LAS VEGAS — Coach Kyle Shanahan’s third trip to the Super Bowl ended like his first two outings; Huge disappointment after another late lead.
The San Francisco 49ers coach has developed an offense that teams around the league are trying to emulate and has an extensive coaching pedigree that has made him one of the most influential names in the game at the young age of 44.
He doesn’t have a Super Bowl title after San Francisco squandered the last two leads and lost 25-22 in overtime to the Kansas City Chiefs on Super Bowl Sunday.
This followed Shanahan’s 10-point lead over Kansas City in the fourth quarter of the Super Bowl four years ago, and an even bigger collapse during the 2016 season when he was offensive coordinator. In this game, the Falcons lost by 25 points to New England, 34-28 in overtime.
That last one might be the toughest to get, as the 49ers have had the best team in the league for much of the season and look poised to bring Shanahan his first championship.
But the Niners squandered a 10-point lead in the first half and then failed to hold a two-three-point lead, making Shanahan the first head coach to take two double-digit leads in the Super Bowl.
He also led the 49ers to a 10-point lead over the Rams in the fourth quarter of the 2021 NFC championship game, setting the most double-digit wins for a coach in NFL history.
Mahomes drove for the game-tying field goal in the final 1:53 of regulation and then threw the game-winning TD pass to Mecole Hardman in overtime after Shanahan elected to receive the ball first in the extra session.
The Niners could only manage Jake Moody’s field goal when Chris Jones forced Brock Purdy to throw an incomplete pass on third-and-4 from the 9.
The San Francisco defense was then unable to stop Mahomes, allowing him to take both fourth down and third down with his legs.
Mahomes then sent the Niners home with the loss when he found Mecole Hardman wide open after faking the running lineup and downfield.
Mahomes and the Chiefs handed Shanahan’s 49ers two Super Bowl losses in the last five seasons; The dynastic team of the 1980s and 90s has now gone 29 seasons without winning a championship.
Now Shanahan must hope to follow the path of his father, Mike, who lost his first three Super Bowl trips as an assistant in Denver before winning back-to-back titles as the 49ers’ coordinator during the 1994 season. Broncos in 1997-98.