Fourth Quarter Curse? Decoding Kyle Shanahan’s Back-To-Back 10-Point Lead & 49ers Super Bowl Loss

Published 02/12/2024, 7:24 AM EST

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Another Super Bowl for the San Francisco 49ers and yet another loss against the Kansas City Chiefs. Four years ago, the Niners had a historic meltdown. This time around, even though the Niners held themselves together somewhat, they still managed to get the game to overtime in the fourth quarter. Let’s take a look back at their Super Bowl losses.

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Kyle Shanahan and the Niners once again bottled their advantage. As the likes of Patrick Mahomes and Travis Kelce picked apart the Niners in the last quarter and then in the OT. So, what went wrong for the Niners?

The Niners choke once again in the Super Bowl

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At Super Bowl LIV, four years ago, the Niners held a healthy advantage of 20-11 going into the fourth quarter. Then Mahomes took the team to another level as the Chiefs scored 21 unanswered points in the last quarter. The Super Bowl LVIII wasn’t as dramatic as the last time these teams met, but it didn’t end in the favor of the Niners once again.

Last night, the Chiefs held the advantage going into the fourth. Leading 13-10, but with less than 2 minutes remaining on the clock, Shanahan’s team had managed to wrestle away the lead at 19-16 in their favor.

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However, the Niners couldn’t hold on to the continuous pressure of the Chiefs. The Niners conceded a field goal which tied the game, with a mere 6 seconds remaining on the clock. And with this loss, HC Shanahan hails the game awareness of great QBs.

Kyle Shanahan got outdone by superior firepower

This was Shanahan’s second Super Bowl loss at the hands of Mahomes. And he can’t help but admire him, along with comparing the Chiefs’ QB to the great Tom Brady.

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“This is my second game as a head coach. I think when you go against guys like Tom Brady and Pat Mahomes, it never feels comfortable”, said Shanahan after the Super Bowl loss. However, his QB, Brock Purdy, might also find himself in that conversation, but not for a few more years. Mahomes has solidified himself to be the top man as of now!

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Do you think Kyle Shanahan can take Brock Purdy to the highest level? Let us know in the comments.

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Utkarsh Tiwari

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Utkarsh Tiwari is an NFL writer at EssentiallySports. As a coalesce of a law graduate and football enthusiast, he takes pride in reporting Sunday live games along with post-match analysis and legal accuracy. This enthusiasm has made Utkarsh our ‘go-to guy’ for throwback pieces and listicles when it comes to any game, especially of the Kansas City Chiefs.
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