The Kansas City Chiefs utilized many plays to defeat the San Fransisco 49ers in Super Bowl LIV, but the following plays designs stood out for the unique strategic boosts that they provided for the Super Bowl champs.
This Chief's Super Bowl play featured one of their trademarked spread out play designs by spacing their many receiving threats throughout multiple levels of the field.
Quarterback Patrick Mahomes was able chose from a plethora of options in order to find an open receiver.
In this case, it was his reliable Tight End, Travis Kelce, lined up wide left, who was able to secure a critical first down.
The lineman in this play design are actually utilizing a run blocking scheme in order to sell the Play Action fake and make the defense think that it is a run play to the right.
Instead, Mahomes fakes the hand off, and then looks to the three options running routes on the left side of the field.
One unique aspect to this play design is the Chief's execution in Super Bowl LIV. Technically, this was an illegal play because there were multiple ineligible receivers down the field. The play is designed to be a quick throw to the tight end coming across in the backfield. If he were to catch it in the backfield, then you are allowed to have lineman past the line of scrimmage. Mahomes, however, threw the ball to the tight end on the wheel route, who received the pass eight yards past the line of scrimmage. Nonetheless, the referees did not notice and the play resulted in a nine yard pickup that allowed the Chiefs to move the ball down the field.
This Super Bowl winning touchdown will forever be immortalized as the single play that capped the second Super Bowl victory in Chief's franchise history.
From a Shotgun Split Back formation in the Red Zone, the Chiefs once again ran a play action fake before sending Super Bowl MVP, Patrick Mahomes, on a rollout to the right.
The critical concept to this play is the "pick" route by Travis Kelce from wide right. The tight end was able to run inside and get his body in the way of as many defenders as he could in order to stop their progress to the outside.
Mahomes simply threw the ball over the outstretched arms of an unblocked blitzing defender and into the arms of his running back who was running out wide to the flats.
After receiving the catch, it was a race to the pylon where the Chiefs gained the needed touchdown to take the lead and win the Super Bowl.
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