SANTA CLARA – The 49ers barely had time to bask in the glory of a historic comeback victory in the NFC Championship Game.
On Monday we went back to work.
Coach Kyle Shanahan concluded a meeting with the 49ers' quarterbacks room to go over each of Brock Purdy's snaps from the team's 34-31 victory over the Detroit Lions.
Five minutes later, he was on a conference call with Bay Area reporters.
“We’re done with the tape,” Shanahan said. “It's only really hitting me now, but we also have yesterday behind us. It’s time to move on.”
The coaching staff went over all the teaching points from Sunday's game with the players. Then some off-field matters had to be sorted out before the players were excused for the next two days.
“Our guys are going to have some Super Bowl reunions for their families with tickets and all that stuff to get this all out of the way,” Shanahan said. “Because it can be extremely hectic if you don't take care of your business today and tomorrow.”
While the 49ers have off days on Tuesday and Wednesday, Shanahan and his staff will gather to formulate their game plan for the game against the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LVIII on Sunday, February 11, in Las Vegas.
The Chiefs have made this an annual habit. Andy Reid's team reached its fourth Super Bowl in five seasons with a 17-10 road win over the top-seeded Baltimore Ravens in the AFC on Sunday.
Shanahan has been here before too.
Seven years ago, he was the offensive coordinator of the Atlanta Falcons during their Super Bowl appearance.
And in his third season with San Francisco, the 49ers made it to Super Bowl LIV, where they lost to Kansas City.
The 49ers will structure the week so that most preparations are completed in time for travel.
The team will practice on Thursday, Friday and Saturday – almost as if they were preparing for this weekend's game.
With so many forces pulling in different directions in the Super Bowl city, most of the work needs to be done at the team's Santa Clara facility before heading to Las Vegas on Sunday.
“Growing up, one of the most important things was all the teams I talked to,” Shanahan said. “If you wait to get things done there, it just becomes too hectic.
“You can always change things and tighten things up, but you want to do most of your heavy lifting before you get there.”
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