If Super Bowl LVIII taught us anything, it's that sports fans love a good streaker. And denying viewers such entertainment is an unpopular decision from broadcasters. Sure, the men in question during Kansas City's thrilling 25-22 overtime win over San Francisco were wearing clothes and therefore not technically 'streakers' in some peoples' eyes, but you get the point.
One pitch-invading punter in particular provided one of the best non-football related highlights in what was the longest Super Bowl in history, as Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes came up clutch at the death to throw the winning touchdown pass at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas. The streaker in question decided to test his wits against the sea of security guards gathered around the ground, with amateur footage capturing the hilarious scenes unfold as the shirtless spectator somehow got onto the field and began running around near the players.
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Numerous clips shared to social media showed the shirtless man running casually running around with his arms in the air until the cavalry arrived to put an end to his fun. Players from both teams watched on as the streaker evaded the first few attempts by security officials to round him up.
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The man slipped through the grips of one would-be tackler, before throwing his arms triumphantly above his head. However, his aura of confidence was soon flattened as another security official blindsided the streaker and brought him to the turf in a bone-crunching tackle.
Super Bowl streakers send internet into meltdown
A number of other security officials quickly rounded on the man, who realised the jig was up as he lay on the turf to accept his fate. He was then unceremoniously marched off the field in scenes that many viewers didn't get to see on TV because broadcasters decided not to show the vision. Luckily for the numerous fans clamouring to see the vision, clips of the mayhem were soon shared on social media, sparking a hilarious response from viewers around the world.
A STREAKER RUNNING ACROSS THE FIELD MID PLAY IN THE SUPER BOWL GETS BLOWN UP BY SECURITY
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Another POV of the Super Bowl Streaker 😭pic.twitter.com/zx5lMuZEZK
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The streaker provided just one of a number of eye-opening moments on Super Bowl Sunday, with Taylor Swift's appearance not going down well with many fans. The pop superstar flew from the other side of the world to watch her boyfriend and Chiefs superstar Travis Kelce but was booed when she was shown on the big screen, before being seen downing a drink to cheers from the crowd.
Kelce was also at the centre of a controversial moment when he was spotted in a heated exchange with Chiefs coach Andy Reid, amid a scoreless first quarter. The Chiefs were held scoreless until the final 20 seconds of the half, with the 49ers taking a 10-3 lead into the break after a stunning play led to a Christian McCaffrey touchdown.
In one ugly moment in the second quarter, Kelce grabbed Reid on the sideline and screamed in his face. Kelce appeared to be upset that he wasn't in the game on a pivotal red-zone play. The Chiefs had driven close to the 49ers' goal-line on a 52-yard pass from quarterback Patrick Mahomes to Mecole Hardman, but on the very next play Kelce wasn't in the game.
Travis Kelce looked less than enthused pic.twitter.com/yncKhjtNl4
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Noah Gray was instead on the field to block as the Chiefs dialled up a run play for Isaiah Pacheco. But Pacheco fumbled the ball for a Chiefs turnover, and Kansas City's first and best chance to score was squandered. The Chiefs reduced the halftime deficit to four points when Harrison Butker broke Jake Moody's record from the second quarter with the longest field goal in Super Bowl history (57-yards).
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Kansas City grabbed their first lead of the game when Mahomes connected with Marquez Valdes-Scantling for a 16-yard touchdown after a botched punt from the 49ers. Jauan Jennings - who threw the pass for the Chiefs first TD after a trick play, then caught a 10-yard pass from Brock Purdy to put the 49ers back in front.
Moody had his attempt at an extra point blocked and it proved crucial as Butker nailed another field goal to tie the game in the dying seconds and send it into overtime. The 49ers struck first blood when Moody kicked them in front with another field goal in OT.
The Chiefs simply refused to accept defeat and earned themselves crucial field position as the match became the longest in Super Bowl history. With the clock ticking down, Mahomes cemented his status as one of the greatest quarterbacks in history after finding Hardman in space to score the match-winning touchdown and clinch his side's second straight Super Bowl title.
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