Kansas City Chiefs defeat San Francisco 49ers to win Super Bowl LIV
In a matchup of irresistible offense versus rock-solid defense, something had to give.
But after a thrilling battle from start to finish, the Kansas City Chiefs walk away with their first Super Bowl Championship in 50 years, defeating the San Francisco 49ers 31-20 to cap off the final game in the historic 100th season.
In doing so, the Chiefs became the first Super Bowl winners to trail by 10+ points in every single play-off game on their way to the victory.
The game was an emotional one before things got underway as both teams stood on their respective 24-yard lines in honor of the late LA Lakers legend Kobe Bryant (and his No. 24 jersey) and the eight other victims of last week's helicopter crash. Many fans in the crowd could be seen wearing Lakers jerseys, and a few even had Bryant’s Lower Merion High School jersey.
The half-time show was also as electric as one would expect, with Shakira and Jennifer Lopez putting on a show viewers labeled "inspiring" on Twitter.
The two pop stars shared the stage and performed a medley of their biggest hits, from Shakira's 'Whenever, Wherever' and 'Hips Don't Lie' to Lopez's 'On the Floor'. Towards the end of the performance, J-Lo was even joined on-stage with daughter Emme, who sang with her mother.
The Kansas City Chiefs went into Super Bowl LIV as slight favorites, with quarterback Patrick Mahomes looking to join Tom Brady and Ben Roethlisberger as only the third QB to lift the Lombardi trophy before the age of 25.
Mahomes also had the opportunity to become the youngest player to win both the NFL MVP and Super Bowl titles.
Mahomes said beforehand of the game;
"Obviously, we want to win it really bad for each other.
"But we also want to win it for the city and the pride that they show through the ups and downs, the passion that they show every single time we're in Arrowhead (Stadium in Kansas City). It really is amazing, and we want to make sure we can bring a trophy home to them."
As for the 49ers, a win represented the chance to draw level with the Patriots and the Steelers for the most Super Bowl titles.
Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo - who tore his ACL three games into the 2018 season - said before the game:
"I think attitude, confidence, whatever you want to call it, when you're playing with that, I think it makes you tough to beat whether you're the better team or not.
"Football is a crazy game. It's not a seven-game series, so it's not always the best team that wins. It's who plays better that night."
In the end, though, Kansas City Chiefs triumphed to win Super Bowl LIV and hoist the Lombardi Trophy in an absorbing contest at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida.