SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Kyle Shanahan stood on the San Francisco 49ers’ sideline, a flat-brimmed cap on his head and a laminated playsheet in his hands, orchestrating both the demolition of the Green Bay Packers and the final restorations of a marquee franchise. The competitive portion of the NFC championship came concluded before the sun had finished setting over Levi’s Stadium. The rest of the evening could be used to look ahead to Super Bowl LIV or perhaps, for Shanahan, a chance to look back.
The 49ers advanced to the Super Bowl for the seventh time in team history Sunday evening, claiming the NFC title with a 37-20 thrashing of the Packers. They built a 27-0 lead at halftime and so thoroughly outmuscled and out-schemed Green Bay with runs that they totaled 285 rushing yards while attempting only eight passes. Raheem Mostert, once an undrafted free agent, rushed for 220 yards — the second-highest playoff total ever — and four touchdowns on 29 carries.
What happened in Super Bowl LIV
The Chiefs defeated the San Francisco 49ers, 31-20, in the Super Bowl to deliver Kansas City’s first NFL championship in 50 years. Find all the highlights here.
How it happened: Patrick Mahomes had a play in his back pocket for when the Chiefs needed it. Now “Tre Right, Three Jet Chip Wasp” will live in Kansas City lore.
Parade: Fans gather early and in mass numbers to celebrate Chiefs’ Super Bowl in Kansas City.
Halftime show: Jennifer Lopez and Shakira teamed up to become the first two Latina singers to perform at the Super Bowl. It was a truly riveting, wildly entertaining performance. “You may have heard the American Dream itself pulsing in a space where it will always be allowed to live,” pop music critic Chris Richards writes, “inside a pop song.”
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