Brandon Aiyuk is upset the 49ers never got a chance to expose the Eagles defense in the NFC Championship, but he thinks the Chiefs will in the Super Bowl.
The San Francisco 49ers were the best team out of the final four in contention for Super Bowl LVII.
“If you want to go player for player, offense or defense, I don’t think anybody has [what we have],” Aiyuk said (h/t 49ers Webzone).
Unfortunately, Aiyuk and the Niners never got a chance to put that to the test in the Super Bowl, falling short in the NFC Championship against the Philadelphia Eagles. San Francisco’s offense suffered a massive blow on its first possession when quarterback Brock Purdy endured an elbow injury that effectively knocked him out of the game.
Purdy returned, of course, but only after backup quarterback Josh Johnson suffered a concussion. And Purdy wasn’t able to throw anything beyond 5 yards, allowing Philly to stack the box and not think about any sort of pass threat.
It worked, and the 49ers lost 31-7.
Now, sitting at home, Aiyuk feels as if Philadelphia’s defense ended up getting more credit than it deserves.
He also thinks that defense will get exposed in Super Bowl LVII, too.
Brandon Aiyuk says Chiefs will pick apart Eagles defense in Super Bowl
The Eagles boasted 70 sacks during the regular season, and their pass defense is something to be worried about, yes.
However, Aiyuk felt as if quarterback Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs offense would be able to effectively move the ball against Philly’s secondary.
Speaking via Grant Cohn of Sports Illustrated, Aiyuk said the following:
"I don’t know fully about that defense. They talk about them being a good defense — I’m not sure. I think this Kansas City pass game will expose what we thought we were going to expose before some unfortunate circumstances. They got extremely lucky."
KC wrapped up the regular season with the NFL’s No. 1 scoring offense in the league and the only team to crest 7,000 yards of total offense.
Mahomes, meanwhile, led the league with 5,250 yards passing and is a strong candidate to receive the NFL MVP award this season.
And while Aiyuk and fellow Niners fans probably wouldn’t mind seeing the Eagles get beat down in that regard, having the Chiefs do it probably isn’t the best outcome either, considering what happened the last time San Francisco was in the Super Bowl.
Either way, Super Bowl LVII will kick off on Sunday, Feb. 12 at 6:30 p.m. ET.