/Super Bowl 2020 live updates: Chiefs vs. 49ers breakdown, score, analysis

Super Bowl 2020 live updates: Chiefs vs. 49ers breakdown, score, analysis

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. – The 267th and final game of the NFL’s centennial season is finally here, Super Bowl LIV between the San Francisco 49ers and Kansas City Chiefs.

Bookmark this page for live analysis from the Hard Rock Stadium press box as well as snapshots from social media and everything else that’s buzzing on Super Sunday. Whether it’s the Chiefs chasing their first title in 50 years, the Niners seeking a record-tying sixth Lombardi Trophy, or Jennifer Lopez and Shakira rocking the halftime stage, we’ve got you covered throughout on Super Sunday.

HALFTIME: CHIEFS 10, 49ERS 10

Niners TE George Kittle gets called for pass interference, negating a big play at the end of the second quarter. So, instead, we’ve got only the fourth Super Bowl to have the first half end in a tie. 

On to J.Lo and Shakira, who turned 43 today, for the Pepsi halftime show.

From the stadium

USA TODAY’s Miami-based news reporter, Alan Gomez, has the scoop on exorbitant concession prices as well as protests outside Hard Rock Stadium.

Fullbacks are back

I talked to San Francisco’s Kyle Juszczyk, who just scored the game-tying TD, for a while this week. We talked about how he’s bringing fullbacks, recently on the NFL’s endangered species list, back into vogue.

Also, Juszczyk is the first Harvard alum to score a Super Bowl TD.

SCORE: CHIEFS 10, 49ERS 10

The Niners tie it up, going back to their extraordinary backfield to collaborate for the game-tying touchdown. Big runs by Raheem Mostert and Tevin Coleman preceded a 15-yard TD catch-and-run by FB Kyle Juszczyk, formerly a tight end for Harvard.

SCORE: CHIEFS 10, 49ERS 3

A 31-yard Harrison Butker field goal extends K.C.’s lead, capping a nine-play, 43-yard drive. Mahomes hit WR Sammy Watkins twice on the march for 32 yards, including the 28-yarder that keyed the possession.

Watkins said this week that, pending the outcome of the game, he might consider taking the 2020 season off.

Garoppolo not originally in Niners’ plans

The 49ers are back in the Super Bowl for the first time in seven years, largely because Garoppolo was under center. But as Mike Jones wrote earlier this week, Kirk Cousins was initially their primary target.

Pick

An ill-advised throw from 49ers QB Jimmy Garoppolo ends up in the hands of Chiefs CB Bashaud Breeland. Playoffs included, that was Jimmy G.’s 15th INT this season … which might be one reason you’ve seen the Niners so committed to the ground attack recently.

END 1ST QUARTER: CHIEFS 7, 49ERS 3

That opening period flew by. Definitely appears we’ll have the tightly contested matchup you’d expect from a game where the Chiefs were listed as 1½-point favorites. Oddly, no sign of 49ers RB Raheem Mostert yet. Stay tuned.

Chiefs players love Mahomes

I learned this week that Kansas City’s players are extremely loyal to Mahomes because he’s “one of the guys” … even they tend to forget he’s a superstar. Tonight is a reminder that he might be the guy you’d pick to build a new franchise around.

SCORE: CHIEFS 7, 49ERS 3

The Chiefs have now trailed in four consecutive games, but it didn’t take them long to respond today. After missing his first two throws on the Chiefs’ opening drive, QB Patrick Mahomes connected on five of seven for 40 yards on the next possession and helped set up the team’s TD with a 10-yard run. After Williams converted with a 4-yard run on fourth down with a direct snap, Mahomes caps the drive with a 1-yard run. Game on.

Rare air

One of my favorite stories to report this week was the love players from both teams have for Air Jordans. You’ll see a lot of the shoes, worn by players like Niners DE Nick Bosa and Chiefs RB Damien Williams, today.

Trend?

The team that scores first has won eight of the past nine Super Bowls. The outlier? The 2016 Falcons, who had current Niners coach Kyle Shanahan as their offensive coordinator.

SCORE: 49ERS 3, CHIEFS 0

Keyed by Samuel’s run, the Niners march 62 yards on 10 plays for the game’s first score, a 38-yard Robbie Gould field goal.

Here’s more on Gould, the Niners’ oldest player, from our Dan Wolken, who wrote about the veteran’s (business) nerves of steel this week.

More on that game-opening commercial

Our Tom Schad is all over the ad front tonight and provides further insight on the commercial that led into the kickoff.

Rookie to watch

Deebo Samuel’s 32-yard run for San Francisco is the game’s first big gainer. Samuel, technically a wide receiver, runs like a back when he gets the ball. Keep an eye on him tonight, he could be a major X-factor.

TE battle

A major subplot of Super Bowl LIV will be the “battle” between star tight ends Travis Kelce (Chiefs) and all-pro George Kittle of the 49ers. Kittle draws first blood with an 11-yard reception.

Chiefs take possession

Kansas City’s first play after the kickoff was a 7-yard run by Damien Williams. As well as the Niners run the ball, the Chiefs aren’t nearly as committed. San Francisco had three 500-yard rushers this season. K.C. had none.

Coin toss …

… was conducted by a 100-year-old Tuskegee Airmen. Pretty cool and salute to you, sir. READ MORE

Chiefs fans heard again

As Demi Lovato concluded The Star Spangled Banner, Kansas City fans punctuated her performance with home of the … “CHIEFS!”

Ideal conditions

There’s not a cloud in the sky, and the temperature is 64 degrees for the first Super Bowl staged outdoors since the Broncos and Panthers met at the 49ers’ stadium in Santa Clara, California, four years ago.

NFL100 team honored

The league honored the 100 players and coaches comprising its all-time team, selected in conjunction with the NFL’s centennial season. Members wore maroon jackets, distinguishing them from Hall of Famers adorned with gold jackets. The crowd booed when Patriots coach Bill Belichick was introduced. He smiled broadly, then raised his fists – his fingers bearing his Super Bowl rings (6 with the Patriots, 2 with the Giants).

Kobe tribute

About 35 minutes prior to kickoff, all of the players and coaches for both the 49ers and Chiefs lined the 24-yard lines in a moment of silence for the Lakers legend, who was killed, along with his daughter and seven others, in a helicopter crash a week ago today.

Chiefs fans taking over South Florida?

The last time the Chiefs played in the Super Bowl was 1970’s Super Bowl IV between Kansas City and the Minnesota Vikings (won by K.C. 23-7). Early indications are that Chiefs fans are a lot more prevalent in this sea of red jerseys than the Niners’ “Faithful.” … After all, it’s merely been 25 years since San Fran took home its most recent Lombardi. 

And the tomahawk chop and chant that just broke out is yet another good indication.

Super Bowl LIV inactive list

Not playing today for the Chiefs: QB Chad Henne, CB Morris Claiborne, RB LeSean McCoy, LB Darron Lee, G Ryan Hunter, OT Jackson Barton and G Andrew Wylie. 

Not playing today for the 49ers:  QB C.J. Beathard, WR Dante Pettis, CB Dontae Johnson, TE Daniel Helm, LB Azeez Al-Shaair, WR Jordan Matthews and DL Kevin Givens.

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