A Super Bowl autopsy by a San Francisco 49ers fan
Why it matters: The game, only the second Super Bowl match ever to go into overtime, had the 49ers in the lead through halftime before the Kansas City Chiefs rallied to a 25-22 victory.
Our thought bubble: I'm no football expert, but it seemed to me that it really came down to the Jake Moody extra-point kick that got blocked by Chiefs linebacker Leo Chenal.
- The block cost us an extra and crucial point that could've ended the game with the Lombardi Trophy in our (metaphorical) hands.
Of note: A viral moment from the game involving Chiefs cornerback L'Jarius Sneed ended up giving San Francisco Chronicle photographer Carlos Avila Gonzalez his 15 minutes of fame.
- Gonzalez was shooting on the edge of the field when Sneed, defending the Niners' Samuel, came charging toward the end zone chasing Brock Purdy's pass, which fell incomplete.
- Sneed, unable to come to a sudden stop, jumped clear over Gonzalez's head just as he ducked.
- Gonzalez said his phone started vibrating with dozens of messages from friends and coworkers within minutes. He ended up posting on Facebook to ask people to stop texting: "I'm fine I have to keep working."
- "This is my third Super Bowl covering the Niners and … I really thought that they were gonna do it this year," he told Axios. "But at the same time, so many things can stand on one play. … It's why my first instinct is to grab the camera and shoot even though my own personal well-being is at risk."
The big picture: Sunday's game is the third consecutive Super Bowl the Niners have lost since their last win in 1995.
The bottom line: We're all drowning our sorrows.
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