The San Francisco 49ers fell simply in need of successful their sixth Tremendous Bowl, shedding in time beyond regulation to the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs, 25-22, in Tremendous Bowl LVIII on Sunday night time.
Listed here are three takeaways from the 49ers’ aspect of the sport.
Kyle Shanahan cannot change the large sport narrative
Shanahan mentioned coming into this sport that he didn’t care in regards to the narrative surrounding him in huge video games. Effectively, he higher get used to listening to it as a result of it isn’t going away. Sunday’s loss represented yet one more huge sport the place a Shanahan-coached group let a double-digit lead slip away and switch right into a crushing defeat.
He was the offensive coordinator for the Atlanta Falcons in Tremendous Bowl LI when it blew a 28-3 lead and misplaced to the New England Patriots.
In Tremendous Bowl LIV his 49ers had a 10-point lead in opposition to Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs with beneath eight minutes to play and misplaced by giving up 21 unanswered factors.
Shanahan misplaced the 2021 NFC Championship sport in opposition to the Los Angeles Rams after once more holding a 10-point lead going into the fourth quarter to stop them from reaching one other Tremendous Bowl.
On Sunday, he had a 10-point lead late within the second half and in addition held leads late within the fourth quarter and in time beyond regulation solely to lose once more.
It wasn’t a lot that Shanahan essentially did something flawed on Sunday (there have been some clock administration points late within the first half; deferring in the beginning of time beyond regulation could have been questionable given the brand new guidelines) however the details are what they’re — he has had arguably the very best roster in soccer over the previous 5 years and never solely doesn’t have a Tremendous Bowl ring to point out for it, his groups have snatched defeat from the jaws of victory.
49ers errors added up
Whereas Shanahan could not have made many apparent errors, his group made a lot.
They began on the primary drive of the sport when a powerful, methodical drive that regarded prefer it was destined for factors ended with a fumble and a turnover.
That was nothing in comparison with the muffed punt within the third quarter that set Kansas Metropolis up deep in San Francisco territory, leading to a one-play landing drive to provide the Chiefs their first lead of the sport.