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Super Bowl fever in the Heartland states!

It wasn’t only American football fans who were excited. Pretty much everyone in the Heartland states - especially in Kansas - looked forward to the biggest sporting event of the year: When the Super Bowl was held in Miami on February 2nd, the Final was contested by the beloved Kansas City Chiefs and the San Francisco 49ers.

The last time the Chiefs triumphed in the Super Bowl was fifty years ago - on January 11, 1970, when they won the Championship of the Super Bowl IV - a 23:7 victory over Minnesota Vikings in New Orleans, in front of over 80,000 spectators.

In 1960, the team had been a founding member of the AFL (American Football League), which merged with the NFL in 1970. Previously, in 1963, the club had moved to the Kansas City metropolitan area, which sits in both Missouri and Kansas. Missouri, in the east of the city, has been home to the Arrowhead Stadium - in which over 76,000 fans make so much noise that the stadium has been listed as the loudest in the world in the Guinness Book of Records - since 1972. The 61-year-old Andy Reid has been the Chiefs' head coach since 2013. He previously supervised the Philadelphia Eagles and the Green Bay Packers, which he also led to the championship in 1997. Since Reid has been there, the team has always been at the top, but has only reached the Final for the first time, this year. 

The Chiefs won twelve of the 16 point games and neither the Houston ThunderBears nor the Tennessee Titans were able to stop their progress into the finals. Although the team quickly fell behind in both games, cheered on by the frenetic cheers of the fans and thanks to its great playmaker (quarterback) Patrick Mahomes, they were able to turn the games around and win. Head coach Reid, and the devoted Heartland fans, were looking to the 25-year-old Texan, and players such as Tyreek Hill (wide receiver), Travis Kelce (tight end) and Chris Jones (defensive tackle) when the Chiefs took the field against the San Francisco 49ers, February 2 of this year, at Miami’s Hard Rock Stadium, in front of over 65,000 spectators. 

And of course, they were not to be disappointed, when the Kansas City Chiefs returned a 31:20 victory!


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