Super Bowl notebook: Chiefs claim dynasty tag by downing 49ers

After the Chiefs beat the Philadelphia Eagles 38-35 in Super Bowl LVII last year, Kansas City quarterback Patrick Mahomes wasn’t ready to crown his team as NFL royalty.

“I’m not gonna say dynasty yet. We’re not done,” Mahomes said. “So, I’m not gonna say dynasty yet.”

Well, he can now.

The Chiefs edged the San Francisco 49ers 25-22 in overtime in Super Bowl LVIII on Sunday, taking home their second straight Lombardi Trophy and third in five years. It was a rematch of Super Bowl LIV, which Kansas City also won, 31-20, back in 2020.

San Francisco was just minutes away from matching the New England Patriots and Pittsburgh Steelers for the most Super Bowl victories in league history (six), going up 19-16 with 1:53 left in regulation when Jake Moody made good on a 53-yard field goal.

But Harrison Butker’s 29-yarder with three seconds remaining tied things at 19-all, and the Niners had to settle for another field goal from Moody — this one from 27 yards out — on the first possession of the extra session.

Mahomes then guided the Chiefs 75 yards in 13 plays, ending the game with a 3-yard touchdown pass to Mecole Hardman with three seconds to go.

–Mahomes completed 34 of 46 passes for 333 yards, two touchdowns and an interception, also leading Kansas City in rushing with 66 yards on nine carries. He was named Super Bowl MVP for the third time in his career, joining Joe Montana as a three-time winner. They only trail Tom Brady, who won the award five times.

“To me, it’s always gonna be tough because Brady beat me in the Super Bowl. That’s the only thing he’ll always have on my head,” Mahomes told NFL Network, referring to the comparisons he has drawn to Brady. “It gives me something to strive for every single day — it’s chasing greatness.”

–Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce hauled in nine receptions for 93 yards with girlfriend Taylor Swift in attendance. Kansas City was 10-3 this season (including playoffs) when Swift came to cheer the team on.

–Brock Purdy threw for 255 yards and a TD on 23-for-38 passing for the Niners, who got 160 yards from scrimmage (80 rushing, 80 receiving) from Christian McCaffrey.

“It starts with (my) coach (Kyle Shanahan), that’s who I hurt for and for all the other guys, our whole team,” Purdy said. “What we’ve been through the last year hasn’t been easy. For it to go like that where it’s close at the end and it’s tough, I’m still trying to wrap my mind around it.”

–San Francisco wide receiver Jauan Jennings threw a touchdown pass and caught another, becoming the second player to accomplish the feat in the same Super Bowl. Philadelphia Eagles signal-caller Nick Foles was the other, doing so in Super Bowl LII.

–The 49ers’ Jake Moody opened the scoring 12 seconds into the second quarter, kicking the longest field goal in Super Bowl history — a 55-yarder. However, Harrison Butker shattered that mark with a 57-yard field goal in the third that pulled Kansas City within 10-6. Steve Christie of the Buffalo Bills had the original record, booting a 54-yarder in Super Bowl XXVIII.

–For the third straight game, the Chiefs were underdogs. Oddsmakers favored the Buffalo Bills in the divisional round and the Baltimore Ravens in the AFC Championship Game.

“Just know that the Kansas City Chiefs are never underdogs,” Mahomes said. “Just know that.”

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