The 49ers Didn't Know the Overtime Rules
LOL. You could waterboard me and I’d never publicly admit this:
Here’s #49ers FB Kyle Juszczyk admitting he wasn’t aware of the new overtime rules:
— Ari Meirov (@MySportsUpdate) February 12, 2024
The Chiefs’ overtime plan worked out exactly how they had hoped—and it wasn’t by accident. Kansas City safety Justin Reid told The Ringer that the Chiefs had first discussed the new overtime rules as far back as training camp. Defensive lineman Chris Jones told me players were prepared for what to expect if the Super Bowl went to overtime.
“We talked through this for two weeks,” Jones said. “How we was going to give the ball to the opponent; if they scored, we was going for two at the end of the game. We rehearsed it.”
The 49ers did not do the same. Multiple San Francisco players said after the game that they were not aware that the overtime rules are different in the playoffs than they are in the regular season, and strategy discussions over how to handle the overtime period did not occur as a team. Defensive lineman Arik Armstead said he learned the details of the postseason rule when it was shown on the Allegiant Stadium jumbotron during a TV timeout after regulation. Fullback Kyle Juszczyk said he assumed the 49ers asked to receive when they won the toss because that’s what you do in the regular season, when a touchdown wins the game. “I guess that’s not the case. I don’t really know the strategy,” Juszczyk said.
Is Kyle Shanahan in his Andy Reid Eagles Era? He’s a good coach for the first 18 games of the year. You get him in the Super Bowl and he totally unravels. Maybe he’s gotta switch coasts to like Carolina or Jacksonville to win the big one. A place where they won’t shank you in an In N Out Burger for losing a Super Bowl. Because how do you not know the new OT rules? How? How is someone on your staff not in charge of game situations in case the MOTHERFUCKING SUPER BOWL goes to OT??? It’s the biggest game of the year and you’re shooting blind going into it. Could you imagine the Niners scored a touchdown in the first possession? There was no doubt a couple of players would’ve celebrated like they won the Super Bowl. It would’ve been hilarious! Instead they get nothing and then to sit there after the game and admit it? Who are you, Donovan McNabb?