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A key play in the Chiefs' Super Bowl win came from the 1948 Rose Bowl

The Kansas City Chiefs' 31-20 victory over the San Francisco 49ers will be spun as a landmark victory in NFL history, the day elite offense finally conquered elite defense in the Super Bowl. And in some ways that's true. The Chiefs won their three playoff games by an average score of 39-25, they overcame double-digit deficits in all three games, and they were led by a quarterback that accounted for 1,036 yards and 12 touchdowns during their run to the Lombardi Trophy.

But it's also a reminder that there's nothing truly new under the sun.

Trailing 3-0 in the first quarter, Kansas City elected to go for a 4th-and-1 from the San Francisco 5-yard line. The Chiefs aligned in a diamond formation, then Patrick Mahomes and his three backfield mates shifted to the right, putting Mahomes behind right guard and running back Damien Williams alone behind center. Williams took the snap and picked up two yards.

The latest innovation from the cutting edge minds of Kansas City head coach Andy Reid and offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy? Not exactly. "You know what that game, that play comes from – if I'm not mistaken – a 1949 Rose Bowl," Bieniemy said. "I probably shouldn't be giving this away. The Rose Bowl Michigan vs. USC. And so, it's just a play that we've been working and wondering when we can polish it off. It was fun to watch. It was fun to watch. And those guys did a great job of executing it. I mean all that hard work and practicing that play for the entire season, it just worked and it paid off."

Here's a shot of both plays together.

Fritz Crisler's Wolverines beat USC that day, 49-0, en route to the national title.

Kansas City's win Sunday night may very well one day serve as a changing of the guard in the NFL, but it's also a reminder that no matter what innovations come to football in the future, nothing in the game is truly original and there are always things to be learned from the past.