Chiefs, NFL world react to 49ers’ ‘crazy’ SB58 OT decision originally appeared on NBC Sports Bay Area
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 a defensive player, it’s a little disrespectful,” Chiefs linebacker Nick Bolton told reporters after Kansas City’s 25-22 Super Bowl win. “But at the same time, you understand that their defense was out there the whole last minute and a half. So, the legs are a little bit tired. Yeah, that’s part of it.”
While electing to take the ball second seemed like the clear right choice to most people watching given the NFL’s new overtime playoff rules, which allow both teams a fair chance with the ball, San Francisco went against the general consensus.
Kyle Shanahan told reporters after the loss that he didn’t regret his decision, stating they wanted the ball “third” if both teams matched and scored.
San Francisco’s reasoning was mindboggling to Chiefs defensive tackle Chris Jones.
“They’re crazy, they’re crazy,” Jones said postgame. “Because the overtime rules have changed where both teams get the ball no matter who scores. So, originally, you want to let the other team get the ball, stop them holding the three, so you know what you got. Or if you stop them, they punt it, then all you have to do is kick three.
” … I think we talked about it when we went to TV break and they was on the 25. That whatever we do, we can’t let them score. If we can keep them to three, this game is won, and we was able to do that.”
The 49ers’ opening drive of overtime resulted in a Jake Moody field goal to give them a 22-19 lead. But Mahomes only shined brighter under pressure, leading a game-winning, 75-yard touchdown drive in response to secure…
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Publish date : 2024-02-12 21:43:33
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