According to one of his players, Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid was prepared to make a bold decision after Super Bowl LVIII on Sunday.
The Chiefs defeated the San Francisco 49ers in an overtime thriller 25-22 at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas, Nevada. San Francisco won the overtime toss and was selected as the recipient. The 49ers had to settle for a field goal before Patrick Mahomes scored the game-winning touchdown pass.
With the new playoff overtime rules implemented in 2022, each team has the opportunity to have possession of the ball even if the receiving team scores a touchdown. After the game, Chiefs defensive lineman Chris Jones said Reid's plan was to score two points and win if the 49ers scored a touchdown in overtime and Kansas City responded.
“We talked about it for two weeks,” Jones said The Ringer's Lindsay Jones. “How we wanted to give the ball to the opponent; if they scored a goal, we bet on two goals at the end of the match. We practiced it.”
While this would be a bold call on Reid's part, it would also be the right one. His offense excels in short yardage situations with Mahomes and Travis Kelce. We saw this on Kansas City's winning overtime play when Mahomes easily scored a first down on a scheduled QB on fourth down deep in Kansas City territory. Mahomes then went 18 yards on the rest of the drive for a 3rd-and-1.
Reid was obviously prepared for an overtime scenario. We may not be able to say the same about 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan, who apparently forgot about it after the game he didn't even know the principles of the OT.