Shanahan details why Chiefs' Super Bowl success is no surprise originally appeared on NBC Sports Bay Area
SANTA CLARA -- The 49ers never faced a coach-quarterback tandem with this kind of combined previous Super Bowl success in the franchise's first seven trips to the league championship game.
Back then, Reid had not won a Super Bowl in 20 seasons as an NFL head coach. And Mahomes was a great young player appearing in his first Super Bowl. His name had not yet been placed in the same sentence as Joe Montana and Tom Brady.
"I think it's not a coincidence why they have [won multiple Super Bowls]," 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said on Thursday.
Kansas City made it through a loaded AFC three more times. The Chiefs lost to Brady's Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Super Bowl LV but bounced back with a victory over the Philadelphia Eagles a year ago in Super Bowl LVII.
The Chiefs advanced to the organization's fourth Super Bowl in five years with a 17-10 victory Sunday over the top-seeded Baltimore Ravens in the AFC Championship game.
At 28, Mahomes has already started 17 playoff games, and Kansas City has a 14-3 record in his postseason starts.
"I think the quarterback is as hard to beat as anyone who's ever played the game, the things he can do from a talent standpoint," Shanahan said. "And then you pair that up with his scheme with Andy, how Andy runs a team, with Mahomes' experience now. That's why no matter what type of game it is, whether it's low-scoring, high-scoring, whether they're struggling or not, they always have a chance."
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Before the Chiefs beat the Ravens last week, they overcame a seven-point halftime deficit for a 27-24 road victory over the Buffalo Bills in the divisional round of the playoffs.
Kansas City is now playing its best football of the season after a 3-5 stretch that included a 20-14 loss to the Las Vegas Raiders on Christmas Day.
"If they can keep it close, he's really tough to stop," Shanahan said of Mahomes. "When you can always have a chance, and you also got a really good defense, great coaching staff and a great head coach, that's usually a very good formula to win most games."