By: Will Farlow
As I was watching Super Bowl 54 at home with my parents, I had various thoughts both during and after the game. I saw two teams that built from the ground up just three to four years ago with the support of two good coaches both new and veteran. Andy Reid has worked hard his whole career as a head coach in the NFL and finally got what he deserved as his Kansas City Chiefs won the first Super Bowl for Kansas City in the last 50 years.
The San Francisco 49ers featured a great young defense with role players such as rookie Nick Bosa, Deforest Buckner, and veteran cornerback Richard Sherman. Moving over to the 49er’s offense players such as Raheem Mostert, Jimmy Garoppolo, and Deebo Samuel played an incredible team effort game behind their strong offensive line. 49ers fullback Kyle Juszczyk was well utilized in the Kyle Shanahan offense tonight which lead to a 49er touchdown in the first half of the game.
I found the use of the fullback tonight can send a message to other teams how to use the fullback in a similar way , and it reminds me of the time the George Halas coached Chicago Bears utilized in a similar way Gale Sayers and Brian Piccolo. Both teams making it to the Super Bowl connected significantly to something I have said many times both on my podcast and to others around me. The best thing about sports is seeing different teams work hard and have the chance to play for a title game in the postseason showing to expect the unexpected in any game from any team.
The Kansas City Chiefs Super Bowl victory was the third comeback victory in a row for a team that did so previously to advance through the postseason. Super Bowl 54 was a victory in another form for the Chiefs to show the NFL teams they can be a team to beat moving forward in the AFC. The San Francisco 49ers made a simple mistake of not running the fourth quarter clock down on an offensive drive against Kansas City with about 8 minutes left in the game. The 49ers running the ball effectively in that strategy could have helped them change the outcome of the game. The saying also goes where that still doesn’t prevent other things from unfolding like in this case the Chiefs still could have found a chance to score and win after that possible scenario. I think that is one thing that is the beauty of sports is thinking of the what if type of situations about a game in the past or one upcoming in the future.
Each football fan after tonight’s Super Bowl game is thinking their own what ifs along with what the offseason can bring moving forward. As the Kansas City Chiefs celebrate their first Super Bowl in 50 years, Monday morning begins the start of another NFL offseason where every team has a chance through the draft and free agency to improve their teams where one will emerge around this time next season hoisting the Vince Lombardi Trophy.