Jimmy Garoppolo outplayed Patrick Mahomes for much of the game. He hit his receivers with extreme accuracy off play-action and had the lead for nearly three and a half quarters, but in the end, it was Patrick Mahomes who led his team to three touchdown drives in the fourth quarter for the 31-20 win.
Mahomes didn’t look like his normal self, as his ball placement was often off and he threw two interceptions after throwing just six on the season and through the playoffs. His inefficiency allowed the 49ers to run their normal offense, which didn’t put up big points, but kept the Chiefs backed up until the fourth quarter.
Kansas City was down 10 or more points in the Divisional and Championship games and came back to win, but this 10-point deficit went into the fourth quarter and the way the 49ers defense was playing, it wasn’t looking great for the Chiefs. The 49ers front four hurried Mahomes often and got him on the ground for four sacks.
Mahomes was picked off on a truly poor pass at the start of the fourth quarter, down 10-20. The Chiefs then forced the 49ers to punt for the first time all game with 8:43 left on the clock. Mahomes then took his team down the field, but was still a little shaky, missing a wide open Tyreek Hill to bring on a 3rd and 15. That’s when the game changed. Mahomes had Hill wide open again, and this time hit him for a 44-yard completion. Mahomes ended the drive with his first passing touchdown of the game, a one-yarder to Travis Kelce to make it a three-point lead.
The Chiefs again stopped Garoppolo and company on a three-and-out, making them punt for the second time. Mahomes got the ball at his 35 and promptly moved his offense down the field again, this time hitting Sammy Watkins for a 38-yard gain to set up a five-yard touchdown pass to Damien Williams. That touchdown gave them the lead with 2:44 on the clock. It was now Garoppolo’s turn.
Garoppolo had his chance to make history. Raheem Mostert started the drive with a 17-yard run and then Garoppolo hit George Kittle and Kendrick Bourne to get to the Kansas City 49-yard line, but three incompletions and a sack later, the game was over.
Kansas City did score another touchdown to add insult to injury, as Damien Williams broke off a 38-yard touchdown run to give us the final score, 31-20 Chiefs. Williams ended up rushing 17 times for 104 yards and a touchdown and catching four passes for 29-yards and another touchdown, but the MVP ends up going to Patrick Mahomes, who rushed for a touchdown to start the game and ended up completing 26-of-42 passes for 286 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions.