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What We Learned in Kansas City’s Super Bowl Victory


MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — The Kansas City Chiefs stormed back for a ridiculous 31-20 win over the San Francisco 49ers in the Super Bowl, reeling off three touchdowns in just over five minutes to overwhelm one of the N.F.L.’s most dominant defenses. The win snapped a 50-year championship drought for the Chiefs, while handing San Francisco its second Super Bowl loss since the team last won one following the 1994 season.

Here’s what we learned from the game:

  • Andy Reid had to give up a title to get a title. The Chiefs head coach entered Sunday as the winningest coach in N.F.L. history to have never won a Super Bowl. With his 222nd win (including the postseason), he officially passed off that title, giving it back to Marty Schottenheimer, whose 205 wins came largely with the Chiefs.

  • Age is just a number. Patrick Mahomes was the youngest player to win the N.F.L.’s Most Valuable Player Award when he took it home last season at 23. He is the youngest quarterback to be named Super Bowl M.V.P., winning it at 24. He does not have many more major awards to win, so he will have to set his sights on being the N.F.L.’s youngest Man of the Year, or its youngest Hall of Famer.

As compiled by the Elias Sports Bureau.

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