By Cameron Buford, Whatsgoodinsports.com
NFL fans and casual football fans from around the globe got the game they were looking for when they tuned in to the Superbowl LIV. On the first Sunday in February, which should be a US holiday, we got to see the Kansas City Chiefs take on the San Francisco 49ers, in Miami’s Hard Rock Stadium, for the NFL Championship game. This would be the Chief’s first time in 50 years competing for the leagues’ title while the 49ers were seeking their 6 NFL Championship. This game which aired of live FOX would end being watched by nearly 100 million people. FOX Sports also estimated that Sunday’s game had 102 million viewers if those viewing on Fox Deportes or through NFL and Verizon streaming services were taken into account. Either way, the nearly 100 million people that tuned in is up 1% from last season, making it the 10th most-watched Superbowl ever. In comparison, Super Bowl XLIX set a record of 114.4 million viewers.
The halftime time show also didn’t disappoint fans and viewers alike. It has been reported that 103 million people tune in to see the halftime show headlined by Jennifer Lopez and Shakira. This was a 4% increase from last year’s halftime show. Additionally, it’s said that Jennifer Lopez earned over 2 million engagements on social media in comparison to Chiefs Quarterback Patrick Mahomes’ 514,000.
As for the game itself, football fans got to witness a great clash of the explosive (12-4) Chiefs offense versus the stout defense of the (13-3) San Francisco 49ers. The Chiefs were playing in their 3rd Superbowl with hopes of capturing their 2nd Superbowl Championship whereas the 49ers were seeking to become the third team with 6 total Superbowl Championships (Pittsburg and New England each have 6). Additionally, this matchup boasted the highest combined winning percentage of opposing QB’s with 25 minimum starts.
San Francisco 49ers Head Coach Kyle Shanahan became the second half of the father-son duo to ever coach in a Superbowl. His creativity and play design led the 49ers to the 2nd in scoring in the NFL this season. Those elaborate play designs allowed the 49ers to draw first blood in this game with a field goal on their initial drive.
The Chiefs responded quickly with a 1-yard TD run by Patrick Mahomes and then shortly added a field goal to take a 7-point lead. After tying the game up with a Garoppolo TD pass to fullback K Juszczyk, the 49ers had a chance the stop the clock after shutting down the Chiefs offense just before the before halftime as their GM was urging from his private both overlooking the field. Kyle Shanahan to call a time out at that point potentially causes them points.
However, the 49ers came out of them and took a 10-point lead on the Chiefs by scoring on another R Gould 42-yard field goal. They followed up with R Mostert touchdown to take a 10-point lead while they significantly slowing that Chiefs offense. This deficit only set the stage for Mahomes and the Chiefs to their ability to overcome being down by double digits.
Harkening back to his Superbowl LI coaching blunder, Shanahan refused to run the ball with that versatile 49’ers running game. The Chiefs slowed down that San Francisco offense enough to put the ball
back in the hands of last season’s NFL MVP, and once again Mahomes did just what we all would’ve expected. Mahomes led the Kansas City Chiefs to 3 unanswered touchdowns while becoming the first team to score 21 points in the 4th quarter of a Superbowl. The Chiefs also became the only team ever to come back from 10+ points in 3 NFL postseason games.
The Kansas Chiefs earned their first Championship in 5 decades, for the first time since the AFL merged with NFL before 1970. Not only does Andy Reid win his first Superbowl Title he becomes the 5th winning coaches in league history including the postseason. Patrick Mahomes becomes the second-youngest QB to ever win a Superbowl and the only to win a league MVP award and a Superbowl Championship before the age of 25.
Overall, this was a great game. Overlook, the mistakes made by the 49ers who have awoken a beast by allowing the Chiefs to snatch this championship from their grasp. I think this will be the first of multiple championships for the Chiefs. Share your thoughts on NFL Superbowl LIV, by simply commenting in the comment section of this article on www.whatsgoodinsports.com or by tweeting me on Twitter @whatsgoodnsport for immediate engagement. Additionally, subscribe to our weekly “Voice of the Fans Podcast” which is available for you on most podcasting platforms, Apple and Google Podcasts including Spotify, TuneIn, and iHeart Radio. As always, we certainly appreciate you for making our voice your choice!