Super Bowl 2024: Chiefs make 49ers pay for special teams by taking first lead of Super Bowl LVIII

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The Kansas City Chiefs won Super Bowl LVIII, 25-22 in OT, but it took them a while to get their first lead. The Chiefs erased a 10-0 deficit only to go up late in the third quarter. After punting for the third time and going scoreless for the seventh time, the Chiefs were on the river without a paddle.

A special teams fumble by the San Francisco 49ers gave the Chiefs new life, as punt returner Darrell Luter Jr. (the ball touched his leg) muffed the punt return – giving the Chiefs the ball at the 49ers’ 16-yard line. Justin Watson recovered the fumble and the Chiefs took advantage of the fumble on the second play.

Patrick Mahomes found Marquez Valdes-Scantling for a 16-yard touchdown pass to put the Chiefs up 13–10 with 2:32 left in the third quarter. Mahomes has trailed by double digits in four Super Bowls, leading in three of them — thanks to a touchdown pass.

The Chiefs led the 49ers entering the fourth quarter, though it didn’t last long as San Francisco answered with a touchdown of its own. The 49ers missed the extra point and took a 16-13 lead.

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