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Beyond the Bison: Chiefs down 49ers in super bowl

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Evelyn Pierce, Graphics Manager / The Bucknellian

Super Bowl LVIII took place in Las Vegas this past Sunday, where the AFC champion and defending Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs took on the NFC champion San Francisco 49ers.

It was a bit of a slow start to the game, especially for the Chiefs. With really no initial offensive rhythm, they finally got into the red zone later into the first quarter. But, running back Isaiah Pacheco fumbled on around the 20-yard line, giving up possession to San Francisco.

Travis Kelce, All-Pro tight end for Kansas City, didn’t take this lightly. He was subbed out on the play, leaving young tight end Noah Gray to block. His blocker beat him, causing the fumble.

Kelce went over to Chiefs head coach Andy Reid, immediately screaming in his face for taking him out, shoving him a little bit. It seemed at this point that the Chiefs were all out of sorts, and the game could get away from them completely. 

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That was probably the most exciting part of the first half.

After a 0-0 score at the end of the first quarter, San Francisco was the first team to put points on the board with a Jake Moody field goal, making the game 3-0. After another Chiefs fumble, and the next possession for each team resulting in a punt, the 49ers would finally be the first team to get into the end zone on a Christian McCaffrey dump-off pass that he took 21 yards to the house.

This play seemed like one that could turn the tides of the game with the Chiefs’ offensive struggles.

With under two minutes to go in the half, Kansas City was able to drive down the field and kick a field goal, bringing the halftime score to 10-3.

It was a rocky start to the third quarter, starting with a Patrick Mahomes interception and three straight punts. Then, during the third quarter, KC was able to get down the field to allow kicker Harrison Butker to put another field goal through the uprights, bringing the score to 10-6.

Once the fourth quarter started, this game became one for the history books.

The first possession for both teams resulted in a touchdown, and fans sat on the edge of their seats with a 16-13 49ers lead.

After three straight field goals to end the fourth quarter, we were about to witness just the second Super Bowl to ever go into overtime.

The 49ers got the ball first, and, after an almost eight minute drive, scored a field goal, giving SF a 22-19 lead.

Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs could win it with a touchdown, and we saw here why Patrick Mahomes might officially be an all-time great at just 28 years old.

The Chiefs also took on a slow possession and, after facing multiple third-and-long situations, the clock winded down to under a minute with KC in the red zone.

With about 30 seconds left, and KC having two timeouts, Andy Reid elected to let the clock roll down to about 10 seconds, and leave the game to one final play. There was no interest in extending this game any further for the Chiefs ring leader.

With a snap count that felt like an eternity, Mahomes finally snapped the ball and found Mecole Hardman running in motion for the Super Bowl-winning score. 

The game set a slow pace until the fourth quarter and overtime. Patrick Mahomes has concreted himself into one of the best players ever, with now his third Super Bowl ring in just seven years as a starter.

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