49ers’ Kyle Shanahan Gets Brutally Honest On Past Super Bowl Losses

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San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan will be taking part in his third Super Bowl on Sunday.

The first time was back in February 2017 when he was the offensive coordinator for the Atlanta Falcons. That was when the Falcons infamously blew a 28-3 halftime lead in a loss to the New England Patriots.

His second appearance came four years ago, when Shanahan was coach of the 49ers. San Francisco held a 20-10 lead over the Kansas City Chiefs going into the fourth quarter, only to see the Chiefs score 21 unanswered points in a 31-20 loss.

Here we are in February 2024, and Shanahan is preparing to face Kansas City again, but he swears he is not allowing his previous Super Bowl failures to affect him going into this game.

Instead, Shanahan just wants to leave everything on the field.

“I just don’t want regrets,” Shanahan said, via Nick Wagoner of ESPN.com. “I just want to do everything that makes sense to myself, that makes sense for our team. And when you do that, that’s what I have found. No matter how hard something is or good something is, you always keep perspective of what it really is. If you want your perspective to be someone else’s narrative, good luck being happy in life. Or successful.”

Including playoffs, Shanahan has gone 72-54 since taking over as the Niners’ head coach back in 2017. He has led the 49ers to three NFC West division titles and has currently done so in back-to-back years.

It took Shanahan a couple of years to get his feet underneath him, as he went just 10-22 over his first two seasons at the helm in the Bay.

Since then, however, Shanahan has logged double-digit win seasons in four of the last five years, making to the NFC Championship Game or further on all four of those occasions.

We’ll see if Kyle Shanahan can finally win the big one this weekend.

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