The 49ers increased their Super Bowl lead over the Chiefs with one of the wildest trick plays Kyle Shanahan has ever called.
Super Bowl 58 still looks as if it's shaping up to be a low-scoring affair, and the San Francisco 49ers have to be more than content shutting out the Kansas City Chiefs for the better part of the first half.
But that only matters if the Niners are able to put up some points of their own during that span before halftime.
After a 3-0 lead following a Super Bowl-record field goal by kicker Jake Moody, that's what San Francisco managed to do.
It just happened to come on one of the wildest plays head coach Kyle Shanahan has ever called during his coaching tenure.
Kyle Shanahan dials up perfect trick play to increase 49ers' Super Bowl lead
From time to time, Shanahan will call for one of those odd plays that catch everyone off guard. And he decided to do that with the Niners facing a 2nd-and-10 on KC's 21-yard line.
The hero? Wide receiver Jauan Jennings.
Quarterback Brock Purdy lateraled to Jennings, who then threw across the field to running back Christian McCaffrey. The pass seemingly took forever to fly through the air. For a moment, it appeared destined to be intercepted by Kansas City, save for a great block by San Francisco's right guard, Spencer Burford.
McCaffrey did the rest:
McCaffrey then found a crease and ran it in for the 21-yard score to put the 49ers up 10-0 late in the second half.
Usually, that'd be a play Shanahan would reserve for McCaffrey, only the All-Pro running back would be on the passing end and not the receiving one.
Thank you, Jennings, for helping deliver the Niners seven more points in one of the most improbable ways ever seen in the Shanahan era.