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Super Bowl 54: Chiefs beat 49ers 31-20 to win second world championship

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Kansas City has won its second championship.

Super Bowl LIV - San Francisco 49ers v Kansas City Chiefs Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images

For the first time since the 1969 season, the Kansas City Chiefs have won the Super Bowl. Despite a slow start, two interceptions by quarterback and eventual game MVP Patrick Mahomes, and a 10-point deficit in the fourth quarter, the team of head coach Andy Reid was able to eventually defeat the San Francisco 49ers with a final score of 31-20.

Despite the final score, the game itself was a close affair from start to finish with momentum moving back and fourth throughout the entire contest. After the two teams headed into the locker rooms at half time tied at 10, San Francisco was able to score twice to head into the fourth period up 20-10.

However, Kansas City’s high-powered offense came to life at that point and scored two touchdowns to take a 24-10 lead late in the fourth quarter. And with the team’s defense stopping Jimmy Garoppolo and the 49ers’ offense, victory was essentially sealed even before Damien Williams’ second touchdown of the day put an exclamation point on the game.

The New England Patriots will play both the world champion Chiefs and the runner-up 49ers next year: the team will travel to Kansas City and host San Francisco.