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Chief Mahomes Made It Rain On Niners

Mill Woods

Posted on February 3, 2020 13:56

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Ok, be honest! When the 49ers went up 20-10 in the third quarter, were you one of those (many) viewers who thought it was over for the Kansas City Chiefs? All season long, they showed a remarkable ability to come from behind. The San Francisco 49ers played three very good quarters, but in that last quarter, it was all Patrick Mahomes and those other speedy Chief weapons.

This NFL season was stamped with amazing offensive fireworks — from teams like the Chiefs, 49ers, Ravens, Texans . . . the list goes on. But the NFL's top "heart attack kids" were led by Chief Mahomes,  who made points rain down in quick bursts. The 49ers — especially their fast, physical defense — sure made the outcome uncertain Sunday Night, but I was never convinced it was over.

Before we talk more about what happened, let's talk about me for a minute. My NFL season also ended with a big win.

I picked the Chiefs to go to the Super Bowl on September 4, and I was able to rack up a pretty good season of prognostication (62% of all games). In the postseason, I scored a nice 8-3 record, going 3-0 in the championship games. That ranks just a hair behind my best year ever: two years ago, when I went 9-2 in the postseason, picking the Eagles to win the Super Bowl.

When thinking about the 2020 Super Bowl and those two lightning-fast teams, the deciding point for me was the resilience of the Chiefs. The Niners won several spectacular victories, but they did not have to mount huge come-from-behind rallies. Veteran HC Andy Reid was able to make adjustments to both his offensive and defensive schemes to cool off the Niners.

I also did not think the foxy, aging CB Richard Sherman was the right guy to defend those young rabbits playing WR for the Chiefs. In the clutch, Mahomes was able to connect with Tyreek Hill and Sammy Watkins for large, deadly gains.

On the other offense, 49er QB Jimmy Garoppolo was a tad long on what should have been a touchdown bomb to WR Emmanuel Sanders. You'll recall that in my Super Bowl preview, I stated that Garoppolo would need to take advantage of a handful of opportunities to make deep throws. It turned out to be less than a handful.

There was definitely good reason to question whether the Chiefs would prevail. Joey Bosa and others on that Niners D applied steady pressure to Mahomes for three quarters. But Mahomes made enough spectacular individual plays (many with his legs) to keep the Chiefs close until the fourth quarter. Then, it seemed like the Chiefs' pass protection and their defense both went up a level. After that, it was the Chiefs, not the Niners, who struck gold.

We can now start changing that old slogan to "Offense Wins Championships"!

I hope you enjoyed the game — and this entire season — as much as I did. There is a lot of NFL news ahead — free agency, the draft, etc. But exciting moments like those we witnessed Sunday night will have to wait until the NFL cranks it up again in the Fall of 2020, when exciting athletes from Kansas City, San Francisco and the NFL's other 30 teams get ready to do battle once again. I can't wait!

Mill Woods

Posted on February 3, 2020 13:56

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