41 superlatives from Chiefs’ Super Bowl LIV win

Posted at 5:45 PM, Feb 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-07 01:36:20-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — It was a championship a half-century in the making.

Here are some nuggets related to the Chiefs' 31-20 victory Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl LIV. We chose 41, because we're the Home of the Chiefs and it seemed appropriate:

1. Fifty years is the longest span between championships for any franchise in the Super Bowl era, though the Philadelphia Eagles went 57 years between winning the 1960 NFL Championship and Super Bowl LII during the 2017 season.

2. The Chiefs’ 10-point comeback in the fourth quarter is tied for the second largest comeback win in Super Bowl history.

3. The Chiefs are now one of 13 NFL teams with multiple Super Bowl titles.

4. The Chiefs at 2-1 overall — lost Super Bowl I before winning Super Bowls IV and LIV — are also one of 13 NFL teams with a winning record in the Super Bowl.

5. Kansas City trailed by at least 10 points in all three postseason games, becoming the first team in NFL history to produce three double-digit comeback wins — 24-0 to the Houston Texans in the AFC Divisional Round, down 10-0 and 17-7 against the Tennessee Titans in the AFC Championship Game and down 20-10 midway through the fourth quarter against the San Francisco 49ers in the Super Bowl.

6. Chiefs coach Andy Reid waited 15 years after losing a Super Bowl to return and win it, the second-longest span for any Super Bowl-winning head coach. He trails only Dick Vermeil, who lost Super Bowl XV with the Eagles then won Super Bowl XXXIV with the St. Lous Rams 19 years later.

7. Patrick Mahomes won the Pete Rozelle Trophy as the Super Bowl LIV MVP.

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Kansas City Chiefs quarterback and MVP Patrick Mahomes celebrates with Frank Clark and Tyrann Mathieu (32) after the NFL Super Bowl 54 football game against the San Francisco 49ers Sunday, Feb. 2, 2020, in Miami Gardens, Fla. The Kansas City Chiefs won 31-20. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

8. Mahomes — at 24 years and 138 days old — is the youngest quarterback to win the Super Bowl MVP.

9. Mahomes is the third-youngest player overall to win the Super Bowl MVP, trailing only former Los Angeles Raiders running back Marcus Allen (23 years, 302 days in Super Bowl XVIII) and former Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Lynn Swann (23 years and 317 days in Super Bowl X).

10. Mahomes is the second-youngest quarterback in NFL history to win the Super Bowl.

11. Both Allen, who finished his career with the Chiefs, and Swann have been inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

12. With 286 yards passing in Super Bowl LIV, Mahomes passed Alex Smith for second place in Chiefs history with 1,474 passing yards in his postseason career (Len Dawson, 1,497 yards in eight career playoff games).

13. Mahomes extended his own Chiefs record with two touchdown passes, giving him 13 career postseason touchdowns — four more than any other Chiefs QB (Alex Smith, 9 TD).

14. Mahomes’ 10 passing touchdowns in the 2019 postseason, including two Super Bowl LIV, are tied for the fourth-most by any QB in a single postseason in NFL history.

15. Running back Damien Williams’ two fourth-quarter touchdowns tied the Super Bowl record for most touchdowns in a single quarter in NFL history.

16. Williams now has six career postseason rushing touchdowns, twice as many as any other player in Chiefs history.

17. Mahomes also scored a rushing touchdown, giving him three career postseason rushing touchdowns. He’s tied with Marcus Allen and Mike Garrett for the second most in Chiefs playoffs history.

18. Williams now owns 10 total postseason touchdowns, which extends his own Chiefs postseason record.

19. Tight end Travis Kelce caught his sixth career touchdown pass, which extends his Chiefs record for the most touchdown receptions in team history.

20. Williams caught the go-ahead touchdown pass in the fourth quarter, giving him four postseason TD receptions in his Chiefs career — second most in franchise history.

21. Kelce’s six total postseason touchdowns trails only Williams for the most in Chiefs history.

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Kansas City Chiefs' Travis Kelce celebrates his touchdown catch against the San Francisco 49ers during the second half of the NFL Super Bowl 54 football game Sunday, Feb. 2, 2020, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Matt York)

22. With 104 yards rushing, including the game-clinching 38-yard touchdown run in the closing minutes of Super Bowl LIV, Williams now has 355 career postseason rushing yards — second most in Chiefs history behind Marcus Allen (386 yards in six games).

23. Williams is the only Chiefs player in franchise history with multiple 100-yard rushing performances in the postseason.

24. Williams’ 60 career postseason points scored are the most in Chiefs history.

25. Kicker Harrison Butker notched seven points in the Super Bowl, a field goal and four extra points, moving him past Nick Lowery and into second place in Chiefs history with 38 career postseason points scored.

26. Butker now has twice as many extra points (26) as any kicker in Chiefs history.

27. Butker’s 15 extra points made during the 2019 postseason are tied for the fourth-most in NFL history.

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Kansas City Chiefs' Harrison Butker (7) warms up before the NFL Super Bowl 54 football game between the San Francisco 49ers and Kansas City Chiefs Sunday, Feb. 2, 2020, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

28. Kelce’s touchdown gives the star tight end 36 career postseason points scored, which ranks fourth in Chiefs history and moved him past Hall of Fame kicker Jan Stenurud (35 points scored).

29. Punter Dustin Colquitt extended his Chiefs record, appearing in his 12th career postseason game. No other player has more than 10.

30. With two punts in the Super Bowl, Colquitt extended his franchise record with 43 career postseason punt — four more than Jerrel Wilson and five more than Brian Barker.

31. Colquitt’s 45.1-yard average per punt, including a 50-yard average in Super Bowl LIV, is also the best in Chiefs history (minimum 20 punts).

32. Defensive end Frank Clark’s fourth-quarter sack gave him 5.0 for the 2019 postseason, which is the most in any single postseason for any player in Chiefs history. Neil Smith’s 3.0 sacks during the 1993 season was the previous record.

33. Clark’s 5.0 career postseason sacks are tied for third-most in franchise history — trailing on Derrick Thomas and Neil Smith, who have 6.5 postseason sacks apiece with the Chiefs.

34. Clark’s three straight postseason games with a sack ties him with three other former Chiefs — Derrick Thomas, Neil Smith and Jerry Mays — for most consecutive playoff games with a sack or partial sack.

35. Clark is the sixth Chiefs player in history to record a sack or partial sack in the Super Bowl based on Pro Football Reference’s Super Bowl box scores.

36. Defensive backs Bashaud Breeland and Kendall Fuller are the fifth and sixth players in Chiefs history with an interception in the Super Bowl.

37. Super Bowl LIV’s average TV audience of 99.9 million marked the first increase in viewership since 2015.

38. The Chiefs-49ers game is the 10th most-watched television program in U.S. history and ranks ninth-highest among Super Bowls.

39. Kansas City’s 55.7 rating (number of households watching) and 89 share (percent of households tuned to program) were the highest for the market since 2014.

40. It was the most live-streamed Super Bowl ever, delivering an average digital audience of 3.4 million viewers.

41. With an average audience of 757,000, Fox Deportes’ coverage of the Super Bowl became the most-watched Spanish-language Super Bowl broadcast in history.