The Kansas City Chiefs played in the sixth Super Bowl in franchise history. Their win against the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl LVIII gave the Chiefs their fourth title. A number of Kansas City’s Super Bowl appearances have a significant place in NFL history. The Chiefs played in two of the first four Super Bowls and then went 49 seasons without an appearance.
Chiefs’ First Super Bowl Win
Kansas City played against the Green Bay Packers in the first Super Bowl, which was officially called the AFL-NFL World Championship at the time. The Packers defeated the Chiefs 35-10, and Bart Starr was the game’s MVP.
Kansas City returned to the Super Bowl three years later to play the Minnesota Vikings in Super Bowl IV. The NFL and AFL were merged after this game, giving the Chiefs the honor of being the last AFL team to play a game. Kansas City owner Lamar Hunt was a driving force in starting the AFL and was a main negotiator in merger talks with the NFL.
Head coach Hank Stram led the Chiefs to an 11-3 record during the regular season, but Kansas City entered the game as a double-digit underdog to the Vikings, who went 12-2 during the season. The Chiefs defeated the Vikings 23-7 behind quarterback Len Dawson, who was the game’s MVP.
When the leagues announced the merger, there were concerns about whether the AFL teams could compete with the NFL teams. This was the second straight Super Bowl win for the AFL after the New York Jets won Super Bowl III. The Chiefs won the final game an AFL team ever played.
Mahomes and Reid Lead Chiefs to Super Bowl Titles
The 2019 season was the 50th anniversary of the Chiefs win in Super Bowl IV. Kansas City lost in overtime of the 2018 AFC Championship Game to Tom Brady and the New England Patriots. It was only Kansas City’s second AFC Championship Game appearance in the 49 seasons without a trip to the Super Bowl.
In 2019, the Chiefs went back to the AFC Championship Game and defeated the Tennessee Titans to reach Super Bowl LIV. It was Andy Reid’s second Super Bowl appearance in 21 seasons as an NFL head coach.
With the Chiefs trailing by ten points after the third quarter, quarterback Patrick Mahomes, who was in his second season as a starter, led a fourth-quarter rally. He threw three touchdown passes as the Chiefs scored 21 points to win 31-20.
Mahomes was named the game’s MVP after leading the Chiefs to their second Super Bowl championship. The key play was Mahomes and wide receiver Tyreek Hill connecting on a 44-yard pass on third and 15 with less than eight minutes left in the game.
The Chiefs returned to the Super Bowl the next season and faced Brady’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Mahomes threw two interceptions as the Chiefs offense could only generate three field goals in the 31-9 loss. The game ended up being Brady’s seventh and final Super Bowl championship.
The Chiefs returned to the Super Bowl last season to face the Philadelphia Eagles. Kansas City was trailing by six entering the fourth quarter and Mahomes led another fourth-quarter rally to win the Super Bowl. He had two touchdown passes as the Chiefs scored 17 points in the final quarter to win 38-35. It was Kansas City’s third Super Bowl championship.
Mahomes won the game’s MVP award and became the 13th quarterback to win at least two Super Bowls. Reid became the 14th head coach to win at least two Super Bowls.
Now, the Chiefs have defeated the 49ers, 25-22, putting the Chiefs, Mahomes, and Reid in elite groups. Kansas City has become the ninth team to win back-to-back Super Bowls. Mahomes also joins Terry Bradshaw, Joe Montana, Troy Aikman, and Brady as quarterbacks who have won at least three Super Bowls.
Reid can be the fifth head coach to win at least three Super Bowls, joining Chuck Noll, Bill Walsh, Joe Gibbs, and Bill Belichick. Additionally, Mahomes has now won three Super Bowl MVPs, something only Montana and Brady have done.
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