Tyrann Mathieu was grateful when 49ers started to throw the ball

AP

When the 49ers got the ball back off an interception with a 10-point lead in the fourth quarter, many people expected them to try to run the clock by running the ball down the Chiefs’ throats.

That’s not how things played out, however. The Niners called five passes on their next eight plays, which resulted in a pair of punts that helped the Chiefs get back into a game that was getting away from them. The Chiefs would wind up with the final 21 points of the game and Chiefs safety Tyrann Mathieu said after the contest that was a good development for his side.

“We were grateful they got out of the run and started to throw the ball,” Mathieu said.

49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan said after the game that he was focused on moving the chains rather than killing clock, but they weren’t able to do either and the Chiefs are the champs as a result.

66 responses to “Tyrann Mathieu was grateful when 49ers started to throw the ball

  1. Serious miscalculation by Kyle. I really thought their defense and run game would win the day if they had stuck with it.

  2. When you look through super bowl history, you see a lot of HOF QB’s winning super bowls. That’s because it’s a QB league, and the team with the best QB has a huge advantage. Andy Reid has been coaching a long time, but he never had a HOF QB until now, and surprise, he finally won the super bowl. It’s not rocket science. Kyle Shanahan has coached in two super bowls, and he’s lost to Tom Brady and Patrick Mahomes. He didn’t get out-coached. We saw two outstanding coaches today, and the one with the better QB won.

  3. Funny how everyone hates Pete Carroll for pounding the ball in the fourth quarter – and he has a far better QB available than Jimmy G, one who under pressure performs at his best rather than melts. SF’s runs and pseudo-runs (like that 6″ push-pass) were working well, but Shanahan got too tricky.

    Part of the problem, I think, is that Shanahan is an offensive coordinator while trying to be head coach. Doing both is hard. When he needed to be focused on the overall game situation, he had his head in the play-sheet.

  4. Chiefs won this game, but like the Ravens, why’d you abandon the run?

    Great gameplan by Reid and Spags, and Kyle, like Sean, you’re not always the smartest guy in th room, just the newest.

  5. Same thing he did in the super bowl against New England a few years back. You think he would have learned his lesson after that but nope, particularly with all the reporters asking him about that over the past two weeks. It’s cool. I enjoyed watching Mahomes exploit that stupidity like the beast of a quarterback he is but it was still a lethally dumb decision on baby shannys part.

  6. I’d like another look at the emmanual Sanders play. I loved E on the broncos, but the last couple years he showed some real issue with mental mistakes, and it seems like he pulled up on that deep ball that couldve sealed the game

  7. When the coach didnt call the time out to finish the half when they weren’t punting his QB the ball shows what he thought of Jimmy Gs ability. He even called a game ending play in the 4th with a WR college open and the ball sailed 5 yards past the target.

  8. I knew the Niner fans were going to start whining about the refs. I thought the officiating was fine. The refs let them play and didn’t make it the flag bowl. The Niners should have been flagged for holding a couple times. There was also a time when it looked like a Niner kicked Mahomes in the head on purpose when he was down. Those weren’t called. Whining about the refs can cut both ways usually. The officiating was fine.

    Kyle Shanahan’s time management skills, on the other hand, were not.

  9. Kyle Shanahan teams in quarters 1-3 of Super Bowls outscored opponents 48-19.

    Kyle Shanahan teams in 4th quarter/overtime of Super Bowls outscored by opponents 46-0.

    Moral of the story if you make the Super Bowl with him on your staff as a head coach or coordinator, get rid of him after the 3rd quarter. Do not allow that man to coach the 4th quarter of a Super Bowl.

  10. 49ers fans will cry but this was probably the best-officiated game I have ever watched in the playoffs or Superbowl. Kyle actually did the same thing he did when he was the Falcons offensive coordinator.
    Play not to lose and be vanilla. Mixed in with some head-scratching play calls. That clock management near the half was especially terrible. The 49ers were great this year because they were an aggressive team and went for the throat.
    Kyle forgot to do that in the Superbowl.

  11. Shanahan went against what worked for him all season which was running the ball by have Jimmy G throw it 31 times and running it 22 times with the best rushing offense in the league vs. a bottom 5 rush defense.

  12. There’s an article calling the OPI a “questionable” call. Use the Gronkowski rule of thumb: Gronk would have got called; he’d been called for less. Good OPI call (and I was rooting for the 49ers).

  13. SB51: Falcons throw the ball in the 4th quarter when they should be running it.

    SB54: 49ers throw the ball in the 4th quarter when they should be running it.

    Good to see Kyle learning from his mistakes……..

  14. There isnt a team in the nfl closer to winning a Super Bowl yet so far away. You have invested over 100 mill in a qb who is throwing passes in the Super Bowl WITH HIS EYES CLOSED!!!!!!! The niners and their fans got everything they deserved in this and then some. If Jimmy G is your guy then the whole world can rest easy knowing you’re not legit contenders.

  15. >>49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan said after the game that he was focused on moving the chains rather than killing clock, but they weren’t able to do either and the Chiefs are the champs as a result.

    Just like when he was OC with teh Falcons and they had a 28-3 lea dover the Patriots.
    How did that work out for you?

  16. intrafinesse says:
    February 3, 2020 at 12:07 am
    Garoppolo padded his stats in a QB friendly system. He’s ok, he;s not bad, but he’s not a top 10 QB.

    The 49ers had it, got conservative, and blew it
    —–
    How did they get conservative? Conservative would have been just running the ball. Sf was still trying to throw, as it said in the article.

  17. That became the games biggest mistake. 49ers defense did everything you could ask. Nobody shuts down Mahomes for 3 quarters never mind 4. You must run the clock out at that point up by 10. Shanahan looked brilliant for 3 quarters and 5 minutes.

  18. thebrownswillalwaysloose says:
    February 3, 2020 at 12:38 am
    Same thing he did in the super bowl against New England a few years back. You think he would have learned his lesson after that but nope, particularly with all the reporters asking him about that over the past two weeks. It’s cool. I enjoyed watching Mahomes exploit that stupidity like the beast of a quarterback he is but it was still a lethally dumb decision on baby shannys part.

    164 7 Rate This

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    The beast he is? He and the Chiefs offense were dismantled. The blown coverage on HIll after Hill’d drop was the backbreaker. The one time they let him free, they made SF pay.

    But, SF, like NE has the recipe to slow that Chiefs offense. If you have a good D, the blueprint is obvious. Kelce and Hill did jack squat and Shanahan over-managed again.

    These coordinators think too much and get away from the obvious.

  19. I saw a couple crucial 3rd down plays where Kittle was wide open and Garrapolo never looked his way.

  20. How did Shanahan mis-manage the clock worse than Reid. That’s truly something to marvel at.

    The game was lost because the 1st half clock botch and then getting away from the run game, when they clearly showed they were good at running the ball.

  21. “JG is easily the most overrated overpaid QB in NFL history!”

    Not even close to that. The likes of Ryan Leaf getting 50-60 million guaranteed before the rookie contract caps hold that honor. There were quite a few of those busts that got the huge money and had trouble getting even 3 – 4 wins, much less to the SB

  22. Niners should really consider going after Tom Brady. They all the pieces in place and QB is their weakest link.

  23. “How did they get conservative? Conservative would have been just running the ball. Sf was still trying to throw, as it said in the article.”
    _____________-

    Conservative wasn’t the proper word but “falling back into your comfort zone” isn’t too distant a cousin and that is the term that fits. Shanahan is most comfortable with the ball in the air and even with the run game working he fell back into his old habits at the worst possible time. At least with the 28-3 disaster he could argue that he was just calling the same stuff that had been working earlier in the game but last night he totally ditched what had been working.

  24. Jimmy G was the worst QB in the playoffs.
    Without favorable calls they would have never made the playoff much less win a game.
    S.F. stole the division round game and now their awful QB and the favorable penalty calls were exposed.

  25. They may be scarce today, but alot of SF fans were trumpeting Jimmy as “The Man”, last week. Guess not….
    SF denied entry into the 2-team 6 Lombardi club. NE and Pitt stand alone atop Mt Olympus… Yeah baby

  26. MortimerInMiami says:
    February 3, 2020 at 7:37 am
    JG is easily the most overrated overpaid QB in NFL history!
    —-
    Ryan Leaf and Jamarcus Russell say hi.

  27. Funny how everyone hates Pete Carroll for pounding the ball in the fourth quarter – and he has a far better QB available than Jimmy G, one who under pressure performs at his best rather than melts. SF’s runs and pseudo-runs (like that 6″ push-pass) were working well, but Shanahan got too tricky.

    ””

    Yeah.

    Pete never lost a Super Bowl on a 1 yard pass play with beast mode in the stable.

  28. Monday morning QB-ing is easy but clearly there is enough blame to go around. Shanahan saving his time outs in the first half tells you everything you need to know about his confidence level in his own QB. Then when the game was on the line, Jimmy G. overthrew a wide open Sanders that would have been a TD and didn’t see his wide open TE on a couple of key plays in the 4th Qtr. You can’t help but notice that Mahomes didn’t miss his WR’s in the 4th Qtr and that was the difference in the ball game.

  29. My issue with the Kittle call is this. If he has his arm out, since when is that o interference. If it is then the defenders should not be allowed to paw and touch the arms of the receiver at all, cant have it one way. It used to clearly be refered to a push off and I saw no push off. I saw and arm extended to keep the defender away but the defender was pawsy and trying to get on the back of the receiver too. Let them play football dam it and stop the bs.
    All year the officials got it wrong.

  30. Sanders was certainly not “wide open” on that play. He was actually pretty well covered until the very end when he got a little bit of separation form the Chiefs defenders. The throw itself was a bit of a hail mary with a low probability of success. Anytime a QB in the NFL completes that throw it is 90% luck. That’s not a pass that Garapallo has made all year. Frankly, it was a pretty questionable play call and a waste of a down.

  31. intrafinesse says:
    February 3, 2020 at 12:07 am
    Garoppolo padded his stats in a QB friendly system. He’s ok, he;s not bad, but he’s not a top 10 QB.

    The 49ers had it, got conservative, and blew it.
    _________________________

    I’d say Garoppolo out played Mahomes for most of that game.

  32. Kyle refused to show me the respect I deserve – both at half time and again at the end of the 3rd quarter.

    So I decided he would lose – again.

    Some people forget who their betters are.

  33. “I’d say Garoppolo out played Mahomes for most of that game.”

    I’d say Mahomes could have played better, was up against a more formidable defense, and still turned it on when he needed to.

    They don’t play each other.

  34. The run was effective so they absolutely should have kept at it in that situation. Poor coaching.

    Was there a desire to make Jimmy look the hero in this? Didn’t work if so, and it probably cost a Lombardi if that was the thinking.

  35. I’m glad we don’t have to hear the biased predictions anymore and the score is final. Perhaps the Kelce v. Kittle debate is settled, too. Kelce is the best in the league. KC – 31, SF – 20
    Good game CHIEFS!! Way to win!!

  36. “I’d say Garoppolo out played Mahomes for most of that game.”
    ______________

    Do they get rings and a trophy for outplaying the other team for MOST of the game?

  37. That dude is a serious punk. And I’m not just saying this because of this article. He was smacking guys in the head all night yesterday. I had never actually seen him play but I guess it’s a good thing that Houston got rid of him. Dirty, immature player.

  38. Dear 49ers fans: You have no window. JimmyG will never be good enough to win it for you, and your defense can’t stop mobile quarterbacks.

    Get ready for 9-7 next year.

  39. “Why is Kyle Shanahan getting the criticism and not Jimmy G.? That overthrow late in the game was costly.”

    ——————————

    Because that was one throw, versus dozens of calls. Even with that overthrow, they were in the game. Even with his interceptions (the last we can’t really count, it was a desperation play), they were still in the game. Most of the game, Jimmy G actually outplayed Mahomes. The 4th quarter Mahomes came alive-why? Because San Fran’s lousy coach gave them the ball back.

    Mostert is not a big time back, but he’s played well the last two games and what’s important is that he moves the clock. Jimmy G isn’t terrible, but he’s not a big time guy just yet, if he’ll get there (I mean, he barely has two years starting experience at this point), and as a coach who is supposedly an offensive genius, you’ve got to account for that. Run the time off. Don’t have your QB who hasn’t been throwing deep start doing it out of nowhere way too late in the game because you panicked. Besides, who is he throwing to? Kittle’s your only truly elite option. Sanders is good. Samuel is good, but he’s still a rookie. There’s no tough third down catch kind of reciever. So, again, who are you risking the SB throwing to? Their most clutch reciever that night was their fullback.

    Shanahan can’t make ingame adjustments. He lost the game. Jimmy G didn’t come in clutch, but his coach is the one who opened that door and pushed him through it. Remember, Mahomes didn’t have a great game either, at least for most of the night. But, somehow, even that 9er defense handed their offense two turnovers (that resulted in 10 points), the vaunted Shanahan offense could only put up 10 of its own unassisted. Come on, Shanahan. It would be more forgivable if you didn’t blow it the EXACT same way as last time.

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