- Mostert has run for 1,069 yards and nine touchdowns in his career.
- This is the 49ers' seventh Super Bowl appearance in franchise history.
- The 49ers beat the Packers by a score of 74-28 in two games this season.
SAN FRANCISCO – It’s been quite the turnaround for the San Francisco 49ers this season as they went from having the No. 2 pick in the 2019 NFL Draft to making a trip to the Super Bowl in the same season.
The San Francisco 49ers dismantled the Green Bay Packers for the second time this season with their 37-20 NFC Championship victory.
Once 49ers running back Tevin Coleman went out with a shoulder injury, an unlikely hero by the name of Raheem Mostert was called to carry San Francisco to the Super Bowl. Mostert answered with a historic game as he ran for 220 yards and four touchdowns on 29 carries.
By halftime, Mostert had already amassed 160 rushing yards and three touchdowns on only 14 carries. The fifth-year back consistently gashed the Packers run defense averaging 7.6 yards per rush.
With Coleman out of the picture, Mostert took over the backfield and 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan would not need to think about putting in third-string running back Matt Breida.
The 49ers usually split their carries between running backs but with Mostert having a career game they continued to run him against an overmatched Green Bay defense. San Francisco has leaned on Mostert all season as he finished with a career-high in carries (147), rushing yards (772) and rushing touchdowns (8).
San Francisco 49ers will now face the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl 54 as the franchise looks to capture its sixth Lombardi Trophy. The Chiefs are looking for their first Super Bowl win since 1969 and quarterback Patrick Mahomes will present a major problem for the 49ers defense.
Can the 49ers rely on Mostert to deliver again in the Super Bowl?
In a committee, backfield Mostert has proven that he is the top back by leading the team in all rushing categories. However, the Chiefs defense is one game removed from stopping the running back of the year Derrick Henry and now they’ll be tasked with stopping another potent rushing attack with the Super Bowl on the line.
For perspective, the record for most rushing yards in the Super Bowl is 204 yards by Washington Redskins running back Timmy Smith. Mostert ran for 220 in the NFC Championship game and if Tevin Coleman isn’t completely over his shoulder injury by the Super Bowl, Mostert may have a hard time carrying the load against a Chiefs defensive line that has been playing elite down the final stretch of the season.
Expecting a repeat performance from Mostert may be unrealistic, especially when considering a Patrick Mahomes led offense can manage the clock and eliminate an opposing team’s rushing attack. Mostert may rush for over 100 yards in the Super Bowl but a 200-yard performance is likely out of the picture.
Super Bowl 54 between the Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers is set for a 6:30 p.m. EST kickoff on February 2.
Robert has been writing for BettingSuperBowl since 2019. When he isn’t dreaming of a Cowboys Super Bowl victory, he can be found wherever sports are being watched.