Kyle Shanahan

Shanahan's fourth-down gamble pays leads to timely Jennings TD

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Kyle Shanahan took a risk in the fourth quarter of Super Bowl LVIII, and it paid off big time for the 49ers.

Faced with a fourth-and-3 on the Kansas City Chiefs' 15-yard line while trailing 13-10, Shanahan kept the 49ers' offense on the field.

Quarterback Brock Purdy completed a 4-yard pass to tight end George Kittle for a first down.

Two plays later, Purdy completed a 10-yard pass to wide receiver Jauan Jennings for a touchdown, giving the 49ers a 16-10 lead before kicker Jake Moody missed the extra point.

Shanahan took a risk, opting not to tie the game on a Moody field-goal attempt, instead playing for the lead -- and it paid off big time.

Detroit Lions coach Dan Campbell's fourth-down play-calling was a big storyline in San Francisco's NFC Championship Game win two weeks ago, decisions Campbell stood by after the game when Detroit came up empty on those costly fourth-down attempts.

Shanahan's gamble, however, worked to a tee.

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