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'We're Going To The Super Bowl!' Kansas City Celebrates End To 50-Year Drought

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Quarterback Patrick Mahomes passed for three touchdowns and ran for another in the AFC Championship game.

For the first time in half a century, the Kansas City Chiefs are going to the Super Bowl. 

The Chiefs beat the Tennessee Titans 35-24 at Arrowhead Stadium Sunday to win the AFC Championship, a year after falling just short in a heartbreaking overtime loss to the New England Patriots.

"Chiefs Kingdom, we're going to the Super Bowl!" team owner Clark Hunt shouted to the crowd soon after he was presented with the Lamar Hunt Trophy, named after his father, the founder of the Chiefs franchise.

The victory over the Titans earns Kansas City a spot in Super Bowl LIV in Miami on Feb. 2. They will play the San Francisco 49ers, who defeated the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Championship Game Sunday night. 

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Fans crowded The Brooksider Sports Bar & Grill in the Brookside shopping area to watch the AFC Championship Game.

It's the first time the Chiefs will play on the NFL's biggest stage since 1970, when Hall of Fame quarterback Len Dawson and Hall of Fame coach Hank Stram led Kansas City to a championship over the Minnesota Vikings.

Fans celebrated Sunday night across the metro, letting out 50 years of pent-up frustration. 

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A fan at the Power & Light District cheers after a Chiefs touchdown.

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Fans who crammed into Johnnie's Sports Bar in Kansas City, Kansas, erupt after the win.

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Confetti flies at the Power & Light District downtown after the win.

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A raucous crowd cheers on the Chiefs at Kelly's Westport Inn.

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Kansas Chiefs owner Clark Hunt hoists the Lamar Hunt Trophy, named after his late father, who founded the Chiefs.

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