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Kyle Shanahan, the head coach of the San Francisco 49ers, has experienced a series of heartbreaking setbacks in the Super Bowl, witnessing his teams relinquish double-digit leads on three occasions. These defeats have not only been agonizing for the respective teams but have also overshadowed Shanahan's otherwise commendable coaching career. Shanahan currently holds a record of 0-3 when leading by a double-digit margin in the Super Bowl, a truly disheartening statistic.
Super Bowl LI: The 28-3 Unraveling Shanahan's initial Super Bowl heartbreak occurred while serving as the offensive coordinator for the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl LI. Despite establishing a formidable 28-3 lead against the New England Patriots, the Falcons witnessed their advantage vanish in the largest comeback in Super Bowl history. Led by Tom Brady, the Patriots orchestrated an unprecedented rally, leveling the game in regulation and ultimately prevailing in overtime with a score of 34-28. This memorable game is forever associated with the score "28-3," serving as a stark reminder of the swift shifts in fortune within the NFL.
Super Bowl LIV: A Fourth-Quarter Decline In his role as the head coach of the 49ers, Shanahan faced another Super Bowl challenge against the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LIV. Holding a 20-10 lead in the fourth quarter, the 49ers once again found themselves unable to secure the victory. Patrick Mahomes led the Chiefs to a comeback, winning the game 31-20, leaving Shanahan and the 49ers contemplating what might have been.
Super Bowl LVIII: A Repetition of Circumstances Shanahan's most recent Super Bowl defeat came in a rematch against the Chiefs. Despite holding leads of 10-0, 16-13, 19-16, and 22-19, the 49ers were unable to secure the win. Criticism was directed at Shanahan for various decisions, including opting to receive the ball in overtime under the new rules and the lack of full awareness among his players regarding these rules. The game concluded with another defeat for Shanahan's 49ers, as the Chiefs secured the championship once again.