750 The Game Staff
The San Francisco 49ers erased a 24-7 halftime deficit in Sunday’s NFC Championship Game to defeat the Detroit Lions 34-31 and reach Super Bowl 58.
That came on the heels of a dramatic comeback win the week prior over the Green Bay Packers.
Now, Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs await the Niners in the Super Bowl in Las Vegas.
John Canzano, a 49ers fan, gave his thoughts on the wild day of Championship Sunday action that sees the Niners and Chiefs meeting on the big stage once again, just as they did in Super Bowl 54 in Miami.
“49ers were fortunate,” Canzano said of his team’s epic comeback to beat the Lions. “I hope they are knocking on wood, I hope they are thanking their lucky stars today. I think they got away with not playing their best football in the Divisional Round, still beat the Packers. Not play their best football in the title game, still beat the Lions. I have yet to see them play well. They haven’t played well in several weeks.”
Canzano says the 49ers, who are slight betting favorites in the Super Bowl, have to play a much more complete game to get past the quarterback on the other side.
“You can’t mess around with Patrick Mahomes,” Canzano said. “It has to be an A-minus game. You don’t have to be perfect but you have to be better, you have to be much better. And I think they will be, too.”
Canzano says the Niners will benefit from the two-week break between the conference title games and the Super Bowl to get themselves ready to play their best.
“Deebo Samuel played in the game, he clearly was not himself, he’s still hurt,” Canzano said. “The 49ers still look like a team, I still don’t fully trust Kyle Shanahan, if I’m a 49er fan, and I am. But they get two weeks now to prepare, get healthy, think about it, and try to play their best game.”
Listen to Canzano’s thoughts on the Super Bowl 58 matchup throughout the show podcast below, including this segment of Punch It Audio at the 1:18:55 mark.
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