Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid and assistant head coach Dave Toub, former Mizzou football assistants, lead Chiefs to Super Bowl LIV victory over the San Francisco 49ers.
The Kansas City Chiefs did it. The Chiefs defeated the San Francisco 49ers 31-20 on Sunday to win Super Bowl LIV in Miami. The Chiefs won the game by coming back from 10 points down in the fourth quarter, completing a third bounce-back game in this playoffs alone. With the win, the Chiefs brought the Super Bowl title back to the state of Missouri, and two former Mizzou football assistants have a championship title.
Chiefs head coach Andy Reid won his first Super Bowl as a head coach while assistant coach and special teams coordinator Dave Toub secured his first pro football championship. The two coached for the Missouri Tigers together from 1989 to 1991 before Reid left to Green Bay. Toub stayed on staff for another nine years before joining Reid in Philadelphia.
After a few years apart in the NFL, Reid hired Toub to coach the special teams unit in K.C. in 2013, Reid’s first year with the Chiefs. Together, they took the Chiefs to the playoffs five times before this season. In their sixth trip, they won the Super Bowl.
Former Mizzou football head coach Gary Pinkel congratulated Reid on his title on Twitter.
The Chiefs and the 49ers were tied at halftime at 10-10. The 49ers kicked a field goal and scored a touchdown in the third frame to take a 10-point lead heading into the fourth quarter. Midway through, San Francisco held the same lead and time was ticking down. But finally, the Chiefs got going.
Quarterback Patrick Mahomes drove his team 83 yards on 10 plays, concluding the drive with a 1-yard strike to tight end Travis Kelce to mark the score 20-17 with 6:13 to play.
The Chiefs forced a 49ers three-and-out, and the Chiefs scored again. Mahomes and the Chiefs went seven plays, 65 yards that ended with a Damien Williams 5-yard TD reception to put the Chiefs on top 24-20.
Kansas City’s defense held again, and Williams finished off the 49ers with a 38-yard rushing score. The comeback follows the Chiefs victory over the Houston Texans, in which they trailed 24-0 and won 51-31 in the AFC Divisional Round. Kansas City then trailed the Tennessee Titans 17-7 in the AFC Championship, but won the game 35-24.
The victory gave the Chiefs their first Super Bowl title since Super Bowl IV. It was the first professional football championship for Missouri since the St. Louis Rams won the title in 2000.