Chiefs, 49ers Fantasy Football Takeaways: Patrick Mahomes, Brock Purdy, Travis Kelce, Christian McCaffrey, Mecole Hardman and More
Breaking down the Chiefs' Super Bowl win over the 49ers from a fantasy football perspective.
The final game of the NFL season didn’t disappoint, with the Kansas City Chiefs rallying past the San Francisco 49ers for a 25-22 overtime win in Super Bowl LVIII on Sunday in Las Vegas.
There were plenty of big individual performances, so let’s discuss a few of them.
Quick Game Recap
After a bit of a sloppy first half, a couple scoring drives in the last couple minutes gave the Niners a 10-3 lead.
Kansas City took its first lead with a field goal and touchdown in the third quarter, which really signaled the start of what turned out to be a great game.
San Fran responded with a touchdown drive of its own before KC tied things with a field goal. The Niners added a field goal to take the lead back, but the Chiefs put together a last-minute drive and made a field goal to send the game to overtime.
The Niners decided to take the ball first in overtime and eventually had to settle for another field goal. Kansas City answered again, with its drive ending with six points to win the Super Bowl in walk-off fashion.
Chiefs Excel in Clutch
As they had all postseason, the Chiefs delivered when it counted most to win a second straight Super Bowl.
Quarterback Patrick Mahomes was the Super Bowl MVP after throwing for 333 yards and two touchdowns. Mahomes finished 34-of-46 passing and was picked off once.
Mahomes was also the leading rusher for the Chiefs, gaining 66 yards on nine carries.
It wasn’t the prettiest game from Mahomes, but he got the job done when his team needed him the most, further cementing him as one of the greatest quarterbacks to ever play in the NFL.
Running back Isiah Pacheco was mostly held in check in the contest, finishing with 59 yards on 18 carries. He fumbled after a 52-yard pass play in the second quarter right when it looked like the Chiefs were going to grab their first lead.
Pacheco caught all six of his targets for 33 additional yards, so despite not scoring and fumbling, it was a pretty solid fantasy showing for the second-year back.
Tight end Travis Kelce led Kansas City with 93 receiving yards, 92 of which came in the second half. He caught nine of his 10 targets, including a 22-yarder late that set up a game-tying field goal.
Rookie receiver Rashee Rice was targeted eight times in the contest, making six grabs for 39 yards. He was mostly held in check - with a long reception of 13 - but he was still the second-most targeted pass catcher behind Kelce. He also had two rushing attempts, gaining 5 yards.
Hardman made catches on all three of his targets, including a 3-yarder that won the game in overtime.
Valdes-Scantling was targeted five times, making three grabs for 20 yards and a score. He had a 16-yard touchdown reception late in the first half.
Justin Watson finished with the same three catches on five targets line, but his receptions went for 54 yards. Tight end Noah Gray had 22 receiving yards on two catches and targets, while running back Jerick McKinnon added 15 yards on two grabs and targets.
Along with the Mahomes interception and Pacheco fumble, Kansas City had four other fumbles. Luckily for the Chiefs, they retained the ball every time but the Pacheco fumble.
Kicker Harrison Butker played a big role in the team’s win, scoring 13 total points. He made field goals of 28, 57 (a Super Bowl record), 24 and 29 yards, while making his lone extra point try.
Between the turnovers and inability to cap drives off with touchdowns, this was a golden opportunity for a team to take down the Chiefs, but San Fran had struggles of its own.
Niners Fall Short
Quarterback Brock Purdy really outplayed Mahomes for most of the game. He didn’t have a turnover and made several big throws for the team.
Purdy finished 23-of-38 passing for 255 yards and a touchdown, while adding 12 rushing yards on three attempts.
The Niners only offensive turnover came on a fumble by Christian McCaffrey on the first drive of the game. McCaffrey was relatively held in check, but still finished with 80 rushing yards on 22 attempts. He added 80 receiving yards and a score on eight receptions and targets.
San Fran’s other turnover came on a punt return, with MVS scoring on the next play to put the Chiefs in front.
Jauan Jennings was probably in line for MVP if the Niners won. He threw a 21-yard touchdown to McCaffrey for the game’s first touchdown and caught a 10-yard touchdown pass from Purdy to give the team the lead in the fourth quarter. Jennings finished with 42 receiving yards and the score on four grabs and five targets.
Aiyuk had 49 receiving yards on four catches and five targets. Samuel had just 33 receiving yards on three catches and 11 targets, while rushing three times for 8 yards.
Tight end George Kittle finished with just 4 receiving yards on two catches and three targets. Fullback Kyle Juszcyk had 33 total yards on three touches, while wideouts Ray-Ray McCloud and Chris Conley had 19- and 18-yard catches, respectively.
Kicker Jake Moody was 3-for-3 on his field goals, with a long of 55. He made one extra point and had another blocked, which helped the Chiefs tie things up late instead of having to go for a touchdown.#chiefs #49ers #super-bowl