Kyle Shanahan lets another Super Bowl slip away in 49ers’ OT loss to Chiefs

Eric Williams

NFC West Writer

The Super Bowl drought lives on for Kyle Shanahan.

For a third time as an offensive coordinator or head coach, Shanahan held a lead in the second half of the Super Bowl.

But once again, Shanahan’s team couldn’t keep the lead, as the San Francisco 49ers lost to Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs 25-22 in overtime at Allegient Stadium in Las Vegas in Super Bowl LVIII.

As the offensive coordinator for the Atlanta Falcons, Shanahan mishandled a 28-3 third-quarter lead to the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LI and Tom Brady rallied the Patriots to a 34-28 win in overtime.

Three years later, in Super Bowl LIV, the 49ers gave up a 10-point lead in the fourth quarter to the Chiefs, losing 31-20.

And on Sunday, the 49ers again watched a 10-point, second-half lead evaporate, losing in extra time. It’s the third consecutive Super Bowl that San Francisco has lost, continuing a 29-year championship drought.

San Francisco’s last Super Bowl win came in 1994 in Super Bowl XXIX, with Steve Young at quarterback. Shanahan was 15 years old and current quarterback Brock Purdy wasn’t even born. 

Shanahan has the second-most wins of any active head coach without a Super Bowl title (72), behind only Sean McDermott (78). He’s the only active head coach with multiple Super Bowl appearances who has yet to win a title.

“I don’t care how you lose,” Shanahan told reporters afterward. “When you lose Super Bowls, especially ones you think you can pull off, it hurts. But when you’re in the NFL, I think every team should hurt except for one at the end. We’ve gotten pretty damn close, but we haven’t pulled it off.

“We’re hurting right now, but it doesn’t take away how proud of our guys I am. That’s part of sports, part of football and part of life.” 

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The 49ers got great individual performances from running back Christian McCaffrey…


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