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Chiefs' Nick Bolton fined for Super Bowl horse-collar tackle

Chiefs' Nick Bolton fined for Super Bowl horse-collar tackle

The NFL fined Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Nick Bolton $8,238 for his horse-collar tackle of San Francisco 49ers quarterback Brock Purdy in Super Bowl LVIII.

The incident drew a 15-yard penalty in the second quarter of the Chiefs' 25-22 overtime victory in Las Vegas on Feb. 11.

Bolton's fine, confirmed on Monday, was the only one issued for an infraction committed in that game. Chiefs cornerback L'Jarius Sneed drew a personal foul for unnecessary roughness but was not fined.

Bolton, 23, tied San Francisco's Fred Warner for the game-high with 13 tackles. Bolton added one tackle for loss and two quarterback hits against the 49ers.

A second-round pick by the Chiefs in 2021, Bolton has recorded 352 tackles, two sacks and three interceptions in 41 career regular-season games (37 starts).

Report: Chiefs pick up contract option on star DT Chris Jones

Report: Chiefs pick up contract option on star DT Chris Jones

The Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs have picked up the contract option on star defensive tackle Chris Jones and will keep the right to place a franchise tag on him in the offseason, according to an NFL Network report Friday.

The Chiefs paid him $4.25 million he had earned in incentives under a one-year contract he signed last September after his holdout from training camp through Week 1 of the 2023 season, according to the report.

The 2024 projected franchise tag for a defensive tackle is $19,753,000 based on the top five salaries at the position, according to Over The Cap. Jones would become a free agent in March if Kansas City doesn't use the tag or reach an agreement with him.

Jones, 29, was first-team All-Pro in 2022 and 2023 and a five-time Pro Bowl selection. He tied for the team lead this season with 10.5 sacks, and led the Chiefs with 13 tackles for loss and 29 quarterback hits in 16 games (all starts).

One of the standouts for the Chiefs in their overtime victory over San Francisco last Sunday in Super Bowl LVIII, Jones had six quarterback pressures, including on a third-and-4 to force the 49ers to kick a field goal.

Jones has played his entire eight-year career in Kansas City, which selected him in the second round of the 2016 NFL Draft out of Mississippi State. He has 75.5 career sacks and 273 tackles, including 30 this past season.

Also on Friday, the Chiefs announced they have extended the contract of special teams coordinator Dave Toub after 11 seasons in Kansas City.

A member of head coach Andy Reid's initial staff with the Chiefs, Toub, 61, added the title of assistant head coach in 2018.

Two juveniles charged in Chiefs' celebration shootings

Two juveniles charged in Chiefs' celebration shootings

Two juveniles have been charged in connection to the shootings at the Kansas City Chiefs' Super Bowl celebration, the Jackson County Family Court announced Friday.

The Court said the juveniles were charged Thursday on gun-related and resisting arrest charges. The news release said more charges could be added in relation to Wednesday's shootings in which one person was killed and 22 others were injured.

"It is anticipated that additional charges are expected in the future as the investigation by the Kansas City Police Department continues," the statement said.

Missouri law prevents hearings involving juveniles to be open to the public.

The shootings occurred outside popular Union Station on Wednesday on a day in which roughly 1 million people turned out to celebrate Kansas City's Super Bowl victory over the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday. There were more than 800 police officers in the vicinity.

Kansas City police chief Stacey Graves said Thursday that the gunshot victims ranged from ages 8 to 47 with half of them under 16.

Disc jockey Lisa Lopez-Galvan, 43, was shot during the celebration and died.

The mother of two hosted a radio show on a local station and had deep Kansas City roots. She also leaves behind a husband of 22 years.

At a vigil Thursday night in Kansas City, childhood friend Christina Nunez remembered Lopez-Galvan.

"She was here to do good, she was a good person," Nunez said. "This was senseless. And it's just so hard to understand. I hope that we can learn from this, but I hate that God took such a beautiful person. It's going to take a long time for a lot of us to understand and heal from this. It's just a tragedy."

Singer Taylor Swift donated $100,000 to the family of Lopez-Galvan on a GoFundMe page, Variety confirmed through Swift's representative.

"Sending my deepest sympathies and condolences in the wake of your devastating loss. With love, Taylor Swift," said the post.

Swift is dating Chiefs star tight end Travis Kelce.

As of Friday afternoon, the GoFundMe page has raised more than $281,000.

Also, the Chiefs launched "Kansas City Strong" in partnership with the Kansas City branch of the United Way on Friday. The team said it is " an emergency response fund supporting victims and their families, violence prevention and mental health services, and first responders."

The team donated $200,000 to the fund, saying it aims to support victims and first responders in the aftermath of the tragedy.

Amid parade shooting chaos, Chiefs provided some calm

Amid parade shooting chaos, Chiefs provided some calm

The investigation into a mass shooting at the end of the Kansas City Chiefs' Super Bowl parade and rally continued Thursday as details emerged about the role some of the Chiefs had in calming their community.

One person was killed and 21 injured - seven critically -- in the shooting near a parking garage west of Union Station, where an estimated 1 million people had gathered as players and team personnel took the stage to celebrate with fans.

The wounded included nine children.

Stacey Graves, the city's police chief, said Wednesday night three people had been detained. At a news conference Thursday morning, officials reported that indications are the shooting was a result of an argument between people attending the parade that resulted in gunfire, but Graves declined to provide further details as the investigation continues.

Earlier Thursday, speaking on "Good Morning America," Chiefs offensive lineman Trey Smith recounted the horror and the role he and a teammate played in helping others.

"I just remember the security guards ushering us through the doors quickly, saying, 'Come on, hurry up, hurry up, hurry up,'" Smith, 24, said about how he learned of the active shooter. "'This is not a joke. It's a life and death situation.'"

Smith said he and long snapper James Winchester found a closet to hide in along with 20 or so others, and he credited Winchester for calming others.

Smith said he also encountered a young boy frightened after the joyous festivities turned terrifying.

"This little boy was with his father. He was a little hysterical. He just panicked. He was scared. He doesn't know what's going on," Smith said. "I had the WWE belt the entire parade and I was thinking, what can I do to help him out? I just handed him the belt and said, 'Hey buddy, you're the champion. No one is gonna hurt you. No one's gonna hurt you, man. We got your back.'"

Gabe Wallace, a local high school student, attended the parade with a friend, and the two ran as they heard shots break out. He told The Kansas City Star how he wound up safely inside Union Station, where Chiefs head coach Andy Reid reached out to comfort him.

"He was kind of hugging me, just like, ‘Are you OK, man? Are you OK? Just please breathe,'" Wallace told the newspaper. "He was being real nice and everything.

"He left to check on other people, I'm pretty sure."

Report: 1 dead in shooting near end of Chiefs' SB parade

Report: 1 dead in shooting near end of Chiefs' SB parade

One person was killed and at least 10 people were injured Wednesday when gun shots were fired at the conclusion of the Kansas City Chiefs' Super Bowl parade and celebration, according to multiple reports.

There was no official word from the Kansas City, Mo., Police Department, which said that shots were fired and that "multiple people were struck."

Three people were taken into custody, per the media report. Police said "more investigation" was underway.

The reported shooting occurred near a parking garage west of Union Station, where a large crowd had gathered as players and team personnel took the stage to celebrate with fans mostly clad in Chiefs red.

Videos posted to X, formerly Twitter, show Chiefs fans running away from Union Station after the ceremony had ended.

"Anyone nearby needs to leave the area as quickly and safely as possible to facilitate treatment of the shooting victims," the KC police department posted to X. "Please avoid the Union Station parking garage area to allow first responders through."

The Chiefs were celebrating their 25-22 Super Bowl LVIII victory over the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday at Las Vegas. It was the team's second consecutive championship and third in five seasons. The Chiefs have appeared in four of the past five Super Bowls.

Chiefs DC Steve Spagnuolo signs contract extension

Chiefs DC Steve Spagnuolo signs contract extension

Kansas City Chiefs defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo signed a contract extension, the team announced on Wednesday.

Terms of the deal were not announced for Spagnuolo, who joined the team as a defensive coordinator in 2019.

Under Spagnuolo, the Chiefs have won three Super Bowl titles in five years. They added to their trophy case on Sunday with a 25-22 overtime victory against the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl LVIII in Las Vegas.

Spagnuolo, 64, guided a Kansas City defense that ranked second in points allowed (17.3) and yards allowed (289.8) this past season.

Travis Kelce: Actions toward Andy Reid 'unacceptable'

Travis Kelce: Actions toward Andy Reid 'unacceptable'

Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce said it was "definitely unacceptable" that he bumped into head coach Andy Reid on the sideline during Super Bowl LVIII on Sunday in Las Vegas.

"I can't get that fired up to the point where bumping Coach and it's getting him off balance and stuff," Kelce told his brother, Jason, said on his "New Heights" podcast.

"When he stumbled, I was like: 'Aw (expletive),' in my head," Kelce added.

Jason Kelce, who played two seasons under Reid with the Philadelphia Eagles, said his brother had "crossed the line."

"The yelling in his face, too, was over the top," Jason Kelce said. "I think there are better ways to handle this, retrospectively."

Travis Kelce's outburst was in response to being taken off the field with Kansas City driving for a potential score. The Chiefs fumbled the ball on that play, leading to the tight end making contact with Reid and screaming at the 65-year-old coach before running back Jerick McKinnon intervened.

Travis Kelce, 34, said on his podcast that Reid would have had every right to respond with physicality if he chose to do so.

"I deserve it," the nine-time Pro Bowl selection said. "If he would have cold-cocked me in the face right there, I would have just ate it. I would have been like: 'Let's (expletive) go.'"

Reid took the high road after the game, saying he loved Kelce's passion.

Travis Kelce recorded nine catches for 93 yards in the Chiefs' 25-22 overtime victory over the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday.

Report: Chiefs G Nick Allegretti played with torn UCL in Super Bowl

Report: Chiefs G Nick Allegretti played with torn UCL in Super Bowl

Kansas City Chiefs guard Nick Allegretti did not miss an offensive snap during Sunday's Super Bowl victory against the San Francisco 49ers despite tearing an elbow ligament in the second quarter, NFL Network reported Tuesday.

An MRI confirmed a full tear of the ulnar collateral ligament, according to the report. Allegretti played all 79 snaps, starting the game at left guard in place of All-Pro Joe Thuney (pectoral). Allegretti allowed one sack, according to Pro Football Focus.

"Beast man! We told him we needed him out there and he didn't miss a snap!" Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes said in a social media post on X, formerly known as Twitter.

Mahomes was named Super Bowl MVP as Kansas City knocked off San Francisco 25-22 in overtime.

Thuney sustained the pectoral injury in the Chiefs' win over the Buffalo Bills in an AFC divisional playoff game. He then missed the AFC Championship Game and Super Bowl LVIII.

Allegretti, 27, had started one regular-season game and has won three championships with Kansas City. He was a seventh-round selection out of Illinois in the 2019 draft.

Record $185.6M wagered in Nevada on Super Bowl

Record $185.6M wagered in Nevada on Super Bowl

Bettors set a record by wagering $185.6 million on Sunday's Super Bowl at Nevada's sportsbooks.

Unaudited figures were released Tuesday for Kansas City's 25-22 overtime win against San Francisco.

The amount eclipsed the state's previous high for a Super Bowl, set in 2022, by nearly $6 million, according to the Nevada Gaming Control Board.

Nevada's 182 sportsbooks recorded a $6.8 million win on the game, per the figures obtained by ESPN.

The Chiefs' victory over the 49ers in Super Bowl LVIII came in the first Super Bowl ever held in Las Vegas.

Chiefs' Super Bowl parade set for Wednesday

Chiefs' Super Bowl parade set for Wednesday

Kansas City Chiefs fans can show their love to the Super Bowl LVIII champions during a Valentine's Day parade through local streets Wednesday.

The victory parade will begin downtown at 11 a.m. local time and will last approximately 90 minutes, organizers announced Monday.

The parade will be followed by a rally outside Union Station at approximately 12:45 p.m., featuring speeches from players, coaches and team chairman and CEO Clark Hunt.

The Chiefs are celebrating their second straight Super Bowl championship and third in five years. They defeated the San Francisco 49ers 25-22 in overtime in Las Vegas on Sunday night.

Super Bowl notebook: Chiefs claim dynasty tag by downing 49ers

Super Bowl notebook: Chiefs claim dynasty tag by downing 49ers

After the Chiefs beat the Philadelphia Eagles 38-35 in Super Bowl LVII last year, Kansas City quarterback Patrick Mahomes wasn't ready to crown his team as NFL royalty.

"I'm not gonna say dynasty yet. We're not done," Mahomes said. "So, I'm not gonna say dynasty yet."

Well, he can now.

The Chiefs edged the San Francisco 49ers 25-22 in overtime in Super Bowl LVIII on Sunday, taking home their second straight Lombardi Trophy and third in five years. It was a rematch of Super Bowl LIV, which Kansas City also won, 31-20, back in 2020.

San Francisco was just minutes away from matching the New England Patriots and Pittsburgh Steelers for the most Super Bowl victories in league history (six), going up 19-16 with 1:53 left in regulation when Jake Moody made good on a 53-yard field goal.

But Harrison Butker's 29-yarder with three seconds remaining tied things at 19-all, and the Niners had to settle for another field goal from Moody -- this one from 27 yards out -- on the first possession of the extra session.

Mahomes then guided the Chiefs 75 yards in 13 plays, ending the game with a 3-yard touchdown pass to Mecole Hardman with three seconds to go.

--Mahomes completed 34 of 46 passes for 333 yards, two touchdowns and an interception, also leading Kansas City in rushing with 66 yards on nine carries. He was named Super Bowl MVP for the third time in his career, joining Joe Montana as a three-time winner. They only trail Tom Brady, who won the award five times.

"To me, it's always gonna be tough because Brady beat me in the Super Bowl. That's the only thing he'll always have on my head," Mahomes told NFL Network, referring to the comparisons he has drawn to Brady. "It gives me something to strive for every single day -- it's chasing greatness."

--Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce hauled in nine receptions for 93 yards with girlfriend Taylor Swift in attendance. Kansas City was 10-3 this season (including playoffs) when Swift came to cheer the team on.

--Brock Purdy threw for 255 yards and a TD on 23-for-38 passing for the Niners, who got 160 yards from scrimmage (80 rushing, 80 receiving) from Christian McCaffrey.

"It starts with (my) coach (Kyle Shanahan), that's who I hurt for and for all the other guys, our whole team," Purdy said. "What we've been through the last year hasn't been easy. For it to go like that where it's close at the end and it's tough, I'm still trying to wrap my mind around it."

--San Francisco wide receiver Jauan Jennings threw a touchdown pass and caught another, becoming the second player to accomplish the feat in the same Super Bowl. Philadelphia Eagles signal-caller Nick Foles was the other, doing so in Super Bowl LII.

--The 49ers' Jake Moody opened the scoring 12 seconds into the second quarter, kicking the longest field goal in Super Bowl history -- a 55-yarder. However, Harrison Butker shattered that mark with a 57-yard field goal in the third that pulled Kansas City within 10-6. Steve Christie of the Buffalo Bills had the original record, booting a 54-yarder in Super Bowl XXVIII.

--For the third straight game, the Chiefs were underdogs. Oddsmakers favored the Buffalo Bills in the divisional round and the Baltimore Ravens in the AFC Championship Game.

"Just know that the Kansas City Chiefs are never underdogs," Mahomes said. "Just know that."

Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes wins third Super Bowl MVP award

Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes wins third Super Bowl MVP award

Leading Kansas City to a thrilling 25-22 overtime win against the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl LVIII, Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes won his second straight Super Bowl MVP award and third overall on Sunday night in Las Vegas.

Guiding the Chiefs to back-to-back titles and their third in the past five seasons, the 28-year-old Mahomes joins Joe Montana as three-time winners, trailing only Tom Brady, who won the award five times.

With the Chiefs trailing 22-19 in overtime, Mahomes engineered a 13-play, 75-yard drive and tossed the game-winning 3-yard touchdown pass to Mecole Hardman with three seconds left. Mahomes finished 34-of-46 passing for 333 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. He also led Kansas City in rushing with 66 yards on nine carries.

En route to the Super Bowl, Mahomes led the Chiefs to road wins over the Buffalo Bills and the Baltimore Ravens, his first playoff games away from Arrowhead Stadium.

In addition to earning three Super Bowl titles and three Super Bowl MVP awards, Mahomes has been the NFL MVP twice and the Offensive Player of the Year once. He is also a six-time Pro Bowl selection in his six seasons as a starter.

Three for KC: Chiefs beat 49ers in overtime to win Super Bowl LVIII

Three for KC: Chiefs beat 49ers in overtime to win Super Bowl LVIII

Patrick Mahomes threw a 3-yard touchdown pass to Mecole Hardman with three seconds left in overtime to give the Kansas City Chiefs a 25-22 victory over the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday in Super Bowl LVIII in Las Vegas.

Mahomes guided the Chiefs on a 13-play, 75-yard drive after the 49ers had settled for a field goal on their overtime possession. The victory made Kansas City the first team to win back-to-back Super Bowls since the New England Patriots in the 2002-03 seasons.

Mahomes was 34-of-46 passing for 333 yards, two touchdowns and one interception as the Chiefs won their third Super Bowl in the past five seasons. Two of their victories have come against the 49ers.

Travis Kelce caught nine passes for 93 yards and Marquez Valdes-Scantling also caught a touchdown pass for Kansas City. Harrison Butker tied a Super Bowl record with four field goals, including a record 57-yarder just one quarter after San Francisco's Jake Moody set the mark with a 55-yard kick.

Brock Purdy completed 23 of 38 passes for 255 yards and one touchdown for the 49ers. Christian McCaffrey had 160 scrimmage yards (80 rushing, 80 receiving) to go with a touchdown catch while Jauan Jennings threw a touchdown pass and caught another for San Francisco, which last won a Super Bowl in the 1994 season.

Moody kicked a 27-yard field goal with 7:22 left in overtime to give the 49ers a three-point lead.

Moody also booted a 53-yard field goal with 1:53 remaining in regulation to give the 49ers a 19-16 advantage. The Chiefs rallied to force overtime on Butker's 29-yarder with three seconds left.

Steve Christie of the Buffalo Bills set the former long mark with a 54-yarder against the Dallas Cowboys in Super Bowl XXVIII on Jan. 30, 1994.

Mahomes connected with a wide-open Valdes-Scantling to give Kansas City its first lead of the contest at 13-10 with 2:28 left in the third quarter.

San Francisco recovered to take a 16-13 lead on Purdy's 10-yard touchdown pass to Jennings with 11:22 remaining in the game. But Moody's extra point was blocked by Kansas City's Leo Chenal.

The missed point was magnified when Butker kicked a 24-yard field goal to tie the score with 5:46 remaining in the fourth quarter.

Moody broke the record with a 55-yard field goal 12 seconds into the second quarter for the points of the game.

San Francisco stretched the lead to 10 when Purdy threw a lateral to his left to Jennings, who then threw a toss all the way back to the other side of the field. McCaffrey caught it and easily sped ahead to score the game's first touchdown with 4:23 left in the half.

Kansas City finally got on the board on Butker's 28-yard field goal with 20 seconds left in the half. His record-setting boot in the third quarter cut the Chiefs' deficit to 10-6.

Trick play fuels 49ers to 10-3 Super Bowl halftime lead over Chiefs

Trick play fuels 49ers to 10-3 Super Bowl halftime lead over Chiefs

Wide receiver Jauan Jennings threw a touchdown pass on a trick play and Jake Moody set a Super Bowl record for longest field goal as the San Francisco 49ers took a 10-3 halftime lead over the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LVIII on Sunday in Las Vegas.

Christian McCaffrey caught the 21-yard scoring pass from Jennings for San Francisco, which outplayed the Chiefs over the first 30 minutes.

Moody set his record with a 55-yard field goal 12 seconds into the second quarter. It broke the old mark held by Steve Christie of the Buffalo Bills. Christie made a 54-yarder against the Dallas Cowboys in Super Bowl XXVIII on Jan. 30, 1994.

San Francisco stretched the lead to 10 when Brock Purdy threw a lateral to his left to Jennings, who then threw a toss all the way back to the other side of the field. McCaffrey caught it and easily sped ahead to score the game's first touchdown with 4:23 left in the half.

Jennings was a quarterback in high school and threw two college touchdown passes during this time at Tennessee.

He also became the sixth non-quarterback to throw a touchdown pass in the Super Bowl. The only other receiver to throw one is Antwaan Randle El for the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XL. Running backs Robert Newhouse (Dallas Cowboys, XII), Lawrence McCutcheon (Los Angeles Rams, XIV) and Joe Mixon (Cincinnati Bengals, LVI) and tight end Trey Burton (Philadelphia Eagles, LII) are the others.

Kansas City finally got on the board on Harrison Butker's 28-yard field goal with 20 seconds left in the half.

Patrick Mahomes (11 of 13) of the Chiefs and Purdy each passed for 123 yards in the first half. Kansas City tight end Travis Kelce hit a sour note with just one catch for 1 yard.

Both teams lost a fumble while threatening to score.

McCaffrey fumbled on San Francisco's opening series and Kansas City's George Karlaftis recovered at the Chiefs' 27-yard line.

In the second quarter, Kansas City's Isiah Pacheco fumbled and San Francisco's Javon Hargrave recovered the ball at his own 8.

Report: Chiefs WR Kadarius Toney won’t play in Super Bowl

Report: Chiefs WR Kadarius Toney won’t play in Super Bowl

Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Kadarius Toney is not expected to play in Super Bowl LVIII against the San Francisco 49ers, ESPN reported on Sunday.

Toney, 25, last saw action in Kansas City's 27-17 victory over the New England Patriots on Dec. 17 when he had two receptions for 5 yards. A hip injury has been listed as the primary reason keeping him out.

When asked on Tuesday whether Toney would play, Chiefs coach Andy Reid said, "We'll see." Reid noted Toney has "been practicing, we'll just see whether he's up or not."

For his part, Toney claimed, "I'm not hurt, none of that. Hip, knee, nuh-uh," in a viral Instagram Live post the morning of the AFC Championship Game. The Chiefs beat the host Baltimore Ravens 17-10 in the Jan. 28 matchup.

His comments were interpreted by some as an insinuation that the Chiefs were lying about his injury, but Toney told NFL Network on Tuesday that he was not attacking the Chiefs but rather his former team, the New York Giants.

"It kind of started like that," Toney said in an interview with NFL Network on Tuesday. "In the process of that, I got interrupted so it got like a mixed message behind it, I guess you could say. Then, a lot of footage got chopped up in the release, so it made it like I was attacking doing what I love the most.

"I never attacked the Chiefs, never said anything about the Chiefs. Who I was referring to was the Giants fans and the people in my comment box, not even on my live recording, so you wouldn't even know they were there."

Toney was a key part of the Chiefs' fourth-quarter push to a 38-35 win over the Philadelphia Eagles in last year's Super Bowl, catching a touchdown pass and returning a punt 65 yards to set up another. His punt return was the longest in Super Bowl history.

Toney, who is in his first full season with the Chiefs, had 27 receptions for 169 yards and a touchdown in 13 games (two starts) this season. He also had six punt returns for 58 total yards.

Chiefs place star G Joe Thuney on IR, activate RB Jerick McKinnon

Chiefs place star G Joe Thuney on IR, activate RB Jerick McKinnon

The Kansas City Chiefs placed All-Pro left guard Joe Thuney on injured reserve Saturday, one day prior to Super Bowl LVIII.

Thuney has a pectoral injury, which also sidelined him for the AFC Championship Game against the Baltimore Ravens on Jan. 28.

Kansas City also activated running back Jerick McKinnon from injured reserve and elevated nose tackle Mike Pennel from the practice squad ahead of the matchup against the San Francisco 49ers.

McKinnon was listed as questionable on Friday's injury report because of a groin injury suffered against the New England Patriots on Dec. 17. He was limited at practice all this week.

Thuney also was listed as questionable for the game prior to Saturday's development. Nick Allegretti is again expected to fill in for Thuney, a three-time Super Bowl champion.

Thuney, 31, started all 17 regular-season games and Kansas City's first two playoff games. He was injured in the divisional playoff win at Buffalo on Jan. 21.

In his third season with Kansas City, McKinnon had 21 carries for 60 yards and a touchdown in 12 games and caught four touchdown passes among his 25 receptions for 192 yards.

Isiah Pacheco is the team's top back. He leads a Kansas City rushing attack that also includes Clyde Edwards-Helaire.

A 2014 third-round draft pick by the Minnesota Vikings out of Georgia Southern, McKinnon has 2,650 rushing yards and 14 touchdowns, to go along with 269 catches for 2,048 yards and 20 touchdowns for the Vikings (2014-17), 49ers (2020) and Chiefs.

McKinnon, 31, missed the 2018-19 seasons with San Francisco after tearing the ACL in his knee during a 2018 preseason game.

Pennel, 32, played in three regular-season games and two postseason games for the Chiefs this season.

Christian McCaffrey’s mom claims 49ers’ hotel fire alarm was ‘inside job’

Christian McCaffrey’s mom claims 49ers’ hotel fire alarm was ‘inside job’

Christian McCaffrey's mother claimed to have "a little insider info" when she said an errant fire alarm at the San Francisco 49ers' team hotel in Las Vegas was pulled as part of an "inside job."

Lisa McCaffrey said she was 100 percent sure of the accusation as she spoke with co-host Ashley Adamson during a taping of their podcast, "Your Mom," at radio row before the 49ers face the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LVIII.

The team confirmed there was a surprise fire alarm at about 6 a.m. on Thursday morning. Nobody was forced to evacuate the building, according to the hotel, because there was no emergency.

"So their hotel's (on) big-time lockdown so I don't think it was like a fan infiltrating," Lisa McCaffrey said. "I bet it was maybe like an employee from Kansas City."

She and Adamson went on to joke that they could figure out the culprit if they could interrogate a list of hotel employees about their allegiances.

False fire alarms going off at team hotels as an act of potential gamesmanship is nothing new. A New England Patriots fan was even arrested in January 2017 for pulling a fire alarm in the middle of the night at the hotel where the rival Pittsburgh Steelers were staying before the AFC Championship Game.

But the Niners are taking the alarm as an affront. Lisa's son, who was named NFL Offensive Player of the Year later Thursday, also pointed a finger at the Chiefs.

"I think there's no way it's random," Christian McCaffrey said. "It's part of it. It's just more wood thrown on the fire."

"I'm sure somebody did it," Nick Bosa said. "It kind of reminded me of Philly when they had this construction going on outside. It was early in the morning and they were like demolishing a bridge right outside of our hotel. We haven't had the best luck. But no excuses."

Super Bowl win no retirement bridge for Chiefs' Andy Reid

Super Bowl win no retirement bridge for Chiefs' Andy Reid

LAKE LAS VEGAS, Nevada -- At his final media obligation until Super Bowl LVIII postgame, Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid repeated consistent denials he's on the verge of retirement, win or lose to the San Francisco 49ers.

"Yeah, I haven't gone there," Reid, 65, said Thursday morning at the team hotel. "I don't think about that. I'm tied up in the game and trying to take care of that. I'm sure somewhere, I'll know when that time is. It's not today and it won't be Sunday."

If Reid does ride off into the sunset with a third Super Bowl win during the upcoming offseason, Chiefs chairman and CEO Clark Hunt and quarterback Patrick Mahomes would both be caught off-guard.

"I'm highly doubtful (Reid would retire)," Mahomes said. "It'd be very surprising to me."

Hunt said the team has "no sense he is ready to hang it up," when discussing Reid's future.

Mahomes, 28, believes having a team in its prime and perennially among contenders for the league's most coveted trophies will be enough to keep Reid and others in the picture for longer than some expect. Mahomes said earlier this week he could definitely envision playing into "(Tom) Brady range" or around 15 more seasons that puts him into his 40s.

The draw for Mahomes is what he described again Thursday as a brotherhood and like-mindedness among leaders that includes Reid.

"(Travis Kelce) wants to take every single rep at practice. He wants to be out there for every single play. When you see that mindset, this is a Hall of Fame tight end and he wants to be the guy working the hardest, it raises everybody's standard," Mahomes said.

Super Bowl LVIII prop bets: Put your money on Travis Kelce

Super Bowl LVIII prop bets: Put your money on Travis Kelce

As the San Francisco 49ers and Kansas City Chiefs prepare to meet in Super Bowl LVIII, the primary betting lines established after the Jan. 28 conference title games have largely held up.

BetMGM is similar to most major sportsbooks, listing the 49ers as a two-point favorite. The game total, which opened at 47, has risen only a half-point in 10 days.

The big players holding the sharp money frequently wait to see the crush of public money on Super Bowl Sunday and react accordingly, finding value in the adjusted numbers.

We can't wait, so we are offering our three best Super Bowl prop bets.

TRENDS

BetRivers shows only 30 percent of the money and 27 percent of the tickets on the 49ers moneyline, and 28 percent of money and tickets on the Niners spread.

People can't quit believing in Patrick Mahomes.

More from BetRivers:

Mahomes is 14-3 straight up and 12-5 against the spread (ATS) as a starter in playoff games.

For his career, he is 10-3 straight up and 11-1-1 ATS as an underdog.

Playing the total? It's been bet up to 47.5, but ...

Eleven of the 49ers' past 14 postseason games have gone under the total points line. Six of the Chiefs' past eight games have gone under the total points line.

Finally, still thinking about betting against Mahomes? The Chiefs have covered the spread in five straight games.

Side note: We're ignoring strange props such as these (available at BetOnline):

How many patties will be on Andy Reid's postgame burger?

Over/Under 1.5

How many planes will be seen during the national anthem flyover?

Over/Under 4.5

Our three best stabs at the props menu keep things pretty football-centric.

PROP BET 1

Brandon Aiyuk, 49ers wide receiver over/under 12.5 yards with his first reception.

San Francisco quarterback Brock Purdy doesn't need a safety-valve target so much as he needs a guy who catches intermediate routes well.

In his past three games, Aiyuk has nine catches for 125 yards (13.9 yards per catch). In the two games prior to that, he averaged 16.3 and 18.8 yards per catch.

The Chiefs will plan to stop Deebo Samuel's runs and receptions as well as wheel routes to Christian McCaffrey. They will hope to flex their newfound toughness in shutting down the middle of the field -- Aiyuk's specialty.

The thought here is that there aren't enough defenders to blanket everyone and that Purdy will find Aiyuk early for a tone-setting completion of 13-plus yards.

The bet: Aiyuk's first catch over 12.5 yards (-105 at BetMGM).

PROP BET 2

Starting QBs alternate passing yards over/under.

The game script for these teams is likely for both to establish the run.

Strong lead ball carriers McCaffrey of the 49ers and Isiah Pacheco of the Chiefs will have a busy first half trying to grab the upper hand.

The clock will run.

Is there a world in which a Patrick Mahomes-led team is blown out in a postseason game? Leaning no. Therefore, here's the way this prop will work:

Kansas City succeeds in pounding Pacheco; San Francisco stubbornly stays with McCaffrey -- running and receiving.

Mahomes doesn't need to throw downfield to keep the Chiefs close, or in front.

Purdy will have more pass plays in the second half and should have no problem reaching 200 yards by early in the fourth quarter.

In a close matchup, the quarterbacks should both settle in around 230-250 yards passing.

The bet: Same-game parlay, alternate passing yards. Purdy over 214.5; Mahomes under 293.5 (-120 at DraftKings).

PROP BET 3

Travis Kelce catching the football.

We know 13 is a lucky number for Taylor Swift . And we know that "49" is part of 49ers. And 4+9 is 13.

And we know that this is Super Bowl 58, and 5+8 is 13.

But Kelce is No. 87. And 8+7 is 15. And 15 is Mahomes' number.

Is there a world in which Mahomes ignores Kelce? No.

This 7/70 same-game parlay is largely predicated on Kelce's postseason resurgence after looking very old (think Nick Nolte in "North Dallas Forty" ... Google it) in December.

But his past three playoff games have been a revelation. Kelce has 23 catches for 262 yards in those games.

Kansas City will need him to be great again. No cold hands, no Super Bowl cold feet.

Hot bet, people.

The bet: Same-game parlay: Travis Kelce over 6.5 receptions and 70-plus yards (+114 at DraftKings).

49ers, Chiefs bring aces to Vegas in Super Bowl rematch

49ers, Chiefs bring aces to Vegas in Super Bowl rematch

LAS VEGAS -- Eight teams delivered back-to-back Super Bowl victories, and the Kansas City Chiefs are in line to become the first in 19 seasons to repeat as Lombardi Trophy winners if they can turn away the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl LVIII on Sunday.

The same two teams met in the Super Bowl four years ago, with Chiefs coach Andy Reid again opposing 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan.

"The 49ers have a lot of talent. They're a better team than the one we played (in 2020)," Reid said. The Chiefs won that game 31-20.

Only four head coaches have at least three Super Bowl wins, and each of the previous three instances of a coaching rematch in the Super Bowl has gone to the victor of the first matchup.

That would be a positive omen for Reid.

The 65-year-old is closing in on all-time legends on the career wins list and is 2-2 in Super Bowls, including a victory over the 49ers in Super Bowl LIV. He gives an immense amount of credit to two-time NFL MVP Patrick Mahomes and a reconstructed defense. In three career games against the 49ers (regular season and postseason), Mahomes is 3-0 with 1,023 yards, eight touchdowns and three interceptions.

"I think the quarterback is as hard to beat as anyone who's ever played the game," Shanahan said. "The things he can do from a talent standpoint and then you pair that up with his scheme with Andy, how Andy runs a team with Mahomes' experience now. That's why no matter what type of game it is, whether it's low-scoring, high-scoring, whether they're struggling or not, they always have a chance."

Mahomes, 14-3 in 17 career playoff games, is the youngest quarterback to start four Super Bowls in league history at age 28.

Winning on Sunday would give Mahomes three Super Bowl wins -- something five other quarterbacks have accomplished -- and keep him ahead of Tom Brady's record pace of seven wins in 10 appearances. Brady was 30 when he started his fourth Super Bowl.

"I mean, I'm not even close to halfway (to Brady's Super Bowl wins record)," said Mahomes, who took his only Super Bowl loss and one of his two AFC Championship Game defeats head-to-head vs. Brady. "So right now, it's doing whatever I can to beat a great 49ers team and trying to get that third ring. And then, if you ask me that question in like 15 years, then I'll see if I can get close to seven. But seven seems like a long ways away still."

The 49ers won't see many familiar faces on the defense of the Chiefs, which retains only defensive tackle Chris Jones and replaced 10 other starters on the crew that started Super Bowl LIV. But these aren't the yesteryear 49ers, either.

San Francisco's remodeling includes changes at quarterback and running back. Christian McCaffrey, acquired via trade from the Carolina Panthers, tied for the NFL lead with 21 total touchdowns in the regular season to become an MVP finalist alongside quarterback Brock Purdy.

Mr. Irrelevant as the final pick in the 2022 NFL Draft, Purdy stormed to stardom with a 21-5 combined record in the regular season and playoffs the past two seasons. He underwent elbow surgery after getting hurt in last year's NFC Championship Game, and now he has the 49ers in their eighth Super Bowl, tied for second most. San Francisco is shooting for a sixth Lombardi Trophy, which would match the Pittsburgh Steelers and New England Patriots for the record.

Purdy comes packing direct advice from Joe Montana, who downplayed the need for San Francisco's quarterback to steal the show.

"You've got a good team around you, just go through the reads and what Kyle's calling and trust in Kyle," Purdy said of Montana's guidance. "You don't need to be this superstar or anything. If you go out and do your job, you've got a good team around you and you guys can win that way."

Shanahan's father, Mike Shanahan, won back-to-back Super Bowls with the Denver Broncos following the 1997 and 1998 seasons. Kyle Shanahan lost his only title opportunity as a head coach in the first matchup with Reid, and he was the offensive coordinator for the Falcons in Atlanta's defeat at the hands of Brady and the Patriots after the 2016 season.

"I've been able to coach in two Super Bowls and to lose either of them, both of them are heartbreaking," Kyle Shanahan said.

Purdy and McCaffrey aren't the only key factors facing Chiefs defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo, who can become the first four-time Super Bowl champion coordinator in NFL history. The Chiefs' defense has some serious chops, ranking second in the NFL in points per game (17.3 average) but is well behind the 49ers in turnover margin. San Francisco was plus-10, and Kansas City was minus-11.

However, the Chiefs' defense has been better this postseason, holding the Miami Dolphins, Buffalo Bills and Baltimore Ravens to a combined total of 41 points.

"We focus on the points allowed, our third down, red zone, turnovers, two-minute, all the situational things," Spagnuolo said. "Let's face it: The No. 1 job of any defensive unit is to limit the amount of points that are scored. That gives your team a chance to win."

Jones and cornerback Trent McDuffie were named first-team All-Pros in 2023.

The Chiefs lean on cornerback L'Jarius Sneed to erase the No. 1 receiver on the opposing team, as he did with Miami's Tyreek Hill in the wild-card round and Buffalo's Stefon Diggs in the divisional playoffs.

Figuring out which 49ers playmaker is most dangerous is a crapshoot. In addition to Purdy clearing 4,000 passing yards, San Francisco had McCaffrey top 2,000 yards from scrimmage, while three of his teammates went over 1,000 total yards (wide receivers Brandon Aiyuk and Deebo Samuel and tight end George Kittle).

"They're the best I've ever seen," Jones said. "This is the biggest challenge we've faced so far."

Chiefs activate WR Skyy Moore (knee) off injured reserve

Chiefs activate WR Skyy Moore (knee) off injured reserve

The Kansas City Chiefs activated wide receiver Skyy Moore off injured reserve on Wednesday, ahead of the Super Bowl LVIII matchup Sunday with the San Francisco 49ers.

The Chiefs designated Moore to return from injured reserve during the playoffs and had until Wednesday, when the 21-day window closed, to activate him or he would go on the season-ending IR.

Moore, 23, has not played since a 27-17 win at the New England Patriots on Dec. 17, when he had no targets and agrravated the knee. He was initially injured a week earlier in a 20-17 home loss to the Buffalo Bills without recording a catch. For the season, he has played in 14 games (eight starts) and caught 21 passes for 244 yards and one touchdown.

The Chiefs selected Moore in the second round (45th overall) of the 2022 NFL Draft out of Western Michigan. He has 43 receptions for 494 yards and one TD, and has rushed six times for 47 yards in 30 games (11 starts).

Kansas City placed defensive end Charles Omenihu, 26, on injured reserve after he tore his ACL during the AFC Championship Game victory against the Baltimore Ravens.

Chiefs LG Joe Thuney (pec) still hopeful for Super Bowl return

Chiefs LG Joe Thuney (pec) still hopeful for Super Bowl return

LAKE LAS VEGAS, Nevada -- All-Pro left guard Joe Thuney is holding out dwindling hope he'll be able to play in Super Bowl LVIII after missing the AFC Championship Game with a pectoral injury.

"Feeling alright," Thuney said Wednesday. "Just trying to control what I can control and I think we'll know more as the game gets closer."

Chiefs head coach Andy Reid said Thuney's chances to be active for the game are "slim." Nick Allegretti is preparing to fill in for Thuney, a three-time Super Bowl champion, as he did in Kansas City's victory at Baltimore two weeks ago.

"Four Super Bowls in five years, it's hard to fathom. Definitely emotional last week," Allegretti said of his chance to start at Baltimore. "It definitely doesn't get old."

Thuney said he was "so proud" of Allegretti's performance and expects him to excel if he's back in the starting role this week.

"Not trying to think too much, do what I can each day," Thuney said.

Thuney, 31, started the first 18 games of the season, including the wild-card round against the Miami Dolphins. His injury typically requires a recovery of four to six weeks. He was injured in the divisional playoff win at Buffalo on Jan. 21.

Chiefs, QB Patrick Mahomes willing villains if it's price of winning

Chiefs, QB Patrick Mahomes willing villains if it's price of winning

LAKE LAS VEGAS, Nevada -- Chiefs head coach Andy Reid leads his team back to the practice field on Wednesday for the first of three consecutive on-field workouts before Super Bowl LVIII on Sunday.

"We try to have fun within the intensity of the game within the week," Reid said Wednesday morning at Westin Lake Las Vegas Resort prior to practice. "There is time to focus in and there is time to mess around. We don't have to keep it uptight when they're coming into practice."

Players were off Tuesday but are scheduled through Saturday's final walkthrough to return to their typical game-week routine. Quarterback Patrick Mahomes reminded teammates of the importance of physical and mental rest before taking "the business trip" seriously when they clock back in Wednesday.

Reid said players were informed of the temptations in the near vicinity, even though the Chiefs and 49ers are at neighboring resorts 35 minutes from The Strip. An NFL security representative was on the scene to speak to players about rules and regulations with regard to gambling and other "distractions" in Las Vegas.

"It's a normal week now," Mahomes said on Wednesday. "We're going to get back to practice and do what we do for a normal gameday."

The Chiefs won't be distracted on Sunday. After wrapping up video review of the challenger, Reid said he's confident this version of the 49ers is superior to the San Francisco team that lost to Kansas City in Super Bowl LIV. To Reid, it boils down to star power with two MVP finalists Brock Purdy and Christian McCaffrey.

Reid and the Chiefs have 14 playoff wins since 2018 and are appearing in the Super Bowl for a fourth time in six seasons. But it's Kansas City's first without franchise matriarch Norma Hunt, a point Reid and others have made this week.

"She leaves a great legacy behind. I think this is the first one she hasn't been here for," Reid said. "That speaks for itself, but her heart was the biggest thing. A great person."

Because of their track record in games like this one, Mahomes and the Chiefs are being cast as villains in some circles, much in the same way the Los Angeles Lakers, New York Yankees and New England Patriots were often rooted against.

Still a fan favorite, Mahomes said he doesn't enjoy or embrace being the bad guy.

"I just like winning," he said. "If you win a lot and it causes you to be the villain, I'm OK with that. At the end of the day, I'm going to enjoy playing the game and try to win as much as possible."

Chiefs preparing for Super Bowl LVIII to feel like road game

Chiefs preparing for Super Bowl LVIII to feel like road game

LAS VEGAS -- If Opening Night at Super Bowl LVIII was any indication, the red-clad Chiefs are walking into a road-game environment at Allegiant Stadium Sunday afternoon.

"I love the boos more than I love the cheers," Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce said of the partisan San Francisco crowd on Monday night. "Keep 'em coming, Niners' gang. Keep 'em coming."

Virtual home-field advantage in the Super Bowl might beat the literal road game feel of the one Super Bowl Patrick Mahomes has lost. Tom Brady and the Buccaneers were on their home field in Tampa in Super Bowl LV.

The Chiefs are 3-0 in these playoffs with one home game, winning at Buffalo and Baltimore after a wild-card win over the Dolphins.

"We're not overly concerned about who's going to be in the stadium," Chiefs center Creed Humphrey said. "We're there to play the game. At the end of the day, it's going to be 11 on 11. We've kind of gone on the road, playing in away stadiums the last two games, it's one of those things we're if we're in a hostile environment, we're ready to roll."

Kelce said "ain't no jitters. I'm fired up," when asked if the raucous 49ers' fanbase will impact the Chiefs on Sunday.

SOMETHING NEW

The Chiefs have only two remaining defensive starters from their Super Bowl LIV triumph over the San Francisco 49ers. And the 49ers' roster is flooded with change, including Brock Purdy at quarterback and Christian McCaffrey at running back, two players among the five NFL MVP finalists in 2023.

"More weapons," Chiefs defensive tackle Chris Jones said of the biggest difference in this iteration of the 49ers. "Christian McCaffrey. You've got Deebo (Samuel) playing at a high level. You've got one of the best tight ends in the league (George Kittle). Brock Purdy. They're a completely different team now."

But Jones said the Chiefs are better on defense for the same reasons.

"Grittier, we're younger, we're faster," Jones said.

BIGGEST LOSSES OF MY LIFE

Kelce said nobody puts higher expectations on the Chiefs than the team's leaders. Kansas City's record-setting tight end.

"That expectation has become a demand at this point. The years we haven't won it since we won our first one, they've felt like the biggest losses of my life," Kelce said. "Having that mentality, year in, year out, putting the expectations on yourself."

Kelce has 23 receptions for 262 yards and three touchdowns in the 2023 postseason. He said he went out to his way to make sure teammates understood where he was investing his time and attention since his courtship of a certain famous female singer became a banner storyline around the Chiefs.

"I've juggled the perception of my focus. Being aware of that, I never wanted to make the people on this team, the people in this Kansas City Chiefs' building feel like I wasn't focused on the task at hand. That's winning football games," Kelce said. "Being able to juggle that, making sure everybody realizes my focus is in the right area, especially when I'm in the building, I think that's been the biggest point."

Chiefs get physical, narrow focus to Super Bowl LVIII

Chiefs get physical, narrow focus to Super Bowl LVIII

LAS VEGAS - Popping shoulder pads and clanging helmets are typical sounds of training camp on-field collisions, not exactly Super Bowl week practice customs.

But that was the practice field orchestra the Kansas City Chiefs played in an energetic opening session outdoors in drizzle at the Las Vegas Raiders' practice facility on Monday.

"You've still got to practice," Reid said Tuesday morning at the Westin Lake Las Vegas, clearly angling to funnel his team's focus away from the many distractions that come with this week and city.

"Take care of your diet. Rest. You try to keep the focus on the game with all the different things they are obligated to do this week."

It was the first padded practice the Chiefs held in weeks. Reid wanted to stress urgency and discipline to set the tone for the week.

"These last few teams standing here, we're honored to be one of them," Reid said. "We will need to put our best foot forward."

Guard Joe Thuney (pectoral) plans to push to play after missing the AFC Championship Game. Reid said the decision boils down to whether Thuney has the physical strength to do his job, but rated the chances of Thuney and running back Jerick McKinnon playing this week a "longshot."

It wasn't all football talk Tuesday.

Reid was asked by a German journalist if he had thoughts on "Republican conspiracy theories" that Taylor Swift was partially responsible for the NFL aiding the Chiefs to get back to the Super Bowl in a twisted plot to re-elect President Joe Biden.

"That's out of my league," Reid said with a laugh. "Kind of like me speaking German. Listen, she's been great to have around. And we had a great visit with President Biden (last year). That's about as far as I can go with that."

Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes wants to play 15 more seasons

Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes wants to play 15 more seasons

LAS VEGAS -- Inspired by the equation of longevity plus success Tom Brady used to play quarterback into his mid-40s, Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes plans on going deep.

Deep into his 40s, that is.

Mahomes wouldn't single out a target retirement age because he wants to "play as long as they'll let me play," and thinks another 15 years is truly possible.

"Brady did it, some other guys have done it, I'm going to try to do it as well," Mahomes said. "I don't want to play until I'm hurting the team. If I'm still having success and still loving it, that's the biggest thing."

Mahomes starts his fourth Super Bowl at age 28 on Sunday when Kansas City meets the San Francisco 49ers in a runback of the Lombardi fight between the same teams after the 2019 season.

That puts him at a pace all his own, and a full two years ahead of Brady's track. Brady started his fourth Super Bowl at age 30, winning a total of seven with 10 appearances.

The Chiefs are underdogs to the 49ers this time, and Mahomes said he will count rings one at a time so as to avoid getting ahead of himself or becoming complacent with constant championship-level performances.

"I mean, I'm not even close to halfway (to seven Super Bowl rings)," Mahomes said. "I haven't put a lot of thought into it. Your goal is to be the best player you can be. I know I'm blessed to be around a lot of great players around me. Right now, it's doing whatever I can to beat a great 49ers team and try to get that third ring. And then, you ask me that question in like 15 years, I'll see if I can get close to seven. Seven seems like a long way away still."

Brady was remarkably healthy in his 23 NFL seasons before retiring for good in February 2023. He took a mulligan on his first retirement a year after a Super Bowl win with the Buccaneers over Mahomes and the Chiefs.

Brady remains the standard at quarterback by every statistical measure. He holds NFL records for wins by a quarterback (251), Super Bowl wins, passing yards (89,214) and passing touchdowns (649) during his career with the New England Patriots (2000-19) and Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2020-22).

With seven seasons in the books, Mahomes has 33,226 passing yards (including 4,802 postseason) and 258 TD passes (39 in the playoffs).

Mahomes is 2-1 in three Super Bowl appearances.

Chiefs CB L'Jarius Sneed expected to join team in Las Vegas

Chiefs CB L'Jarius Sneed expected to join team in Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS - Kansas City Chiefs cornerback L'Jarius Sneed is expected to join teammates Tuesday after missing Super Bowl LVIII Opening Night media responsibilities for what head coach Andy Reid labeled "personal reasons."

Teammate Trent McDuffie smiled and defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo added unofficial confirmation that Sneed would be back with the team when asked about his status Monday night.

In photos posted on Instagram by Bella Wu, Sneed's girlfriend, the couple appeared to be at a Kansas City hospital for the delivery of Sneed's second child. Sneed is the father of a 6-year-old son from a previous relationship.

Reid said during the playoffs, pointing particularly to Sneed's shutdown showing against Dolphins All-Pro Tyreek Hill, that there wasn't an NFL cornerback playing at his level in 2023.

"You saw, one catch (Hill) had," Reid said. "You don't see Tyreek get knocked down very often, but Sneed did that. I have a hard time believing there's another corner as good as him in this league."

Sneed, 27, is scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent in March and is considered a strong candidate for the franchise tag.

Travis Kelce rejects retirement talk, focuses on third ring

Travis Kelce rejects retirement talk, focuses on third ring

LAS VEGAS -- Travis Kelce doesn't appear to be slowing down at age 34, and the Kansas City Chiefs' star tight end has no plans to quit playing the game anytime soon.

With Kelce's brother, 36-year-old center Jason Kelce, pondering retirement from the Philadelphia Eagles, the rumor mill has swirled around Travis' future, too.

Travis Kelce, 34, made it clear during Monday's Super Bowl Opening Night that Super Bowl LVIII against the San Francisco 49ers will not be his final game.

"I love coming into the building and playing this game more than anybody and I know I'm going to miss it when it's over with," Travis Kelce said. "I can't put a timestamp on it, but I know I'm going to enjoy every single bit of this one."

Besides, Kelce has a lot of accomplishments to add to his impressive postseason legacy.

He became the all-time leader in playoff receptions during the Chiefs' AFC Championship Game victory over the Baltimore Ravens last month. His 11 catches raised his output to 156, five more than San Francisco 49ers legend Jerry Rice amassed.

Kelce ranks second in postseason receiving yardage (1,810) and touchdown catches (19). Rice is the leader in both those categories with 2,245 and 22, respectively.

"When the lights are brighter, he plays better," Kansas City quarterback Patrick Mahomes said of Kelce. "There's comfort in just having another leader out there who shows the guys that's how to get it done."

Kelce, a nine-time Pro Bowl pick, is viewed as one of the NFL's all-time great tight ends. He is on a list that includes names from different eras such as John Mackey, Kellen Winslow, Shannon Sharpe, Tony Gonzalez, Antonio Gates and Rob Gronkowski.

However, he is more obsessed about winning a third Super Bowl ring. Kelce won one against the 49ers to conclude the 2019 season and another last year against the Philadelphia Eagles.

Yet he says the one he didn't win still hurts.

"I've been on a mission ever since I won my first Super Bowl," Kelce said. "We made it back to the Super Bowl (to end the 2020 season) and we lost to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. That's motivated me to get back to this point right here.

"You'll hear me say this a lot -- I want this one more than I've ever wanted a Super Bowl before in my life. And it's because of the type of team we have. But also because of that tier of team because the teams that have done it (three times) have gone down in history as some of the greats."

Kelce caught touchdown passes in the Super Bowl wins over the Chiefs and Eagles. He had 10 catches for 133 yards in the loss to the Buccaneers.

San Francisco is expected to have Fred Warner, considered one of the elite coverage linebackers in the game, defend Kelce the bulk of the time. Warner intercepted a Mahomes pass in Super Bowl LIV.

Of course, Kelce was bombarded with questions Monday night about his romance with singer Taylor Swift.

Swift has concerts scheduled for Wednesday through Saturday in Tokyo so she won't be part of Super Bowl week hype. She is expected to return from Japan in time to attend the Sunday night game.

Kelce maintained that the relationship with Swift doesn't prompt increased expectations.

"You can't put any more pressure on me than I put on myself, I can promise you that," Kelce said. "The heart of a competitor.

"She's definitely brought a lot of new faces to the game and it's been fun to experience that."

Retirement on hold, Chiefs' Andy Reid makes run at best ever

Retirement on hold, Chiefs' Andy Reid makes run at best ever

LAS VEGAS -- Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid embraces Tommy Bahama button-town style to the extent questions about retirement no longer inspire shock and disdain.

"My mom and dad told me a long time ago, 'You'll know when it's time,'" Reid said Monday at Super Bowl LVIII Opening Night at Allegiant Stadium. "I'm here. And I'm still ready to go right now."

But at age 65, another question might apply to Reid by Sunday night: Could he become the GOAT?

"I don't think about that sort of thing really," Reid said.

Reid is second in NFL history with 25 playoff wins and fourth in regular-season victories with 258. Recently unemployed Bill Belichick ranks No. 1 with 31 postseason victories and is closing in on Don Shula's regular-season wins mark. Belichick stands at a grand total of 333 victories (302 in the regular season).

Kansas City defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo has coached against Belichick and worked for Reid with the Philadelphia Eagles and the Chiefs. He wouldn't claim to have foreseen Reid chasing 300 career wins, but he did see greatness in the young coach groomed under Mike Holmgren with the Green Bay Packers.

"You knew immediately that Andy knew exactly how to do it," Spagnuolo said Monday, adding the detail-oriented Reid has encyclopedic volumes of notes from his coaching experiences and offseason visits to college programs to keep learning and exploring what's next. "He never looks riled. Rock solid. He never gets too high, never gets too low. Stays the course all the way through. When the coaches, the players see that -- they follow."

Reid snapped Kansas City's 49-year streak without a Super Bowl appearance when the Chiefs claimed Lombardi Trophy after the 2019 season. He has taken Kansas City to four Super Bowls in the past five seasons and is pursuing his third title.

Since being hired by the Chiefs in January 2013, Reid hasn't had a losing record in 11 seasons. No other franchise has a streak of consecutive non-losing seasons higher than five during that same window.

Fired by the Eagles in 2012 after 14 seasons in Philadelphia, Reid isn't underappreciated in Kansas City. Before his arrival, the Chiefs hadn't won a playoff game since January 1994, when Shula was still coaching the Miami Dolphins. Miami beat the Chiefs in the playoffs the following season.

That was one of Shula's 347 total wins. He logged 328 victories in the regular season.

Reid stands at 283 total, 64 behind Shula's all-time record tally.

But Reid's 28-year-old quarterback, Patrick Mahomes, is set to become the youngest to start four Super Bowls -- a clip two years ahead of Tom Brady, who started his fourth at age 30 with the New England Patriots under Belichick.

With Reid -- who drafted Mahomes in 2017 -- they're on a run of eight consecutive AFC West division titles and six straight AFC Championship Games.

Could Reid catch Belichick and Shula? Well, it depends.

Belichick, 71, and the Patriots split in January. Pete Carroll, 72, and the Seattle Seahawks did, too. That makes Reid the NFL's elder statesman with his 66th birthday on March 19, six days after NFL free agency begins and less than a week before he is scheduled to represent the Chiefs at league meetings in Orlando.

Within the NFL pantheon of coaching legends, greatness narratives often are coupled with dynasty-level success, the type Reid is in the throes of with the Chiefs.

He has 37 regular-season wins and eight playoff wins in the past three seasons with a chance to get another playoff "W" this week. Including the Chiefs' franchise-record 14 wins in 2020 (a mark they matched in 2022), Reid's four-season totals are 51 wins, 10 in the playoffs.

For now, Reid wants to keep his focus on the next one.

He has never lost in Las Vegas (4-0 vs. the Raiders) and said the Chiefs are thanking the Raiders for the Christmas Day defeat in Kansas City that lit a spark under the team.

"We had some ups and downs throughout the year," Reid said. "It was good to see the young guys step up and finish strong. The growth would be the biggest part of the journey."

Patrick Mahomes' father arrested, charged with DWI in Texas

Patrick Mahomes' father arrested, charged with DWI in Texas

Patrick Mahomes Sr., father of Kansas City Chiefs star quarterback Patrick Mahomes, was arrested in Tyler, Texas, by police Saturday and charged with driving while intoxicated, per online jail records.

According to those records, Mahomes Sr. was released on $10,000 bond. The Kansas City Star referenced court records showing Mahomes Sr. pleaded guilty to a 2018 DWI charge and served 40 days in jail.

Per state law, Mahomes Sr. could receive a sentence of up to 10 years in prison for the third-degree felony.

Mahomes Sr. pitched for 11 seasons in the major leagues.

The Chiefs face the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl LVIII in Las Vegas next Sunday.

Chiefs designate RB Jerick McKinnon to return from IR

Chiefs designate RB Jerick McKinnon to return from IR

The Kansas City Chiefs might have additional help at the running back position heading into Super Bowl LVIII, having designated Jerick McKinnon to return per an NFL Network report on Saturday.

The 31-year-old third-down specialist provides quarterback Patrick Mahomes another weapon out of the backfield as Kansas City faces the San Francisco 49ers in Las Vegas on Feb. 11.

In his third season with Kansas City, McKinnon had 21 carries for 60 yards and a touchdown in 12 games and caught four touchdown passes among his 25 receptions for 192 yards.

He was placed on injured reserve because of a groin injury suffered Week 15 against the New England Patriots and can be activated to the 53-man roster if the Chiefs believe he's ready.

Isiah Pacheco has stepped up and taken on more responsibility in McKinnon's absence, leading a Kansas City rushing attack that also includes Clyde Edwards-Helaire.

A 2014 third-round draft pick by the Minnesota Vikings, McKinnon has 2,650 rushing yards and 14 touchdowns, to go along with 269 catches for 2,048 yards and 20 touchdowns for the Vikings (2014-17), 49ers (2020) and Chiefs.

Chiefs G Joe Thuney deemed questionable on bye week report

Chiefs G Joe Thuney deemed questionable on bye week report

If Super Bowl LVIII were being played this Sunday, All-Pro Kansas City Chiefs guard Joe Thuney would be questionable.

The defending champs' starting left guard was marked as "did not practice" Wednesday, Thursday and Friday on the Chiefs' estimated practice report.

Thuney missed the AFC Championship Game, a 17-10 victory over the host Baltimore Ravens, after injuring his pectoral muscle the week prior in the 27-24 win over the host Buffalo Bills in the divisional round. The injury is reported to be a strain, not a tear.

Thuney, 31, started all 17 games in the regular season and earned his second consecutive Pro Bowl nod along with his first career recognition as a first-team All-Pro.

Nick Allegretti started in Thuney's place against Baltimore and figures to draw the start again Feb. 5 against the San Francisco 49ers in Las Vegas if Thuney can't go.

The Chiefs ruled out defensive end Charles Omenihu, who had a key strip-sack of Lamar Jackson in the AFC title game but later tore his ACL.

Wide receiver Skyy Moore (knee) and offensive lineman Prince Tega-Wanogho (quad) are also considered questionable for Kansas City. Both practiced in limited fashion this week, and both are on injured reserve and would need to be activated before the game.

Linebacker Willie Gay (neck) was a full participant Thursday and Friday and carries no game designation. Nor does leading rusher Isiah Pacheco (toe, ankle), despite being limited Thursday and Friday.

The 49ers' only player given a game designation Friday was defensive tackle Kalia Davis, who is on IR with an ankle injury but was a full participant in practice this week.

Of note, star tight end George Kittle (toe) was given "DNPs" Wednesday through Friday but carried no game designation.

Chiefs to wear home red jerseys in Super Bowl LVIII

Chiefs to wear home red jerseys in Super Bowl LVIII

The Kansas City Chiefs will be wearing their home red jerseys when they take the field against the San Francisco 49ers for Super Bowl LVIII in Las Vegas.

Kansas City, which is the designated home team for the game on Feb. 11, was afforded the selection of uniform color.

The teams will be wearing the same uniform colors from Super Bowl LIV in February 2020. The Chiefs recorded a 31-20 victory over the 49ers in that game.

Wearing red on Super Bowl Sunday largely has mixed results for Kansas City. The Chiefs wore that color in a 23-7 win over the Minnesota Vikings in Super Bowl IV, however they dropped a 31-9 decision to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Super Bowl LV. The Chiefs wore white in their 35-10 loss to the Green Bay Packers in the very first Super Bowl as well as their 38-35 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl LVII last year.

Their loss to the Chiefs aside, the 49ers have won the two other Super Bowls in which they wore white uniforms.

San Francisco posted a 26-21 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals in Super Bowl XVI and breezed to a 55-10 win over the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XXIV.

Line dancing: Big money behind Chiefs shifts SB LVIII odds

Line dancing: Big money behind Chiefs shifts SB LVIII odds

Heavy early money backing the Kansas City Chiefs led to multiple changes in the betting line within 24 hours of the matchup for Super Bowl LVIII being set.

The San Francisco 49ers opened as 2.0-point favorites shortly after storming from behind to beat the Detroit Lions in the NFC Championship Game on Sunday night. However, the line dipped as low as 1.0 points at sportsbooks including DraftKings and BetMGM, where the Chiefs had been backed by 78 percent of the spread-line money as of Monday morning.

The line has since shifted back to San Francisco being favored by 1.5 points at both sportsbooks, who both have the Over/Under points total at 47.5 points. The early money at BetMGM has the Over being backed by 90 percent of the money wagered on the market.

Sportsbooks were widely pulling for the Lions to upset the 49ers, who are the biggest Super Bowl liability at many sportsbooks, and that remains the case ahead of facing the Chiefs.

"Even though early action is on the Chiefs as underdogs, the sportsbook is cheering for a Kansas City victory," BetMGM senior trading manager Tristan David said.

Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes is the early favorite to claim his third Super Bowl MVP award. The MVP of Super Bowls LIV and LVII, Mahomes is +120 to claim No. 3 at BetMGM, where he opened the season at +1000. 49ers quarterback Brock Purdy is second at +220, followed by teammate Christian McCaffrey at +450.

Mahomes has drawn 20 percent of the MVP money at DraftKings, where he is also +120. Teammate Travis Kelce has far longer odds at +1200, but the tight end has been the second most popular early pick with 14 percent of the money backing him.

The most popular player prop at DraftKings has been McCaffrey at -155 to lead all players in combined rushing and receiving yards. He has also been the most popular Anytime Touchdown play despite -215 odds.

Report: SBLVIII tickets reach record prices

Report: SBLVIII tickets reach record prices

With the NFL's title game in Las Vegas for the first time, combined with the Taylor Swift effect on the Kansas City Chiefs' side and the San Francisco 49ers' West Coast fandom, ticket prices are a record level for Super Bowl LVIII.

According to ticket aggregator TicketIQ, the average secondary ticket market list pricing for the Feb. 11 game at Allegiant Stadium has reached a record $10,752. Tickets for Super Bowl LV in Tampa, Fla., went for a higher number but the pandemic limited capacity to just 25,000.

Average prices for Super Bowl LVIII were at a record $9,815 on online marketplace TickPick, an increase of 70 percent over last year's title game, Front Office Sports reported.

Making their fourth Super Bowl appearance in five seasons, the Chiefs have been a popular team for years. Support for the Chiefs has been bolstered by Swift's relationship with star tight end Travis Kelce, which has the pop star's fans swooning from coast to coast.

The 49ers, who are aiming to join the New England Patriots and Pittsburgh Steelers with the most Super Bowl wins (six), are highly popular on social media. It also doesn't hurt that San Francisco is loaded with offensive stars -- Christian McCaffrey, George Kittle, Deebo Samuel, Brandon Aiyuk and Brock Purdy.

Wrapping it all up is the fact that Las Vegas, a destination for millions of partygoers, is hosting the country's largest single sporting event.

"This is probably one of the lower-impact (potential) matchups, actually, and demand is still up," TicketIQ founder and CEO Jesse Lawrence told Front Office Sports. "All bets are off for where this goes over the next two weeks, but I do think team demand is less of a factor this year, and the Vegas location is definitely helping drive this."

Just to get into this Super Bowl, it'll cost fans more than $7,000, one of the highest non-COVID figures for the annual event.

However, had the Detroit Lions prevailed over the 49ers in the NFC title game, the ticket prices likely would've skyrocketed even further. The Lions, who have never played in the Super Bowl, won their first playoff game in 32 years and won two postseason games for the first time since 1957.

"The Lions' demand for this would have been through the roof," Lawrence said.

Reports: Chiefs DE Charles Omenihu has torn ACL, out for Super Bowl

Reports: Chiefs DE Charles Omenihu has torn ACL, out for Super Bowl

Kansas City Chiefs defensive end Charles Omenihu suffered a torn ACL on Sunday and will miss Super Bowl LVIII, several reports said Monday.

After a high-scoring start to the AFC Championship Game that saw the Chiefs go on top 14-7, Omenihu made a key strip-sack of Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson recovered by teammate George Karlaftis. The Chiefs went on to win 17-10.

Some time later, Omenihu left the game to have his right knee evaluated for an injury.

After reports about his ACL surfaced Monday, the 26-year-old seemed to confirm his diagnosis when he posted a single broken-heart emoji on X (formerly Twitter).

The Chiefs will play in their fourth Super Bowl in five seasons and face the San Francisco 49ers -- one of Omenihu's former teams.

After the Houston Texans drafted him in the fifth round in 2019, Omenihu has collected 95 tackles, 52 quarterback hits, 18.5 sacks and five forced fumbles in 72 regular-season games (11 starts) over his career with Houston (2019-21), San Francisco (2021-22) and Kansas City.

He had career highs of 7.0 sacks and 28 tackles in 11 regular-season games (one start) for the Chiefs this year.

49ers open as favorites to dethrone Chiefs in Super Bowl

49ers open as favorites to dethrone Chiefs in Super Bowl

Oddsmakers think the San Francisco 49ers have what it takes to prevent the Kansas City Chiefs from becoming the first team in 19 years to win back-to-back Super Bowls.

Kansas City capped the 2022 season with a victory over the Philadelphia Eagles for its second championship in four years, but the Chiefs are currently underdogs as they prepare to defend their title against San Francisco on Feb. 11 in Las Vegas.

With a victory in this year's big game, Kansas City would be the first team to go back-to-back since the New England Patriots did so in the 2004-05 Super Bowls.

BetMGM currently has the 49ers as 1.5-point favorites, a line that has already shown movement, as the sportsbook originally had the spread at 2.5.

FanDuel is also offering Kansas City as a 1.5-point underdog, while DraftKings is giving the Chiefs just one point to work with.

All three books have the game's total listed at 47.5 points.

When it comes to the moneyline, both BetMGM and DraftKings have the Niners at -120 and Kansas City at +100. The Chiefs also sit at +100 on FanDuel, where San Francisco comes in at -118.

Kansas City will be playing in the Super Bowl for the fourth time in five years after beating the Baltimore Ravens 17-10 in the AFC Championship Game on Sunday. In addition to last year's championship, the Chiefs also went the distance in 2020, when they knocked off the 49ers 31-20 in Super Bowl LIV.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers won it all in 2021, cruising to a 31-9 victory over Kansas City.

San Francisco's season was on life support during Sunday's NFC Championship Game, as the Niners trailed by 17 at halftime before rallying for a 34-31 win over the Detroit Lions. The 49ers are in the big game for the first time since that last meeting with the Chiefs.

San Francisco hasn't won a Super Bowl since 1995.

Chiefs eye back-to-back titles, while 49ers out for revenge

Chiefs eye back-to-back titles, while 49ers out for revenge

There's no need to check your eyes if Super Bowl LVIII has a familiar look.

Just four years after the Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers met in the big game, the two foes are back for a rematch in the Super Bowl on Feb. 11 in Las Vegas.

San Francisco took a 10-point lead into the fourth quarter of that matchup on Feb. 2, 2020, in Miami Gardens, Fla., before the Chiefs scored 21 points to claim a 31-20 victory.

Kansas City also won last season's Super Bowl, 38-35 over the Philadelphia Eagles. The franchise is 3-2 in Super Bowls, the first win coming in Super Bowl IV to cap the 1969 season.

The Chiefs qualified for this year's game with Sunday's 17-10 road victory over the Baltimore Ravens. Now they will look to become the first franchise to repeat as Super Bowl champions since the New England Patriots (2003 and 2004 seasons).

"Now we're in the Super Bowl and the job's not done," Kansas City quarterback Patrick Mahomes said. "We got to go out there to Vegas and play a great team and see if we can go out there and get the Super Bowl."

Mahomes, a two-time Super Bowl MVP, will be making his fourth Super Bowl start. The only quarterbacks to start more are legends Tom Brady (10) and John Elway (five).

Chiefs coach Andy Reid will be coaching in his fifth Super Bowl, tied for third most with former Dallas Cowboys legend Tom Landry. Bill Belichick (nine) and Don Shula (six) are the only two to coach in more.

Meanwhile, the 49ers have been knocking on the championship door during Kyle Shanahan's coaching tenure.

The loss to the Chiefs was the only time San Francisco made it to the Super Bowl under Shanahan. But the lead got away -- just like it did when the Atlanta Falcons blew a 25-point lead when Shanahan was offensive coordinator for an epic meltdown in Super Bowl LI.

The 49ers were the top seed in the NFC this season and reached the Super Bowl with Sunday's 34-31 comeback win over the Detroit Lions in the conference championship.

The feeling is that it is time for this version of the 49ers to win the franchise's sixth Super Bowl title, and first since the 1994 season.

"There's been unfinished business for a while," Shanahan said after the win over the Lions. "Our team has been set up for this for a long time. It's been a long year to get to this point."

While the Chiefs possess arguably the best quarterback in the game in Mahomes and his 14-3 career postseason record, the 49ers have seen Brock Purdy go from Mr. Irrelevant as the last pick of the 2022 NFL Draft to one of the most relevant signal-callers in the game.

Purdy (24 years, 46 days) will be the third-youngest quarterback to start a Super Bowl and has given San Francisco stability at the position.

Jimmy Garoppolo was the starter when the 49ers lost to the Chiefs four years ago, and the organization thought it would be better served using the No. 3 overall pick in 2021 on Trey Lance. That decision turned out to be a colossal blunder, but Purdy saved the day with his emergence and is already a bona fide star.

Both teams have star tight ends (Travis Kelce for the Chiefs, George Kittle for the 49ers) and an upper-echelon pass rusher (Chris Jones for the Chiefs, Nick Bosa for the 49ers).

San Francisco's Christian McCaffrey is one of the NFL's top all-around running backs, while few backs run harder than Kansas City's Isiah Pacheco.

Both teams have celebrity fans who can't wait to hit the Las Vegas Strip while using their best moves and distractions to avoid the crush of paparazzi. But only one of these teams (the Chiefs) has Taylor Swift cheering for them.

But it won't turn into "Swift Week" leading up to the big game, as Kelce's girlfriend won't be anywhere near Vegas until the eve of the contest. She will be serenading Kelce with "You Belong With Me" from Tokyo with four straight concerts scheduled from Feb 7-10.

So, let the Super Bowl hype begin.

Travis Kelce breaks Jerry Rice's playoff receptions record

Travis Kelce breaks Jerry Rice's playoff receptions record

Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce set an NFL record for most career postseason receptions during Sunday's AFC Championship Game against the host Baltimore Ravens.

Kelce's seventh reception of the game was his 152nd postseason catch, surpassing the mark held by legendary Jerry Rice. The record-breaking catch came midway through the second quarter.

Kelce, 34, played in his 21st postseason game on Sunday. Rice played in 29 during his career from 1985-2004.

In the first quarter, Kelce caught his 19th postseason touchdown catch, three shy of Rice's record.

Kelce went over 100 yards receiving on Kansas City's first possession of the third quarter. It is his eighth 100-yard outing in the postseason, tying Rice for the all-time record.

Chiefs shut down Ravens, book Super Bowl return

Chiefs shut down Ravens, book Super Bowl return

Travis Kelce caught a touchdown pass, set the NFL postseason record for receptions and the Kansas City Chiefs are off to the Super Bowl for the fourth time in five seasons after recording a 17-10 victory over the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday in the AFC Championship Game.

Patrick Mahomes completed 30 of 39 passes for 241 yards and L'Jarius Sneed and Deon Bush had critical fourth-quarter takeaways for the third-seeded Chiefs.

Isiah Pacheco rushed for a touchdown for Kansas City, which won on the road for the second straight week.

Kelce caught 11 passes for 116 yards to give him 156 career receptions, claiming the all-time receptions mark from legendary Jerry Rice (151). He also matched the Hall of Famer with his eighth career 100-yard receiving game in the playoffs.

The Chiefs face either the San Francisco 49ers or Detroit Lions in Super Bowl LVIII on Feb. 11 in Las Vegas. The 49ers and Lions meet Sunday night in the NFC Championship Game.

Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson was 20-of-37 passing for 272 yards, one touchdown and one interception. He was sacked four times. Zay Flowers caught five passes for 115 yards and a touchdown but also lost a fumble reaching for the goal line, resulting in a fourth-quarter touchback.

Roquan Smith racked up 16 tackles for Baltimore, which committed three turnovers while Kansas City didn't commit any. Baltimore was penalized eight times, five for first downs, for 95 yards.

The Ravens moved within 17-10 on Justin Tucker's 43-yard field goal with 2:34 left.

Any chance of getting the ball back evaporated when Mahomes lobbed a 32-yard completion to Marquez Valdes-Scantling just before the two-minute warning. The Chiefs took a knee three times to run out the clock.

Baltimore was trailing by 10 when it missed a big opportunity as Sneed forced Flowers to fumble at the Kansas City 1-yard line on the first play of the fourth quarter. The Chiefs' Trent McDuffie recovered in the end zone for a touchback.

On the next possession, the Ravens reached the Chiefs' 25 but Jackson threw into triple coverage toward tight end Isaiah Likely. Bush, in the game for only one previously play as a substitute for injured safety Mike Edwards, intercepted the pass in the end zone with 6:45 left.

Kansas City outgained the Ravens 221-110 while taking a 17-7 halftime lead.

The Chiefs struck first when Mahomes connected on a 19-yard touchdown pass to Kelce with 7:41 left in the first quarter. The touchdown catch was Kelce's 19th in postseason play, leaving him three short of Rice's record.

Baltimore knotted the score less than three minutes later when Jackson tossed a 30-yard scoring pass to Flowers. Jackson avoided a sack attempt by Leo Chanel before spotting Flowers behind the Kansas City defense.

The Chiefs took the lead on Pacheco's 2-yard scoring run with 10:56 remaining in the second quarter. Kansas City traveled in dominating fashion, moving 75 yards on 16 plays in 9:02.

Harrison Butker tacked on a 52-yard field with four seconds left in the half.

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