LAS VEGAS — Patrick Mahomes and Brock Purdy were both in elementary school the last time an NFL team won consecutive Super Bowls.
When New England defeated Philadelphia on Feb. 6, 2005, to secure a second straight title in Super Bowl XXXIX, Andy Reid was on the Eagles’ sideline in a 24-21 loss. This time, Reid, Mahomes and the Chiefs have an opportunity to break the longest stretch of seasons without a repeat champion in NFL history. There were eight repeat winners over the first 39 Super Bowls, but none over the last 18.
Nineteen years ago, Kyle Shanahan had just ended his first season as an NFL assistant coach with Tampa Bay. And after watching his father, Mike, win consecutive Super Bowls (1997-98) as head coach of the Denver Broncos, the younger Shanahan with a victory this week would make that father-son tandem the first such duo in NFL annals to win Super Bowls as head coaches.
Christian McCaffrey’s dad, Ed, was a wide receiver on each of those Broncos teams and he also earned a ring in the last Super Bowl-winning season for the San Francisco 49ers. That happened in 1994 when Mike Shanahan was the 49ers’ offensive coordinator. Could the Shanahans and McCaffreys create a remarkable generational milestone this week?
Not if Chris Jones and the vaunted Chiefs defense has their way. And not if Mahomes can capture his third Super Bowl victory, something only four previous quarterbacks have accomplished: Tom Brady (seven) and Pro Football Hall of Famers Terry Bradshaw (four), Joe Montana (four) and Troy Aikman (three).
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Kansas City moved quickly to hire Andy Reid as head coach on Jan. 7, 2013. Since that day, over 11 seasons, the Chiefs have not experienced a losing campaign. No other NFL team has an active streak of winning seasons longer than five years. Reid has led his team to Super Bowls in four of the past five seasons after the franchise went 49 straight years (1970-2018) without a Super Bowl berth.
Since Allegiant Stadium opened in 2020, the Chiefs and 49ers are a combined 5-0 at the facility. Kansas City is 4-0 all-time in Las Vegas, including a Week 12 victory over the Raiders earlier this season. The 49ers, meanwhile, won their only regular-season game at the stadium, a 37-34 overtime triumph over Las Vegas in Week 17 of the 2022 season.
The number of Pro Bowl selections, including 2023, earned by 49ers tackle Trent Williams prior to playing in his first Super Bowl this week. Only three other players – Pro Football Hall of Famers Champ Bailey (12), Bruce Matthews (12) and Reggie White (11) – earned as many Pro Bowl selections prior to playing in their first Super Bowls.
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