get the ball out quickly trying to negate the stout San Francisco 49ers pass rush. The 49ers as predicted did very little throwing of the ball. The first half finished 10-10 and went by rather quickly as both teams conducted long time consuming drives that didn’t result in many points. 

The fireworks got going with the halftime show as 50 year old Jennifer Lopez and 43 year old Shakira took everybody’s mind off of football for about 20 minutes. That energy carried into the 2nd half where the 49ers received the 2nd half kickoff. Jimmy Garoppolo and company marched right down the field to kick a field goal, which was their first lead since early in the 1st quarter at 13-10. They followed that by intercepting Mahomes on his next drive, which the 49ers eventually converted into 7 points. 

In an effort to respond, Mahomes led his team down the field swiftly getting into field goal range as the third quarter ended and the fourth quarter began. On a 3rd and short play inside of field goal range, Mahomes threw the ball behind his intended target Tyreek Hill. The ball bounced off his hands, into the hands of a 49ers defender for Mahomes’ second interception in as many drives. Chiefs nation was stunned. Things were looking bleak for Reid and company. The lead was 20-10 in a game the Chiefs had led 10-3. Just over 10 minutes remained in the game and the 49ers were set up to do what they do best; run the ball, milk the clock and rush the quarterback. 

Of those three things, the 49ers only managed to do one rather well, rush the quarterback. They had three drives in the 4th quarter and ran the ball only 5 times. Two of those were called back for penalties. They chewed up just over 3 minutes of clock with the lead giving Mahomes the ball back twice with very little offensive resistance. After two straight drives with interceptions, Mahomes was not be denied again. On 3rd and 15 from inside Chiefs’ territory, Mahomes unleashed his first deep ball of the day that connected with Tyreek Hill for a 45-yard bomb bringing the Chiefs inside the 49ers 30-yard line. They punched it in for a touchdown to bring the score to 20-17 with 6 minutes to go. 

On their next drive, San Francisco ran the ball just once and threw twice with Jimmy G missing George Kittle and Kendrick Bourne on 2nd and 3rd down respectively. They punted the ball pack to the Chiefs with 5 minutes remaining. The comeback was on in Miami.

Mahomes led the offense down the field evading 49ers pass rushers play after play. A huge throw and catch to Sammy Watkins got Kansas City inside the 49ers 10-yard line with 3:30 left on the clock. On third down Mahomes connected with Damien Williams who ran the ball in for a score that was reviewed and upheld as a touchdown. Back from the dead, Reid’s Chiefs now led 24-20 with 2:44 to go. 

Both teams had all three of their timeouts, so 2:44 with 6 timeouts remaining felt like it could be an eternity. It was now time for Jimmy G to show the world that he was a worthy Super Bowl winning quarterback. The 49ers quickly got into Chiefs territory, but their drive was halted on a 4th down sack with 1:33 remaining. The Chiefs were now just one first down away from their first Super Bowl in 50 years. Well, not only did they get a first down, they got a touchdown on a second down run by Damien Williams which went 38-yards to the house. The score was 31-20 after 21 unanswered points. The celebration was on, the Chiefs were going to be Super Bowl LIV champions. 

As the clock eventually struck zero and Reid was showered in orange Gatorade. The Chiefs had pulled off their third come from behind victory in their third playoff game. Down 24-0 to the Texans, they won 51-31. Down 17-7 to the Titans, they won 35-24. Finally, down 20-10 with just 10 minutes to go, they beat the 49ers 31-20 to win the Super Bowl in stunning fashion.

No team in NFL history had ever come from a double digit deficit to win all three playoff games and no quarterback in NFL history had ever done it 5 times in a season as Patrick Mahomes has. He was named the Super Bowl MVP.

On the other side, 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan has now been on the wrong side of epic Super Bowl comebacks twice in his career, with his teams being outscored 52-0 combined after having a second half lead in both games.

After a big “Lets Go Chieeeeeeeefs” on the trophy presentation stage, Reid said on winning his first Super Bowl, “I’m really excited about it. You get one, you want to go get another one. But we’ve got to backpedal for about a minute and enjoy this one and, then we’ll get busy on the next one.”

Patrick Mahomes took the mic to say, “We wanted to get him that trophy because he deserved it. The work he puts in day in and day out, I don’t think he sleeps. I try to beat him in and I never can. He is someone that works harder than anyone I’ve ever known and he deserved this. I’m glad I could get that trophy for him.”

Andy Reid’s credentials to make the Pro Football Hall of Fame seem to now be in order.

Side Note: Despite his longevity, Reid could have gone his whole career without winning a title. Marv Levy, who took the Bills to four straight Super Bowls in the 1990s, is the only NFL coach in the Super Bowl era who has made the Hall without winning a championship.

Marty Schottenheimer, who coached the Chiefs and three other NFL teams while winning 205 regular-season and playoff games, is now the winningest coach without a Super Bowl win.

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