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Super Bowl LIV As It Happened: Chiefs Beat 49ers 31-20 With Fourth Quarter Comeback

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The Chiefs have beaten the 49ers 31-20 to win their first Super Bowl since 1970.

Andy Reid has shattered the narrative that he's a liability in the postseason. Patrick Mahomes cements himself as The Next One on the path toward being an all-time NFL great. Honey Badger got that chip. And most Missourians and Kansans get to experience the first Super Bowl of their lifetimes. 

Keep up to date with Sports Illustrated for live updates throughout the game: 

10:10 p.m. - FINAL SCORE: Chiefs 31, 49ers 20

Patrick Mahomes took three knees to cap off a lights-out fourth quarter in which the Chiefs scored 21 unanswered points to snatch Super Bowl LIV away from the Niners. 

10:02 p.m. - Game (unofficially) over. Chiefs 31, 49ers 20

Damien Williams ran for a 38-yard touchdown to ice the game. The Niners had three timeouts and a solid opportunity to get the ball back with over a minute remaining. But that doesn't matter now. The Chiefs did it. 21 unanswered points—all in the fourth quarter—to win the game with a swift sucker punch. 

Andy Reid gets his ring. Patrick Mahomes cements himself in NFL lore. 

10:00 p.m. - Chiefs defense pulls through, make fourth down stop

On 4th-and-10, Garoppolo is forced to throw it into no man's land and the Niners turn it over on downs. One Chiefs first down and the game is over. 

9:50 p.m. - The Chiefs pull ahead on some Mahomes Magic. Chiefs 24, 49ers 20

Mahomes was near perfect on that drive, gaining yards on every play except one to put the Chiefs ahead. On 3rd-and-goal from the San Francisco 5-yard line, Mahomes dumped it off to Damien Williams for the score. Not without some controversy, though. The referees called it a touchdown on the field, but it was unclear on replay whether he got the ball over the plane before he stepped out of bounds. The inconclusive nature of the replay meant the call stood. 2:44 left in Super Bowl LIV. 

9:42 p.m. - 49ers punt for just the second time tonight. Is it Mahomes time?

We're down to the wire here. Just over five minutes remaining in Super Bowl LIV. Mahomes will set up at his own 35 with a ripe opportunity to atone for his two picks. 

9:34 p.m. - Mahomes and Kelce cut the lead to three. 49ers 20, Chiefs 17

A vital drive. After being 1-for-6 on third down conversions, Mahomes found Tyreek Hill for a 44-yard gain on 3rd-and-15. A pass interference subsequently put the Chiefs at the 1-yard line. Mahomes promptly found Kelce in the end zone to make it a one-possession game. There's 6:13 left in Super Bowl LIV. 

9:22 p.m. - Niners' first punt of the game. Remains 49ers 20, Chiefs 10

The 49ers have punted for the first time tonight. Jimmy Garoppolo got rocked out of bounds, and there were yells from his sideline for a flag, but none came. Rightfully so. The Chiefs will take over at their own 17.

Leading up to this game, everyone expected this to be a battle between the Kansas City offense and the San Francisco defense. The SF defense has won that battle handedly. 

In fact, even the Niner offense is decidedly outperforming KC's aerial attack. SF yards per play: 7.5. KC yards per play: 4.5.

9:14 p.m. - Mahomes's second interception comes right outside the Red Zone

This one, though, wasn't really his fault. Yes, he threw it slightly behind Tyreek Hill. But Hill has to come up with that one. A brutal turn of events to a drive that was churning. The Chiefs are 1-for-6 on third down. The Niners take over at their own 20-yard line. The Chiefs are running out of time. 11:57 left in the fourth quarter. 

8:57 p.m. - And the Niners make them pay. San Francisco 20, Kansas City 10

Juszczyk nearly scored again but was down inside the 1-yard line. Raheem Mostert—the star of the NFC Championship Game—punched it in for the touchdown. The Niners are up 10. Mahomes' first real mistake of the playoffs rears its ugly head. 

The Chiefs trailed by double digits in each of their previous two playoff games. Mahomes is 4-0 when trailing by double-digits this season, according to ESPN Stats. But, no starting quarterback has led three double-digit comebacks in a single postseason in the history of the NFL. 

8:52 p.m. - Mahomes makes his first mistake of the Super Bowl

Mahomes threw his first interception of the postseason on a bizarrely under-thrown ball into double coverage. The Niners will take over at their own 45-yard line. 

8:42 p.m. - George Kittle is still the NFL's best run blocker, 49ers take 13-10 lead

After taking the second half kickoff and driving to the Chiefs' 24, the Niners faced a 4th-and-2. Shanahan elected to kick a 42-yard field goal. Gould made it with no problem. Kittle accounted for more than half of the yards on this drive with his blocking prowess, but only logged five yards on the stat sheet. His ability to seal the edge has the Niners rolling. 

7:58 p.m. - Halftime: Chiefs 10, 49ers 10

The Niners initially elected to go conservative and run the ball into halftime. The Chiefs—with their big play abilities—called a timeout on third down to force San Francisco's hand. Garoppolo converted with a chunk play. 

The next play, the Niners converted a 42-yard completion to George Kittle—but it was called back for offensive pass interference. Their opportunity to put some points on the board before the half was scuttled. San Francisco subsequently knelt to set the stage for J-Lo and Shakira.

The score is tied heading into the halftime—only the fourth time in Super Bowl history. 

7:51 p.m. - Kansas City forced to punt

A 7-play, 30-yard drive ends in a punt. The Niners will have 1:08 and three timeouts to try to snag some points before the half. The Chiefs nearly pinned the Niners inside the one, but the ball fell just out of the reach of their second gunner. San Francisco will start at their own 25. 

7:38 p.m. - 49ers tie it up at 10

Kyle Juszczyk tucked and ran for 15 yards, breaking a tackle en route to a touchdown. Garoppolo made up for a lackluster first few drives with a solid one, with five straight plays of 10+ yards, culminating in the Juszczyk score. The Niners finally got their ground game going. It's tied with 5:05 left before the half. 

7:31 p.m. - Chiefs sink a field goal. Chiefs 10, 49ers 3

Harrison Butker sinks a 31-yard field goal to put the Chiefs up a touchdown. The Chiefs couldn't fully capitalize off the Jimmy G pick. Mahomes converted another option play on a fourth-and-one earlier in the drive.

7:20 p.m. - 49ers drive ends with a pick

Garoppolo threw up a duck under heavy pressure, which landed effortlessly into the hands of Chiefs cornerback Bashaud Breeland. The Chiefs will take over at their own 44-yard line. Still Chiefs 7, 49ers 3. 

7:16 p.m. - At the end of the first quarter, Chiefs 7, 49ers 3

Jimmy Garoppolo completed an 18-yard pass to Emmanuel Sanders to cap off the first quarter of Super Bowl LIV. The 49ers are currently driving from their own 43-yard line. 

7:11 p.m. - Chiefs come right back, take 7-3 lead

Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs marched down the field for a 15-play, 75-yard drive. Mahomes punched in a 1-yard touchdown run to cap off the drive. The third-year quarterback also threw for 40 yards. 

6:53 p.m. - San Francisco takes the early 3-0 lead

Robbie Gould sinks the 38-yard field goal to put the Niners on the board. That drive was 10 plays for 62 yards and chewed up 5:53. San Francisco got three first downs and went one-for-two on third downs. There is 7:57 remaining in the first quarter.  

6:46 p.m. - Deebo Samuel with a 32-yard run

The first big play of the game. Deebo Samuel breaks it outside and brings it into Kansas City territory. It is the longest run ever by a receiver in Super Bowl history. First-and-10 at the Chiefs 40-yard line. 

6:44 p.m. - Chiefs punt after opening drive stalls

The 49ers forced the Chiefs into a three-and-out on the first possession of the game. Richie James Jr. muffed the punt but promptly picked it up before the swarming Chiefs gunners could reach him. James Jr. did not fumble at all in the regular season. The 49ers will start at their own 18-yard line. 

6:41 p.m. - 49ers kicks off to start the game

We are under way. Mecole Hardman brings it out to the 26-yard line. 

6:34 p.m. - San Francisco wins the coin toss and will defer to the second half 

Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs will get the football first after the 49ers won the toss and elected to defer. Will Kansas City be able to get out to an early lead? 

6:03 p.m. - The NFL honored Kobe Bryant before the start of the game

Both teams lined up at the 24-yard line for a moment of silence in honor of Kobe Bryant, who died tragically, along with eight others, in a helicopter accident last Sunday. A number of players also honored the fallen NBA legend before the game. 

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