The Kansas City Chiefs have reached the Super Bowl for the first time in 50 years. The AFC Championship Game won Kansas against the Tennessee Titans 35:24 (21:17). The Titans led 10: 7 after the first quarter, but then the Chiefs turned the game in the second round and defended their lead until the end.
Favorite fright Tennessee had previously defeated defending champion New England Patriots and Baltimore Ravens, the best regular-season team, in this year’s playoffs. In Kansas City they led 10: 0 and 17: 7 in the meantime, but in the end the outstanding quarterback Patrick Mahomes was unstoppable: he threw three touchdown passes and ran into the end zone himself.
Sammy Watkins caught seven passes for 114 yards, including a 60-yard pass from Mahomes. After the fourth touchdown in a row, Kansas led 35:17 eight minutes before the end. Tennessee’s running back Derrick Henry, one of the season’s outstanding players, ran 69 yards throughout the game and scored a touchdown. In the end, however, he was also unable to turn the game.
Kansas is now in the 54th Super Bowl on February 2 in Miami. For the Chiefs, it’s their third appearance in the National Football League (NFL) final. In 1970 they won the Super Bowl against the Minnesota Vikings, three years earlier they had lost the first Super Bowl against the Green Bay Packers.
Kansas could meet Packers again this year. Green Bay plays against the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Championship Game on Monday night.