The Special Teams Showcase: SBLVIII

Patrick Mahomes’ game-winning drive is the main and most remembered highlight of Super Bowl LVIII due to Tik-Tok. Despite that, the real story of the game revolves around the special teams and the crucial role of kickers in the game. A total of 18 points were scored by six field goals; a testament to the significance of special teams in the game. The kickers proved to be the foundation of a game that saw minimal offense and numerous miscues.

San Francisco kicker, Jake Moody, and Kansas City specialist, Harrison Butker, scored six field goals that shaped the game. Moody’s 55-yard field goal in the second quarter was followed by Butker’s 57-yard record-setting kick. The game turned into a duel between the kickers as they continued to score crucial points.

In addition to field goals, special teams played a significant role in the game. A muffed punt by the 49ers led to a crucial scoring position for the Chiefs and Mahomes found Marquez Valdes-Scantling in the end zone, propelling the Chiefs to a lead. Special teams continued to impact the game when San Francisco’s extra-point attempt was blocked, setting the stage for a dramatic ending that saw Mahomes’ game-winning pass to Mecole Hardman in overtime.

Kansas City’s repeat win has stirred discussions of dynasty, marking the first repeat win since New England in 2003 and 2004. The night was filled with memorable performances from Taylor Swift, Usher, and Beyonce, and experienced the Super Bowl going to overtime for only the second time in history, fitting for a Super Bowl in Las Vegas. The significance of special teams in the game cannot be overlooked.