The Chiefs stormed back after being down 20-10 in the fourth quarter to take the game 31-20 and win the franchise’s first Super Bowl in 50 years. What really got Kansas City back in it was a critical third-and-15 conversion where quarterback Patrick Mahomes, who had struggled up to that point, found receiver Tyreek Hill for a 44-yard gain with roughly 7 minutes remaining.
Former Seahawks QB Jake Heaps, now co-host of 710 ESPN Seattle’s Tom, Jake and Stacy, dissects the crucial play in his latest Chalk Talk video breakdown.
The 49ers, who had made life difficult for Mahomes all game long, rushed four and played zone defense with cover-3 “buzz” while the Chiefs ran a vertical crossing concept with a dig route by the outside receiver. Hill, who is one of the fastest players in the NFL, ran a deep crossing route before cutting back the opposite way towards the sideline and ultimately making the catch that helped win the Super Bowl.
How’d Hill get so open? And how was Mahomes able to get the throw off with pressure getting to him? Check out the video to find out.
You can also watch any of Heaps’ and Dave Wyman’s video breakdowns from the 2019 NFL season by clicking the links below.