By Michael – Louis Ingram, Editor – in – Chief
PHILADELPHIA (www.basnnewsroom.com) Super Bowl “Fitty – Fo” became the platform for the turning of the page for the next 100 years of the National Football League.
Gen. Patrick Mahomes received an on – field promotion to four – star general; but gained his fifth star for garnering the Most Valuable Player award, joining Gens. Douglas Williams and Russell Wilson in that capacity.
Conditions were ideal for this match up between the Kansas City Chiefs and the San Francisco 49ers. If the Chiefs win, it will be their second win out of three tries, and the first in 50 years. For San Francisco, it would add to their trophy case; however, the irony during most of Super Bowl week, media would mention the time the ‘Niners won as opposed to the last time they were in one (with Colin Kaepernick as starting QB).
With that understood, let’s break it all down via BASN’s Armchair Press Box:
Kansas City started off with a three-and-out on their first drive. San Francisco’s first drive started with intense production from rookie wideout Deebo Samuel, who sliced through thirty – odd yards of Chiefs’ Kingdom real estate on the first offensive play. Samuel and quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo had K.C. back on their heels until an incomplete third down pass forced the ‘Niners to settle for three…
Chiefs would come back next drive with some nifty running by tailback Damien Williams in the ‘Niners red zone. On a third – and – long, Mahomes evaded initial pressure and came a yard short just inside the five yard line. Coach Andy Reid didn’t hesitate and called Williams’ number on fourth and one, surging to the one yard line.
Mahomes then called his own number on the option and wiggled his way into the end zone.
On San Francisco’s next possession, Garoppolo, facing significant D-line pressure, had his arm jostled as he threw, putting the ball up for grabs and getting snagged by defensive back Bashaud Breeland at the Chiefs 42. From there, Mahomes found wideout Sammy Watkins – who would prove to be the ‘X’ factor for Kansas City – for 23 yards to put KC in field goal range. After a miss on third – and – seven inside the ten, KC settled for a 31 yard chip shot by PK Harrison Butker to go 10-3.
San Francisco’s next drive put themselves back in rhythm as Samuel and Coleman shredded the defense for slices of turf before a toss to fullback Kyle Juszczyk for an 11 yard catch and run score with about five minutes in the first half.
San Francisco would get the ball at the end of the half and a snafu by tight end George Kittle on a rare offensive pass interference call nullified a 42 yard gain. Kittle was double covered the entire game, compounding his mistake as both teams went inside tied…
Several hip and booty shakes later, San Francisco opened up the second half with a scoring drive courtesy of Samuel and Juszczyk. When the drive stalled Robbie Gould bailed them out with a 42 yard field goal.
On KC’s first possession, Mahomes used Watkins to get out of bad field position; but on a third – and -12, linebacker Fred Warner stepped into the route and picked off Mahomes somewhere near the ‘Niners 45…
San Francisco would make the Chiefs pay as three completions would bring them to the one yard line, where Raheem Mostert, a stalwart in these playoffs, would cash in for a ten point ‘Niners lead.
Kaycee drove back, as Mahomes, who had become more aggressive as a runner during these playoffs, got the Chiefs inside the 30; but a pass to Tyreek Hill popped out his hands and into Niners’ safety Tarvarius Moore with their first possession of the fourth quarter.
Chiefs held serve, and Gen. Mahomes would be mindful of San Francisco defense and the clock. With 7:12 remaining and in the throes of another double – digit setback, the game changed on a third – and- fifteen from the 34. With a defender in his face, Mahomes coolly lofted a Pat-omic bomb to Hill, who caught it and settled in near the San Francisco 20.
Same drive third and ten, Mahomes goes for his red zone money man, tight end Travis Kelce. The ball falls incomplete, but pass interference is called because the safety Moore never looks for the ball during the play.
With 6:13 remaining in regulation, Mahomes hit Kelce for the score – it’s now 20 -17, ‘Niners…
San Francisco fails to move the ball, and saves the Chiefs by eating up only a minute or so of clock.
Kaycee takes over at their 35, and after one first down, Mahomes struck deep again, this time to Watkins for 37 yards on a beautiful touch pass!
On third – and goal, Mahomes swings it outside to Williams, who broke the plane of the goal before his foot stepped outside the line. After scoring review, the score would stand.
With 2:33 to go, Garoppolo moved the ‘Niners downfield; with a shot deep and open Emmanuel Sanders striding, he overthrew his man, leading to a turnover on downs at the ‘Niners 42.
On second and six with a buck twenny – five remaining, Williams takes a pitch from Mahomes and is Hi-yo Silver and Away for 36 yards and a clock killing touchdown!
Safety Kendall Fuller pick off a last gasp pass from Garoppolo, and Gen. Mahomes would kill off the clock.
The damage – 21 points scored in less than seven minutes, three consecutive double – digit comebacks, a relatively clean jersey, and no doubt that we have been made witnesses to the full ascension of one of the most dynamic young talents the League has ever seen!
Redemption for Andy Reid, who finally gets his ring; and, with the performances of Gens. Watson, Jackson, Wilson and others, the future finally looks bright for all of The Field Generals…
In these trials of Ice and Fire, General Patrick Mahomes sits alone on the League’s Throne…at least for this year.
Always outnumbered…never outgunned.
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