Kansas City Chiefs bring the Lombardi Trophy back to Kansas City


Zoey Pudenz

Chiefs players go through the parade along Grand Street on Feb. 5th. The Parade ended at Union Station where the players were apart of a celebration rally.

Blake Beashore, Editor-in-Chief

The Chiefs had come back from 24-0, they came back from 17-7, and in the Super Bowl, the biggest event in all of sports, they found themselves down 20-10 with 8:53 left in the game.

It had been a rough start for Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs. Mahomes had thrown two interceptions and it seemed that the 49ers top-ranked defense was going to overthrow the Chiefs high powered offense.

The Kansas City offense finally started to get going on a third and long pass to Tyreek Hill for 44 yards. Then the next play he threw the ball up to Travis Kelce in the end zone. Pass interference was called on the 49ers and the ball was placed on the one-yard line. To end the drive Mahomes found Travis Kelce wide open in the back of the endzone on a play-action pass, cutting the deficit to three.

After the score, the Kansas City defense stepped up with a three and out stop. Following the punt, by 49ers punter Mitch Wishnowsky, the Chiefs started with the ball on the 35-yard line. Mahomes hit a few short completions to Kelce and Hill, then hit the long ball to Sammy Watkins, who finished with 98 receiving yards in the game.

This play put them in great scoring position and following a sack on the four-yard line Mahomes found running back Damien Williams in space for a touchdown to take the first lead in 21 minutes of game time.

The 49ers got the ball back with a chance to retake the lead. The Chiefs forced a 4th and long following a missed touchdown by Jimmy Garapolo. Garapolo had receiver Emmanuel Sanders wide open deep over the middle and he overthrew his target. On 4th and 10, the Chiefs defense brought the pressure and quickly sacked Garapolo giving the ball back to Mahomes and the Chiefs.

When given the ball back the Chiefs were looking to run some clock and get another score on the board. Mahomes handed the ball off to Williams, who then found a hole on the left side of the defense and it was all open field from there. Williams strolled into the endzone capping off a two-touchdown 133 total yard day, including 104 on the ground. This touchdown put the score at 31-20.

On the 49ers drive, Garapolo forced up a throw over the middle which was picked off by defensive back Kendall Fuller. This turnover gave the ball back to the Chiefs who ran out the rest of the clock and brought the Lombardi Trophy back to Kansas City.

Patrick Mahomes ended with 286 yards, two touchdowns, and two interceptions. Tyreek Hill led receivers with 105 yards, and Williams led all rushers with 104 yards.

Although the Chiefs had many comebacks in the playoffs some fans believe this was the best of the three due to it being on the bigger stage
“I think this comeback was the best in the playoffs because it was in the Super Bowl and everyone thought that the 49ers had it in the bag,” said sophomore Blake Porter.

Even though the Chiefs had come back in other games this one had one different aspect. Mahomes had thrown interceptions, something he had not yet done in his playoff career.

“I wanted to believe we had hope the whole time we were down, but after Mahomes’ 2nd interception I started to panic,” said junior Brandon Ahart.

In a comeback win, there has to be a turning point where the momentum shifts from one team to the other.

“I felt the momentum change on Tyreek’s catch for over 40 yards in the 4th quarter,” Porter said.

The Chiefs followed that catch with a score by Travis Kelce and that was the moment that junior Kinley Brown realized the Chiefs were going to win.

“When we scored for the first time in the 4th quarter I went crazy and I think that’s what made them believe back In themselves knowing they just needed a few more points to be able to claim the trophy they deserved,” Brown said. “I even peed my pants I was crying and screaming.

Following the victory, Kansas City was a party. On Wednesday, Feb. 5 the streets of Kansas City, MO were blockaded for the championship parade.

Ahart attended the parade and got into the front row.

“I got good videos when I was that close, I got a video with Dwayne Bowe, saw Jamaal Charles, Paul Rudd and witnessed Jackson Mahomes make a Tik Tok, I’m even in it,” Ahart said.

Brown was among the thousands of others who attended the parade.

“I did attend the parade and it was such a great time to be apart of. Of course, it was cold and crowded but nothing will ever compare to cheering on my team in MY city,” Brown said. “It just felt so good and I was so proud and excited that my hometown team won the Super Bowl and so many people were there to celebrate it. It was definitely a once in a lifetime experience that nothing could compare to.”