Kansas City Chiefs beat San Francisco 49ers 25-22 in OT thriller

The Kansas City Chiefs became the first back-to-back Super Bowl champions in two decades by defeating the San Francisco 49ers 25-22 in overtime in Super Bowl LVII in Las Vegas.

A back-and-forth game saw both teams tied at 19 runs at the end of the game. Jake Moody hit a 27-yard field goal to give the Niners a 22-19 lead. But Kansas City quarterback Patrick Mahomes drove the Chiefs down the field and, 13 seconds into overtime, connected on a one-yard touchdown pass to Mecole Hartman to give the Chiefs their third Super Bowl in five years.

Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Mecole Hartman Jr. (12) celebrates his game-winning touchdown with quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) during the NFL Super Bowl 58 football game against the San Francisco 49ers, Sunday, Feb. 11, 2024. Las Vegas. The Chiefs won 25-22.

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The Niners scored first in the game, taking a 3–0 lead early in the second quarter on kicker Jake Moody's 55-yard field goal, which briefly set the record for the longest field goal in Super Bowl history.

They extended their lead to 10-0 with a double-pass trick play less than five minutes into the second quarter. Niners quarterback Brock Purdy returned the ball to wide receiver Javon Jennings, who then threw it across the field to Christian McCaffrey, who ran 21-yards for the score.

Jennings became the first wide receiver to throw a touchdown pass in a Super Bowl since Antoine Randle did in Super Bowl XL in 2006 for the Pittsburgh Steelers in a victory over the Seattle Seahawks.

They finally got on the board before halftime with a 28-yard Harrison Butker field goal.

Turnovers were the story of the game as both sides committed back-to-back mistakes. Running backs struggle to catch the football.

McCaffrey fumbled on the opening drive of the game. Then, with the Chiefs still scoreless, set up with a promising first-and-goal from the Niners nine-yard line early in the second quarter, running back Isaiah Pacheco knocked the ball away, and the Niners recovered.

The Niners defense confused Mahomes time and time again. He came out after halftime and immediately threw an interception on G'Air Brown.

Midway through the third quarter, Budger broke Moody's record, making a 57-yard field goal of his own to cut the Niners' lead to 10–6.

With three minutes left in the third quarter, Niners' returner Ray-Ray McCloud fumbled a punt, the Chiefs recovered, and on the next play, Mahomes connected with Marquez Valdez-Scandling on a 16-yard touchdown pass. Chiefs lead 13-10.

The Niners responded early in the fourth, with Purdy connecting with Jennings for a six-yard touchdown. But Moody missed the extra point, giving the Niners a 16-13 lead.

Budger's 24-yard field goal tied the game at 16 with less than six minutes left.

However, Moody redeemed himself for his earlier mistake, kicking a 53-yard field goal with less than two minutes left to give the Niners a 19–16 lead.

But as he's done so many times before, Mahomes drove the Chiefs down the field, setting up a 29-yard tying field goal with three seconds left to send the game into overtime.

Super Bowl LI in 2017 was the only Super Bowl to go into overtime when Tom Brady and the New England Patriots rallied from a 28-3 deficit to defeat the Atlanta Falcons 34-28.

Super Bowl LVIII The 2020 Super Bowl served as LIV's rematch, with the Chiefs and Mahomes defeating the Niners 31-20 to bring Kansas City its first Super Bowl in half a century.

Super Bowl LVIII Aired on CBS And Nickelodeon and Streamed on Paramount+ From Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas. Our colleagues CBS Sports Including tonight's game.

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