Here are a few observations from Kansas City's overtime win over San Francisco in Sunday's Super Bowl, courtesy of staff writer Lindsey Young.
1. A tiny bit of redemption
As a Falcons fan and friend to several others, there was some satisfaction taken from Kyle Shanahan screwing up another Super Bowl. The "offensive mastermind" not only made the wrong call to take possession to start overtime, he once again refused to run the ball with a double-digit second-half lead. The 49ers could have gone a long way into sealing the win with points on any of the three three-and-outs in the third quarter up 10. Shanahan called eight passes in the nine plays -- with the best running back in the game on his side.
2. What's the deal with Kelce?
After acting like a punk in the AFC Championship game win over Baltimore, the game's best tight end went after his own coach Sunday. Kelce was apparently upset that Isiah Pacheco fumbled while he wasn't in the game, got in coach Andy Reid's face and even bumped the 65-year-old. The old "heat-of-the-moment" excuse has already been accepted and the incident laughed off, so I guess it's OK. Would Kelce have done that, say, if it were Mike Vrabel instead of Reid?
3. Magic Man strikes again
Patrick Mahomes is relentless and inevitable. Sure, the 49ers let the Chiefs stay in the game with several self-inflicted wounds, but it was Mahomes who willed an average group of offensive skill players -- with the exception of Kelce -- to one of the most impressive playoff runs in history. The lesson moving forward to all Chiefs opponents is to put them away when you have the chance or you're going to have to deal with the inevitable.
4. Potential fulfilled
I was fortunate to see Mecole Hardman play twice in high school when Elbert County faced Calhoun in back-to-back GHSA postseasons, including a spectacular three-overtime game in 2015. Before going on to star at Georgia he earned the nickname "Jet Fuel" and was ranked the No. 1 athlete in the country. He's still the fastest prep football player I've ever seen and it's nice to see him get that golden moment Sunday.
5. Great halftime, but...
Chattanooga native Usher was splendid as the headliner of the halftime show, but we were left wanting more. The Super Bowl shows have become like a superhero movie in recent years, with more and more characters. Spread over 30 or so minutes, Sunday's show would have been epic. For 13 minutes, though, I want the Prince show in '07. No co-stars needed.