For the 49ers and coach Kyle Shanahan, it's yet another heartbreak. There's plenty of blame to allocate, but one thing the 49ers should take comfort in is that quarterback Brock Purdy shined on the sport's biggest stage.
If he hadn't already made his greatness undeniable, go ahead and crown Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes, who erased any doubt whatsoever that he's among the best to have ever done it. His uncanny feel for the game and pocket presence, his taking stock of the open spaces on the field, his dual-threat ability to run and throw any pass demanded of him — this is what has allowed the Chiefs to be the first team to win consecutive Super Bowls in 19 seasons. In each of Kansas City's three Super Bowl victories, he has brought his team back from deficits of 10 points.