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Super Bowl thriller attracts 102 million viewers, 10th-highest rating of all-time

Sunday’s Super Bowl between the San Francisco 49ers and Kansas City Chiefs drew 102 million total viewers on Fox and Fox Deportes, according to Nielsen, a 1.3 percent increase from last year’s match-up between the Los Angeles Rams and New England Patriots.

The Chiefs’ thrilling 31-20 comeback against the Niners was the 10th most-watched Super Bowl in history.

Last year’s low scoring affair won by the Pats saw 98.2 million viewers tuning in to CBS, making it the first time since 2009 the Super Bowl didn’t break the 100 million viewer mark.

The most-watched Super Bowl occurred in 1982, when the 49ers topped the Cincinnati Bengals, 26-21 at the Silverdome in Detroit.

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Kansas City had not appeared in a Super Bowl for 50 years before Sunday’s game in Miami.

Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes was named the game’s MVP after Kansas City outscored San Francisco, 21-0, in the fourth quarter in overcoming a 20-10 deficit with less than 7 minutes left.

The victory is the first Super Bowl championship for longtime coach Andy Reid, who indicated he would agree to visit the White House to celebrate his team’s Super Bowl victory if President Trump extends an invitation.

“I’ll be there. If they’re inviting us, I’ll be there. It’s quite an honor, I think,” he said.

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