Chiefs' First TD Inspired By Michigan In 1948 Rose Bowl [VIDEO]

“We’ve worked on that play since the first day of OTAs."

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February 03, 2020 - 12:26 pm
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The Chiefs won the Super Bowl Sunday night, with a little assist from Michigan. 

Kansas City's first touchdown came on a play inspired by one the Wolverines ran against USC in the 1948 Rose Bowl. 

Chiefs head coach Andy Reid explained how he came across it -- and said they have others like it in their playbook. 

“My brother’s high school coach was actually in that game for USC, so I had a little bit of tape I went back through and pulled that out. We actually have a whole package of it, so you have to wait to wait until next year to see the rest. There’s some good stuff," said Reid. 

Then-Michigan coach Fritz Crisler often used the single-wing look. Chiefs running back Damien Williams was the beneficiary Sunday night, taking a direct snap on fourth down four yards for the touchdown. 

“We’ve worked on that play since the first day of OTAs phase two, just working on that play,” said Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes. “Like Coach Reid said, we have a whole package that we were working on. We kept working on it every single week and kept working on it and executing it and doing it the right way, waiting for the perfect time to call it. When we were there and coach said it, I was like, ‘It’s time. Let’s do it.’ We all spun around. Everybody did it the right way. Damien had a great catch on the snap and then he hit up the middle. You never know when those plays are going to get called, but you just keep working and trying to perfect them every single time you get an opportunity to.”