It’s been over a week now and I’m still not really ready to address the disaster that was last week’s Superbowl but I feel it to be necessary as part of the healing process.
Not to go into life story stuff too much but just a little background as to why it meant so much because most reading would find it weird that this has hit me so hard. We’re all here because we love the Dees, no brainer. However a lot of us take interest in a few sports and if you’re a regular on the NFL board then you likely fit into that category.
My story is pretty simple, AFL, Soccer and Gridiron are my favourite sports to follow. If you put a gun to my head and make me choose I will take AFL and MFC because they were my first loves but I still take great interest in Soccer and Gridiron having played both sports. So the 3 teams in life that I’m super passionate about are MFC, Liverpool and the San Francisco 49ers. Never been a Cricket fan, definitely not a Spring carnival nut so it’s really these 3 footy codes which cover my all year round sport fanaticism. There’s sports I like watching for instance I love Basketball but the relationship is completely different, I watch it as a pure spectator. The 3 teams that I care deeply about and games are make or break about are those above.
I was pretty young when the 49ers last won the Superbowl and really didn’t understand. You know what kids are like, these things are just around the corner aren’t they! No, in the time I’ve been a 49ers fan, I’ve been fortunate enough to see some success and playoff runs but I’ve also seen this:
- 1997 Season – Jerry Rice tears his knee up during the season and we fall to the Packers at Candlestick in the NFC Championship.
- After nearly 10 years without playoffs we make the 2011 NFC Championship only for Kyle Williams to have his own Jim Stynes moment in OT and touch the live ball on punt return which handed the ball to the Giants at chip shot field goal range and the win.
- 2012 and 1st and Goal in Superbowl 47 against the Ravens where Frank Gore doesn’t touch the ball once and Kaepernick overthrows Michael Crabtree in the flat on 4th down.
- Another endzone shmoz in the 2013 NFC Championship game this time with an underthrow to Crabtree and Richard Sherman tipping it to Malcolm Smith for the interception. Thus bringing about one of the most well known post game interviews in NFL history.
- Superbowl 54 at the start of 2020 and leading 20-10 with 7:30 left. 3rd and 15 Mahomes to Hill. Refusing to run the ball and going 3 and out each time. KC put 21 points on us in the last 7 minutes, devastating.
- 2021 NFC Championship game – 10 point lead in 3rd quarter blown and Jaquiski Tartt drops potential game sealing interception
- 2022 NFC Championship game – Lose two quarterbacks to injury in the one game, goodnight.
- Superbowl 58 – see below:
I have to say I never felt confident. I felt hopeful and knew our team was good but I was not confident. I said here before the game that if it wasn’t us I would have tipped KC. It all just made perfect sense. The game was always going to come down to two people, Kyle Shanahan vs Chiefs DC Steve Spagnolo.
We started well despite receiving first (We always prefer to differ). The drive was arguably one of the better drives all day for us until CMC uncharacteristically fumbled and you knew it was going to be a hard day. Possession changed hands a few times and we finally scored a FG. More on kicker Jake Moody later but this kick was incredibly close to being blocked.
We pull out some tricks with the sort of double screen trick play and CMC gets into the endzone. Amazing play. KC gets a FG and honestly after the chances we had to put on points in the first half I didn’t feel it was reward for effort or a big enough lead.
Mahomes comes out in the second half and throws into coverage for an interception which we do nothing with. Possession changes a few times and then the muffed punt return. Unfortunate that Ray Ray got blamed for this and in a way very symbolic of the 2011 NFC title game mentioned earlier. The momentum swung straight away and KC scored for 7.
We respond well with probably our best drive, Jennings gets his way into the endzone and Moody’s extra point attempt blocked. Were these errors going to mount up and cost us in the end?
KC score a FG and now the fun part starts. The Niners do a good job of burning clock from about 5 mins down to around 2ish and this is where Showtime Kyle Shanahan begins. On 3rd and 5 we go short throw against a blitz happy KC defense incomplete. Moody kicks a 56 yard FG to put us in front. Mahomes has just under 2 mins to march down the field which he does and KC score a FG to go to overtime. Please note: We were extremely lucky that they didn’t run another play with 9 seconds left.
I and many others did not know about the new overtime rules. We win the toss and choose to receive. The ref asks if we’re sure. We go down the field and fail to score 7.
You know what you know the rest. I’m going to start another post with my grievances. Stay tuned