The Chiefs are the first repeat Super Bowl champions since the Patriots in 2003 and ’04, and their third championship in four trips over the past five years puts them in rarified air.
Asked whether they had achieved dynasty status, Mahomes replied: “It’s the start of one”.
Mahomes struggled for much of the game, especially as the 49ers refused to bring the blitz, which the two-time league MVP tears apart with ease. But he started to heat up in the fourth quarter, when he drove Kansas City for a field goal to tie it 16 with 5:46 left, then when he drove for another field goal that sent the game to overtime.
He finished with 333 yards passing and two touchdowns, an early interception long forgotten when he found Hardman wide open in the end zone to send red and yellow confetti raining down from the rafters of Allegiant Stadium.
“Just know that the Kansas City Chiefs are never underdogs,” Mahomes said. “Just know that.”
Kelce ‘brings home some hardware’
Almost a bigger spectacle than the game itself was superstar singer Taylor Swift in the stands. Swift was there to support her partner, Kansas City tight end Travis Kelce, who shook off a frustrating first half to hold up his end of the bargain for his girlfriend.
One night after Swift earned her fourth career Grammy for album of the year last week, Kelce said he told her he’d “have to hold up my end of the bargain and bring home some hardware, too”.
Kelce finished with nine receptions for 93 yards, including a crucial catch with less than one minute remaining in overtime, helping the Chiefs to victory and keeping his promise while sending Swift and everyone in her suite into a celebratory frenzy.
Swift flew halfway around the world to watch her boyfriend, who also said during NFL’s opening night on Monday, “I want this one more than I’ve ever wanted a Super Bowl before in my life.”
Kelce’s vibe at the end of the game was an emphatic change after he bumped Andy Reid on the sideline, knocking the 65-year-old Kansas City coach a few steps back after teammate Isiah Pacheco fumbled inside the red zone during the second quarter.
Kelce ran over to Reid and screamed at him after the fumble. CBS reported that Kelce was angry that he wasn’t on the field for the play and yelled at Reid to keep him in the game.
This was the second sideline incident involving Kelce and Reid this season. During a game against the Raiders on Christmas Day, an angry Kelce spiked his helmet on the sideline, and when a staff member tried to hand it back to the tight end so that he could take the field, Reid grabbed the helmet and refused to give it back.
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