The Five Reasons Super Bowl LIV mashup brings you news and notes from all angles of the big game.
Super Bowl LIV in Miami was another huge win for the Magic City.
The eleventh Super Bowl played in Miami was one for the ages when the dust settled.
Perfect weather greeted fans at a Hard Rock Stadium venue equipped to the nines for the event.
A showcase of all that is good in Miami and the surrounding areas.
The action on the field was supplemented by a lot of interesting content off it.
Kansas City and San Francisco gave the 100th NFL season a worthy ending.
Fox broadcasted the game with Joe Buck on commentary and Troy Aikman with analysis.
They went with a new graphics package for the broadcast which was underwhelming.
Erin Andrews covered the 49ers sideline with Chris Myers on the Kansas City side.
Fox had a nice pre-game show sponsored by YouTube, with Devi Lovato singing a powerful national anthem.
World War II veterans, each at least 100 years old, were on the field for the coin toss adding a nice patriotic element.
San Francisco won the toss and deferred to the second half.
A bold vote of confidence for their defense giving Patrick Mahomes first opportunity to make an impact.
It paid off as Mahomes threw two incompletions and the Chiefs went three-and-out.
San Francisco’s offense rewarded their defense as they quickly flipped field position thanks to the dynamic Deebo Samuel.
Kansas City’s defense tightened up when the 49ers hit the red zone, holding them to a field goal.
Robbie Gould opened the scoring to make it 3-0 with 7:57 left in the first quarter.
Joe and Troy are old reliable, if you have watched a NFC game on Fox they kind of just blend in.
Matriculating the broadcast along if you will.
Fox does a good job of keeping things moving with a lot of statistical nuggets in between plays.
The first cringe moment of the broadcast came with a polarizing commercial, care of the Commander in Chief.
I’ll just leave that alone for now.
The spot for Marvel’s Black Widow though.
A tentative first quarter culminated with a Kansas City touchdown drive for a 7-3 Chiefs lead.
Mahomes settled down after a shaky opening stanza with a nice drive, feeding Travis Kelce along the way.
He took a big hit and that seemed to wake up his teammates on offense.
Any joy that was experienced by a Dolphins fan watching the action heat up quickly turned to nausea during the next commercial break.
The Hard Rock Hotel went all out in their second quarter ad.
Back on the field the play heated up as San Francisco put together their best drive of the game to that point.
Jimmy Garoppolo would respond after an interception on the previous drive to lead San Francisco to tie it up at 10 apiece.
Both teams found their rhythm offensively in a quickly moving second quarter. Few penalties were called overall in the first half and the game settled into a nice groove in the second 15 minutes.
At the two minute warning, things got a little emotional during the commercial break.
A game which many thought would be close was exactly that as the score would remain tied going into halftime.
Well folks, we have our meme from Super Bowl LIV.
Whether you are a fan of Shakira or Jennifer Lopez, they definitely brought the energy for Pepsi Halftime.
JJ liked it.
If you came here for in depth analysis of the Pepsi Halftime Show, you came to the right place.
49ers Seize Second Half
Deebo Samuel was the star of the first half for San Francisco and he picked up right where he left off after halftime.
The 49ers would take the second half kickoff and drive right into Kansas City territory, adding a field goal for a 13-10 lead.
San Francisco would seize momentum with authority in the third quarter, completely shutting down the Chiefs offense.
Patrick Mahomes looked rattled for much of the game and threw his second pick with the 49ers leading 20-10 halfway through the fourth.
It started to seem like San Francisco was on their way to their sixth Lombardi Trophy.
The 49ers defense seemed to have an answer every time the Chiefs would get any kind of momentum on offense.
Jimmy Garoppolo was outplaying Patrick Mahomes.
Read that again.
It was an unconventional game at times, and not the best played in terms of execution.
Mahomes Fights Back
Mahomes picked a bad time to have a lackluster game by his standards.
Yet he, nor his team, did not quit.
Mahomes finally picked it up as the fourth quarter rolled on.
First a 44-yard completion to Tyreek Hill for the longest play of the game.
Then Mahomes hit Travis Kelce for a touchdown and Kansas City trailed 20-17 with just over six minutes left.
The Chiefs defense would force their first three-and-out of the game to give Mahomes the ball back with a chance to tie it up.
Or perhaps win it.
Damian Williams got to score a meaningful touchdown in Miami.
(He wasn’t done).
Kansas took a 24-20 lead as Mahomes went 5-of-5 for 60 yards and that score on the drive.
Mahomes completely flipped the narrative on his performance in one possession.
Jimmy G would get a chance to lead the 49ers back, and just missed Emanuel Sanders on a third down bomb.
Kansas City’s defense would bring heavy pressure on fourth down and Frank Clark would sack Garoppolo.
With all three timeouts and over a minute left, there was still hope for the 49ers.
Until it was dashed.
The final score was 31-20 Kansas City, with the Chiefs scoring 21 unanswered points in the fourth quarter.
Super Bowl LIV was an unbelievably exciting end to the NFL season, a showcase of two tremendously talented teams.
By all accounts, Hard Rock Stadium and the Miami area hit this one out of the park.
Stephen Ross and the Dolphins organization deserve tremendous credit.
Hopefully the 12th Super Bowl for Miami in the not-too-distant future will live up to this LIV.