The Chiefs had a rough season, and had a rough game overall, but we’re the new Patriots because nothing matters. Who helped secure victory, and who made it harder than necessary?
He had an ugly pick more worthy of Chiefs quarterbacks of 15 years ago, but otherwise was great despite facing constant pressure. He had 399 combined yards and 2 touchdowns.
His resume is now far beyond anybody else at the age of 28, even Brady. He’s now the 5th quarterback to win 3 Super Bowls, and only Brady and Montana can top his 3 Super Bowls and 2 MVPs.
In a repeat of the greatest tight end matchup in Super Bowl history, both tight ends started slow. But why Kittle ended with just 4 yards, Kelce had a monster 2nd half, finishing with 9 catches for 93 yards.
The return of our old friend proved pivotal. Although his 52 yard catch ended up being negated by a fumble, he also got the game winning touchdown catch. Overall he was the 2nd leading receiver with 57 yards.
He forced a fumble on the 1st drive to prevent points, which proved to be absolutely crucial. But he also made big plays throughout the game.
Like Mahomes, he did have one negative play, a hold on what would have been a punt in OT that instead gave San Francisco a new set of downs that eventually led to a field goal. But otherwise he was dominant, including a great play where everybody else was blitzing where he saved a touchdown.
George Karlaftis and Chris Jones
Top Super Bowl pass rush win rates— Seth Walder (@SethWalder) February 12, 2024
Chris Jones 21%
George Karlaftis 17%
Chase Young 15%
Nick Bosa 15%
Michael Danna 11%
(Min. 10 plays with win or loss)
They only had a half sack combined, but make no mistake they were getting pressure and making plays all day, getting 5 QB hits. Karlaftis also had hustle all day and recovered a key fumble early.
Butker was 4/4 on field goals, including a Super Bowl record 57 yarder. Special teams was the difference in the game, including Butker being perfect while the San Francisco kicker Moody missed a key extra point despite having an otherwise good game himself. It shows the value of a dependable kicker like Butker.
The 49ers may have lost the game, but they won the line of scrimmage, especially on defense. Now this wasn’t surprising since their defensive front had been dominant ever since trading for Chase Young in the middle of the year, and they were missing All Pro Joe Thuney. But still you’d hope for just a little bit more from them.
Sneed is one of the key players that helped get the Chiefs to this point, but this was not a good performance by him. He got a needless 15 yard penalty by slapping a 49er, then gave up a 4th quarter touchdown to a receiver way worse than the long list of guys he dominated all season.
His 59 yards on 18 carries is mediocre at best, and could be written off as mainly the fault of the offensive line. But he also lost a fumble in the redzone that took points off the board, so that lands him on the losers list.