- There is truth in the saying “Defense wins games” and the San Francisco 49ers outplayed the Kansas City Chiefs in defense during the first half.
- Broadcaster Joe Buck did a great job of calling the game with his father Jack being the last one to announce a Kansas City Chiefs Super Bowl over 50 years ago.
- Despite the number of wagers for butt cleavage, Jennifer Lopez and Shakira did not show off their cracks for the Halftime Show.
MIAMI – The Kansas City Chiefs and the San Francisco 49ers ended the first half with a tie game, 10-10. The start of the game had the Chiefs as the 1.5 favorites to win. Mahomes was able to run in the only touchdown of the half for his team. Meanwhile, the only touchdown for the 49ers came from a very big surprise in FB Kyle Juszczyk.
Third Quarter Breakdown
The San Francisco 49ers again were the first to get on the board in the second half with a field goal by Robbie Gould.
The kicker that got them on the board at the beginning of the first half. Deja vu. But it allowed San Francisco to get on top 13-10.
Niners’ LB Fred Warner intercepted QB Patrick Mahomes, who threw a pick and allowed the 49ers to get the ball back. This was Warner’s first career postseason interception. Garoppolo handed the ball off to RB Raheem Mostert to score a touchdown, making the score 19-10. The PAT would later make it 20-10.
Could the Chiefs answer with the next possession of the ball? They could not, as the third quarter would end without any progress from the Kansas City offense. The third quarter ended with a score of 20-10.
Fourth Quarter Breakdown
QB Patrick Mahomes began to crumble under the pressure of SB 54. He first was sacked, then went on to throw a pick – his second of the night.
Again, it was the 49ers’ turn. Official Bill Vinovich was calling the game true to form with his lack of flags. San Francisco was unable to score and had to punt it away.
Mahomes threw to RB Damien Williams for a 65-yard catch and a first down. TE Travis Kelce went into the end zone to score a touchdown making the score 20-16. The added field goal would make the score 20-17 with 6:13 left in the game.
At this point, legal sports betting sites had the San Francisco 49ers as the favorite to win with (-240) odds while Kansas City has (+175) odds. For reference, the start of this game saw the Chiefs favored with odds of (-120) while San Francisco was at (+100).
Mahomes passed to RB Damien Williams for the touchdown to make the score 23-20 Kansas City. But the touchdown went under a scoring review where it would stand. The field goal would make it 24-20 Chiefs.
The moneyline on Kansas changed from (+175) to (-245) within minutes of the fourth quarter, San Francisco went from (-240) to (+180).
Would KC head coach Andy Reid be able to mirror Dick Vermeil and win his first Super Bowl with the second franchise he’s taken to the Championship Game? And more importantly, would he be able to get that post-game victory cheeseburger?
San Francisco was unable to do anything with the ball with four downs, giving the Chiefs the ball at 1:25 left in the game. In 13 seconds, RB Damien Williams (+750 for last TD score) ran in for a touchdown (the last of the game), his second of the night, making the score 30-20. The field goal made the score 31-20 KC with 1:12 left in the game.
CB Kendall Fuller intercepted the ball from QB Jimmy Garoppolo to seal Kansas City’s SB 54 victory.
Kansas City Chiefs Win Super Bowl 54 And The Lombardi Trophy!
Orange Gatorade was thrown on head coach Andy Reid for winning the game and that color had odds of (+350). Purple was the favorite for that prop bet at (-150). When asked on the field for the post-game interview if it was worth the wait, Reid said “Absolutely! Love these guys!”
“How ‘bout those Chiefs?!” said Reid to football legend Terry Bradshaw. QB Patrick Mahomes (+115) would be named MVP of SB 54. Damian Williams got robbed after scoring two touchdowns for Kansas City to get the win.
The Kansas City Chiefs now have a Lombardi Trophy to display in their case at home and Reid will get that victory cheeseburger after all! Go Chiefs!
Christina has been writing for as long as she can remember and does dedicated research on the newly regulated sports betting market. She comes from a family of sports lovers that engage in friendly bets from time to time. During the winter months, you can find Christina baking cookies and beating the entire staff at Mario Kart…the N64 version of course.