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Who Should We Believe About OT Rules: Shanahan or Niners Players?

Armstead and Juszczyk Stated Being Unaware of Changes in OverTime Rules, While Shanahan Disagrees

Who Should We Believe About OT Rules: Shanahan or Niners Players?
San Francisco 49ers' head coach Kyle Shanahan speaks with his players during Super Bowl LVIII | Patrick T. Fallon / AFP

OT Dilemma 😲

“I didn’t even know about the new playoff overtime rule, so it was a surprise to me,” – Armstead

The San Francisco 49ers are in the coping process after losing Super Bowl 58 to the Kansas City Chiefs. It turned out to be a nail-biter, the game went to overtime. The 49ers got the ball first and scored a field goal but the Chiefs got the ball next and scored a touchdown.

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While the ending seemed pretty cut and dry, there’s been a bit of a controversy brewing due to the new NFL overtime rules in NFL games during the playoffs. The new rule allows both teams to get the ball at least once in overtime regardless of a field or touchdown scored by the first team.

There’s been speculation that the 49ers should’ve elected to get the ball second with that in mind but Kyle Shanahan said he wanted the ball third if both the Chiefs and 49ers scored. However, some 49ers players weren’t aware of the new rule, per NFL rumors.

I didn’t even know about the new playoff overtime rule, so it was a surprise to me,” 49ers defensive lineman Arik Armstead said. “I didn’t even really know what was going on in terms of that.

Apparently, the players weren’t informed of the new rule.

You know what? I didn’t even realize the playoff rules were different in overtime,” Juszczyk said. “I assume you just want the ball to score a touchdown and win.

I guess that’s not the case. I don’t totally know the strategy there. We hadn’t talked about it, no.

It’s important for players to know the rules but this feels like a non-NFL news story to me. I think it’s fair that both teams get the ball and I think it’s fair if the second team scores a touchdown after the first team scored a field goal, they deserve to win.

You know what would’ve stopped the Chiefs from winning? Not allowing them to stroll down to the end zone in overtime. At the end of the day, it’s on the 49ers defense for giving a listless performance in overtime.

Perhaps the outcome would’ve been different if the 49ers would’ve gotten the ball second but what if the Chiefs scored a touchdown on the first drive? Honestly, I understand Shanahan’s thinking. If both teams score a field goal on the first two drives, the next team to score wins. If the 49ers could’ve held the Chiefs to a field goal, then San Francisco controls its own destiny.

I get that fans are frustrated. Trust me, I’m as sick of Chiefs as anybody but they were the better team in the end and deserved to win.

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