Piecing together a good offense
The 49ers made a convincing case with their offense this season.
They started by signing Tevin Coleman and then went and drafted Debo Samuel who put together an impressive rookie campaign. Then Emmanuel Sanders was acquired mid-season which added an element of experience and speed to the room.
Then George Kittle and Raheem Mostert both benefited from the added elements of experience and speed to the passing and running game respectively. More weapons for Garoppolo meant more chances for success.
However, the Chiefs’ team was all of that and more.
Speed demon Tyreek Hill, sure handed Sammy Watkins, rangy Travis Kelce, shifty runner Damien Williams, and their invigorating leader Patrick Mahomes were all familiar with the playoff scene and knew how to handle the pressure. Even when they were down in the fourth quarter they knew what they were up against and they knew that the effort they gave would be reciprocated by their defense.
Mahomes and Reid are a testament to the idea that the leadership provided by a coach and quarterback duo is the invaluable adhesive that keeps a team together even in the darkest of times and leads to unlikely victories (something the Panthers used to be good at).