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Sunday, February 02, 2020

Super Bowl LIV

This was my prediction the last time Andy Reid got to the Super Bowl:
Andy Reid is a solid coach, but he is not a great one. He doesn't get outcoached, for the most part, but neither does he outcoach anyone, not even Mike Tice. Bill Belicheck, on the other hand, has repeatedly proven himself to be a Jedi master, with game plans in this year's playoffs that left two very good teams, Indianapolis and Pittsburgh, in near-complete disarray. Notice how there hasn't even been a whisper of Charlie Weis being distracted by his moonlighting job as the Notre Dame head coach of late. The Patriots are a strategic machine, awesome to behold.

Factor in the Terrell Owens injury and the "happy-to-be-there" factor of the Eagles, and I suspect that under the guidance of the maglia ex machina, the Patriots will methodically dismantle the Eagles. I don't think it will be a blow-out, and the combination of a tough Eagles defense and a screw-the-gameplan drive filled with scrambles by McNabb will probably help the Eagles make a last, desperate push to keep the game close in the third quarter, but this one should be over early in the fourth with a nail-in-the-coffin Patriots score.
I suspect Kyle Shanahan learned more from his Super Bowl failure than Andy Reid did from his. Despite all the media hype surrounding the Chiefs and Pat Mahomes, few observers seem to be paying much attention to the actual performance of the two teams this year or the way in which they played in getting to the Super Bowl. I really don't like the way Kansas City seems to come out flatter than flat in big games this year.

It is, of course, well known that in championship games, defense generally trumps even the most explosive offenses. The 49ers have the second-best yards/game defense and the eighth-best points/game defense. The Chiefs actually have the seventh-best points/game defense, although they give up more yards and rank only 17th in that category.

But when it comes down to it, I have more confidence in Shanahan + Garappolo + DEF-SF than I do in Reid + Mahomes + DEF-KC. Also, if the 49ers have the lead, Shanahan isn't going to make the mistake that Houston's O'Brien did by taking his foot off the gas.

49ers by 10.

Football Outsiders, on the other hand, predicts a Chiefs victory:
I give the slight edge to Kansas City. I think San Francisco will be able to have offensive success running the ball, but their defense is not going to go out and make Patrick Mahomes look like Kirk Cousins looked three weeks ago. Calling for a high-scoring game didn't end up working out for me last year but I'm calling for a high-scoring game again this year. I also think it will be close, but the Chiefs are the favorite with the better chance to come out ahead.
Both MDS and Florio from ProFootballTalk are also picking the Chiefs.


HALFTIME: 10-10. I don't watch the halftime show, or the commercials, but the game itself is pretty good. Shanahan was getting a little too cute early on, but now that he's gone back to the run, I expect San Francisco to start to take control in the third quarter.

4TH QUARTER: SF 20 KC 17. Kyle Shanahan is still a choker. Twice, he's faced 2nd-and-5, tried to get cute instead of relying upon his superior running game, thrown incomplete twice, and been forced to punt. Incredibly stupid considering they have the lead, the ball, and the clock. SF could and should win this game, but if they lose it, it's on Shanahan's poor play-calling in the fourth quarter.

Unbelievable! San Francisco is averaging nearly 9 yards per rush on the ground. It's first down inside Kansas City territory with four minutes left. So, naturally, you THROW THE BALL FOUR TIMES I A ROW for zero yards to lose the game. Absolutely INDEFENSIBLE stupidity. This is the second time Shanahan has thrown away a perfectly winnable Super Bowl for his team.

I don't like the 49ers. I didn't want them to win, although I'm not looking forward to all the unwarranted, but inevitable Mahomes worship to come. But watching the SF playcalling in the 4th quarter was downright painful. I can't even imagine how berserk the more knowledgeable 49er fans must have been going when watching that coaching choke job for the ages.

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Blogger mickthequick1976 February 02, 2020 11:57 AM  

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Blogger KPKinSunnyPhiladelphia February 02, 2020 12:00 PM  

I too think the 49ers will win for another, perhaps additional reason.

Their offensive line is tremendous, make even better than most by the blocking of George Kittle.

Recall how the Colts offensive line -- equivalent to 49ers -- dismantled the chiefs.

Mahomes will have to be beyond spectacular to beat them, because if the 49ers are successful running the ball, Mahomes will be more of spectator than a participant.

Blogger Derek Kite February 02, 2020 12:07 PM  

The 49ers run game is like I've not seen for decades. The defenses are too big and too strong for the tree shaped backs of the past, but the coordination, blocking and most importantly the total team effort gives relatively small but lightning fast runners a lane. It is almost poetic in execution.

It will be close. Then a 49'er will do some beast move like Kittle running with a guy hanging on his facemask for 18 yards.

Blogger YIH February 02, 2020 12:13 PM  

And don't overlook Andy Reid's achilles heel - terrible clock management when it matters. As of Sunday morning, the BetMGM line for Super Bowl LIV has the Kansas City Chiefs favored by 1.5 points over the San Francisco 49ers. The over/under for the game is at 53.5 points. I'm picking Niners by 4 in an upset special. The other factor is the Niners are looking to get over their first Super Bowl loss - and that QB who did it.

Blogger Manuel February 02, 2020 12:30 PM  

re Niners D: the secondary is #1 in quarters 1-3 but bottom tier during the 4th this season.
Thus KC's only hope is that the game is close enough for Mahomes to launch a 4th quarter comeback. But I doubt KC D can hold Niner running game. SF 42 KC 20.

Blogger Dave February 02, 2020 12:35 PM  

Andy Reid is a good to very good coach. More than likely if he wins today he will enter the Hall of Fame. I believe Tom Flores should be in before Andy but the voters will look at Andy's overall win record and taking two different teams to the SB. I was ready for Andy to move on from the Eagles about 5 years before he finally did get fired. As Vox noted before SB39, Andy does not outcoach anybody. The first half of his tenure with the Eagles, he had a very good defense. Now with the Chiefs, he has a truly explosive offense. If he wins, good for him.

Also for Terrell Owens injury? First game back from the injury in the SB he caught 9 passes for 122 yards. Donovan McNabb probably would be a sure bet Hall of Famer if he could've settled his differences with TO and they had played together for another 3-5 years. Another thing I blame Reid for how he handled Owens.

Shanahan doesn't need the O'Brien example, he only has to look at his own mistakes in the SB with Atlanta when his offense had a 28-3 lead. A lot of talk lately is about his focus on running the ball to eat up the clock and keep the opposing offense off the field.

Chiefs offense is too explosive and too talented for even Reid to screw it up. Chiefs by 3.

Blogger Dos Voltz February 02, 2020 12:36 PM  

Sadly, I agree with your predicted outcome. I say "sadly" because if the Niners win, we're never gonna hear the end of the praises of specialness of the bulldike they hired as an assistant coach. Oh, she'll be hailed as the new "Belichick."

Then the LGBTBBQ horde will demand more of them to be hired EVERYWHERE, in EVERYTHING remotely related to the NFL.

And in 10 years time they'll claim that bulldikes were always part of the sport, that they practically built it themselves while evil white men covered up the true history...

And 10 years beyond that, white male coaches will be considered "toxic" and thus nearly nonexistent while NFL ratings dip below C-SPAN coverage

"Go Chiefs!" is a war cry against Globohomo

Blogger Dan in Georgia February 02, 2020 12:55 PM  

If you get your sunglasses from Rowdy Roddy Piper, you get Super Bowl They LIV

Blogger RC February 02, 2020 12:58 PM  

Keys to game:
1. SF must contain Mahomes and avoid his drive-extending sideline runs.
2. KC defense stops the run game and pushes SF into passing.

The team that wins the turnover battle wins the game. No turnovers: SF wins.

Blogger Sterling Pilgrim February 02, 2020 12:59 PM  

49ers get defense advantage and clock control with run game. I believe it will come down to who can utilize their tight ends best on 3rd down and in the red zone.
Prediction: 49ers

Blogger cyrus83 February 02, 2020 1:05 PM  

I am going with KC winning with a last minute field goal. I agree that Andy Reid is not the coach I would want in this situation, but I would rather have Mahomes over Garoppolo as QB.

Blogger Mad Italian February 02, 2020 1:23 PM  

It comes down to who makes a mistake and who has the ball last.
Both D's will be hard pressed all day, but both will score on take aways. 45 - 42, Niners.

Blogger NewTunesForOldLogos February 02, 2020 1:27 PM  

I’m in the happy position of not caring who wins, I just want to see a good game, with solid plays by offense, defense, and special teams. Having the refs be fair and unobtrusive would be a nice touch, too. May the best team win!

Blogger Cinco February 02, 2020 1:29 PM  

Niners by 3 at the buzzer. No dog in this fight though...

Blogger VD Bear February 02, 2020 1:29 PM  

I think the Chiefs have enough defense to be a factor and I trust the explosiveness of their offense much more than the 49ers. As long as they don’t start slow like Vox mentioned, give me Pat and hill/hardemen/kelce to push them over the finish line in a close game.

Blogger Dave February 02, 2020 1:32 PM  

Before SB53 last year you have to go back 12 years to SB42 where both teams scored less than 20 points. The NFL's actions to encourage more offense has been effective.
13-3
41-33
34-28
24-10
28-24
43-8
34-31
21-17
31-25
31-17
27-23
17-14
Where the Panthers only scored 10, Broncos 8, and Rams 3; I blame those offenses more than I can credit the defenses.

Blogger R.G. Camara February 02, 2020 1:35 PM  

I'm pulling for the Chiefs, mostly because I hate Richard Sherman.

That said, I agree with Vox's assessment of Reid. On that note, I remember reading this article years ago when The Atlantic asked Reid to review "the greatest game ever played" from 1958 : https://web.archive.org/save/https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2008/10/distant-replay/306988/

In the article, Reid admits that he had never seen the game film. In fact, the writer states that it seems weird even to him that Reid never watched the video: "It seemed odd at first for a pro coach to have never seen film of this historic game—a little like finding a doctor of English literature who had never read Macbeth."

And it is weird. And it explains why Reid will never be considered great. You can bet your bottom dollar great coaches like Belichick, Bill Walsh, Don Shula, etc. watched and memorized ever reel of football they could, especially "classic" ones. But Reid was insouciant about it---he just doesn't have that obsessive drive with his job that the greats do.

And that's before we get to his reputation of freezing in big, late-game moments. If his team chokes with two minutes left in this game, his reputation will be further burnished with that. The Andy Reid School of Clock Management might or might live on today.

Blogger Retrenched February 02, 2020 1:36 PM  

I'll root for KC but my gut tells me the Niners will win. It's hard to pick against a team that can run the ball well and play defense.

Blogger vmax71 February 02, 2020 1:43 PM  

For me, the big thing is the Chiefs are the next case of the great Black hope QB. I like Mahomes, but from Vick to CamNewton, To Lamar Jackson, throw in Kap, etc--everyone kissing their ass before they have acheived any thing: Mahomes is going to believe his hype....this is not a good thing. 49ers by 15....
For me Doug Williams is still the best black QB and NO ONE talks about him.

Blogger Ian Stein February 02, 2020 1:55 PM  

Gotta go with my Mahome boy.
Will be watching the score at the end of each quarter with interest too.

Blogger Bellomy February 02, 2020 2:01 PM  

Gotta root for the Italian. Go 49ers!

Blogger Harsh February 02, 2020 2:23 PM  

Niners by 6. It's going to be decided in the final few minutes of the game.

Blogger Seeingsights February 02, 2020 2:42 PM  

A method I use to predict the Super Bowl winner is to look at Quarterback, running game, and defense of the teams.

The method is not 100 percent correct but the failed predictions are few.

Quarterback: advantage KC
Defense: advantage SF
Running game: advantage SF

I'm going with SF.

Blogger RC February 02, 2020 2:43 PM  

Reid has continued to improve even at 60. Early on he was trying to get Mahomes to stop with the Pistol Pete throws but, as Mahomes proved himself, he just let him play his way. Maturity.

Amusingly, after falling behind early, in the locker room after one of the two playoff wins this year, Reid told his team that not even all of Mozart's paintings were perfect. Everyone cheered in agreement. Too funny not to mention.

Blogger David Ray Milton February 02, 2020 2:49 PM  

Pulling for the Chiefs because I can’t root for anything San Francisco and because I do want Reid to get a ring.

But agreed, the 49ers will win this game. People tend to forget how the weeks of rest before the Super Bowl favor defenses. It recuperates them and gives them time to plan. Conversely, for offenses, it makes them rusty and lose chemistry.

Blogger Chelan Bear February 02, 2020 3:17 PM  

I hate football. That being said, I think a great idea would be to instate the following program...
Each player must submit his criminal record to his coach and or to the draft board.
Each conviction carries a specific value such as:
Rape -6 points
Attempted murder -3 points
Murder -7 points
Bike theft -2 points
Etc.
As soon as the coach places any player on the field, his conviction points are subtracted from the team's score.
"Well Bob, things aren't looking too good for the Raiders this year.."
"That's right Chuck, an excellent offensive lineup with a lot of Rapes.."

Blogger Patrick Kelly February 02, 2020 3:33 PM  

As a Raiders fan I'm more than a bit perplexed and ambivalent. There's history and bad blood with both the 9'ers and Chiefs.

But being a fan of good football overall I love the 9'ers mechanized rushing game and defense, so I'll root for them. Plus I'd like my ol' dad to see another 9'ers SB victory while he's still with us.

Blogger Patrick Kelly February 02, 2020 3:34 PM  

Chelan Bear wrote:I hate football..

Yes, yes you do.

Blogger Dave February 02, 2020 3:44 PM  

Oh man, huge piles of smelly ol' bearsh!t right over there.

Blogger David Ray Milton February 02, 2020 3:51 PM  

@Chelean Bear

First rule of comedy is knowing your audience...

People here appreciate football as an American war ritual. What you just described was pure and unadulterated gayness.

Fail.

Blogger Azimus February 02, 2020 3:55 PM  

Is it a coincidence that the two best tight ends in football reached the Superbowl? Kelce is Andy Reid's new Brian Westbrook - its like its his job to find humiliating holes in the defensive scheme, only to abandon the niche and find another one 3 plays later. On the other side, I haven't seen as much of Kittle but he seems to be the same sort of wide-open-on-3rd-and-11 type, though in his case it seems more like tricking the dbacks into poorly timed contact and then shoving back at the critical moment, giving himself plenty of room to make an uncontested catch - I think he rides right along the edge of the rules, rather than beat his coverage in pure athleticism.

But then again, I would not think highly of him because I'm a Packers fan. The fairy.

Blogger DannyDanger February 02, 2020 3:58 PM  

Similar to other posters, I'm pulling for the Chiefs as well (Giants fan with no skin in the game other than my disdain for that which San Francisco is representative of).

That being said, I was shocked to hear that KC was the chosen as having the advantage - 49er's defense and O-Line/run game are so good that it is their game to lose. Go Chiefs anyhow - Andy Reid has been through thick and thin and would love to see him have his day in the sun.

Blogger RedJack February 02, 2020 4:51 PM  

To biased by being a KC fan. I pick the Chiefs, but Andy R has crushed my hopes and dreams before

Blogger Damelon Brinn February 02, 2020 5:25 PM  

For me, the big thing is the Chiefs are the next case of the great Black hope QB.

They're not, though. There might be more focus on his race now that he's in the Super Bowl, but it was remarkably subdued through his first three seasons. You didn't hear a lot of "first black QB to blah blah" talk about Mahomes the way you do about Lamar Jackson, because Mahomes doesn't fit the run-first black QB mold. Also, his mom is white and his dad was a baseball player, so that doesn't really fit either. Basically, he plays and acts too white to make a great Black Hope QB.

Blogger Bucephalus February 02, 2020 5:42 PM  

I got Butker +12500 to win MVP. If it happens I’m taking a month off.

Blogger Lazarus February 02, 2020 5:46 PM  

RedJack wrote:To biased by being a KC fan. I pick the Chiefs, but Andy R has crushed my hopes and dreams before

Without tradition, life would be as shaky as a fiddler on a roof.

Blogger lynnjynh9315 February 02, 2020 5:57 PM  

I'm a Missourian, and a KC-native. You're probably right, Vox, but you don't understand:
we're just thrilled the Chiefs made it to the Superbowl! Anything passed that is gravy.

Blogger Newscaper312 February 02, 2020 5:59 PM  

I dont care about the game itself, but what has happened on the periphery re anthem kneelers, gay and tranny cheerleaders, and other garbage?

Blogger Dr. J February 02, 2020 6:01 PM  

Under the metric of Voxian SJW convergence, San Fran must lose:

1. Bull dyke virtue signaling offensive "coach." - Check
2. Therapy dogs. Check
3. Crap-libiest city in the country - Super Check

A converged organization can no longer perform it's primary function. Chiefs by 7.

Blogger Azimus February 02, 2020 6:22 PM  

I'll go w/SF by 3.

Blogger Heian-kyo Dreams February 02, 2020 6:31 PM  

I already hate the commercials. No, grrrls don't need to play football.

Blogger Clay February 02, 2020 6:57 PM  

I think Reid will pull at least two gimmick plays. I like Hill to Mahomes on an end-around. A KC Masterpiece.

Chiefs by 4.

Blogger cecilhenry February 02, 2020 7:09 PM  

The thing about Superbowl commercials is that while they may have paid over $5 million per commercial, it sure as hell doesn't look like they spent anywhere near that to make it.


These commercials are pathetic wokeness at times.

This is trying?????

Blogger The Depolrable Podunk Ken Ramsey February 02, 2020 7:12 PM  

I love Andy Reid's call to go for it on 4th down. That's the spirit!

Blogger Seeingsights February 02, 2020 7:17 PM  

The Mountain Dew commercial was weird.

Blogger Heian-kyo Dreams February 02, 2020 7:17 PM  

The commercials are getting much, much better. Go Chiefs!!

Blogger Bucephalus February 02, 2020 7:19 PM  

Yeah, women don’t need to be on an NFL field at all. They’re already “coaching “. Will the Rooney Rule apply to them as well?

Blogger Doktor Jeep February 02, 2020 7:46 PM  

Not into football but seeing two teams work this hard is impressive.

Blogger Bobiojimbo February 02, 2020 7:55 PM  

Is it just me, or have all the commercials (so far) seem to have a subversive subcontext?

Blogger Lazarus February 02, 2020 8:00 PM  

Fair result for halftime. Good game. Good call on Kittle.

Blogger Thad Tuiol February 02, 2020 8:14 PM  

The HT show is degenerate and satanic.

Blogger Hammerli 280 February 02, 2020 8:17 PM  

10-10 at halftime. Good game so far, not a blowout. Nice to see a Super Bowl this close, I've gotten sick of the games where the commercials were better than the game.

Blogger Doktor Jeep February 02, 2020 8:21 PM  

Usual diva worship halftime.
Waiting for the usual Illuminati to drop.

Blogger CM February 02, 2020 8:29 PM  

Is it just me, or have all the commercials (so far) seem to have a subversive subcontext?

The Snickers commercial cracked me up.

Blogger upchuckmcduck February 02, 2020 8:30 PM  

Could that halftime show be more on the nose? Almost feel like there is something I am missing because it was so in your face.

Blogger David Ray Milton February 02, 2020 8:31 PM  

JLo reminding the mainlanders why Puerto Rico was never apart of the US.

Born in the US? But you bia you’ve still got to go back!

Blogger bodenlose Schweinerei February 02, 2020 8:33 PM  

Gotta agree with Dr. J: SF libs are the very worst, most NIMBY progtards imaginable, and it would be bad for all if the Niners won.

So it's SF by 4 cuz it's the NFL and they hate the people who pay their bills.

Blogger Lazarus February 02, 2020 8:35 PM  

Doktor Jeep wrote:Usual diva worship halftime.


Lotta crotch focus.

Blogger Doktor Jeep February 02, 2020 8:35 PM  

And Bloomberg's commercial....just redpilled everybody on 13:52

Blogger Pax_Romana February 02, 2020 8:38 PM  

@49 Good commercial from the President, though.

Blogger Crew February 02, 2020 8:46 PM  

And the winner is President Trump! And President Trump will keep on winning!

Blogger Heian-kyo Dreams February 02, 2020 8:47 PM  

Shakira and J Lo look great, but they need to wear clothes when performing at family events.

Blogger Ian Stein February 02, 2020 9:03 PM  

Preferred Shakira as a blond.
Not that I'm complaining.

Blogger Lazarus February 02, 2020 9:19 PM  

Looks like Garroppolo is a Coache's quarterback, like Brees and Brady. Run the system.

Blogger Doktor Jeep February 02, 2020 9:23 PM  

Trump's "Box tweet" before the game may have sunk Bloomberg.
Height supremacy that Owen would be proud of.

Blogger furor kek tonicus ( no need to be racist, Ratchets can Karen better than anybody ) February 02, 2020 9:28 PM  

26. Chelan Bear February 02, 2020 3:17 PM
That being said, I think a great idea would be to instate the following program...



fag.

Blogger Lazarus February 02, 2020 9:36 PM  

Lazy play by the D-back on the interference call. All he had to do was turn around. The ball was underthrown

Blogger Azimus February 02, 2020 9:45 PM  

Nice to see the Chiefs show up mid-way through the 4th quarter.

Blogger RomanCandle February 02, 2020 9:46 PM  

Well it took him three and a half quarters, but Mahomes is finally starting to look like himself. What a finish we have in store...

Blogger Lazarus February 02, 2020 9:52 PM  

Now we see if Garoppolo is a Brady.

Blogger Lazarus February 02, 2020 10:00 PM  

Garoppolo not Brady

Blogger Iron Spartan February 02, 2020 10:04 PM  

and that last touch down sealed it. Andy Reed learned not to take the foot off the gas

Blogger Lazarus February 02, 2020 10:14 PM  

Reid did not go across to meet Shanahan.

Blogger nswhorse February 02, 2020 10:14 PM  

That was some comeback.

Blogger Rex Little February 02, 2020 10:14 PM  

I know a lot of you here have a thing about white women marrying black men, but I'd say when Randi Martin married Pat Mahomes, it worked out pretty well for all concerned (even if they did get divorced).

Blogger papabear February 02, 2020 10:15 PM  

49ers deserved to lose, not good enough. And they let that feminist propaganda Microsoft commercial play to represent their organization. Forget them.

Blogger Ian Stein February 02, 2020 10:15 PM  

Not enough Mostert on that dog.

Blogger Dantheman February 02, 2020 10:16 PM  

Another choke job by Kyle Shanahan. I’m glad Andy Reed now has a Super Bowl ring. Mahomes played great toward the end.

Blogger lowercaseb February 02, 2020 10:17 PM  

and the gunshots are starting in my neighborhood. SF really doesn't take losing well.

Blogger Heian-kyo Dreams February 02, 2020 10:17 PM  

KC is celebrating with fireworks!!

Blogger IAMSpartacus0000 February 02, 2020 10:20 PM  

Maholm's is a good Christian man who hasn't played the "black narrative". He's a decent gent and deserves the win.

Blogger Retrenched February 02, 2020 10:20 PM  

Wow, congrats to the Chiefs on the comeback win. Honestly I thought they were done after Mahomes threw the ball behind a wide open Hill for a red zone pick. But they played pretty much perfect football after that. Great win for a great fanbase to celebrate. Enjoy it Kansas City!

So.... I guess this means Andy Reid finally outcoached somebody in a big game after all?

Blogger Bobiojimbo February 02, 2020 10:25 PM  

Good game. Glad to have watched it.

Blogger Uncompliant February 02, 2020 10:26 PM  

@65 -- it's not the tweet that sinks the opponent, but the bad, flat-footed, humorless response. Taking a page from Reagan, Mini Mike should have tweeted back: "I will not make height an issue of this campaign. I am not going to exploit, for political purposes, my opponent's gigantism." Add to that a photoshop of his face on a classic depiction of Napoleon.

Blogger Uncompliant February 02, 2020 10:27 PM  

good game and wild ending. not sad to see SFran choke.

Blogger Rough Carrigan February 02, 2020 10:27 PM  

By contrast, remember that the drive in the 1981 NFC championship game that culminated in "The Catch" was mostly runs. The great Bill Walsh, saw that there were 4+ minutes left, figured the Cowboys would expect him to throw and ran it down their throats.

Shanahan, with a comparatively better running game and a worse quarterback throws and throws.

Some people never learn.

Blogger Student in Blue February 02, 2020 10:32 PM  

Not sure if it's outcoaching when the other guy shot themselves, multiple times.

Then again, maybe it is.

Blogger Rough Carrigan February 02, 2020 10:33 PM  

Oh, and chalk up one more for the Trump curse.
Richard Sherman went out of his way to say that he didn't think he'd go to the White House if the 49'ers won.
Not to worry, Richard!

Blogger vmax71 February 02, 2020 10:36 PM  

I retract what I said about mahomes. "Patrick, you are a badass" . congrats from vmax71 . I hope you go on to win many more.....

Blogger Ian Stein February 02, 2020 10:39 PM  

One 4th Qtr square, broke even more or less overall.
Good food, beverages and company. Let the tradition continue.

Blogger Dantheman February 02, 2020 10:41 PM  

Super Bowl 51 or Super Bowl 54? Which is Shanahan worse choke performance?

Blogger Seeingsights February 02, 2020 10:48 PM  

Two comments:

My prediction was wrong.

Trump had the best Super Bowl ad.

Blogger ar10308 February 02, 2020 10:59 PM  

Wonder if they're going to keep playing those adverts about the 1st Female LGBT coach that SF had, especially considering she was an Offensive assistant coach.

At least Reid didn't blow this one by horrific end of game clock management like he has so many years in the past. And you know he'll be first in line at the White House when Trump presents them with the best buffet of fast food that 'Merica can provide. He'll probably put such a dent in it that his players will leave hungry.

Blogger FUBARwest February 02, 2020 11:20 PM  

Is that playcalling worse than Pete Carroll's? Rum the ball and win. It's really simple, pride is a helluva drug.

Blogger Ingemar February 02, 2020 11:35 PM  

I always appreciate the Niners getting an L.

Blogger lynnjynh9315 February 02, 2020 11:36 PM  

I drank Missouri Rhineland wine to a Missouri victory.

A perfect night!

Blogger lynnjynh9315 February 02, 2020 11:43 PM  

Rex Little wrote:I know a lot of you here have a thing about white women marrying black men, but I'd say when Randi Martin married Pat Mahomes, it worked out pretty well for all concerned (even if they did get divorced).


Get outta here with that! You should know your Bible: God can take anything and turn it into a blessing.

Blogger PH February 02, 2020 11:44 PM  

For a family event, how appropriate is a stripper pole?

Blogger cyrus83 February 02, 2020 11:54 PM  

Although it seemed KC was going to lose this game for most of the night, I felt the Chiefs had a pretty good shot when Andy Reid twice went for it on 4th and 1 in the first quarter, that was good strategy and seemed out of character from Reid's style in a good way.

I really don't understand what Shanahan was thinking through most of this game. His running backs were getting very good yardage, but he only handed the ball to his RBs a total of 20 times all game, and only 5 times once going up 20-10 when the imperative was to kill the clock while Garoppolo who had been 18/21 at one point closed down the stretch 2/10 with a pick...apparently Tom Brady's comeback lesson did not teach Shanahan anything.

Shanahan's performance before the half was also puzzling. The game is tied, he has 3 timeouts and plenty of time, yet he doesn't stop the clock when the Chiefs drive stalls, and doesn't really seem interested in trying to score until Reid strangely calls timeout. Everybody I was watching with couldn't believe the inept clock management and passive approach they were seeing from the 49ers there.

Blogger Quilp February 02, 2020 11:56 PM  

****ing Direct TV decided it needed to update during the 4th quarter. Lost abut 4 -6 minutes, a chiefs interception, and a chiefs touchdown. Unbelievable. All I can get is Direct TV, or Dish up here.

Blogger Talios Hammerfist February 03, 2020 12:08 AM  

@92 Are you referring to the justice reform commercial?

Blogger Dave February 03, 2020 12:29 AM  

But watching the SF playcalling in the 4th quarter was downright painful. I can't even imagine how berserk the more knowledgeable 49er fans must have been going when watching that coaching choke job for the ages.

This inexplicable play-calling and decision-making is what we saw many times when Reid was coaching the Eagles. Really frustrating would be crucial third and goal plays and the best skilled player on the field, Brian Westbrook, would be standing on the sideline. Of course, the notorious clock mismanagement, not just in two or four minute drills but throughout the game Andy would waste timeouts when he didn't call the plays in time. I'm sure Chief fans can relate in the time Andy has been coaching there.

But good for Andy and the Chiefs. Whether it was Shanahan choking or being outcoached by Andy, in a few years all that anybody will care about is who won and who lost. Andy has no doubt locked in a Hall of Fame bid and he might even go for 300 wins. He turns 62 next month so he's got a lot of years left to keep coaching.



For a family event, how appropriate is a stripper pole?

Hearing on several Superbowl wrap-up shows, the Twitter consensus is the half-time show was over the top...too risque.

Blogger Up from the pond February 03, 2020 1:36 AM  

>> "The thing about Superbowl commercials is that while they may have paid over $5 million per commercial, it sure as hell doesn't look like they spent anywhere near that to make it."

Money doesn't wash itself.

Blogger Sargent.matrim February 03, 2020 2:32 AM  

A great game.

Blogger CostelloM February 03, 2020 2:47 AM  

After San Fran simply ran the ball averaging 9 yards per carry straight into the inzone and right through the KC defense did some higher up make a phone call and remind Shanahan about the likelihood of the contents of his control file being made public? This was like watching 2 separate teams that quickly switched between possessions. Yeah yeah its a "conspiracy theory" but if you told me that it actually was such 3 decades from now when nobody cared I wouldn't be surprised.

Blogger SemiSpook37 February 03, 2020 6:49 AM  

The shots of the 9ers’ box with John Lynch glaring at Shanahan for not calling any timeouts at the end of the first half were pretty funny. I expect Shanahan to be on the hot seat next season for that reason alone.

After the first series for KC in the 4th, I turned the game off out of frustration. Went to check the score just as KC scored to go up 24-20. The Williams run sealed it; Garropolo’s 2nd INT iced it.

I wouldn’t get too worked up over Mahomes’ performance, because he’s obviously capable of living up to and with the hype. Guy comes across as a solid human being, and he’s definitely earned the respect of the league.

Blogger Damelon Brinn February 03, 2020 7:45 AM  

Defense wins championships, so the KC defense won it when they stopped SF after their offense finally got the lead.

It's pretty hard to dominate with the run for 4 straight quarters in the modern NFL. The rules just aren't designed for that anymore, so you basically have to play perfectly. You grind out to a 10 point lead, great, but the explosive passing offense on the other side can make that up in a couple minutes if you slip up a couple times, or if they're just better.

It wouldn't have stayed close as long as it did except Reid kept running the ball and calling short screens and things, to the point where Chiefs fans thought Mahomes must be hurt and unable to throw more than 5 yards.

Blogger jla February 03, 2020 8:22 AM  

Mahomes was throwing to the soft spot in the zone while our receivers were running threw them. That interception behind Hill was a perfect example. If he leads him, Hill gets jacked anyway. It's frustrating for, but sometimes you just have to take what they give you and get down before taking a shot.

Blogger Oswald February 03, 2020 9:23 AM  

Wonderful for the Chiefs to finally win one, and to beat the Son of Mike Shanahan even sweater.

Blogger KPKinSunnyPhiladelphia February 03, 2020 9:27 AM  

VD wrote:

Unbelievable! San Francisco is averaging nearly 9 yards per rush on the ground. It's first down inside Kansas City territory with four minutes left. So, naturally, you THROW THE BALL FOUR TIMES I A ROW for zero yards to lose the game. Absolutely INDEFENSIBLE stupidity. This is the second time Shanahan has thrown away a perfectly winnable Super Bowl for his team.

I don't like the 49ers. I didn't want them to win, although I'm not looking forward to all the unwarranted, but inevitable Mahomes worship to come. But watching the SF playcalling in the 4th quarter was downright painful. I can't even imagine how berserk the more knowledgeable 49er fans must have been going when watching that coaching choke job for the ages.


Well, I can understand the sentiment, harsh as it sounds ("Vox? Harsh? Nooooo..that can't be, can it?")

There were two pass plays -- just two -- where Garappollo HAD to get a completion. One was to a wide open George Kittle, where Jimmy totally misread the coverage...and the overthrow bomb to Emmanuel Sanders.

Actually either completion would have put the Niners in a much better position--especially the second.

The plays were there. The calls from Shanahan were good calls. The Chiefs had 7 man looks. There were pass plays to be had.

On the other hand, I agree with your point about the running game.

Bottom line, the 49ers needed just one sustained drive in the 4th quarter. A 10 play, 5 minute drive, even with just a field goal at the end, might have clinched the game for them. It would have given their ferocious defense a longer rest, and kept the ball out of Mahomes' hands -- the ONLY way you can beat the Chiefs.

Losses like this can be devastating to team morale. Remember what happened to the Falcons. It's not like, "Oh, we were outclassed." No, the game was there for the taking. They didn't grab it by the throat.

I think Shanahan is partly culpable, but he's not the only one.

Blogger Cinco February 03, 2020 10:04 AM  

Yeah passing on second down when you need to string together one drive to burn 4-5 minutes and you averaging like 10 yards per carry is truly indefensible. SF handed the game away.

And queue the Mahomes is the new Brady in three... two... one...

Blogger VD February 03, 2020 10:12 AM  

The plays were there. The calls from Shanahan were good calls. The Chiefs had 7 man looks. There were pass plays to be had.

It's not a good call when you can't count on the players to execute them properly. The Vikings regularly faced eight- and even nine-man boxes when Tarvaris Jackson was the QB. And the correct call was to keep giving the ball to AD.

Even if KC had cut the average SF rush IN HALF, that still would have been enough to get a few first downs and win the game. I would have run the ball on second, third, and fourth down without hesitation. MAYBE mix in a play-action pass on first down just to take advantage when it's actually a surprise.

Blogger KPKinSunnyPhiladelphia February 03, 2020 12:03 PM  

VD wrote:
It's not a good call when you can't count on the players to execute them properly.

Indeed it isn't, but if that's the case you've just wasted $90 million on a guy who failed to complete two key passes. Or a long term contract on a coach who blew it.

Or, even worse, both.

Oh well, there's always next year...and the year after that, etc. Time will tell.

VD also wrote:
Even if KC had cut the average SF rush IN HALF, that still would have been enough to get a few first downs and win the game. I would have run the ball on second, third, and fourth down without hesitation.

Me too...time of possession was key for the 49ers, and they simply HAD to control the clock to win.

But I guess I have more understandng/tolerance for the decisions that were made, while you have somewhat less.

Then again, that's maybe why you are a famous blogger and bon vivant, and I'm just a schlub behind a keyboard...at least here, anyway.

Finally the threads on the NFL were a lot of fun. Look forward to them next season.

Now if you ever did them on the EPL or Serie A, we'd NEVER get to the important stuff.

Blogger VD February 03, 2020 12:40 PM  

I guess I have more understandng/tolerance for the decisions that were made, while you have somewhat less.

Shanahan is supposed to be smart. He demonstrated that he's not, he's merely clever and detail-oriented. He'll never be on Belichick's level because under pressure, he resorted to his comfort zone. Again.

Blogger Azimus February 03, 2020 2:59 PM  

Is anyone in the NFL in the last 20yrs on Belichick's level?

Anyway at least some of the credit Shanahan is taking as a head coach goes to Lynch who put together an impressive team seemingly out of nowhere.

Blogger CarpeOro February 03, 2020 3:46 PM  

I've watched little profession football this past season: I'm a Lions fan. That being said, As the game went into the second half I wondered which side would adjust the best. SF hadn't used Garappolo's passing much in the first half and their defense seemed to have Mahomes under control. Starting the second half I honestly thought Mahomes was starting to get frustrated as SF continued to contain him. Mahomes showed far better poise under pressure than Garappolo however. Garappolo demonstrated why the running game was the heart of SF - he can't be relied on when the chips are down. Shanahan bears the blame for not knowing his own team's strengths and weaknesses.

Blogger Megamerc February 03, 2020 9:24 PM  

VD wrote:

4TH QUARTER: SF 20 KC 17. Kyle Shanahan is still a choker. Twice, he's faced 2nd-and-5, tried to get cute instead of relying upon his superior running game, thrown incomplete twice, and been forced to punt. Incredibly stupid considering they have the lead, the ball, and the clock. SF could and should win this game, but if they lose it, it's on Shanahan's poor play-calling in the fourth quarter.

I disagree. Shanahan was working off the defensive adjustments made by the Chiefs that had begun to show in the 49ers' preceding three possessions in the 2nd half. Look at the runs and yardage gained until the 2nd-and-5 you mention:

14
4
0
2
1(T)
1
3
5

Apart from the 1-yard touchdown run and the opening 14-yard run, the indications were that KC had caught on. In contrast, the 49ers' passing game was hot, averaging over 15 yards/completion and just under 12 yards/attempt

Unbelievable! San Francisco is averaging nearly 9 yards per rush on the ground. It's first down inside Kansas City territory with four minutes left. So, naturally, you THROW THE BALL FOUR TIMES I A ROW for zero yards to lose the game. Absolutely INDEFENSIBLE stupidity. This is the second time Shanahan has thrown away a perfectly winnable Super Bowl for his team.

1. They were averaging 5.3 yards per rush. They only averaged 9 yards per rush on two possessions in the first half. The other possessions until the posession in question averaged 3.7, 8, 1.3, 6, 1.5, 3.3, and 5 respectively. The last 5 were considerably worse than 9 yards.
2. There was only 2 minutes on the clock.
3. Garappolo was playing well. Up until that point he was 20/26, 219 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT. Just under 11 yards/completion, and had completed passes of 8 and 16 yards in the two previous plays. Unfortunately he overthrew a wide open Sanders on 3rd down.
4. Shanahan did not choke. If anyone choked, it was Garappolo, who had been playing very well. I do not think Shanahan is at fault for trusting his QB.

I would have to rewatch the specific plays, but if Garappolo had the option to give the ball to a RB or to keep it for a pass attempt, he clearly chose to keep it. Shanahan would share only some of the blame for that.

I don't like the 49ers. I didn't want them to win, although I'm not looking forward to all the unwarranted, but inevitable Mahomes worship to come. But watching the SF playcalling in the 4th quarter was downright painful. I can't even imagine how berserk the more knowledgeable 49er fans must have been going when watching that coaching choke job for the ages.

Shanahan did not choke. He was using what worked and was reacting to the Chiefs' adjustments. He was outcoached by Spagnuolo's defense and Bienemy's offense.

Blogger Akulkis February 04, 2020 12:49 AM  

Living in metro Detroit as I also do, how many seasons does it take before you learn your lesson about the Lions? I had that figured out in 1980 while still in high school.

The Ford family will not insist on improvement until they start seeing lots and lots of unsold tickets.

Lions fans = Stockholm Syndrome.

The season isn't as long, and the quality of play isn't as high, but I always found the college game to be more enjoyable to watch. Better cheerleaders, too. NFL cheerleaders are over-rehearsed, draining all the spontaneity and raw enthusiasm out of them -- kind of like any Whitney Houston performance, on stage or in a studio. And "trying too hard to be sexy" make-up, whereas the college cheerleaders are sexy regardless of how their makeup is applied. Although the cheerleaders from Texas schools tend to have the same "look" as the NFL cheerleaders. "sexually Aggressive" yet "cold" facial appearance the same time.

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