The San Francisco 49ers had been dealt extra Tremendous Bowl distress on Sunday night time as they fell quick towards the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs as soon as once more.
A masterful time beyond regulation efficiency from Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes led his facet to a 25-22 victory in Las Vegas.
In what marked a rematch of Tremendous Bowl LIV – throughout which they’d relinquished a 10-point fourth-quarter lead towards the Chiefs – the 49ers had been unable to capitalise on an early 10-0 benefit earlier than Kansas Metropolis’s Harrison Butker kicked a game-tying discipline aim with three seconds left in regulation.
Sunday’s recreation was the primary to play to the brand new time beyond regulation guidelines that imply each groups are granted possession of the ball – the exception being if the primary drive in time beyond regulation ends with a security – in comparison with the standard guidelines what would see the sport finish ought to the primary possession quantity to a landing.
The 49ers had been restricted to only a discipline aim on the primary possession of time beyond regulation, paving the way in which for Mahomes to march downfield and clinch a 3rd Tremendous Bowl ring with a game-winning landing go to Mecole Hardman.
“I did not even know in regards to the new playoff time beyond regulation rule, so it was a shock to me,” mentioned 49ers defensive lineman Arik Armstead. “I did not even actually know what was occurring when it comes to that.
“They put it on the scoreboard, and everybody was like, ‘Oh, even in case you rating, they get an opportunity nonetheless’.”
Whereas Chiefs security Justin Reid famous how the workforce had mentioned the brand new guidelines at an early coaching camp, the 49ers had seemingly been much less conscious.
“You recognize what? I did not even realise the playoff guidelines had been totally different in time beyond regulation,” mentioned Niners fullback Kyle Juszczyk. “I assume you simply need the ball to attain a landing and win.
“I assume that is not the case. I do not completely know the technique there. We hadn’t talked about it, no.”
Defeat continued head coach Kyle Shanahan’s anticipate a primary Tremendous Bowl ring, having been offensive coordinator of the Atlanta Falcons workforce that blew a 25-point lead towards the New England Patriots earlier than shedding to the Chiefs with San Francisco on the finish of the 2019 marketing campaign.
“None of us have a ton of expertise with it,” Shanahan mentioned of the time beyond regulation guidelines. “We went by way of all of the analytics and talked to these guys. We determined it could be higher getting the ball as a result of if each groups matched and scored, we wished to be those to have an opportunity to go win it.”
The 49ers had entered the playoffs because the NFC’s No 1 seed and, alongside the Baltimore Ravens, consensus favourites to raise the Lombardi Trophy behind one of many deepest and most gifted rosters within the NFL.
As a substitute, they continue to be in pursuit of their first Tremendous Bowl victory for the reason that 1994 season, having now misplaced on their final three journeys to the NFL’s curtain-closer.
“We have been so shut so many instances that there is solely so many extra alternatives that we have now,” mentioned Niners edge rusher Nick Bosa.
Mr Irrelevant quarterback Brock Purdy was unflappable on the Tremendous Bowl stage, finishing 23 of 38 passes for 255 yards and a landing however being unable to get his facet over the road as Steve Spagnuolo’s protection stored the Chiefs alive down the stretch.
“When you’ve got a superb offense just like the Chiefs do and what Mahomes can do, for us, it is like, all proper, we have now to attain touchdowns,” Purdy mentioned. “And we had alternatives to take action, I believe. Shot ourselves within the foot with simply penalties and the operations and stuff.
“I’ve received to be higher when it comes to main the blokes and simply how I deal with issues within the huddle and telling them what to anticipate, stuff like that. So, on the finish of the day, I believe we have now the workforce, the offense to attain touchdowns, and I believe I didn’t put our workforce in place to try this.”
It was there for the Niners. It was there for Shanahan. However as has usually been the case in recent times, it was all the time the Chiefs.
“There’s nothing totally different to say,” Shanahan mentioned. “I do not care the way you lose, if you lose Tremendous Bowls, particularly ones you suppose you’ll be able to pull off, it hurts. However I believe if you’re within the NFL, I believe each workforce ought to harm aside from one on the finish. We have gotten fairly rattling shut, however we have not pulled it off, and we’re hurting proper now.”