The 49ers took the ball and drove for a area purpose, then misplaced 25-22 when Patrick Mahomes guided Kansas Metropolis 75 yards the opposite approach for the profitable landing Sunday night time. San Francisco’s drive ended when the 49ers kicked a area purpose on fourth-and-4 from the 9. In the event that they’d identified three factors would not be adequate, they may have gone for a landing in that spot.
For a few years, time beyond regulation ended as quickly as one workforce scored. Then the rule was altered so each groups may possess the ball—except the primary workforce on offense scored a landing. Then the sport would finish on that TD, and that is what occurred when New England beat Atlanta 34-28 in Tremendous Bowl 51.
Then, an much more latest rule change mandated that within the postseason, each groups can possess the ball even when the primary offensive workforce scores a landing. Now, NFL playoff time beyond regulation much more carefully resembles the faculty time beyond regulation, the place groups alternate possessions. And in school, groups typically wish to have the ball second as a result of they’re going to have a greater sense of what they want on their drive.
This time, Kansas Metropolis had that benefit, which meant the Chiefs had no alternative however to go for it on fourth-and-1 from their very own 34. They transformed and ultimately reached the top zone on a 3-yard landing move from Mahomes to Mecole Hardman.
One protection of San Francisco’s choice to take the ball entails what occurs if the sport remains to be tied after each groups have had a possession. Then the sport does turn out to be sudden loss of life—so there is a clear potential edge in having the ball third. If the sport was nonetheless tied after the primary two possessions, the 49ers would have gotten the ball and any rating would have received it. However time beyond regulation by no means made it that far.