LAS VEGAS — The Kansas City Chiefs are once again world champions, outlasting the San Francisco 49ers in overtime to capture Super Bowl LVIII, and their third Lombardi Trophy in five years. Their triumph marks the first time an NFL team has gone back-to-back with championships since the New England Patriots did it in the early 2000s.
But how does Sunday’s win stack up with the previous championship bouts in the Andy Reid-Patrick Mahomes era? Here’s how we’d rank each of the Chiefs’ four Super Bowl appearances this half-decade:
4. Super Bowl LV
Season: 2020 | Result: Buccaneers 31, Chiefs 9
The Chiefs scored first here, threatening to rob Tom Brady of a magical end to a magical debut in Tampa Bay, but from that point on it was all Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium. The game was certainly entertaining from that angle, with a 43-year-old Brady defying time with a pitch-perfect performance (21-29, 3 TDs) to outduel Mahomes and help the Bucs win it all in their own stadium. Todd Bowles’ defense was also a sight to behold, forcing two turnovers and constantly pressuring Andy Reid’s offense. But in terms of the modern-day Chiefs Super Bowls, this was by far the least competitive.
3. Super Bowl LIV
Season: 2019 | Result: Chiefs 31, 49ers 20
One year after Mahomes won NFL MVP with a historic 50-touchdown debut as a starter, he and the Chiefs overcame a 20-10 deficit to score 21 unanswered points in the fourth quarter, setting the stage for K.C.’s emergence as a big-game powerhouse. This was a sour ending for 49ers fans, who watched as Jimmy Garoppolo struggled down the stretch, but the tale of two halves made for must-see TV, with Damien Williams serving as the Chiefs’ surprise offensive star (130+ total yards, 2 TDs). The fact Andy Reid was coaching for — and ultimately earned — his long-awaited first title also gave this one juice.
2. Super Bowl LVIII
Season: 2023 | Result: Chiefs 25, 49ers 22
For one half of this game, defense and special teams ruled the day, with Mahomes, Travis Kelce and Co. mustering just a single first down in a scoreless first quarter. Both sides traded fast, physical red-zone stands. And then halftime ended, and everything came alive for K.C., with Mahomes methodically feeding his entire makeshift receiving corps — and using his legs to lead the club in rushing — to guide three straight 11-play scoring drives down the stretch. The heroics, capped by a walk-off TD by Mecole Hardman, spoiled an inspired effort from Christian McCaffrey and San Francisco in just the second Super Bowl overtime ever.
1. Super Bowl LVII
Season: 2022 | Result: Chiefs 38, Eagles 35
When Mahomes and Co. were on the big stage to close the 2022 season, NFL fans were treated to one of the most dazzling finishes in recent Super Bowl memory, with the Chiefs and Eagles combining for four scores in the final 12 minutes. Philadelphia led by 10 at the half, seemingly on track for a trophy-winning finish to a dominant season featuring MVP runner-up Jalen Hurts (4 total TDs). But Mahomes was nearly flawless (21-27, 3 TDs) despite coming in with an ankle injury, and Kadarius Toney’s surprise electricity added to the festivities. With almost 760 in combined yards and the third-most combined points in Super Bowl history, this one was elite from start to finish, where a last-minute field goal helped Reid conquer his former team.
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