The Kansas City Chiefs have five former members from Florida Football on their roster, two of whom took the field in Las Vegas for the Super Bowl. Jawaan Taylor had one of his better games at right tackle this season as the Chiefs were able to climb back from a ten-point deficit to win in overtime.
And while the bulk of the country found the front half of the game to be boring, it was former Gator Tommy Townsend that played a role in keeping the 49ers at bay until the Chiefs could kick into gear.
Florida Football: Punters Are People Too
Kansas City only put up three points in the first half and only had six points with about three minutes left in the third quarter. In a game like that, teams need their punter to step up to keep pinning the opposition back.
Townsend, who was below league average this season in yards per punt and net yards per punt, was crucial in flipping the field for the Chiefs. He had five punts at an average of 50.8 yards per punt, two of which were downed inside the 20. Townsend also had no touchbacks.
It was also his punt late in the third quarter that bounced off a 49er to give the Chiefs prime field position to take their first lead of the game at 13-10, and Townsend had to corral a high snap and set it down on Harrison Butker's Super Bowl record 57-yard field goal.
Eventually the stars for Kansas City got rolling were able to claw the game back to put the Chiefs in official dynasty conversation. If Townsend had an off night in Las Vegas, those stars might not have had the chance to go out and pull off the comeback.