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The Kansas City Chiefs dug way deep into the history book to come up with the trick play they ran with success in the Super Bowl on Sunday.
Down 3-0 late in the first quarter against the San Francisco 49ers, the Chiefs made a bold decision to go for it on 4th-and-1. They broke out a trick play where the four players in the backfield spun around in a synchronized move to throw off the defense. The snap then went straight to Damien Williams rather than Patrick Mahomes, and Williams rushed for a first down and just missed a touchdown. Kansas City later scored to take a 7-3 lead.
The Chiefs even had time to become the Backstreet Boys during that drive.
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Where did the Chiefs come up with such a play?
Offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy said after the game that they were inspired by Michigan in the Rose Bowl in the 1940s.
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Bieniemy thought it was the 1949 Rose Bowl, but it was actually the 1948 Rose Bowl that Michigan won 49-0 over USC. Michigan did not appear to do that exact spin, but they utilized tons of motion, shifting, fakes, and single-wing type of formations.
The trick plays worked in 1948, and they’re still working in 2020.
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It was a season of ups and downs for the Kansas City Chiefs, but the team got hot at the right time to punch its ticket to the Super Bowl for the first time in 50 years. Here's a look at how the Chiefs got to Super Bowl LIV.
The Chiefs opened the season with a dominant performance at Jacksonville in a 40-26 win. Patrick Mahomes threw for 378 yards and three touchdowns. Sammy Watkins caught all three touchdown passes with nine receptions for 198 yards.
The Chiefs scored 28 unanswered points in the second quarter after falling behind 10-0 at Oakland in the first quarter. Patrick Mahomes had another spectacular game, with 443 yards passing and four touchdowns, while DeMarcus Robinson played well in relief of the injured Tyreek Hill with 172 yards and two touchdown catches.
The Chiefs got a major scare at Detroit, but Patrick Mahomes was able to orchestrate a game-winning drive that led to a 1-yard touchdown run by Darrel Williams with 20 seconds remaining. Cornerback Bashaud Breeland also had a 100-yard fumble recovery for a score in the third quarter.
The banged-up Chiefs offense generated only 13 points in the team's first loss of the season. Marlon Mack rushed for 132 yards for the Colts, and former Chiefs pass rusher Justin Houston made a critical fourth down tackle late in the contest.
Kansas City suffered its second consecutive home loss as the Texans effectively played keep-away, holding the ball for nearly 40 of the 60 minutes. Tyreek Hill was able to catch two touchdown passes in his return from injury, but former Chief Carlos Hyde rushed for 116 yards and one score.
The Chiefs defense really started to come together in a "Thursday Night Football" victory at Denver, but the dominating 30-6 victory wasn't the story of the night. Patrick Mahomes suffered a dislocated kneecap on a quarterback sneak early in the game, but the team was able to rally behind backup Matt Moore.
Without Patrick Mahomes, the Chiefs fell just short at home vs. Green Bay. Backup quarterback Matt Moore still had a good game with 267 yards and two touchdowns, but the Chiefs defense couldn't stop Aaron Rodgers, who threw three touchdown passes.
The Chiefs were able to pull out a big win without Patrick Mahomes. Damien Williams' 91-yard touchdown run in the third quarter was the highlight of the game, and Harrison Butker made two long field goals in the last 2:30 of the game to win.
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Patrick Mahomes' return from a knee injury didn't go as planned at Tennessee. He was able to throw for 446 yards and three scores in the game, but the Chiefs squandered a late 32-27 lead after a botched field goal snap and quick touchdown drive by the Titans. Kansas City did have a chance to tie the game at the end of regulation, but Harrison Butker's field goal attempt was blocked.
The Chiefs were able to put their miraculous loss to Tennessee behind them with a 24-17 win over the rival Chargers at Mexico City. Kansas City picked off Philip Rivers four times, including an interception late in the game when the Chargers had a chance to tie.
The Raiders had a chance to take the lead in the AFC West in Week 13, but Kansas City had no problem in its second win of the year vs. Oakland. The Chiefs had three rushing touchdowns, and rookie safety Juan Thornhill also had a 46-yard pick six.
After losing to the Patriots in last year's AFC championship, the Chiefs were able to return the favor at Foxborough. Patrick Mahomes threw for 283 yards despite playing through a banged-up hand that he suffered early in the game.
Kansas City fought through the snow to dominate the Broncos for the second time in 2019. Patrick Mahomes threw for 340 yards and two touchdowns, while Travis Kelce had 11 catches for 142 yards. Tyreek Hill also had two touchdown catches.
Former Chiefs offensive coordinator Matt Nagy couldn't muster much offense against the Chiefs defense in a 26-3 loss at Soldier Field. The Bears were held to only 234 yards of offense, and Patrick Mahomes threw for 251 yards and two scores.
The Chiefs capped off their regular season with a 31-21 home win over the Chargers despite trailing 14-10 in the third quarter. Mecole Hardman got the Chiefs going with a 104-yard kickoff return touchdown, and Damien Williams also had an 84-yard rushing score. Late in the game, Kansas City was able to celebrate after Miami upset the Patriots, giving the Chiefs a bye in the first round of the playoffs.
The Chiefs were able to make an incredible second-half comeback, going into halftime leading 28-24 despite a 24-0 deficit to start the game. Patrick Mahomes finished with 321 yards and five passing touchdowns, while Travis Kelce had 10 receptions for 134 yards and three scores.
The Chiefs punched their ticket to the Super Bowl for the first time in 50 years by knocking off a hot Titans squad. Patriots Mahomes helped the Chiefs take a 21-17 lead with 11 seconds remaining in the second quarter with an incredible 27-yard rushing touchdown. A 60-yard touchdown pass to Sammy Watkins in the fourth quarter sealed the victory. Mahomes had 294 yards passing and three passing touchdowns, in addition to 53 rushing yards and his running score.
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In the aftermath of the biggest victory of their professional coaching careers, Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy locked eyes with the team’s head coach, Andy Reid. This was Sunday, shortly after the Chiefs’ stunning 31-20 come-from-behind win over the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl LIV, and as the two stood on the stage in the middle of the field of Hard Rock Stadium, confetti all around them, the two quickly embraced in a moment that Bieniemy later described as surreal. “How about this,” Reid told Bieniemy with a grin.And it was right then, at that moment, that Bieniemy, 50, could tell exactly how much the victory meant to the old coach.