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Chiefs, NFL world react to 49ers’ ‘loopy’ SB58 OT determination

The 49ers tested Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes’ ability in clutch moments, and it came back to bite them in their gut-wrenching Super Bowl LVIII loss on Sunday. San Francisco’s decision to receive the ball after winning the overtime coin toss confused the general NFL world while also motivating some Chiefs players. “Yeah, I think as

Chiefs, NFL world react to 49ers’ ‘loopy’ SB58 OT determination

The 49ers examined Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes’ potential in clutch moments, and it came back to bite them of their gut-wrenching Tremendous Bowl LVIII loss on Sunday.

San Francisco’s determination to obtain the ball after successful the extra time coin toss confused the final NFL world whereas additionally motivating some Chiefs gamers.

“Yeah, I feel as a defensive participant, it is a bit of disrespectful,” Chiefs linebacker Nick Bolton informed reporters after Kansas Metropolis’s 25-22 Tremendous Bowl win. “However on the identical time, you perceive that their protection was on the market the entire final minute and a half. So, the legs are a bit of bit drained. Yeah, that’s a part of it.”

Whereas electing to take the ball second appeared just like the clear proper option to most individuals watching given the NFL’s new extra time playoff guidelines, which permit each groups a good probability with the ball, San Francisco went in opposition to the final consensus.

Kyle Shanahan informed reporters after the loss that he did not remorse his determination, stating they needed the ball “third” if each groups matched and scored.

San Francisco’s reasoning was mindboggling to Chiefs defensive sort out Chris Jones.

“They’re loopy, they’re loopy,” Jones mentioned postgame. “As a result of the extra time guidelines have modified the place each groups get the ball regardless of who scores. So, initially, you wish to let the opposite workforce get the ball, cease them holding the three, so you understand what you bought. Or when you cease them, they punt it, then all you need to do is kick three.

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” … I feel we talked about it after we went to TV break they usually was on the 25. That no matter we do, we will not allow them to rating. If we are able to maintain them to a few, this sport is received, and we was in a position to try this.”

The 49ers’ opening drive of extra time resulted in a Jake Moody subject objective to offer them a 22-19 lead. However Mahomes solely shined brighter beneath stress, main a game-winning, 75-yard landing drive in response to safe back-to-back championships for Kansas Metropolis.

Chiefs broad receiver Mecole Hardman shared what was going by their heads when the 49ers elected to obtain the ball to open the additional quarter.

“I believed the proper factor to do was defer, however once they took the ball, we knew what we needed to do as an offense,” Hardman mentioned. “It is type of a kind of issues. They kicked the sphere objective, we have a look at one another and thought let’s go rating. It is time to go rating, and let’s go win this sport.

“That’s what was our mindset the entire manner, and we walked it off.”

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On prime of the gamers weighing in on San Francisco’s determination, a number of sports analysts wasted no time questioning Shanahan and the 49ers the next morning.

“Actually, I just like the ball second as a result of I wish to know what I want,” ESPN’s Shannon Sharpe mentioned Monday on “First Take.” “And guess what? I get an additional down as a result of I get to go for it on fourth down if I did not get it on third down. And that was the distinction. Kyle Shanahan, he took the sphere objective, however had he identified he wanted a landing, he is going for it. It is not just like the outdated guidelines. It is the postseason. Everybody’s going to get a possession. So scoring first doesn’t matter.

“I might have deferred as a result of I must know what Patrick Mahomes did so I get a chance to both match or exceed what he did.”

Sitting subsequent to Sharpe was ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith, who was extra essential by his alternative of phrases, referring to San Francisco’s determination and its gamers’ lack of knowledge of the new rules as “a smear on your complete group,” “embarrassing” and a “negligence of responsibility.”

However Shanahan mentioned he has no regrets concerning the decision-making within the loss, and it would take a while, however the 49ers will hope to shake this painful loss off and get again to their Quest for Six in 2024.

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