There were three Pro Ducks on the San Francisco 49ers roster for the Super Bowl: Arik Armstead, Deommodore Lenoir, and Terrance Mitchell.
Lenoir and Armstead are both stars of the Niners’ defense and that trend continued in the championship game, despite their team’s loss.
Here’s an in-depth look at how the two Ducks performed throughout the 60 minutes of Super Bowl LVIII against the Kansas City Chiefs:
In lock-down coverage, Deommodore Lenoir put up some big plays for the Niners’ defense. Between breaking up passes and stopping wideouts from streaking into the endzone, Lenoir made a score-preventing play.
Forcing a fumble out of Isaiah Pacheco during the second quarter, the Pro Duck arguably prevented the Chiefs from scoring a touchdown in the first half.
Kansas City had passed the ball off to Pacheco on the 9-yard line in hopes that he would carry it in for six points. However, Lenoir was able to get a hand into Pacheco’s basket and knock the ball loose.
Lenoir’s nearly unflappable defense helped to keep the game within reach through all four quarters and almost led to the Niners’ sixth franchise Super Bowl victory.
Another star of the Niners’ defensive show for a majority of the game was former Duck Arik Armstead.
Not only did Armstead join Lenoir in stopping a touchdown early on in the game, but he also racked up 6 tackles and a sack throughout the game.
While Armstead may not have recovered any fumbles to lead to a game-winning drive for the 49ers this time around, he helped keep the game close until the final seconds.
The Kansas City Chiefs basically pulled off the equivalent of a walkoff homerun during extra innings. The clock was ticking down, San Francisco led by 3, and Patrick Mahomes was still able to march his team to victory during overtime.
In an absolute rollercoaster of a game, the Chiefs crushed the hopes of San Fran fans around the world… again.
After 15 minutes of overtime play, Kansas City defeated the Niners 25-22.