The stage is set for an epic clash between two offensive juggernauts in Super Bowl 54. The two home teams won the day on Championship Sunday, and now either Kyle Shanahan or Andy Reid will win his first ever Super Bowl as a head coach.
Here is how it all went down.
Kansas City Chiefs 35, Tennessee Titans 24
The Tennessee Titans looked like they would keep riding the Derrick Henry train all the way to the big game in this one, jumping on the Chiefs quickly and killing a lot of clock in the process. At the end of their third drive the Titans possessed a 17-7 lead and were winning time of possession 16:45 to 6:36.
Kansas City knows how to make a comeback, however, as they used their overwhelming speed to take control of the game behind back-to-back touchdown drives in the second quarter to take a 21-17 lead.
When Patrick Mahomes wasn’t finding his receivers down the field, he was gashing Tennessee’s unprepared defense with his legs, generating chunk plays in the form of rushing yards.
Just like he did against the Texans in the Divisional Round, Mahomes marshaled his opponents’ evisceration in the form of numerous touchdown drives spanning the second and third quarters — four touchdown drives in five possessions over that time period, to be exact.
Fighting from behind, the Titans had to abandon the run game — which was contained very well by the Chiefs anyway — and play a style of football that went against what had brought them to the AFC Championship in the first place. Henry carried the ball just three times in the second half.
Mahomes recorded 294 passing yards, three passing touchdowns, and no interceptions. He also led the team with 53 rushing yards, and he added a rushing touchdown just for good measure. In just two years as a starter, Mahomes has won three playoff games, has hosted two AFC Championship games, and will be playing in the Super Bowl. Sammy Watkins was his leading receiver in this one with 114 yards and a touchdown.
Ryan Tannehill had 209 passing yards, two passing touchdowns, and no interceptions. Henry had 69 rushing yards and a score on 19 carries. Corey Davis led the Titans in receiving with 65 yards.
San Francisco 49ers 37, Green Bay Packers 20
In what was reminiscent of the 2016 NFC Championship Game, Kyle Shanahan orchestrated an offensive game plan which overwhelmed the Packers defense, while Aaron Rodgers was absolutely perplexed until the late stages of the contest.
The 49ers punted on their first possession of the game, and then they scored on the next five possessions they had before the half.
Tevin Coleman got knocked out of the game early on, but it was the Raheem Mostert show which would go on, around, and through the Green Bay defense. Every touchdown the 49ers had was a rushing touchdown, and all of them were by way of Mostert. The score was 27-0 at the half.
Rodgers led his team to three straight touchdown scoring drives in the second half, but too much time came off the clock in the process, and the 49ers were still scoring their own points — it never really felt like Green Bay had a chance of climbing back into this one. Rodgers was intercepted by Richard Sherman to officially put the nail in the coffin on another Green Bay failure in the NFC Championship.
Jimmy Garoppolo was that kid who contributed nothing to the group project and still got an A — he had 77 total passing yards on eight attempts in this one. Mostert went beast mode to the tune of 220 rushing yards and four touchdowns on 29 carries. Deebo Samuel had 46 receiving yards and added another 43 rushing yards to prove to be an effective secondary weapon.
Rodgers totaled 326 passing yards and two passing touchdowns, but he had two interceptions and three fumbles — one of which was lost. Aaron Jones had 56 rushing yards and a score on 12 carries. Davante Adams recorded nine receptions for 138 receiving yards — for comparison, Michael Thomas had four catches for 36 receiving yards as the loser in last year’s NFC Championship Game.
49ers now join the 1988 Bengals and 1999 Rams as the third team to reach the Super Bowl after winning four or fewer games the previous season.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 20, 2020
Congrats to the Shanahan family. With Kyle advancing to Super Bowl 54.. they become the 1st father son combo in NFL history to be head coaches of Super Bowl teams. Father Mike a two time winner as Denver’s head coach— trey wingo (@wingoz) January 20, 2020
Andy Reid, who has never won the big one, is once again on the biggest stage. The #Chiefs, Reid, and Patrick Mahomes are going to the Super Bowl. And they are going nuts in KC.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 19, 2020
.@49ers vs. @Chiefs. It’s on. #SBLIV #NFLPlayoffs#WeReady pic.twitter.com/m5amomo7Rr— NFL (@NFL) January 20, 2020