The Chiefs emerged victorious in a thrilling Super Bowl overtime win over the 49ers, though one strategic decision by San Francisco head coach Kyle Shanahan may have led to Kansas City's win.
Shanahan elected to receive the kickoff in overtime, giving the Chiefs the ability to know how many points they needed to win the game on the second drive. The 49ers kicked a field goal, though Chris Jones revealed the Chiefs had a special plan in mind if they needed a touchdown.
If San Francisco would have scored a TD to go up seven, Jones explained after the game that Kansas City intended to go for two and win the game.
Chris Jones Reveals Chiefs Would've Gone for Two in Overtime
Wouldn't that have been something?
According to Lindsay Jones of The Ringer, "the Chiefs had first discussed the new overtime rules as far back as training camp."
She writes that Jones said, “We talked through this for two weeks. 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.”
Kansas City was prepared, while San Francisco players admitted after the game that some of them didn't know the overtime rules. That's a baffling error by Shanahan, and it's obvious that Andy Reid had his team ready for any situation.
Thankfully, we never had to watch the Chiefs attempt a two-point conversion. They won with a TD to Mecole Hardman, and the rest is history.
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