Patrick Mahomes led Kansas City to three touchdowns in the final seven minutes as the Chiefs overcame a double-digit deficit for the third post-season game in a row to beat the San Francisco 49ers 31-20 in the Super Bowl on Sunday.
The Chiefs (15-4) were playing in the championship game for the first time since 1970, when they won their only previous NFL title.
Chiefs coach Andy Reid, who had more career regular-season wins (207) than any coach without a Super Bowl, finally got the elusive championship.
The Chiefs trailed 20-10 and faced a third and 15 when Mahomes threw deep to a wide open Tyreek Hill for 44 yards. Kansas City scored a touchdown four plays later, and quickly forced a punt.
Mahomes then hit Sammy Watkins for 38 yards to set up a 5-yard scoring reception by Damien Williams that put Kansas City ahead 24-20 with 2:44 to go.
Not surprisingly Mahomes was named the Most Valuable Player of the Super Bowl.
"We never lost faith, that was the biggest thing," Chiefs quarterback Mahomes said after the game. "We found a way to get it in the end."
The 49ers reached midfield, but Jimmy Garoppolo was sacked by Frank Clark on fourth down. Williams' 38-yard touchdown run was the icing on the cake for Kansas City.
Australian punter Mitch Wishnowsky's 49ers (15-4) fell short in their bid for a record-tying sixth Super Bowl title, even though they dominated for 3 1/2 quarters.
Garoppolo threw for 219 yards and kept the Chiefs' defence guessing by completing passes to eight receivers.
Australian Associated Press