KANSAS CITY, Mo. — While the Kansas City Chiefs rallied to be in Super Bowl LVIII, their offensive struggles throughout the season can’t be ignored.
The drops, mistimed routes and inconsistency have seemingly been fixed during Kansas City’s run to Super Bowl LVIII against the San Francisco 49ers.
During that run, the Chiefs struggled to perform on offense in the second half.
Leading up to the playoffs, the Chiefs only scored double digits in the second half four times after their bye week. Those were in four-straight games against the Las Vegas Raiders, Green Bay Packers, Buffalo Bills and New England Patriots.
The Chiefs remedied that issue in the playoffs by putting up 10 points in the second half against the Miami Dolphins in the Wild Card and 14 points against the Bills in the Divisional round.
KC had the benefit of facing two injury-riddled defenses in those matchups, along with playing the Dolphins in historic cold temperatures.
The AFC 1-seed Baltimore Ravens’ mighty defense held the Chiefs scoreless in the second half.
Quarterback Patrick Mahomes acknowledged that the Ravens defense had their number at times, but the offense simply didn’t execute at times and that they were in a funk throughout the season in the second half.
“A few mistakes here and there by kind of everybody,” he said.
“That stuff when you’re playing a defense like that will stall out drives and we’re playing a defense like that this week as well. We just have to execute at a higher level in the second half of football games and I believe when we’re executing, we can score the football.”
San Francisco’s explosive offense has the sixth-highest explosive play rate in over two decades and flourishes at scoring in the second half.
Since their bye week, they have only been limited to less than double-digit second-half points against the Ravens when they were blown out on Monday Night Football on Christmas night.
The 49ers also put their offense on full display when they scored 27 second-half points in a 17-point comeback against the Detroit Lions in the NFC Championship.
Both teams have had the luxury of having a defense to help pick up the offense’s slack and that’s what the Chiefs leaned into during their playoff run.
It will be tough for KC to shut down the Niners offense in the second half but if they can limit them to go with some touchdowns from their own offense, they’ll be smooth sailing to another Super Bowl.