Chiefs 31, 49ers 20

The 49ers’ fairy tale season came to an ignominious end Sunday night in Miami, crushed to death at the fifty yard line as Jimmy Garoppolo stood motionless, unable or unwilling to throw the ball on fourth and ten with the season on the line and the Chiefs closing in from all sides.

Another fourth quarter melt down from HC Kyle Shanahan. The 49ers scored in each of the first three quarters and played brilliant defense, too. In the final quarter, they did neither. Even so, they got the ball at the end with plenty of time to march down the field and win the game, just like Joe Montana did in the same stadium in 1988. But they didn’t even get past midfield.

It’s easy and fair to say the better team won, the better HC won, and the better QB won. Still, there’s no escaping that the Niners had control of the game entering the fourth quarter and then they lost control of it – on defense and on offense. Kansas City was ready for prime time and the 49ers were not.

After twenty years of trying and failing, Chiefs HC Andy Reid finally won his first Super Bowl. Along the way, he endured an endless stream of the kind of criticism now being heaped on Shanahan. We’ll see how long it takes Shanahan to get the monkey off his back, if he ever does and if some of us are still alive by then.

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36 comments on “Chiefs 31, 49ers 20
  1. winderNo Gravatar says:

    KC was the better team yesterday. We were the upstarts and it showed in how we played the game. I hope we learned the lesson that it’s a 60 minute show. Total bummer not winning but I think we will be in the hunt for quite some time to come. It was a fun season, one of the best we’ve had in a long time. We just have to get better this upcoming season. When we are the best team we will show it.

  2. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    6.4 yards a carry and we only ran it 22 times.

    We should have run more while we still had the lead in the first part of the 4th quarter. Kyle got a little too cute again.

    Garoppolo took a helmet to helmet hit mid-4th quarter. No penalty called. He may very well have had a concussion judging by his obvious pain on the ground after the hit. Might have had an effect on the late miss to Emmanuel on the bomb.

    Brutal loss. Time to start looking at the roster and cap for next year.

  3. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Grumpy

    On the 4th down play when Garoppolo was sacked he clotheslined
    right across his face mask and the ref didn’t have the guts to make that call.

    Don’t think Breida and Pettis will be on the roster next year.
    They played Wilson over Breida yesterday.

    Yeah it’s reload time for the roster.

  4. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    left out was.

    when Garoppolo was sacked he was clotheslined
    right across his face mask and the ref didn’t have the guts to make that call.

  5. SpitbloodNo Gravatar says:

    Everything went the 49ers way for 3.5 quarters of football, and then the pucker factor set in. So not the 49ers of old. So not Joe Cool under pressure. So not Walsh with masterful play calls down the stretch. It’s actually just the opposite. The 49ers choked, big time. They gave the game away. Handed it to Reid on a silver platter.

    Shanahan proved in the Packer game his run attack was maybe one of the most diverse and dominant run attacks seen in recent years and when the championship was on the line, Shanahan mysteriously thought – “Now I need to give the ball to Jimmy G and let him go win it.” Oops. All game long I was screaming at the Chiefs just to stop the run and forget about the pass. They couldn’t do it. Then Shanahan mysteriously stopped running the ball. I literally thanked Shanahan mid 4th quarter. The media and social networks are right to compare this collapse to the painful-to-watch Falcon Super Bowl collapse. It’s on Shanahan.

    And then there’s Jimmy G. Trent Dilfer might be better. But don’t tell the 49ers that. Nobody is trading for, or picking up Jimmy G’s 24 million dollar a year tab for the next two years. I love it. That dude is awful. And the NFL is starting to see it so Jimmy G will lose confidence and his career will cave in on itself.

    And what happened to the amazing so-called 49er pass rush? So Reid rolls Pat out of the pocket and the 49ers are mystified? You had to see that coming.

    I’ll tell you one thing – Shanahan was talking hopeful in the post game press conference when he said, “We’ll be fired up for next year.” When a team has a bad qb and questions about the head coach, it can lose steam (and confidence) in a hurry. Look at history. Teams who lose the Super Bowl usually have a bad season the next year. Bye, bye 49ers. You guys are following a terrible, terrible owner. York Karma. Good luck with that, girls.

  6. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Spitblood

    You are a piece of filth.
    decided to crawl out from under your rock?
    Guess that’s why you’re a troll.

  7. winderNo Gravatar says:

    spit- KS and Jed has brought this team out of the mire. Yeah, Jimmy isn’t Montana but no one is. Your idiotic hatred on the Niners doesn’t make sense especially to Niner fans that actually know what’s going on. Usually i don’t respond to your bull$hit mainly because I doubt anyone here pays attention to you just like on chucks blog. Your hatred for the Niner organization is comical.

  8. winderNo Gravatar says:

    to give it a little more perspective. NE has lost 5 SB’s. the vikings 4. Buffalo 4, Dallas 3. We just were not as good as KC was yesterday. If being an armchair coach helps you out then more power to you. In the SB someone is always gonna lose. If a couple of plays had worked out for us then we would be saying it was genius. pointing fingers is easy to do for people who did not play the game.

  9. winderNo Gravatar says:

    I forgot about Denver I think they lost 5 SB’s also, the Dolphins have lost 3, and so have the Rams. We are now in the large company of teams with 2 losses- they include Steelers, Redskins, Raiders, Colts, Seattle, Philly, Cincy. Carolina, and Atlanta.
    At least we still seem to find a way in there and my guess is we will be stronger next year. Go Niners

  10. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Pretty chickenshit for Spitwad to chime in after the fact.
    Where were you during the last 3 months before the Super Bowl?

    Guess that defines you.

  11. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Brownies are going to hire DB coach Joe Woods as their DC.

    Niners are thought to be replacing Woods with former Cowgurls and Seahag DC Kris Richard. Stay tuned.

  12. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I’ll make similar observations Grumpy –
    Shanny takes the hit from me for the same reasons you cite.
    He now owns the top 2 slots for highest point leads lost in a SB.
    His pressers said the same thing, ‘didn’t want to give the ball to KC prior to the half with 3 TOs’.
    WTF does that mean?
    He had 3 TOs left of his own, and apparently saw taking time away from his own Offense as the more reasonable thing to do?

    He’s got no business throwing the ball late with a 10pt lead either, when he was keeping KCs D on their heels vs the run attack.
    He goes 3 and out, being cute, and turns MO loose to join the KC sideline.
    He succeeded in gassing his own Defense in the process.
    DPI on Kelce was the dagger.

    Nice to get there? Only to choke?
    Not for me.
    Like Reid said, go for the Kill/jugular. Which he did several times on 4th down. No regrets.
    Final game. Go for broke, or in our case, choke.

    Almost wonder what a ‘Dive’ looks like in the SB.
    We might have witnessed it last night.

    Either that or, that Ohlone Indian theory I proposed, might be legit.
    We’re cursed.

  13. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Nj

    Agreed

    More often than not playing it safe makes your team choke.
    Hope Shanahan learns that he should have called time out and not have let the clock run for 30 seconds at end of first half.

    By playing it safe he was more worried that the Chefs would score where he should have been thinking Niners would score and and gain momentum. Niners showed the Chefs some fear and it cost them in confidence and momentum.

    The play that Kittle was called for PI, I would have run it again in second half.

    Jimmy G needs to learn to throw the ball out of bounds when he is pressured rather than ducks to the flat.

    Will this team learn from mistakes and bad strategy? That will determine future trips to Super Bowl.

  14. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    I think on the first INT Jimmy was *trying* to throw it out of bounds. There was pressure in his face and he could not step into the throw or follow through properly and it just floated out of there like the ghost of Billy Kilmer. As soon as I saw it in the air I was thinking OH SHIT.

    That said, one of the areas he’s got to improve on is decision making. You are not winning on an ongoing basis when your QB throws 2-3 dumb balls a game.

    of course, if Hands of Stone Kwon Alexander catches the Mahomes should-have-been INT with nothing but grass between him and the end zone, we might not be having this discussion. Just sayin’. That was an ugly missed chance. And then there were the two Mahomes fumbles that bounced directly back to him or straight out of bounds. Little fucker was lucky on all three plays.

    Just wasn’t our night.

  15. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    “The Jaguars have hired former 49ers GM Trent Baalke as their director of player personnel.”

  16. winderNo Gravatar says:

    Good luck to them they are gonna need it. They want to move to England anyway. Happy Days are here again.

  17. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Sorry about your comment, Grumpy. It went into the holding tank and I didn’t notice it until this morning.

  18. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    No problem.

  19. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Off topic: I knew the injury was bad, but did not realize it was *this* bad. As much as Alex frustrated the shit out of me, hate to see his career probably end on this note.

    https://www.espn.com/espn/otl/story/_/id/28612793/redskins-qb-alex-smith-very-much-lucky-alive-broken-leg

  20. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    All the acrimony any Niner fan felt about Alex Smith should’ve been erased by his performance in the Aints playoff game.
    That was one of great upsets in Niner history.

    IMHO the animosity that some bore against Alex was an end result of how Rodgers excelled as a QB that led Niner fans to play the shoulda coulds game.

    Alex Smith was a great mentor Kaepernick and for Mahomes as both QBs have praised him as a team player.

    Smith was having his best season until he got hurt and it was a bum deal that Harbaugh went with Kaerpernick even when Alex recovered and that’s all she wrote.

    Looks like the end of the line for Alex Smith but he deserves a healthy life after football.

  21. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Sounds like he almost didn’t *have* a life. Sepsis is bad shit. Crazy to think a guy could die from a football injury, but it is not impossible.

    I always felt Smith was just a little too cautious in his play. Which is the opposite problem of most young QBs. But his last years in KC and those nine games in DC were really solid.

    He came in here when the franchise needed a savior. Realistically, no one could have saved that team. We were 57 varieties of effing mess. Some of the criticism of his play was valid, but he was also the lightning rod for a decade of frustration.

    At this point, I just hope he is healthy and can play and run with his kids after football.

  22. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    From what I read, he’s planning on playing next year. Go figure.

  23. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Did not realize in 2020 we went almost to the bottom in terms of cap space, a little less than 14 million.

    https://www.ninersnation.com/2020/2/5/21122506/49ers-we-could-be-looking-at-a-very-different-niners-team-in-202

  24. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Skeebs, I saw another article that said they had to remove necrotic muscle tissue from his leg because of the infection. Enough tissue that the source said there was “no way” he ever plays football again. He certainly is not going to be able to run very well.

  25. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Dak Prescott wants as much or more than Russell Wilson. LMAO. Prescott hasn’t done anything except preside over a perennial loser that should be doing a whole lot better. Wilson has some actual creds to his name.

  26. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    “Garrett Celek announces his retirement from the NFL after eight seasons with the 49ers.”

  27. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Kwon restructured his contract to help with our cap. That’s good news. Every little bit helps.

    Celek was probably not going to be back next year, but I thought he might catch on somewhere. I guess he knew it was time to go.

  28. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Michigan State is in need of a head coach and Saleh’s name popped up as a potential candidate.

    Good news for the Niners as Saleh declined the interview.

    Less than 3 weeks to the NFL Combine.

  29. winderNo Gravatar says:

    Celek sure made it fun for awhile and most of that was due to kS and Jimmy. I still think our team will get better this coming year. curious to see what happens in FA. I believe we will be able to attract some high quality players. Parrage(sp) should be able to make things work in getting our players signed and back into the fold. The 49ers are back to being a force in the NFL. Fun times.

  30. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Excellent article on 2020 salary cap and roster. Paraag can juggle with contract reworks. Dynamic situation for offseason discussion.

    https://www.49erswebzone.com/commentary/2296-ability-re-sign-armstead-ward-come-down-trading-former/

  31. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    That article fails to mention restructure of Kwon Alexander’s contract which will save $8.1 mil and Weston Richburg which will save $4.5.
    The cap room created along with other moves is significant.

  32. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Whenever Jimmy restructure happens and if he will take a team discount like Brady did can uncover more cap dollars.

    Really critical that from here on we keep all the draft picks to keep the cap manageable. And find more high performing day 2/3 picks. Every day 1 and day 2 pick needs to perform to the draft status.

  33. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    We learned the hard way with Thomas and Foster. Let that recurring nightmare motivate Adam Peters and Mayhew.

    Do not want to turn out like the Packers. Had to spend big in FA for OLB saviors in the Smith Brothers with a franchise QB that takes prime dollars for that position.

  34. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    New post is up.

2020 Schedule
9-13: L Cardinals 24, 49ers 20
9-20: W 49ers 31, Jets 13
9-27: W 49ers 36, Giants 9

10-4: L Eagles 25, 49ers 20
10-11: L Dolphins 43, 49ers 17
10-18: W 49ers 24, Rams 16
10-25: @ NE

11-1: @ SEA
11-5: GB (TNF)
11-15: @ NO

BYE

11-29: @LAR

12-7: BUF (MNF)
12-13: WAS
12-20: @ DAL (SNF)
12-26: or 27 @ AZ

1-3: SEA

2020 Draft Class
1. DT Javon Kinlaw, South Carolina
1. WR Brandon Aiyuk, Arizona State
5. OL Colton McKivitz, West Virginia
6. TE Charlie Woerner, Georgia
7. WR Jauan Jennings, Tennessee
 
2020 Prognostications
Bullit: 12-4
Grumpy: 12-4
NJ49er: 11-5
Skeebers: 11-5
Winder: 11-5

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