Shanahan, however, has the dark cloud of the biggest come back in Super Bowl history hanging over his head. And that cloud reads out the scoreline of 28-3.
Will Kyle Shanahan blow a 28-3 lead again like he did in Super Bowl 51?
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Shanahan’s First Chance
Shanahan was the offensive coordinator for the Atlanta Falcons in 2017.
That Falcons, team led by his explosive offense, was able to outperform the New England Patriots, for a half. The Falcons let off of the gas offensively and gave up a 28-3 lead and lost Super Bowl 51 in overtime.
Shanahan swears that this team is much different from that team just a few years ago.
The 49er’s Offense
If you were to google “teams that wouldn’t blow a 28-3 lead” the first one to pop-up would be the San Francisco 49ers.
Here is there season and playoff run by the numbers.
- Offense- Ranked 2nd in points for and 4th in yards for
- Defense- Ranked 8th in points against and 2nd in yards against
- Playoffs- Minnesota 0 points in the second half, Green Bay 0 points in the first half
- Raheem Mostert– 278 yards 4 TD’s in the postseason
- Richard Sherman– 2 INT’s in the postseason
- Jimmy Garoppolo– 1 TD 1 INT 63% completion in the postseason
Needless to say, the 49ers have used a very old school run first, hard-hitting philosophy to get them to Miami for Super Bowl 54.
Andy Reid has been to the Super Bowl once as a Head Coach. He went with Philadelphia in 2005 and also lost to the Patriots, just like Shanahan. He still has immense respect for the Chiefs head man who has been in the league for over 20 years.
Kyle Shanahan is the son of former NFL Head Coach Mike Shanahan.
Mike also has San Francisco ties. He won the Super Bowl 29 as the 49ers offensive coordinator.
That Super Bowl was also played in Miami.
The Big Game
On Sunday, we will see if Kyle Shanahan’s second chance will wash away the memory of 2017 and if he can join his father as a Super Bowl-winning head coach.
Super Bowl 54 will be on Feb. 2 at 6:30 p.m.