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Super Bowl 58: Highest-graded wide receivers for Chiefs, 49ers

2WHYCX0 Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Mecole Hardman Jr. (12) scores the wining touchdown in overtime against the San Francisco 49ers during the NFL Super Bowl 58 football game Sunday, Feb. 11, 2024, in Las Vegas. The Chiefs won 25-22. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

• Jauan Jennings steps up for San Francisco: Although the 49ers' receivers were largely held in check, Jennings brought in all four of his targets and found the endzone.

• The biggest catch of the game: Mecole Hardman was on the end of the game-winning touchdown reception, as well as a 52-yard bomb earlier in the game.

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San Francisco 49ers: Jauan Jennings (82.4)

Snaps Targets Receptions Yards Touchdowns First Downs
25 4 4 42 1 3

Kansas City kept San Francisco’s passing attack in check for most of the night. Christian McCaffrey led the 49ers with eight catches for 80 yards and a touchdown, while Deebo Samuel and Brandon Aiyuk combined for six catches for 82 yards. Samuel was limited to three catches on 11 targets.

The 49ers turned to Jauan Jennings in the second half, and he caught all four of his targets for 42 yards. He had a rough start, making a catch that resulted in an eight-yard loss. However, his next three receptions each gained 10-plus yards and became pivotal plays for the offense. Jennings earned 17 yards on a third-down play late in the third quarter. He followed that up with a 10-yard touchdown catch early in the fourth to give San Francisco a three-point lead. His last catch of the game was a 23-yarder to move the 49ers near midfield with less than six minutes remaining in regulation and the score tied at 16.

Jennings averaged 5.8 yards after the catch per reception and gained 20 yards after contact. He led the 49ers with a 150.0 passer rating when targeted in Super Bowl 58. Jennings ended his postseason with 10 catches for 111 yards. He gained eight first downs, recorded four gains of 15-plus yards and generated a 133.0 passer rating when targeted.

Kansas City Chiefs: Mecole Hardman Jr. (80.7)

Snaps Targets Receptions Yards Touchdowns First Downs
14 3 3 57 1 2

Travis Kelce led Kansas City with nine catches for 93 yards, while Rashee Rice and Isiah Pacheco combined for 12 catches for 72 yards.

Mecole Hardman made only two postseason grabs for five yards entering the Super Bowl but delivered in the final game. Hardman split double coverage for a 52-yard catch early in the second quarter to put Kansas City within striking distance of the endzone. His second catch of the night was a two-yard gain on a third-down play late in the third quarter. He did not move the chains, but Kansas City was able to connect on a 57-yard field goal to cut into San Francisco’s lead.

Hardman’s last catch would be his most memorable: the game-winning touchdown to secure back-to-back Super Bowl titles for the Chiefs. He finished the night with a perfect passer rating when targeted and led all wideouts in the Super Bowl in receiving yards (57).


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