A record breaking season

Abby Bishop

Super Bowl LIV was one that will surely be remembered. The 11-4 Kansas City Chiefs took on the 13-2 San Francisco 49ers and made their first Super Bowl appearance since Super Bowl IV in 1970. There were several records broken during the game and during the 2019-2020 season.

Patrick Mahomes, star quarterback for the Chiefs, now holds the record for being the youngest player in NFL history to win both Super Bowl MVP and NFL MVP Award in the same season, being just 24 years old.

In the 2019-2020 season, Mahomes broke multiple other records. Mahomes now holds the NFL record for making 70 career touchdown passes in just 27 games, the fastest in league history. He beat Dan Marino’s previous record of 29 games. Mahomes also became the second player in NFL history to have four touchdown passes in a single quarter during a playoff game.

Mahomes wasn’t the only Chiefs player to put on a show at Super Bowl LIV. Running back Damien Williams had two touchdowns in the fourth quarter, the first of which gave the Chiefs a 24-20 lead, the only time they pulled ahead since the first quarter.

Williams was on his A-game from kickoff and was the runner-up to the MVP award, which came as quite a shock to me and to everyone else. His performance was more consistent than Mahomes and he had fewer mistakes than the QB.

The Chiefs broke records as a team this NFL season as well. They became the first team in history to win a playoff game by 20 points after being in a 20-point deficit. They also set a franchise record with the highest amount of points scored in a playoff game during their 51-31 win against the Texans.

Neither team had a single punt return during the Super Bowl, an occurrence that has happened 10 other times in NFL history.

However, it would be unfair not to mention the achievements of the NFC champions, the 49ers over the course of the season and during Super Bowl LIV. Rookie wide receiver, Deebo Samuel, set the record for most rushing yards in a Super Bowl at 53 yards, which beat the previous record of 45 that was set in Super Bowl XLVIII

On Feb. 5, the Chiefs victory parade was held in Kansas City, Mo with an estimation of 800,000 people in attendance. This was a shocking number to Kansas City officials, but not surprising to anyone else, considering the monumental achievements of the Chiefs. 

The coolest part of the celebration after the Super Bowl victory was a scientific feat. On Feb. 2, the firework display following the game was so bright and large that it was detected on weather satellite radar. The National Weather Service tweeted a gif of the spectacle appearing on their radar, which sent Kansas City citizens into even more excitement.

Super Bowl LIV kept everyone on the edge of their seats. When we thought it was over, the Chiefs did what they do best: clawed their way back to the top. The suspense of the fourth quarter kept viewers glued to their television screens until the very end. This is not a game that will be quickly forgotten by Chiefs fans or the NFL.