The Kansas City Chiefs won Super Bowl LVIII, 25-22 in overtime, but it took them a while to take their first lead. The Chiefs erased a 10-0 deficit and then rallied late in the third quarter. After punting for the second time in the third and going scoreless for the seventh time in nine possessions, the Chiefs were heading up the river without a paddle.
A San Francisco 49ers special teams gaffe gave the Chiefs new life, as punt returner Darrell Luter Jr. (the ball hit his leg) botched a punt return – giving the ball to the Chiefs at the 49ers 16-yard line. Justin Watson recovered the fumble and the Chiefs took advantage of the mistake on the next play.
Patrick Mahomes found Marquez Valdes-Scantling for a 16-yard touchdown pass to give the Chiefs a 13-10 lead with 2:32 left in the third quarter. Mahomes, who has trailed by double digits in four Super Bowls, took the lead in three of them – thanks to that touchdown pass.
The Chiefs led the 49ers early in the fourth quarter, although that didn’t last long as San Francisco responded with a touchdown of their own. The 49ers missed the extra point and took a 16-13 lead.