Shanahan explains how wild stat changed 49ers’ first-half strategy originally appeared on NBC Sports Bay Area
Programming note: Watch Greg Papa’s full interview with Kyle Shanahan on “49ers Game Plan,” airing at 9:30 p.m. PT Friday on NBC Sports Bay Area
The 49ers looked like a completely different team coming out of their bye week, delivering an emphatic 34-3 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars that sent a resounding message to the rest of the NFL that this San Francisco squad is still among the league’s elite teams.
One of the ways the 49ers got back to their winning roots was by dictating the game flow to create multiple scoring chances on both sides of the halftime break. During an interview with Greg Papa on NBC Sports Bay Area’s “49ers Game Plan,” Kyle Shanahan detailed how this creates a massive momentum swing that is crucial to the outcome of any given game.
“We ended with one more possession than them in the game; I think we had nine [and] I think they had eight,” Shanahan said. “It’s usually that way or dead even. That happened because we scored with no time left in the second quarter, then right when we got back, we got the touchdown. It’s a 7-3 game with four minutes in the second quarter, and you go on a four minute [drive], you get to kill that clock, you kick a field goal, three of them to finish the second quarter.
“We take about 20 minutes off, come back out, and their offense hasn’t touched the field for about an hour now. And last time they were out there, they were down four, now they’re down ten, so it’s a completely different feeling … It’s a huge difference. They’re going in there thinking it’s a tight game at halftime, then when you get the ball back next time, it’s two scores. When you do that, usually good things happen.”
The 49ers’ head coach then revealed this strategy is a calculated formula backed by decades of data pointing to a massive spike in winning percentage for teams that hold the ball to end the first half.
“It’s one I’ve heard…
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Publish date : 2023-11-17 23:43:11
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