Jimmy Garoppolo connected with Kyle Juszczyk on a 15-yard touchdown pass with 5:05 left in the first half, and Super Bowl 54 between the San Francisco 49ers and Kansas City Chiefs is tied at 10-10.
Garoppolo is now 8 for 10 for 69 yards and a score. He had been picked off on San Francisco’s preceding drive, which strangely means good things are going to happen: He’s now 39 for 42 for 461 yards with three touchdowns and zero interceptions this season in the drive immediately following an interception.
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More than eight hours before 1830 ET kickoff, fans, some who had paid over US$5,000 for a ticket, made their way through miles of bumper-to-bumper traffic, protests by local residents and airport type security before settling into their seats at Hard Rock Stadium.
“We just bought our tickets this morning and came,” said Shon Yust, a lifelong Chiefs fan from Kansas City not saying what he paid. “The prices were slightly lower but not substantially.
“I’m 51, going to be 52, the last time they were in the Super Bowl, I was two. So, we’re like, ‘We better go’.”
The sky-high prices and challenges have done little to spoil the party as the NFL returned to its favorite Super Bowl city for a record 11th time.
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Chiefs and Niners supporters decked out in team jerseys along with A-listers and celebrities warmed up for America’s biggest sporting event, which will be watched by a global television audience, by turning South Beach into one big party on Saturday night.
From the Sports Illustrated bash at the iconic Fountainbleau Hotel to Budweiser’s BUDX Hotel event at the other end of Collins Ave., South Beach was turned into one big blowout.
Away from the downtown core Maxim and Lady Gaga anchored the party scene as celebrations raged into the small hours of the morning.
More than 400 private jets, twice the usual number for a weekend, were reported to have clogged up local airports depositing their cargo of high rollers.