PARADISE – The Super Bowl between the San Francisco 49ers and Kansas City Chiefs took place in the city of Paradise, Nevada, right outside of San Francisco. These two teams played the glorious finale right outside of “Sin City” Las Vegas. As some people looked to be bold and gain a lucky fortune in the casinos, others flocked to the NFL’s final showdown of 2024.
Early on, it looked like San Francisco would win this time. The defensive line proved to be too much for veteran superstar quarterback Patrick Mahomes. Although the defense looked like it would contain Mahomes more than outright pressure him, it was enough to slow down the Chiefs offense.
At halftime, the 49ers held a small 10-3 lead that felt like a much bigger advantage due to the Super Bowl-winning effort by the defense. Was San Francisco destined to win this time? Was it really that bad though for the Chiefs? Mahomes completed 11 of his first 13 passes. Although Arik Armstead and Chase Young had one sack each in the first half, it looked like Mahomes could do something in the second half. Even so, the fact that the 49ers’ defense did enough to contain the Chiefs’ offense was an obvious sign that Kansas City didn’t do enough in the first half. It wasn’t quite as bad for the Chiefs as the Super Bowl against Tampa Bay but it was difficult enough.
The Chiefs refused to give into despair. Mahomes threw a 16-yard touchdown pass to Marquez Valdez-Scantling to take a 13-10 lead in the third quarter. While 49ers quarterback Brock Purdy struggled mightily through part of the third quarter as he completed just 12 of his first 23 passes of the game.
Purdy then threw a ten-yard touchdown pass to Jauan Jennings. The score was 16-13 49ers in the fourth quarter. After that, Chiefs Kicker Harrison Butler nailed a 24-yard field goal to tie the game at 16-16. It was anyone’s guess at that point which team would win the game. The nail-biter continued throughout the fourth quarter.
The interesting stat line on Jennings was he not only caught that touchdown but also threw one to 49ers Running Back Christian McCaffrey earlier in the game. Jennings played for the Tennessee Volunteers from 2015-2019. He had his best college football season in 2019 when he recorded 969 receiving yards and eight touchdowns. He had lots of potential early on but he’s a relative unknown in the NFL. He has three years of NFL experience.
The 49ers then scored the go-ahead field goal as Kicker Jake Moody nailed a 53-yarder which gave San Francisco the 19-16 lead.
However, the nail-biter wasn’t over. The Chiefs went down the field quickly and eventually tied the game with a short field goal with three seconds left in the game. 49ers Safety Ji’Ayir Brown went down with an injury with less than ten seconds left in the game before the field goal was kicked after he took a nasty hit from Chiefs Tight End Travis Kelce. Would that affect the outcome of the game?
In overtime, Moody nailed a 27-yard field goal to the 49ers a 22-19 lead. However, after a conversion on 4th and one, the Chiefs continued the move the ball downfield on their possession. Chiefs receiver Mecole Hardman caught the game-winning three-yard touchdown to give the Chiefs their second consecutive Super Bowl win.
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