In the final game of the NFL in Las Vegas, they beat the San Francisco 49ers 25-22 in overtime on Monday night. The Chiefs won their fourth title in the most prestigious overseas competition. In addition to last year, they also succeeded in 1969 and 2019. They failed in the Super Bowl finals in 1966 and 2020. The MVP award for the most valuable player of the finals was won by Patrick Mahomes, just like in the previous two titles.
The last time San Francisco won the title was in 1995 when they beat the San Diego Chargers 49-26 in the finals. The defining moment of this year’s season highlight came three seconds before the end of overtime, when Mahomes found opposing free Mecole Hardman Jr. in the end zone. Kansas is the first team to defend the trophy in 19 years, a total of nine teams have done it.
This year’s final was only the second of 58 matches to end in a tie after regular time. The Chiefs trailed 19-22, but Mahomes picked up a fourth down for one yard and then made the decision when he found Hardman. “There are only two options. You either make it or you don’t. In the end, ours turned out to be the right one. We did what we thought was the right thing to do,” the AP agency quoted Kansas coach Andy Reid.
49ers coach Kyle Shanahan of course he did not hide his disappointment: “We went through all the analyzes and prepared the players. We wanted to be the ones with a chance to win.”