750 The Game Staff
Patrick Mahomes found Mecole Hardman for the walk-off touchdown at the end of the first overtime of Super Bowl 58, and the Kansas City Chiefs beat the San Francisco 49ers 25-22 to repeat as NFL champions.
Mahomes was named Super Bowl MVP for the second year in a row and third time in his career going back to the Super Bowl 54 win over the Niners in Miami in the 2019 season.
The 49ers led 10-0 in the first half and 10-3 at halftime, and intercepted Mahomes on the opening drive of the third quarter. Kicker Jake Moody connected on a pair of fifty-plus yard field goals, including a 53-yarder with under two minutes left in regulation that gave the Niners a 19-16 lead.
Mahomes, however, led the Chiefs down the field in time for a Harrison Butker game-tying field goal in the waning seconds to send the game to overtime.
The Niners won the overtime toss and opted to begin with the football, marching down the field with help of a third-down penalty on Kansas City that extended the drive. A critical third-down pressure by Chris Jones on quarterback Brock Purdy forced the Niners to kick a field goal, and a 22-19 overtime lead.
From there, Mahomes was able to get the Chiefs down the field themselves, converting a 4th-&-1 along the way and getting another big Mahomes run into 49ers territory. An inside screen to Kelce earned first-and-goal inside the five. The next play, Hardman motioned near Kelce before releasing his route into open space, uncovered by the Niners defense, to secure the wide-open game-winning score.
Chiefs head coach Andy Reid now has his third Super Bowl title in five seasons, all with Mahomes as the starting quarterback. Mahomes has reached the AFC Championship Game in each of his six seasons as a starting quarterback going back to the 2018 season. Previous to Mahomes, Reid had reached the NFC Championship five times with the Philadelphia Eagles, reaching one Super Bowl, which he lost to Tom Brady and the Patriots in the 2004 season.
As for Niners coach Kyle Shanahan, similar to Reid, he guided his squad to three consecutive NFC Championship appearances, and four NFC title game appearances in the last five years. He has two trips to the Super Bowl to show for it, but remains without a Super Bowl victory. Shanahan’s 49ers had a 10-point lead in the fourth quarter of Super Bowl 54 before Mahomes and company broke through to rip out the win in Miami, and the Niners led 10-0 in Super Bowl 58 before Mahomes and the Chiefs found a way to win late in the game once again.
Chiefs defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo becomes the first coordinator, defensive or offensive, to win four Super Bowls. He won Super Bowl 42 with the New York Giants, helping upset the undefeated Patriots in Arizona 17-14. He was hired prior to the 2019 season by the Chiefs, and guided the defense to help win Super Bowl 54, 57 and 58.
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