That Mahomes Magic they talk about? This is what they’re talking about.
In just the second Super Bowl to go to overtime, and after a first-half slog that saw the Chiefs put up just 6 points, Patrick Mahomes did it again, leading Kansas City first on a game-tying drive in the final two minutes to force the extra period, then on a game-winning drive in overtime to give the Chiefs their third Super Bowl win in five years.
Mahomes was brilliant in overtime, converting a crucial fourth down with the season on the line with his legs, then picking up a huge third down on a 19-yard scramble to get Kansas City into the red zone. That wasn’t enough for Mahomes, who found Travis Kelce for 7 yards to get inside the 5, then hit a wide open Mecole Hardman for a 3-yard touchdown and a Super Bowl-winning score.
Mahomes finished the game 34 of 46 for 333 yards and two touchdowns and was named Super Bowl MVP.
A defensive struggle saw no points scored in the first quarter, with San Francisco coming closest but seeing its first drive cut short by a Christian McCaffrey fumble. The 49ers broke through in the second quarter on Jake Moody’s Super Bowl-record 55-yard kick, then found the end zone with 4:23 to go in the half on a trick play that saw wide receiver Jauan Jennings hit McCaffrey for a 21-yard touchdown on a double pass.
The Chiefs finally got on the board in the final seconds of the first half with a 28-yard field goal from Harrison Butker to cut the deficit to 10-3. Kansas City chipped further into the San Francisco lead when Butker snatched that Super Bowl record from Moody with a 57-yard kick of his own with 5:06 to go in the third quarter.
A huge momentum swing came late in the third when a punt from the Chiefs’ Tommy Townsend ricocheted off the foot of the 49ers Darrell Luter and Kansas City dove on the live ball to recover possession in the red zone. It took one play for Mahomes to capitalize, as he hit Marquez Valdes-Scantling on the next snap for a 16-yard touchdown to give the Chiefs their first lead, 13-10.
The game exploded into life in the fourth quarter, starting with a 12-play, 75-yard San Francisco drive that ended in Jennings’s second touchdown of the game, this time on the receiving end of a 10-yard touchdown toss from Brock Purdy. Moody’s extra point was blocked, leaving the 49ers’ lead at 16-13, a mistake that cost San Francisco in regulation.
Mahomes led a 12-play, 69-yard drive of his own in response but the Chiefs couldn’t find the end zone, having to settle for another chip shot field goal from Butker. Because of Moody’s blocked PAT, Butker’s kick tied the game, 16-16.
The 49ers drove into field goal range in the final minutes and Moody went some way to redeeming himself, drilling a 53-yard kick with 1:57 to play to restore San Francisco’s 3-point lead.
That was too much time for Mahomes, who needed just 1 minute, 50 seconds to lead the Chiefs on a 64-yard drive and set up another chip shot for Butker, who hit it from 29 yards out with just 6 seconds to play to send the Super Bowl to overtime.
Under the new postseason overtime rules, both teams had a chance to possess the ball, with the 49ers receiving to start the extra period. San Francisco marched down the field but had to settle for a 27-yard field goal from Jake Moody, giving the Chiefs a chance to win it with one score.
And when you give Mahomes a chance, there’s often only one result.
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Super Bowl LVIII live updates
Patrick Mahomes named Super Bowl LVIII MVP — 11:15 p.m.
No surprise: Patrick Mahomes is Super Bowl MVP again.
After leading the Chiefs on a game-tying drive in the final moments to send the game to overtime, then a game-winning one in the extra period, Mahomes finished the game 34 of 46 for 333 yards and two touchdowns to win his third ring and third MVP in the big game.
He becomes the third player, after Tom Brady and Joe Montana, to win three Super Bowl MVPs.
Travis Kelce takes the microphone — 11:10 p.m.
Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce took the stage after the game to address the crowd. Here’s what he said:
Let the celebrations begin! — 11:00 p.m.
The Chiefs have begun celebrating their third Super Bowl win in five years on the field at Allegiant Stadium.
Patrick Mahomes and Mecole Hardman end it for the Chiefs — 10:50 p.m.
Mahomes Magic, you say?
The 49ers gave Patrick Mahomes a chance, and he took it, leading the Chiefs on a 13-play, 75-yard drive — converting key third and fourth downs along the way — and hitting Mecole Hardman for a championship-winning touchdown from 3 yards out to give the Chiefs their third Super Bowl in five years and the first back-to-back title win since 2005.
49ers settle for a field goal — 10:35 p.m.
The 49ers got inside the Chiefs’ 10-yard line but couldn’t convert on third and 4 from the 9 and settled for a field goal from Jake Moody. Over to you, Patrick Mahomes: A touchdown wins it, a field goal extends it, and a scoreless possession means the 49ers take home the trophy.
George Kittle heads to the locker room, then returns — 10:30 p.m.
49ers tight end George Kittle headed to the locker room with an apparent right shoulder injury just under five minutes into overtime.
He returned to the sideline shortly after.
What are the NFL’s new overtime rules? — 10:20 p.m.
This is the first postseason game played under the new overtime rules.
Both teams will have an opportunity to possess the ball — a touchdown by the first team to receive will not end the game — unless the first possession ends in a defensive score.
Once both teams have had a possession, if one team has more points than the other (i.e if the first team kicks a field goal, and the second scores a touchdown), that team will win the game.
If either the team that starts with the ball fails to score, or the game is tied after both teams have one possession, it will be next-score-wins from there.
Got it? I hope so. Here we go.
This game is headed to overtime — 10:20 p.m.
For just the second time in Super Bowl history, we’re going to overtime. Patrick Mahomes pieced together a masterful drive to set up a 28-yard chip shot for Harrison Butker, who drilled it to send Super Bowl LVIII to overtime.
Jake Moody gives the 49ers the go-ahead in the final minutes — 10:05 p.m.
This one’s coming down to the wire. Jake Moody’s 53-yard kick was picture perfect, and the 49ers lead by 3 with just under two minutes to go. Too much time for Patrick Mahomes? Time to find out.
It’s all tied up with six minutes to play — 9:55 p.m.
After 54 minutes of football, we’re back where we started. Patrick Mahomes finally started connecting with Travis Kelce on that drive, hitting his star tight end twice for 29 yards, and Isiah Pacheco, then added a 25-yard completion to Justin Watson to get the Chiefs to the edge of the red zone. They got as far as San Francisco’s 3-yard line, but the 49ers defense held Kansas City to 3 points again to tie the game — and Jake Moody’s blocked PAT is looking crucial now.
Jauan Jennings adds a receiving touchdown — 9:45 p.m.
What a night for Jauan Jennings.
After throwing for a touchdown earlier in the night, the fourth-round receiver picked up a crucial first down early in the drive, then capped it off with a 10-yard touchdown grab to put the 49ers back in front. But that lead is just 3 points instead of 4 after Jake Moody’s extra point was blocked, keeping the Chiefs within a field goal.
Kansas City takes the lead after recovering a muffed punt — 9:25 p.m.
The Chiefs lead for the first time, thanks to a huge momentum-changing play.
The 49ers defense got off the field after forcing a third-down incompletion from Patrick Mahomes, but the ensuing punt ricocheted off the foot of San Francisco’s Darrell Luter and Kansas City dove on the live ball to recover possession in the red zone. Mahomes wasted no time, hitting Marquez Valdes-Scantling on the very next play for the Chiefs’ first touchdown — and lead — of the night.
Butker hits longest field goal in Super Bowl history — 9:15 p.m.
Jake Moody’s Super Bowl-record field goal didn’t last more than a couple of hours, with Harrison Butker one-upping him with a 57-yard kick to bring cut the Chiefs’ deficit to 4 points. Patrick Mahomes picked up a couple key first downs with his legs, first taking a hit to reach the sticks on a 4-yard scramble, then breaking off a 22-yard run on a QB keeper to get Kansas City to the edge of field goal range.
Deebo Samuel heads to the medical tent — 9:05 p.m.
It looks like another injury to a key 49er with Deebo Samuel down on the turf after a three-and-out for San Francisco. Samuel was holding his left hamstring after the play, but he walked off under his own power and headed for the medical tent on the 49ers’ sideline.
Patrick Mahomes throws an interception — 8:50 p.m.
A disastrous start to the second half for the Chiefs. A bad pitch from Patrick Mahomes to Isiah Pacheco led to a fumble that Pacheco recovered — taking a 12-yard loss — and an ill-advised Mahomes throw two plays later was picked off by Ji’Ayir Brown to set the 49ers up at midfield. Mahomes is 12 of 15 for 133 yards, but Kansas City has yet to find the end zone and has turned the ball over twice already.
The Super Bowl halftime show is about to begin — 8:25 p.m.
Specific details such as the setlist have been kept under wraps, but Usher revealed some insight into what to expect from his performance. In a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, the 45-year-old R&B singer said he was able to push his set’s run time to 15 minutes, up from the usual 13 minutes or so limit for most performers. He also said he sees it as a “culmination of his Vegas residency,” where he played 100 shows since 2021.
Though no special guests have been revealed yet, it’s been widely speculated that some artists who have featured on Usher’s biggest hits, including Lil Jon, Ludacris, and Alicia Keys, could make an appearance at the event.
Ben Affleck, Tom Brady, Matt Damon star in Dunkin’ commercial — 8:20 p.m.
Get ready Boston: The DunKings are ready to take the music world by storm.
Following his first foray into pop stardom in the Dunkin ad that ran during the Grammy Awards earlier this month, Ben Affleck is back and bringing out the big guns for Sunday’s Super Bowl ad.
Touchdown Tom — aka former Patriots quarterback Tom Brady — and best pal Matt Damon join Affleck to form a Dunkin-themed boy band in the hilarious spot, which also features Jack Harlow and Fat Joe.
Kansas City has its first points — 8:15 p.m.
The Chiefs are finally on the board thanks to a 28-yard field goal from Harrison Butker, but they could’ve had more. Kansas City got all the way to the San Francisco 9-yard line, but Patrick Mahomes was sacked by Arik Armstead on third and 5 to cap off a dominant first half for the 49ers defense.
San Francisco finds the end zone — 7:55 p.m.
Kyle Shanahan reached deep into his bag for that one.
The 49ers punch in the first touchdown on a double pass, with Brock Purdy lateraling it to wide receiver Jauan Jennings split out to the left. Jennings tossed it all the way back to the right side of the field for Christian McCaffrey, who scampered 21 yards to the end zone and put San Francisco up 10-0 with 4:23 to go in the second.
Dre Greenlaw exits with an Achilles’ injury — 7:45 p.m.
The 49ers seem to have lost a crucial defensive player in bizarre fashion — Dre Greenlaw, who forms one of the best inside linebacker tandems in the NFL with Fred Warner, was carted back to the locker room after suffering a lower leg injury while running onto the field.
San Francisco announced that he is questionable to return with an Achilles’ injury.
Chiefs turn it over in the red zone — 7:25 p.m.
That’s a huge swing for the Chiefs: Kansas City broke off a huge play on a 53-yard bomb from Patrick Mahomes to Mecole Hardman, but on the very next play Isiah Pacheco fumbled inside the 10-yard line to turn a likely score into a turnover.
Jake Moody’s field goal put the 49ers on the board — 7:20 p.m.
The 49ers are on the board first, as Jake Moody drilled a 55-yard field goal — the longest in Super Bowl history — to give San Francisco a 3-0 lead early in the second quarter. Moody’s kick capped off a 10-play, 46-yard drive keyed by a couple of long completions from Brock Purdy to Chris Conley (18 yards) and Ray-Ray McCloud (19 yards).
Taylor Swift cheers on Travis Kelce with star-studded entourage — 7:15 p.m.
Taylor Swift didn’t have any trouble making it to Las Vegas on Sunday to cheer on her boyfriend, Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce, at Super Bowl LVIII.
The pop star flew back to the US in plenty of time following a Saturday night stop of her “Eras Tour” in Tokyo. Swift walked into Allegiant Stadium accompanied by her mother, Andrea, friend Ashley Avignone, as well as rapper Ice Spice and actress Blake Lively.
Tom Brady makes his first appearance — 6:55 p.m.
Tom Brady goes incognito as cowboy hat-wearing, seven-time pool champion “Tim Birdie” in a big game spot with Vince Vaughn and Wayne Gretzky for BetMGM.
Meanwhile, Ryan Reynolds returns as the Merc with the Mouth in the first teaser for “Deadpool & Wolverine,” also starring Hugh Jackman.
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49ers turn it over on the first drive — 6:50 p.m.
It was a perfect start for the 49ers until it wasn’t — San Francisco picked up 46 yards on just four plays to get to the Chiefs’ 29-yard line, but Christian McCaffrey fumbled on his third carry of the game to hand possession to Kansas City.
Reba McEntire and Post Malone take the stage — 6:35 p.m.
Country music fans got to celebrate the Reba Bowl before the big game, as country music legend Reba McEntire sang the National Anthem prior to kickoff.
McEntire received a standing ovation for her performance of “The Star-Spangled Banner,” which also featured fireworks and a flyover of jets. Her rendition even brought a tear to the eye of Chiefs running back Chris Jones.
Meanwhile, rapper and singer Post Malone broke out his guitar for a soulful rendition of “America the Beautiful” before the game, while Grammy-winning singer Andra Day led powerful performance of “Lift Every Voice and Sing” earlier in the evening.
Gronk misses again — 6:30 p.m.
Maybe it’s time for Rob Gronkowski to hang up his kicking cleats.
The future Hall of Famer stepped up in hopes of redemption from last year’s failed “Kick of Destiny” when he missed a field goal for a live FanDuel commercial, and it didn’t go any better. Gronkowski pushed it wide right from 25 yards out; maybe third time will be the charm in New Orleans next year.
This biggest controversy at the Super Bowl? It’s about grass. — 6:15 p.m.
By Ben Volin
The NFL has another controversy on its hands at Super Bowl LVIII that threatens the integrity of Sunday’s game.
No, it’s not about gambling, or concussions, or how the league is rigged in favor of Taylor Swift. It’s about grass.
The battle between natural grass and artificial turf has been a major point of contention between the NFL and NFL Players Association for several years. Now the quality and maintenance of natural grass has become a major story line for Sunday’s Super Bowl between the Chiefs and 49ers.
Chiefs have plenty of support from stars — 6:05 p.m.
Taylor Swift isn’t the only star cheering on the Chiefs in Las Vegas this weekend.
Longtime Kansas City fan and “Ant-Man” star Paul Rudd sported a sweet mustache while hanging out on the field prior to the big game on Sunday. Rudd was spotted on the field wearing a Chiefs jersey while accompanied by his son Jack.
A number of other stars are also in attendance at Allegiant Stadium for Super Bowl LVIII, including rapper Jay-Z, country star Luke Combs, Lakers forward LeBron James, and retired NBA star Shaquille O’Neal.
Inactives: Chiefs sit Kadarius Toney — 6:00 p.m.
There are few surprises with the inactives. The most notable name left out on Sunday is Chiefs wide receiver Kadarius Toney, who has been up and down since arriving in Kansas City and hasn’t played since the wild-card matchup with the Dolphins. The Chiefs are also sitting wideout Justyn Ross, running back La’Mical perine, corner Ekow Boye-Doe, defensive end BJ Thompson, and linebacker Darius Harris.
No surprises for the 49ers, who left emergency quarterback Brandon Allen, offensive lineman Matt Pryor, receiver Ronnie Ball, linebacker Jalen Graham, defensive linemen T.Y. McGill and Alex Barrett, and corner Samuel Womack III inactive for Sunday.
Impending free agents to watch — 5:45 p.m.
By Conor Ryan
A handful of standout players on the 49ers and Chiefs will likely play in their final game for their respective teams in Super Bowl LVIII before hitting free agency in March.
Here are eight impending free agents Patriots fans should watch.
Chiefs DT Chris Jones: Jones has been one of the game’s best interior defensive linemen for several years, establishing himself as a perennial defensive player of the year candidate. He didn’t get heavy consideration for the award this season, but he still had a strong year. He recorded 30 total tackles (13 for loss) and 10.5 sacks, to go with 75 pressures and 21 run stops, according to Pro Football Focus.
Chiefs CB L’Jarius Sneed: The Chiefs didn’t end up with one of the league’s best pass defenses with Jones alone. Snead led the way for the unit on the backend, recording 78 total tackles, two interceptions, and 14 passes defended during the regular season. Opposing quarterbacks had a tough time completing passes on Sneed in the regular season, with the corner allowing just 42 receptions on 81 targets for 406 yards without a touchdown, per PFF.
Chiefs DE Michael Danna: Danna has continued his ascension for Kansas City this season, recording a career-high 6.5 sacks as he’s also become more of a three-down player. In addition to his 6.5 sacks, the fourth-year defensive end had 50 total tackles (seven for loss) as he recorded 41 pressures and 31 run stops, per Pro Football Focus.
49ers DE Chase Young: Young hasn’t lived up to his promise after winning defensive rookie of the year in 2020. He struggled in 2021 before tearing his ACL late that year. He’s been OK in his first full season back, recording five sacks in seven games with the Commanders before getting traded to the 49ers, where he’s only recorded two sacks in 11 regular-season and postseason games combined.
Chiefs LB Drue Tranquill: The veteran linebacker has had a strong first season with the Chiefs after spending the first four years of his career with the Chargers, recording 78 combined tackles (seven for loss), 4.5 sacks, and two forced fumbles to go with 18 pressures and 35 run stops in the regular season, per PFF.
49ers DT Javon Kinlaw: Kinlaw recorded 25 combined tackles (four for loss) and 3.5 sacks to go with 31 pressures and 15 run stops in the regular season, per PFF. He mostly served as an interior rusher on pass downs.
Chiefs RB Jerick McKinnon: McKinnon could be a sneaky option to carve out a role on the Patriots’ roster. The veteran running back was one of the best pass catchers at his position in 2022, recording 56 receptions for 512 yards and nine touchdowns in the regular season. He’s been hampered by injuries in 2023, missing eight of the Chiefs’ last 10 games with o a groin injury as he only had 25 receptions for 192 yards and four touchdowns during the regular season. He was activated off injured reserve on Saturday, allowing him to play on Sunday.
One more game with Dad: Why the 49ers getting to the Super Bowl meant so much to me — 5:30 p.m.
By Jason Margolis
As a kid in the Bay Area in the 1980s, my life was the San Francisco 49ers. My nightstand lamp was a 49ers helmet. Posters of my childhood heroes — Joe Montana, Jerry Rice, and Ronnie Lott — covered my walls, as did dozens of ticket stubs to games at Candlestick Park.
I went to almost all of those games with my dad. The first was on October 26, 1980, when he bought me a red vuvuzela — the plastic horn that’s been a fixture at sports events worldwide — which I still have.
My dad, Lawrence Margolis, is now 85 years old and has spent months in home hospice care. He’s suffering from a progressive neurodegenerative disorder called multiple system atrophy. As the name implies, your systems fail one by one: your ability to balance, control your bladder, and eventually to swallow. Cognitive impairment and dementia can occur.
I won’t go into personal details to preserve my dad’s dignity, but it’s not a pretty ending. He’s been bedridden for well over a year. He no longer has much to say.
Still, there are joys in life.
Mark Bavaro knows a thing or two about the great tight ends in this game — 5:15 p.m.
By Tara Sullivan
The tight end position has gone glamorous. Once the domain of anonymous grinders, two of the top headline-grabbing players at this year’s Super Bowl play tight end, with opponents Travis Kelce (Chiefs) and George Kittle (49ers) gleefully absorbing the heat of any spotlight tilted their way.
From the former’s more famous girlfriend to the latter’s laugh-out-loud persona, Kelce and Kittle are twin megawatt stars, attracting the type of attention traditionally reserved for big-time quarterbacks or big-play receivers. They’ve been everywhere during Super Bowl week, answering questions from kid reporters, talking about Taylor Swift, gushing over each other with friendship and respect.
Yet for all the off-field fun they both enjoy, what really connects them is their ability on it. They are the two best tight ends in the game, alternately showing off their receiving prowess, blocking strength, red-zone reliability, or yards after a catch. With size, speed, power, and skill, they are living examples of football’s evolution, complete offensive packages who echo powerful the offensive linemen of a bygone era and portend even bigger tackle-crushing behemoths in the future.
It’s an evolution unlike anything Mark Bavaro could have imagined, which tells you a lot, when you consider Bavaro is one of the reasons the old mold got broken along the way from his 1980s-era greatness to the likes of Kelce and Kittle.
One thing we can count on? The Tom Brady comparisons. — 5:00 p.m.
By Ben Volin
The winning quarterback in Sunday’s Super Bowl will earn a special prize in addition to a Lombardi Trophy and a flashy ring.
The winner gets to be Tom Brady.
Brady’s legacy looms large over Sunday’s starting QBs, Patrick Mahomes and Brock Purdy. Whoever wins will have a résumé and Wikipedia page that looks an awful lot like Brady’s did at the same stage of his career.
Should Mahomes win, he will have begun his career in Brady-like fashion, with three Super Bowl championships in seven seasons. Mahomes is also looking to be the first quarterback since Brady 20 years ago to win back-to-back titles. Mahomes, only 28, likely has a long NFL career ahead of him to chase after Brady’s seven rings.
Then there’s Purdy, the 2022 Mr. Irrelevant who was drafted 262nd overall. Should he bring the title back to San Francisco, it will cement the most improbable rise to superstardom since Brady, the 199th pick, led the Patriots to their upset win over the Rams in 2002. Purdy is in his second NFL season, just as Brady was when he won his first Super Bowl.
Your guide to the 2024 Super Bowl — 4:45 p.m.
By Amin Touri
Four years after their championship showdown in February 2020, the Chiefs and 49ers are set for a rematch Sunday in Super Bowl LVIII in Las Vegas.
While the franchises and coaches are the same, the teams look very different. The Chiefs were one of the NFL’s most explosive offenses in the 2019 season, but this year they rode an elite defense — and just enough brilliance from Patrick Mahomes — to title contention.
The 49ers still boast one of the league’s most potent offenses, but it’s 2022 “Mr. Irrelevant” Brock Purdy, the last pick in the draft, quarterbacking the team to a shot at its first Super Bowl triumph since the franchise won a then-record fifth in 1994. With even more weapons at his disposal (namely All-Pro running back Christian McCaffrey), coach Kyle Shanahan is in charge of a well-oiled offensive machine.
It’s a strange thing to say about the Chiefs after years atop the league scoring chart, but this Super Bowl is a matchup of their elite defense against the 49ers’ elite offense.
Taylor Swift is in town — 4:40 p.m.
Taylor Swift crossed the international date line to cheer on her boyfriend, Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce.
Swift left Tokyo on Saturday night after performing her “Eras Tour” concert for the fourth straight night and arrived in Las Vegas Sunday afternoon. She arrived at Allegiant Stadium around 4:30 p.m. wearing an all-black outfit and a necklace with Kelce’s No. 87 on it. Swift’s mom, Andrea, actress Blake Lively, and rapper Ice Spice accompanied her.
How to watch the Super Bowl in New England — 4:30 p.m.
Super Bowl Sunday is finally here, and we’re sure you’ve got a plan for how you’ll be watching ... right?
If not, here are the basics:
- Super Bowl LVIII kicks off at 6:30 p.m. ET (3:30 p.m. in Las Vegas).
- CBS is broadcasting the game. That’s Ch. 4 in the Boston area.
- New this year: Nickelodeon will simulcast the game with its kid-friendly graphics and features — including slime. SpongeBob SquarePants is also set to make an appearance, if that’s what you’re into.
- Don’t have cable? You have options. CBS’s own streaming platform, Paramount+, is available for a subscription and will carry the game. Other streaming services that carry CBS include Fubo, YouTube TV, and Hulu.
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