The Kansas City Chiefs trailed by 10 points with just a little over 7:00 left in the fourth quarter of Super Bowl 54.
All hope seemed lost. Then, Patrick Mahomes reminded everyone why the Chiefs can never be counted out.
Hard Rock Stadium erupted when Mahomes stepped back and launched a 44-yard pass to Tyreek Hill – resulting in a monumental shift during a potential game-deciding third down. Four plays later, Travis Kelce caught a 1-yard touchdown pass bringing the game within one possession, 20-17.
Hope was restored.
“I didn’t despair because Kansas City has made some lightening comebacks before,” said Jeffrey Farrar, a senior computer science major. “The game was going to be very close… Vegas had the odds near 50/50.”
Running back Damien Williams found his way into the end zone on a controversial scoring play that went under NFL review. The call stood and Williams was awarded the touchdown on a close play which showed the football crossing the goal line and Williams’ foot touching the out-of-bounds line simultaneously.
The Chiefs then led 24-20 with 2:44 remaining.
San Francisco was able to bring the ball near midfield before quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo was sacked on fourth down resulting in a turnover on downs.
It wasn’t long after that Williams broke a 38-yard touchdown run breaking the game open 31-20. Kansas City riddled off 21 unanswered points to cap off the game.
“I kept remembering that we are a second half team,” said Chelsie Gilner, a senior integrated studies major. “It has been a long time coming for Chiefs fans.”
Sunday night was historical for the franchise as Kansas City became the only team in NFL history to trail by 10 or more points in all postseason match ups and comeback to win them all. Not to mention, it’s the franchise's first Super Bowl win in 50 years.
“Our guys came through when we needed it the most,” said Colby Nelsen, a graduate student in the social work masters program at Washburn. “The whole playoffs have been a roller-coaster ride for the Chiefs but at the start of the season we had one goal – we accomplished that goal.”
With the win, Mahomes became the youngest quarterback, at age 24, in NFL history to win Super Bowl MVP.
The win brought Head Coach Andy Reid his first Super Bowl title. Reid has coached 21 complete seasons and ranks sixth all-time in head coach wins with 222.
Fans can view photos of the celebration and Lombardi Trophy presentation on the official Kansas City Chiefs webpage.
The Chiefs Kingdom Champions Parade is scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 5 in downtown Kansas City. The parade will begin at 11:30 a.m.
Edited by Adam White, Jason Morrison