5 reasons why 49ers ultimately lost Super Bowl 58 to Chiefs

Why? Why? Why?

The Niners suffered yet another brutal Super Bowl loss to the Chiefs, and it'll prompt questions all offseason.

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The 49ers have now lost two Super Bowls to the Chiefs, and this latest defeat carries some reasons that'll be hard to come to terms with.

For the second time in four years, the Kansas City Chiefs have delivered absolute heartbreak to the San Francisco 49ers in the Super Bowl.

In Super Bowl 54, KC overcame a 20-10 deficit to win 31-20. Now, in Super Bowl 58, Kansas City overcame another 10-point deficit and was on the right end of a back-and-forth battle that extended into overtime at Allegiant Stadium on Sunday evening.

The Chiefs ultimately won, pulling off the 25-22 victory that handed the Niners their third Super Bowl loss.


In peeling back the curtain on reasons why San Francisco suffered such a heartbreaking defeat, here are the reasons we concluded as to why the 49ers lost.

Reason No. 1: Jake Moody's missed extra point

Early in the fourth quarter, the Niners took a lead on a touchdown pass from quarterback Brock Purdy to wide receiver Jauan Jennings that made it 16-13.

An extra point from rookie kicker Jake Moody was all that was needed.

Except Moody struck it low, and Kansas City's special teams blocked the attempt:

The score stayed 16-13, and the Chiefs subsequently connected on a game-tying field goal not long thereafter instead of being forced to go for a touchdown with just under six minutes remaining in regulation.

All other things being equal, Moody making that kick means the game wouldn't have gone to overtime, and San Francisco potentially would have won.

But Moody's miss wasn't the lone reason. Not by a long shot.