Chiefs, 49ers punch their tickets to Miami


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The Chiefs' Patrick Mahomes raises the Lamar Hunt Trophy Sunday in Kansas City, Mo. - NFL

A pair of the league's storied franchises will meet for the Lombardi Trophy Feb. 2 in Miami.

The Chiefs and 49ers won their respective conference championship games Sunday to earn their spots in Super Bowl LIV. Kansas City defeated the Titans, 35-24, at Arrowhead Stadium, while the 49ers demolished the Packers, 37-20, at Levi's Stadium to earn their spot.

The Super Bowl will be the third for the Chiefs, but first since 1970. Kansas City played in Super Bowl I in 1967, losing to Vince Lombardi's Packers, 35-10. The Chiefs returned in Super Bowl IV, beating the Vikings, 23-7.

The 49ers, meanwhile, will be making their seventh appearance in the Super Bowl. The 49ers will try to match the Steelers and Patriots with their sixth win, having taken home the Lombardi Trophy in 1982, 1985, 1989, 1990, and 1995. The 49ers also lost the Super Bowl in 2013 to the Ravens.

Kansas City shut down Tennessee's Derrick Henry, who had rushed for 180 or more yards in each of the team's first two playoff wins, holding him to 69 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries.

Patrick Mahomes was 23 of 35 for 294 yards and three touchdowns, also rushing for 53 yards and a score, a 27-yard run at the end of the first half that helped Kansas City turn a 17-7 deficit into a 21-17 halftime lead.

The win put Kansas City head coach Andy Reid in the Super Bowl for the second time in his career and improved his record to 2-5. Reid, who led the Eagles to the Super Bowl in 2004, is the league's winningest coach (207 victories) without having won a championship.

In the NFC game, the 49ers jumped on the Packers for a 27-0 halftime lead, running for 185 yards in the first half alone.

They finished with 286 yards as Raheem Mostert had a team-record 220 and scored four touchdowns. Mostert's yardage total was the second-most in an NFL playoff game behind Eric Dickerson's 248 yards in 1985.

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