Kansas City Chiefs come from behind to clinch Super Bowl LIV

Updated: Feb 4, 2020

The Kansas City Chiefs and the 49ers went head-to-head on Sunday ( image:Getty)

The Kansas City Chiefs triumphed over the 49ers in an epic four-quarter Super Bowl game, giving Andy Reid his first major win in a career that spans 21-years as head coach.

Down 21-10 entering the fourth quarter, and with quarterback Patrick Mahomes not playing at his best for half of the game, the Lombardi Trophy looked like it was heading to San Francisco and the 49ers.

For three and a half quarters, the Niners had Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs on edge. However, it was the 49ers coach, Kyle Shanahan who failed to maximise on that advantage. First, by messing up the clock at the end of the first half. Then, by ignoring the rushing game down the stretch, when draining five or so minutes off the clock would have secured the franchise’s sixth title.

Kansas City lift Super Bowl trophy after 50 years (image:Getty)

The Chiefs quarterback suffered a difficult evening under the pressure of the 49ers and looked set to miss out on the big prize. However, produced a staggering performance in the final quarter to guide his team to their first Super Bowl win in 50 years, coming from 10 points behind to stun their opponents 31-20 in Miami.

The Chiefs last appearance at the Super Bowl was 11 January 1970.Coach Andy Reid, who has 222 career wins, including post-season has never won the trophy in the two decades he has been at the helm.Nonetheless, only five coaches in the history of the league have more victories, including the post-season.

Mahomes is the second-youngest quarterback ever to win a Super Bowl after Ben Roethlisberger in Super Bowl 40 and third quarterback to win Super Bowl MVP, despite throwing multiple interceptions, joining Terry Bradshaw (three INTs in Super Bowl XIV) and Tom Brady (two in Super Bowl XLIX).

Shakira & JLo deliver

Not only were there some great moments in the game, this was a Super Bowl that delivered during half-time as well.

JLo and Shakira brought the heat to the half-time segment (image:Getty)

Jennifer Lopez and Shakira promised to pull out all the stops, adding more songs than ever before during their 12 minutes in the spotlight, and like the pros they are, they belted out over 20 songs, with stunning dance moves.

Shakira, opened the show with the disco strut of She Wolf, before seamlessly moving on to the ‘grungy rock’ of Empire. She also threw in a few bars of Led Zeppelin's Kashmir as she swaggered around on stage.

Throughout her performance, the Colombian singer, who was celebrating her 43rd birthday, looked like she was having a phenomenal time. She also brought out Puerto Rican singer Bad Bunny to duet on a cover of Cardi B's I Like It, and wrapped up six minutes later with her biggest hit, Hips Don't Lie, while being carried across the audience on her back.

Tribute to Kobe Bryant

The show also incorporated a tribute to basketball legend Kobe Bryant, who died alongside his daughter Gianna and seven others in a helicopter crash last weekend.

As Lopez's daughter performed the opening bars of Let's Get Loud, a giant cross illuminated the field of Miami's Hard Rock stadium in yellow and purple, the colours of the Los Angeles Lakers which Kobe played for, for 20 years.

Before the performance, Lopez said she had wanted to honour the athlete as soon as she learned of the tragedy from her fiancé, Alex Rodriguez.

"I think it's affecting everybody so much because it's reminding everybody how fragile life is and how we have to appreciate every single moment," Lopez said.

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