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I am still hurting from it.
The 49ers had a 20-10 lead over the Chiefs in the fourth quarter and didn’t score another point, leading to Super Bowl LIV loss.
Here is how the final possessions ended up for the Niners: punt, punt, downs, and then the late interception.
It was the second to last possession that stings the most. With roughly 2:34 on the clock, the Niners started the drive on their 15-yard line and moved the ball quickly up to the Kansas City 49.
Then things fell apart.
Chiefs defensive back Tyrann Mathieu was on FS1’s First Things First and explained what he was thinking on that drive.
”We knew that obviously they were gonna try to get the ball to [George] Kittle,” Mathieu said. “But most importantly, I felt that Deebo Samuel was their guy.”
Jimmy Garoppolo threw four straight incompletions, including the third-down long bomb to Emanuel Sanders, that could have resulted in the winning score.
Mathieu added that when he and teammate Kendall Fuller had discussed what they saw from the 49ers offense before the fateful possession.
”On the interception that Kendall Fuller caught, we had actually communicated the series before about that same route concept,” Mathieu explained. “We just thought that they were gonna put Kittle at No. 3 and try to force him the ball down the middle.”
While the loss will hurt for quite some time, the Niners are a championship contender. It will be interesting to see the decisions they make regarding free agents and if they end up trading back in the draft.
The bottom line is that this team will be a force to be reckoned with for a long time. Hopefully, they can bounce back from the disappointment of Super Bowl LIV and put the finishing touches on a championship.