Kansas City Chiefs have got a taste for comebacks and it's never meant more. After falling 21-6 down in the opening two quarters in Tampa, Patrick Mahomes faces a mammoth task to haul his team back into Super Bowl 55.
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Kansas City chiefs will have to fight back from 15 points down to win a second straight Super Bowl.
The Chiefs were down 21-6 at half-time after Tom Brady twice connected with Rob Gronkowski and once with Antonio Brown to put the Buccaneers in command on home turf.
But Andy Reid’s men are no strangers to post-season come-from-behind wins and overturned a 10-point deficit to beat San Francisco 49ers in last year’s Super Bowl. They also produced the fourth-largest comeback in play-off history en route to that Super Bowl 13 months ago, flipping the scoreboard on the Houston Texans despite falling 24 points back.
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And the Chiefs have got a taste for it this year too. They were nine points back in the AFC Championship game, but wrestled back to book their place in the NFL showpiece at Raymond James Stadium.
Of course, it is only four years since Tom Brady and the New England Patriots came back from 25 points down to beat the Atlanta Falcons and win the Super Bowl in the most dramatic game in the sport’s history.
Before that, no side had overturned a deficit of more than 10 points in the Super Bowl. That statistic emphasises the size of the task facing the pre-game favourite Chiefs, but Patrick Mahomes and his team-mates will know they are capable of tying together multiple drives and changing the complexion of the scoreboard in Tampa.