JGR Star Fires Shots at 49’ers Misery After Disheartening Super Bowl Loss

Published 02/12/2024, 3:31 AM EST

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Days before the “Great American Race” graces screens, all eyes were on the Super Bowl, one of the biggest sporting events in the United States. In fact, the whole NASCAR community was all in on the NFL extravaganza at Las Vegas, with some even taking to social media with animated expressions in the aftermath of the epic clash between two behemoths – The San Francisco 49ers and the Kansas City Chiefs. While the Chiefs clinched their third SB, the San Francisco 49ers lost their chance, drowning fans into sorrow with some, like the Joe Gibbs Racing driver Chandler Smith rallying against the 49ers for their poor show.

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Chandler Smith, Joe Gibbs Racing’s Xfinity driver piloting the #81 Toyota was stoked to see his favorite team, the 49ers go off to a fantastic start. In fact, the 5-time Super Bowl champions led the match with 10 against the defending champions, Kansas City Chiefs 3 to halftime. Unfortunately, the 49ers couldn’t capitalize on the Chiefs’ poor start on Sunday and got overwhelmed in the second half to lose what could have been their sixth Super Bowl championship.

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Smith, who was probably watching the bonanza live like millions of other fans, was stoked to see his favorite team gain an early advantage. The full-time JGR driver quickly noted down on social media his excitement at seeing his team advance – “Go Niners.” Unfortunately, like the rest of the fandom, he couldn’t anticipate what came next: A dismal performance that would take back the head start and push the match into overtime to result in a loss.

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Smith tweeted a disgusted, puking-face emoji towards the end of the match as the 5-time champions succumbed to the Chiefs’ late rally and impervious defense 25-22. However as disgusting as it may have been for the 49ers fans, the Kansas City Chiefs’ performance was certainly something out of a movie!

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Kansas City Chiefs scripts history winning back-to-back titles

Kansas City Chiefs trounced the 49ers to an ecstatic victory, etching their name down in NFL halls of history. Chiefs’ defenders and their relentlessness carved the path for their victory as they stood their ground, impregnable to the raiding San Francisco 49ers’ assault.

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Quarterback Patrick Mahomes was the man of the hour. He threw a 3-yard touchdown pass to Mecole Hardman with three seconds left in overtime to give the Kansas City Chiefs a 25-22 victory, making it a thriller of a match. The 28-year-old Mahomes guided the Chiefs on a 13-play, 75-yard drive after the 49ers had settled for a field goal on their overtime possession. The stellar victory made history as Kansas City became the first team to win back-to-back Super Bowls since the New England Patriots in the 2002-03 seasons.

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