Another Fourth Quarter Problem For Kyle Shanahan

Kyle Shanahan San Francisco 49ers

There have been 3 teams in Super Bowl history to lose a 10-point 4th quarter lead. Kyle Shanahan called the offensive plays for 2 of them. After the 10-minute mark in the 4th quarter, Shanahan’s teams were outscored a combined 46-0 (including OT of Super Bowl LI).

Leading 20-10 in the SuperBowl on Sunday, they were in control on both sides of the ball. Patrick Mahomes was running for his life and making mistakes, while the 49ers were running and passing at will.

But then it all changed in the fourth quarter. Powered by Mahomes and running back Damien Williams, the Chiefs romped off 21 unanswered points to win a third straight playoff game by a double-digit margin after trailing by at least 10 points. 

‘That team, that’s kind of how they’ve been all year,’ said 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan. 

‘They’re not a team that does it every drive. They get a little bit hot and cold. They can score very fast. That’s why there were two playoff games where they were cold to start and they were down, and then by half-time they fixed it in both games. 

‘That’s how the team is. That team doesn’t do it every single drive, but it was a matter of time. They got a lot of plays. We didn’t convert those third downs in the fourth quarter. 

‘You don’t convert those fourth downs, you don’t get an explosive run, you don’t get too many chances.’ 

Asked about the mood in the locker room, he continued:

‘They’re just hurting. Guys put it all out there. They’ve done it all year from the first game to the last game. It’s a real close team.

‘Everyone is disappointed, and they should be. I wouldn’t expect anything different. Guys put their heart into the season and came up one game short.’