49ers fumble against Chiefs in Super Bowl



The Chiefs defeated the 49ers in Super Bowl LIV.

Matt Balmy '21 and Steven Elsner '20, Staff Reporters

For the first time in 50 years, the Kansas City Chiefs are the Super Bowl Champions.

Their first Super Bowl victory was in 1969, when they beat the Vikings. For that game, Joe Buck’s dad, Jack Buck, was announcing the game, and for their most recent win, his son Joe Buck, announced the game.

The Chiefs were led by Super Bowl MVP Patrick Mahomes, who had two touchdown passes to go along with 286 passing yards. Also with Mahomes, leading the charge, was Damien Williams, who had 17 carries for 104 yards and one touchdown.

The Chiefs were losing 20-10 going into the fourth quarter and scored 21 unanswered to propel them to a Super Bowl victory. The play that started their 21 point comeback was a 3rd and 15 conversion to Tyreek Hill for a 44 yard gain to move them to the 22 yard line of San Francisco, to start the comeback.

The Super Bowl victory made Mahomes the youngest player in the NFL to win both MVP and a Super Bowl. Also, this gives Andy Reid his first Super Bowl as a head coach.

The San Francisco 49ers had an outstanding season that ended with an unfortunate loss in Super Bowl LIV. The 49ers started the year off projected to go 3-13, which seemed reasonable after 2018-19’s 4-12 season. The 49ers had a good draft in the offseason, picking Nick Bosa second overall, Deebo Samuel in the second round, and Jalen Hurd in the third round. Jimmy Garoppolo entered the year with everyone questioning how he would do in his comeback year after missing the 2018-19 season with a torn ACL.

The 49ers started off the year with an 8-0 record, which shocked the NFL. The 49ers were playing tough physical football. Their run- heavy offense was a huge success, mostly because of blocking. Kyle Shanahan stressed the fundamentals, such as blocking.

The 49ers’ wide receivers could hold a block and George Kittle would pancake defenders, laughing as he did so. When a team stopped the run, Garoppolo could throw a pass to any of them or all-pro tight end Kittle.

The 49ers defense was the real game-changer this year. Defensive mastermind Robert Saleh could pick apart a team’s offenses and call the right plays on defense to stop them. The talent on defense was also a huge factor. Defensive Rookie of the Year Bosa wreaked havoc on offensive coordinators’ game plan. Bosa was fast off the line, making him a great speed rusher, but he also had enough strength to push a tackle back into the pocket.

The rest of the defensive line could also get into the back eld with ease. The 49ers could play a game with a 4-man pass rush and still get to the quarterback a signi cant amount of times. With Richard Sherman at corner- back, he helped to lead and teach the defensive backs how to play smarter and to hit.

Kwon Alexander, Fred Warner, and Dre Greenlaw were a problem for an offense, as they were also great at covering the pass whether in zone or man.

The 49ers had a good playoff run, and earned first seed after Greenlaw stopped the Seahawks on the 1 yard line in the last game of the season. After earning the bye, the 49ers beat the Vikings in the divisional round and clobbered the Packers in the NFC Championship.

In Super Bowl LIV against the Chiefs in Miami, the 49ers came out strong but ended up losing the game, despite having a strong season. The 49ers have hope and potential heading into the offseason, and are looking to be back in the Super Bowl.