Everyone knows about the big names. Patrick Mahomes, Travis Kelce, Tyreek Hill, but who are the guys who weren’t being talked about as much after it was all said and done? Who were the guys that made the plays that won’t be remembered but changed the game? We’ve ranked the 5 players who made an under the radar difference to bring the Lombardi to Kansas City in Super Bowl LIV.
5. Bashaud Breeland
The Chiefs free agent signing came up big for the Chiefs on the biggest stage. Breeland ended the game leading the Chiefs in tackles and an interception. The interception came in the second quarter and led to a 10-3 chiefs lead. Breeland also had two tackles for a loss by the end of the game. Overall, he was a huge contributor to the Chiefs’ success on defense.
4. Anthony Hitchens
Hitchens isn’t necessarily a household name, but was a big reason the 49ers struggled on offense. Hitchens was credited with one quarterback hit on the night, but his impact was greater than shown. The former Dallas Cowboy was a key piece in stopping the run which had carried the 49ers all year. Hitchens also was constantly pressuring Jimmy Garoppolo. In the pass game Hitchens found himself on Kittle a few times. However, Kittle was held to only four catches on the night.
3. Kendall Fuller
Kendall Fuller will go down in History as the guy who sent the game into victory formation, but that’s not nearly enough of a description for his impact on the game. Fuller also came up big with a pass breakup on the previous drive on a slant route where he came flying down into the box to cut the route. If the ball was an inch or two the other way Fuller would’ve sealed the game right then and there. The guy who only started four games on the year ended up making two of the most clutch plays in Chiefs history.
2. Chris Jones
Chris Jones had a lot to say after Super Bowl LIV, saying the Chiefs would repeat. That’s yet to be seen, but as far as this game goes, Jones was a beast. His name won’t flash on the stats, but he made some huge plays in the game. The biggest might be the pressure on Jimmy G. in the second quarter to force the interception by Breeland. Jones also led the team in pass deflections……. as a defensive lineman. Constant pressure on the quarterback, paired with being a force on the first level of the run and pass game, made Jones one of the most impactful players last night. The Mississippi State alum may have just set himself up for a huge pay day.
It might not be the most “underrated player,” but Damien Williams did not enter the game as a talking point. He made a strong case for Super Bowl MVP. Williams had 17 carries for 107 yards and a game sealing touchdown. Additionally, he had four grabs for 29 yards and a receiving touchdown. Williams impact will be forgotten soon as it was soon overshadowed by Patrick Mahomes becoming the youngest Super Bowl MVP in history. In a game where all the talk was about Raheem Mostert coming off a monster game, and the 49ers amazing run offense, Damien Williams stole the show. Being on a top tier passing offense, for him to go out and change the outcome of the game on the ground is absolutely extraordinary.
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