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Veteran RB Mike Davis retires

Veteran RB Mike Davis retires

Mike Davis, who suited up as a running back for six teams across eight NFL seasons, announced his retirement on Monday.

Davis, who did not play in 2023, took to social media with a message of gratitude on his 31st birthday.

"As I turn 31 today, I sit back and look on my NFL career and how thankful I am to be apart of a brotherhood," he wrote. "This game has allowed me to make a lot of friends and memories. I'm grateful for every organization in NFL. With that being said I'm retiring!"

Davis broke into the league as a fourth-round draft pick in 2015 by the San Francisco 49ers.

In 87 career games (30 starts) for the Niners (2015-16), Seattle Seahawks (2017-18), Chicago Bears (2019), Carolina Panthers (2019-20), Atlanta Falcons (2021) and Baltimore Ravens (2022), Davis amassed 2,052 yards on 3.7 yards per carry with 14 touchdowns. He also collected 171 receptions for 1,066 yards and four receiving touchdowns.

He started 12 games for the Panthers in 2020 (15 total appearances) and posted career bests of 642 rushing yards, six touchdowns, 59 catches, 373 yards and two touchdown receptions.

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).

Patriots OT Trent Brown set to become free agent

Patriots OT Trent Brown set to become free agent

The contract of New England Patriots offensive tackle Trent Brown is set to void Monday, making the former Pro Bowl selection a free agent next month.

The Patriots will carry a $2 million dead cap hit in 2024.

Brown, 30, just completed his third season with the club, playing in just 11 games (eight starts). It was his second stint with New England after winning a Super Bowl with the Patriots in 2018.

Brown has played in 100 career games (93 starts) with the San Francisco 49ers (2015-17), Raiders (2019-20) and Patriots. He has earned more than $65 million, according to Spotrac, as a seventh-round pick of the Niners in the 2015 draft.

Ravens sign WR Nelson Agholor to 1-year extension

Ravens sign WR Nelson Agholor to 1-year extension

Wide receiver Nelson Agholor signed a one-year contract extension with the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday.

Agholor's contract would have voided on Monday, making him a free agent, if the Ravens did not re-sign him. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Agholor, 30, joined the Ravens last offseason and caught 35 passes for 381 yards and four touchdowns in 17 games (three starts) in his first season in Baltimore. He added his first career playoff touchdown in Baltimore's 34-10 divisional round win over the Houston Texans.

The 2015 first-round draft pick by the Philadelphia Eagles is primed to enter his 10th season in the NFL. After spending five years in Philadelphia, he has had stints with the Las Vegas Raiders (2020), New England Patriots (2021-22) and Ravens.

In 135 career games (98 starts), Agholor has amassed 375 receptions, 4,627 yards and 35 touchdowns.

HOF Selection Steve McMichael improving, could leave hospital Tuesday

HOF Selection Steve McMichael improving, could leave hospital Tuesday

Former Chicago Bears great and Hall of Fame selection Steve McMichael is reportedly improving from a staph infection, and his family hopes he leave the hospital for home as soon as Tuesday, McMichael's wife said in a statement to the Associated Press on Sunday.

"He's one tough guy," McMichael's wife, Misty, told the AP. "He's Mongo and his DNA is different! Keep those prayers coming! Thank you!"

McMichael, 66, was rushed to the hospital Thursday with what was thought to be pneumonia. He was later diagnosed with a urinary tract infection and responded well to antibiotics. He was expected to leave the hospital in a matter of days until the diagnosis of methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus, reported by his family on Saturday.

McMichael was diagnosed with ALS in 2021 and has battled other health issues since, including sepsis and pneumonia.

Jarett Payton, the son of Bears great Walter Payton, has been sharing information from the McMichael family on X. On Sunday afternoon, Payton posted, "Great news -- Mongo is feeling better and he's responding well to the antibiotics. The hope is to have him back at home on Tuesday. Please keep sending up your thoughts and prayers for Steve and his family."

The longtime Chicago Bears defensive tackle, known to friends and teammates as "Mongo," appeared in 191 games with the Bears over 13 seasons. He began his career with the New England Patriots in 1980 and finished it with the Green Bay Packers in 1994.

In between, McMichael was a member of the famed 1985 Bears Super Bowl championship team and a two-time All-Pro.

For his career (213 games), he totaled 95 sacks, 847 tackles, 13 fumbles forced and 17 fumble recoveries.

McMichael is set to be inducted into the Hall in Canton, Ohio alongside other Bears stars Devin Hester and Julius Peppers in August.

HOF selection Steve McMichael undergoes blood transfusion

HOF selection Steve McMichael undergoes blood transfusion

Former Chicago Bears great and Hall of Fame selection Steve McMichael underwent a blood transfusion Saturday after being diagnosed with MRSA, a staph infection that's resistant to many antibiotics, his longtime publicist announced Saturday.

His family asked for prayers.

McMichael, 66, was rushed to the hospital Thursday with what was thought to be pneumonia. He was later diagnosed with a urinary tract infection and responded well to antibiotics. He was expected to leave the hospital in a matter of days until the diagnosis of methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus.

McMichael was diagnosed with ALS in 2021 and has battled other health issues since, including sepsis and pneumonia.

The longtime Chicago Bears defensive tackle, known to friends and teammates as "Mongo," appeared in 191 games with the Bears over 13 seasons. He began his career with the New England Patriots in 1980 and finished it with the Green Bay Packers in 1994.

In between, McMichael was a member of the famed 1985 Bears Super Bowl championship team and a two-time All-Pro.

For his career (213 games), he totaled 95 sacks, 847 tackles, 13 fumbles forced and 17 fumble recoveries.

McMichael is set to be inducted into the Hall in Canton, Ohio alongside other Bears stars Devin Hester and Julius Peppers in August.

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.

Report: Raiders QB Jimmy Garoppolo to receive 2-game ban

Report: Raiders QB Jimmy Garoppolo to receive 2-game ban

Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo is being suspended two games by the NFL for violating the league's performance-enhancing substances policy, multiple outlets reported on Friday.

Per reports, Garoppolo used a prescribed medication without having a valid therapeutic use exemption from the NFL.

The Raiders are expected to part ways with Garoppolo prior to the fifth day of the new league year in March. He is due to receive an $11.25 million roster bonus if he remained with the team at that time. Under the terms of his contract, the suspension will void another $11.25 million in guaranteed salary, per Spotrac.

Should that be the case, Las Vegas would have last year's rookie Aidan O'Connell and veteran Brian Hoyer as quarterbacks on its roster entering the new league year.

Garoppolo, 32, was benched after Josh McDaniels was fired as the Raiders' head coach on Nov. 1, save for a spot appearance in which he had one incomplete pass and a sack in the team's season finale against the Denver Broncos on Jan. 7.

Garoppolo completed 65.1 percent of his throws for 1,205 yards with seven touchdowns and nine interceptions in seven games this past season.

HOF selection Steve McMichael hospitalized

HOF selection Steve McMichael hospitalized

Steve McMichael, recently selected to join the Pro Football Hall of Fame as a member of the 2024 class of inductees, has been hospitalized with suspected pneumonia, his longtime publicist announced Thursday.

McMichael, 66, was diagnosed with ALS in 2021 and has battled other health issues since, including sepsis and pneumonia.

The longtime Chicago Bears defensive tackle, known to friends and teammates as "Mongo," appeared in 191 games with the Bears over 13 seasons. He began his career with the New England Patriots in 1980 and finished it with the Green Bay Packers in 1994.

In between, McMichael was a member of the famed 1985 Bears Super Bowl championship team and a two-time All-Pro.

For his career (213 games), he totaled 95 sacks, 847 tackles, 13 fumbles forced and 17 fumble recoveries.

McMichael is set to be inducted into the Hall alongside other Bears stars Devin Hester and Julius Peppers in August.

Report: 49ers LB Dre Greenlaw has Achilles surgery

Report: 49ers LB Dre Greenlaw has Achilles surgery

San Francisco 49ers linebacker Dre Greenlaw had successful surgery Thursday to repair his torn Achilles, NFL Network reported.

Greenlaw was injured when he began to run on to the field following a punt during the second quarter of Super Bowl LVIII last Sunday in Las Vegas. The standout defender suffered a full tear and could miss the start of the 2024 season.

He had three tackles in the 49ers' 25-22 overtime loss to the Kansas City Chiefs.

Greenlaw, who turns 27 in May, was a fifth-round pick by San Francisco in 2019. He collected 120 tackles along with four passes defended, 1.5 sacks and four quarterback hits this past season (15 games), and he had two interceptions during the team's three postseason games.

Chicago Bears release veterans S Eddie Jackson, OL Cody Whitehair

Chicago Bears release veterans S Eddie Jackson, OL Cody Whitehair

The Chicago Bears said goodbye Thursday to two of their longest-tenured veterans, releasing offensive lineman Cody Whitehair and safety Eddie Jackson, the team announced Thursday.

Both players were drafted by the Bears and have spent their entire careers in Chicago.

The moves reportedly saved the Bears -- who have the No. 1 pick in this year's draft -- $21.71 million against the 2024 salary cap. The Bears now have $67 million in available cap space, third-most in the league, according to Over the Cap.

Jackson, 30, came to the Bears in 2017 as a fourth-round pick out of Alabama. All 100 appearances over seven seasons were starts, and he racked up 459 tackles, 15 interceptions, 10 forced fumbles and six fumble recoveries.

Named first-team All-Pro in 2018 and to the Pro Bowl in 2018 and 2019, Jackson's six defensive touchdowns tied him with Lance Briggs for third in Bears history, behind only Charles Tillman (nine) and Mike Brown (seven).

A foot injury ended Jackson's 2022 season in Week 12 and limited him to 12 games in 2023, when he notched 37 tackles, one interception and five pass breakups.

Whitehair, 31, was drafted out of Kansas State in the second round of the 2016 NFL Draft. He played both center and guard in 124 games (118 starts) over eight seasons with the Bears.

Whitehair was selected to the Pro Bowl in 2018, when the Bears finished 12-4 on the way to the NFC North title.

The moves make long-snapper Patrick Scales, who joined the team in 2015, the longest-tenured Bear.

Report: Seahawks quarantee 2024 salary of QB Geno Smith

Report: Seahawks quarantee 2024 salary of QB Geno Smith

The Seattle Seahawks are keeping quarterback Geno Smith on the roster this week, guaranteeing his $12.7 million salary, ESPN reported Thursday.

The team had until Friday to release him to save the money.

He also has a roster bonus of $9.6 million that is due on March 17.

The immediate move either buys the Seahawks time to trade Smith or gives new head coach Mike Macdonald and recently hired offensive coordinator Ryan Grubb an opportunity to chart a path at the QB position.

Backup quarterback Drew Lock will become an unrestricted free agent next month.

With the high cost of starting quarterbacks, Smith could be an affordable option for a team looking for a quarterback, or for the Seahawks as they build their 2024 roster.

Smith has been steady at the position over the past two seasons for the Seahawks since replacing Russell Wilson as the starter. A Pro Bowl selection in both 2022 and 2023, Smith threw for 3,624 yards with 20 touchdowns and nine interceptions last season.

The Seahawks have the No. 16 overall selection in the upcoming NFL draft but don't have a pick in the second round. That's where the latest mock drafts from 247Sports and The Athletic project quarterback Michael Penix Jr. will be selected. He ran Grubb's offense at Washington, where Grubb was the offensive coordinator.

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.

49ers fire defensive coordinator Steve Wilks

49ers fire defensive coordinator Steve Wilks

San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan announced Wednesday that he has fired defensive coordinator Steve Wilks, three days after the team's loss in the Super Bowl.

Shanahan's announcement comes one day after saying he expected "all our coaches to be back." It also comes the same day as the Kansas City Chiefs' Super Bowl victory parade.

Shanahan told reporters on a conference call that Wilks "just ended up being not the right fit." He added the team will consider in-house and external candidates to take over for Wilks in 2024.

Wilks was hired last year to replace DeMeco Ryans, who left to become the head coach of the Houston Texans.

Wilks' defense held the Chiefs to one touchdown in regulation in the 25-22 loss on Sunday but gave up 455 yards.

San Francisco allowed an NFC-low 17.5 points per game during the regular season.

The Niners on Wednesday also lost assistant head coach Anthony Lynn to the Washington Commanders, where he is taking on the run game coordinator job for new head coach Dan Quinn. They also lost passing game specialist Klint Kubiak to the New Orleans Saints, who hired him as their offensive coordinator.

Wilks, 54, was the head coach of the Arizona Cardinals in 2018 and the interim coach of the Carolina Panthers for part of the 2022 season. He has a 9-19 overall record. Wilks began the 2022 season as the Panthers' passing game coordinator and secondary coach before being named interim head coach after Matt Rhule was fired.

He's also been a DC with the Panthers in 2017 and Cleveland Browns in 2019.

He interviewed for the head coaching vacancy with the Chargers before they hired Jim Harbaugh.

Wilks has worked with defense throughout the majority of his NFL coaching career. He was in charge of the secondary with the Washington franchise in 2005 and served as the defensive backs coach with the Chicago Bears (2006-08), then-San Diego Chargers (2009-11) and Panthers (2012-17).

Bengals release backup QB AJ McCarron

Bengals release backup QB AJ McCarron

The Cincinnati Bengals released backup quarterback AJ McCarron on Wednesday.

McCarron, 33, appeared in two games for the Bengals last season. He was signed to the active roster on Dec. 4 after spending most of the season on the team's practice squad.

He attempted just five passes, completing four for 19 yards. He served as QB2 behind Jake Browning to close out the season after Joe Burrow sustained a season-ending wrist injury.

McCarron has appeared in 19 career games (four starts) for three teams, including the Bengals twice (2015-17; 2023). He's thrown for 1,192 yards and six touchdowns. McCarron was a fifth-round pick by Cincinnati in 2014.

Report: Commanders add Anthony Lynn to coaching staff

Report: Commanders add Anthony Lynn to coaching staff

The Washington Commanders are hiring Anthony Lynn as their run game coordinator, ESPN reported Wednesday.

The former Los Angeles Chargers head coach was the San Francisco 49ers' assistant head coach and running backs coach for the past two seasons.

Lynn, 55, is the second former NFL head coach to join new Commanders coach Dan Quinn's staff. Kliff Kingsbury (Arizona Cardinals, 2019-22) is Washington's new offensive coordinator.

Lynn compiled a 33-31 record with the Chargers from 2017-20. He was the Detroit Lions' offensive coordinator in 2021 and has coached running backs with the Buffalo Bills, New York Jets, Cleveland Browns, Dallas Cowboys and Jacksonville Jaguars.

Lynn played running back in the NFL for six seasons with the Denver Broncos (1993, 1997-99) and 49ers (1995-96), winning two Super Bowl championships.

The Commanders (4-13) finished 27th in the NFL in rushing last season with 93.6 yards per game.

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.

49ers DT Arik Armstead played through torn meniscus in playoffs

49ers DT Arik Armstead played through torn meniscus in playoffs

San Francisco 49ers starting defensive tackle Arik Armstead came back from a torn right meniscus to play in the playoffs, and he will undergo surgery this offseason.

Armstead told reporters Tuesday that he didn't think he would be able to return for the postseason after suffering the injury Week 13 against the Philadelphia Eagles.

But after missing the final five games of the regular season, and getting a sixth week off thanks to San Francisco's No. 1 playoff seed and first-round bye, Armstead played in the Niners' three playoff games. He had a sack and six total tackles in the Super Bowl LVIII loss to the Kansas City Chiefs.

Armstead, 30, said he hopes he can return in time for the start of training camp this summer.

He compiled five sacks and 27 tackles in 12 games (all starts) in 2023. In a nine-year NFL career spent entirely with San Francisco, Armstead has 302 tackles, 33.5 sacks, 88 quarterback hits and three forced fumbles over 116 games (97 starts).

San Francisco general manager John Lynch also revealed Tuesday that defensive tackle Javon Hargrave finished the season playing through a torn ligament in his thumb.

Hargrave, 31, also had a sack in the Super Bowl and posted seven sacks and 44 tackles over 16 games (all starts) in 2023, his first campaign with the 49ers. He was named to his second Pro Bowl, the first coming in 2021 while with Philadelphia.

Lions sign CFL standout Mathieu Betts

Lions sign CFL standout Mathieu Betts

The Detroit Lions signed defensive lineman Mathieu Betts to a reserve/futures contract on Tuesday.

Betts, 28, was named the CFL's Most Outstanding Defensive Player after recording a league-best 18 sacks in 18 games last season with the B.C. Lions. The Montreal native's sack total was the most by a Canadian-born player in league history.

Betts initially was selected third overall by Edmonton in the 2019 CFL Draft before opting to sign with the Chicago Bears as an undrafted free agent. He was cut by the Bears later that summer and returned to Canada to play with Edmonton (2019, 2021) and B.C. (2022-23).

Eagles' Haason Reddick says he never requested trade

Eagles' Haason Reddick says he never requested trade

Linebacker Haason Reddick said Tuesday he never asked for a trade from the Philadelphia Eagles, who reportedly have granted him permission to seek one.

"Never asked for a trade," he posted on X. "However, I do understand it's a business. Preparing for whatever is next!"

Reddick, 29, also told Bleacher Report that he wants to stay with his hometown Eagles.

"I would like to get an extension done here at home," Reddick said. "At no point did I ever tell the organization I want to be traded."

Multiple outlets, including ESPN and NFL Network, reported Sunday that Philadelphia gave him permission to seek a trade.

Reddick has one season remaining on a three-year, $45 million contract he signed in March 2022. He is due to earn $14.25 million in base salary in 2024.

Reddick recorded a career-high 16 sacks to go along with an NFL-best five forced fumbles in 17 starts during his first season with the Eagles in 2022. He followed that up with 11 sacks in 17 starts in 2023 en route to being named to his second consecutive Pro Bowl.

He has registered 410 tackles, 58 sacks and 16 forced fumbles in 114 games (81 starts) with the Arizona Cardinals (2017-20), Carolina Panthers (2021) and Eagles. The Cardinals selected him with the 13th overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft.

NFL invites 321 prospects to Scouting Combine

NFL invites 321 prospects to Scouting Combine

The NFL on Tuesday released the list of 321 prospects invited to the 2024 NFL Scouting Combine.

Defending national champion Michigan leads the way with 18 players selected to participate in the pre-draft event in Indianapolis from Feb. 26 through March 4.

The Wolverines on the guest list include quarterback J.J. McCarthy, running back Blake Corum and wide receivers Roman Wilson and Cornelius Johnson. Also on the list are tight end AJ Barner and offensive linemen Karsen Barnhart, Zak Zinter, Trevor Keegan, Drake Nugent, Trente Jones and LaDarius Henderson.

Michigan representatives on the defensive side are linebackers Michael Barrett and Junior Colson, defensive backs Mike Sainristil and Josh Wallace, and defensive linemen Jaylen Harrell, Kris Jenkins and Braiden McGregor.

McCarthy was one of 14 quarterbacks invited, along with Heisman Trophy winners Jayden Daniels of LSU and Caleb Williams of Southern California.

The Chicago Bears hold the No. 1 overall pick in the 2024 NFL Draft, which begins on April 25 in Detroit.

Report: Bengals expected to franchise tag WR Tee Higgins

Report: Bengals expected to franchise tag WR Tee Higgins

The Cincinnati Bengals are expected to use their franchise tag on wide receiver Tee Higgins this offseason, The Athletic reported Tuesday.

Higgins, who turned 25 last month, is due to become a free agent in March. Tags must be issued by March 5.

The tag would give the two sides more time to hammer out a long-term deal. Otherwise, he would play the 2024 season for a projected salary of $20.7 million.

Higgins caught 42 passes for 656 yards and five touchdowns in 12 games (11 starts) in 2023 after posting back-to-back 1,000-yard campaigns in 2021-22.

Cincinnati's 2020 second-round pick (33rd overall) has 257 receptions for 3,684 yards and 24 touchdowns in 58 career games (53 starts).

His initial contract was a four-year, $8.68 million deal he signed in July 2020.

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.

Super Bowl LVIII most-watched TV show in U.S. history

Super Bowl LVIII most-watched TV show in U.S. history

The Kansas City Chiefs' overtime victory over the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl LVIII on Sunday was the most-watched television program in U.S. history, according to preliminary data released by Nielsen and CBS on Monday.

According to CBS, which broadcast the game, the Super Bowl averaged 123.4 million viewers across all platforms, breaking the mark of 115.1 million set during last year's Super Bowl between the Chiefs and Philadelphia Eagles.

CBS added that 202.4 million viewers watched at least part of the game, breaking the record of 184 million (also set last Super Bowl).

Though Nielsen's final data will be released Tuesday, Monday's figures made it clear the game was smash hit for CBS and the NFL. The 120 million viewers who watched the game on CBS was a single-network record. The Paramount+ audience made it the most-streamed Super Bowl, as well, CBS claimed.

The total of 123.4 million also includes viewers of simulcasts on Nickelodeon, Univision, Paramount+, NFL+ and other NFL digital properties.

While the game going to overtime played a role in audience retention, several storylines had much of the country buzzing long before kickoff.

The win was the Chiefs' third in five seasons, placing quarterback Patrick Mahomes and coach Andy Reid among rare NFL royalty. Mahomes joined Tom Brady and Joe Montana as the only players with at least three Super Bowl MVPs, and Reid became the fifth coach with at least three Super Bowl wins as a head coach.

Las Vegas hosted the Super Bowl for the first time, with Usher performing at halftime. And the game marked the season's culmination of the Taylor Swift-NFL juggernaut, as the superstar was in attendance to watch her boyfriend, Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce, catch nine passes for 93 yards for his third Super Bowl win.

Up next is Super Bowl LIX, scheduled for Feb. 9, 2025, at the Superdome in New Orleans. Fox will broadcast that game.

Report: Steelers, QB Mitch Trubisky agree to part ways

Report: Steelers, QB Mitch Trubisky agree to part ways

The Pittsburgh Steelers have a decision to make about their starting quarterback in 2024 and the answer will not be Mitch Trubisky.

The Steelers and Trubisky mutually agreed to move on, NFL Network reported Tuesday night. Trubisky had two years left on a three-year, $19.4 million contract he signed last May.

Trubisky joined the Steelers as a free agent in 2022, the same year Pittsburgh selected quarterback Kenny Pickett in the first round of the draft. Trubisky began that season as the starting quarterback but soon gave way to Pickett.

While Pickett dealt with injury and regression in 2023, Trubisky made two starts before the Steelers eventually turned to Mason Rudolph, who helped guide them to a wild-card berth.

In 12 games (seven starts) for the franchise, Trubisky completed 64.1 percent of his passes for 1,884 yards, eight touchdowns and 10 interceptions. He added four rushing touchdowns.

Since entering the league as the No. 2 overall draft pick of the Chicago Bears in 2017, Trubisky has amassed 12,536 passing yards, 72 touchdowns and 48 picks across 69 games (57 starts) with the Bears (2017-20), Buffalo Bills (2021) and Steelers. He is 31-26 all-time as a starter.

Reports: Cowboys bring back Mike Zimmer as DC

Reports: Cowboys bring back Mike Zimmer as DC

The Dallas Cowboys will bring back Mike Zimmer as their defensive coordinator, multiple outlets reported Monday, 18 years after he last held the position with the franchise.

Zimmer, 67, was head coach of the Minnesota Vikings from 2014-21 and has worked the past two years as an analyst/consultant for Deion Sanders, first at Jackson State and then at Colorado last year.

Zimmer returns to the Cowboys where he was an assistant coach from 1994-2006, first as a coach of the secondary then as defensive coordinator from 2000-06. After leaving the Cowboys, Zimmer was a DC for the Atlanta Falcons (2007) and Cincinnati Bengals (2008-13) before he was hired by the Vikings.

"I'm excited and honored to be back with a great organization," Zimmer told ESPN. "I'm thrilled to work with (head coach) Mike McCarthy, for whom I have had a ton of respect in our NFC North days, and to do anything I can do to help (owner Jerry Jones) and the Cowboys."

Dan Quinn, the Cowboys' defensive coordinator the past three seasons, was hired to be the head coach of the Washington Commanders.

Other former head coaches under consideration for the Cowboys DC job were Ron Rivera and Rex Ryan. Rivera was fired as head coach of the Commanders on Jan. 8.

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.

Report: Commanders hire Bobby Johnson as offensive line coach

Report: Commanders hire Bobby Johnson as offensive line coach

The Washington Commanders have hired former New York Giants offensive line coach Bobby Johnson for the same role, the NFL Network reported Monday.

The Giants fired Johnson, 50, at the end of the 2023 regular season, when the offensive line allowed 85 sacks, the second most in NFL history since the league tracked the statistic.

Johnson had followed Giants head coach Brian Daboll to New York in 2022 after they worked together on the Buffalo Bills staff from 2019-21, with Johnson as the OL coach.

Johnson's NFL experience includes a first stint with the Bills from 2010-11 as assistant OL coach and time in the league a tight ends coach and/or assistant OL coach with the Jacksonville Jaguars (2012), Detroit Lions (2013-14), Oakland Raiders (2015-17) and Indianapolis Colts (2018).

The Giants replaced Johnson with former Las Vegas Raiders OL coach Carmen Bricillo on Jan. 11. Johnson replaces Travelle Wharton in Washington.

Report: Saints reach deal with Klint Kubiak as OC

Report: Saints reach deal with Klint Kubiak as OC

The New Orleans Saints are in agreement with San Francisco 49ers passing game specialist Klint Kubiak to be their offensive coordinator, NFL Network reported Monday.

It was first reported 10 days ago that the Saints were targeting Kubiak but no deal could be done until after the Super Bowl. Kubiak's Niners lost to the Kansas City Chiefs 25-22 in overtime on Sunday.

Kubiak previously served as an offensive coordinator with the Minnesota Vikings in 2021 before becoming a quarterbacks coach/passing game coordinator with the Denver Broncos in 2022. He also was an offensive quality control coach in his first stint with the Vikings (2013-14) and offensive assistant in his first go-round with the Broncos (2016-18).

The Saints fired longtime offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael on Jan. 16 after 18 seasons with the team.

New Orleans (9-8) finished 14th in total offense (337.2 average yards per game) and 21st in rushing offense (102.5) in 2023, missing out on the playoffs in a tiebreaker with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for the NFC South Division title.

Kubiak will turn 37 on Feb. 17.

Andy Reid to coach Chiefs in 2024; QB Patrick Mahomes thinking No. 3

Andy Reid to coach Chiefs in 2024; QB Patrick Mahomes thinking No. 3

LAS VEGAS -- Andy Reid woke up as the fifth head coach to win at least three Super Bowls, a class that includes Bill Walsh, Joe Gibbs, Chuck Noll and Bill Belichick.

Reid confirmed he will be back next season as head coach but is leaving dynasty and three-peat talk up to others.

"Honestly, I haven't even thought of it. I get asked it. I'm still kind of in awe of the game. I haven't thought why or what," Reid said Monday when asked why he wouldn't ride off into the sunset. "It's not going to just be easy. We'll have changeover on our team, there's always the unexpected, have to keep battling through it. I just asked (quarterback Patrick Mahomes), has anyone done in three (consecutive) times? He said no. It'd be great."

Super Bowl LVIII MVP Patrick Mahomes ended his seventh season with his third Lombardi Trophy, and hit the pillow early Monday morning thinking about becoming the first team in NFL history to three-peat.

"It's legendary -- no one's ever done it," Mahomes said Monday of his trophy mindset. "Only eight teams have done it back-to-back. We felt like we had the best opportunity we've ever had. All you can do is come back next year with the best mindset and try to do it again. I know how hard these guys work. I know how hard they get after it. I know how hard these coaches work.

"To be able to have our stamp on NFL history is something I'll never take for granted."

Mahomes said the Chiefs entered the halftime locker room trailing 10-3 on Sunday night very confident because they weren't executing.

"For us, we just had to be us. Give it everything we have and live with the results after," Mahomes said.

Reid said Mahomes' performance and excellence can be easy to take for granted, but he's still getting better.

"He makes it look easy," Reid said. "This is a fluid game with the best athletes in this sport in the world. You've narrowed it down to the top two. And he's out there playing like he's in the back yard, like it's nothing. From a head-coaching standpoint, guy that works with offensive guys, all you can ask for."

--Free agency begins with the franchise tag window running from Feb. 20 to March 5. Seven players were tagged last year.

Teams can retain their own free agents prior to the start of the unrestricted free agency negotiating period, which begins at Noon ET on March 13. Contracts can become official on March 15 at 4 p.m. ET.

Among top players eligible for free agency are Chiefs defensive tackle Chris Jones, cornerback L'Jarius Sneed and 49ers defensive end Chase Young.

"I know how hard it is to do and how hard the season was," Reid said. "The ups and downs of the season and how proud I am of the guys for just hanging with each other and staying positive with each other. The young guys grew up, and nobody ever pointed fingers at the offense when the offense was growing. It all kind of came together during the playoffs and worked out well. Great leaders in Patrick, Chris and Trav (tight end Travis Kelce), the job that they've done."

Mahomes said he'll work with the Chiefs to remain "as flexible as possible as far as the cap and stuff like that" to keep the franchise in position to add talent to the roster.

--Kicking off LIX: New Orleans will host the Super Bowl for the 11th time next February, tying Miami for the most in league history, which included three games at Tulane Stadium before the Superdome was unveiled.

"I think it's 363 days until Super Bowl (LIX) 59 begins," Goodell said. "We look forward to being there."

New Orleans Saints owner Gayle Benson was on hand for the "handoff" from the Las Vegas host committee on Monday morning.

"I am confident we will pull together as we always do to deliver our guests from around the country and world the greatest experience possible," Benson said.

Kyle Shanahan: 49ers followed math in OT

Kyle Shanahan: 49ers followed math in OT

LAS VEGAS - There was math behind the 49ers' decision to take the ball first in overtime, but the numbers didn't end up working in San Francisco's favor.

Head coach Kyle Shanahan denied the team didn't know the overtime rules -- which several players said postgame -- included both teams having a chance with the ball regardless of the outcome of the initial receiving team's first drive in the extra session.

"This is something we talked about with, you know that none of us have a ton of experience of it but we went through all the analytics and talked with those guys and we just thought it would be better, we just wanted the ball third," Shanahan said. "If both teams matched and scored, we wanted to be the ones who had the chance to go in. We got that field goal, so we knew we had to hold them to at least a field goal. And if we did then we thought it was in our hands after that."

Defensive tackle Arik Armstead was one of the players who said he was unaware the sudden death aspect of overtime didn't kick in until both teams possessed the ball.

"I didn't even know about the new playoff overtime rule, so it was a surprise to me," Armstead said. "I didn't even really know what was going on in terms of that."

Captain Fred Warner won the overtime toss and the 49ers' linebacker said the team wanted to receive the kick. Chiefs defensive tackle Chris Jones said players couldn't believe San Francisco opted to take the ball first. He doubted the 49ers thought through the rules in OT that differ from the regular season, when a touchdown on the opening drive of overtime ends the game, but a field goal affords the opponent one possession.

"They're crazy, they're crazy," Jones said. "Because the overtime rules has changed where both teams get the ball no matter who scores. So, originally, you want to let the other team get the ball, stop them holding the three, so you know what you got. Or if you stop them, they punt it, then all you have to do is kick three."

After a stop and 49ers kicker Jake Moody punching in a field goal to open the overtime scoring and stake San Francisco to a 22-19 lead, Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes ended the game with a walk-off TD pass to Mecole Hardman.

"I was speechless," 49ers defensive end Nick Bosa said. "I couldn't really look anybody in the eye, especially all my teammates. I could have done more. Everybody could have done more. And there's really not much to say at this point. It's going to hurt, and it's going to hit in waves, but that's life."

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."

49ers expected to bounce back, open as Super Bowl LIX favorites

49ers expected to bounce back, open as Super Bowl LIX favorites

Although they came up just short this year, the San Francisco 49ers have been installed as the early favorites to win their sixth Super Bowl in franchise history in 2025.

San Francisco held a 19-16 lead with 1:53 remaining in regulation on Sunday, but it coughed it up, going on to fall 25-22 in overtime to the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LVIII.

However, sportsbooks are banking on the 49ers to bounce back, with FanDuel giving them the shortest odds (+450) to go all the way next season. BetMGM has San Francisco listed at +500, and DraftKings has it at +550.

Of course, Kansas City isn't far behind.

Super Bowl champions in three of the past five years, the Chiefs have the second-shortest odds of continuing their dynasty. Kansas City lands at +650 on DraftKings, +700 on BetMGM and +750 on FanDuel.

If the Niners were to take home next year's Lombardi Trophy, they would be tied with the New England Patriots and Pittsburgh Steelers for the most Super Bowl victories in league history. The Chiefs will be gunning for their fifth title.

The Baltimore Ravens (+850 at BetMGM, +900 at FanDuel and DraftKings), who fell to Kansas City in this year's AFC Championship Game, have the third-best odds of winning Super Bowl LIX.

Both BetMGM and FanDuel are offering the Lions and Bills at +1200. Detroit was eliminated by San Francisco in the NFC Championship Game and comes in at +1200 on DraftKings, which is also listing Buffalo at +950.

At +25000 at all three aforementioned books, the Carolina Panthers have the longest odds of winning the Super Bowl in 2025.

The Patriots (+20000 at BetMGM, +15000 at FanDuel, +10000 at DraftKings), Tennessee Titans (+15000, +15000, +15000) and Washington Commanders (+15000, +15000, +10000) also shouldn't have their sights set on some hardware, per the books.

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.

49ers LB Dre Greenlaw out of Super Bowl after injury running onto field

49ers LB Dre Greenlaw out of Super Bowl after injury running onto field

San Francisco 49ers linebacker Dre Greenlaw will miss the rest of Super Bowl LVIII after hurting an Achilles in a freak injury during the second quarter against the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday in Las Vegas.

Greenlaw was running on to the field after a punt with 9:16 left in the second quarter when he suddenly fell to the ground not far from the San Francisco sideline. He had trouble getting up, trainers quickly attended to him and he was eventually taken by cart to the locker room.

The 49ers ruled Greenlaw out shortly before the end of the first half.

Greenlaw is in his fifth season with the 49ers and had 120 tackles in the regular season, the second-highest output of his career.

San Francisco led 10-3 at halftime.

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