For the first three and a half quarters of Super Bowl LIV, there might not have been a better player on the field at Hard Rock Stadium than 49ers rookie Nick Bosa.

The defensive end mauled the Kansas City Chiefs’ stout offensive line, forcing quarterback Patrick Mahomes into one of his worst career performances.

The numbers from Bosa’s Super Bowl debut speak for themselves, even as the Niners collapsed down the stretch in their 31-20 loss to Kansas City.

Bosa was not only the highest-graded San Francisco player according to Pro Football Focus, but he ranked pretty favorably among all players competing in the playoffs.

His most impactful play came in the third quarter, as a strip-sack of Patrick Mahomes started a chain reaction of events that led to a Raheem Mostert touchdown, extending the 49ers' lead to 20-10.

 

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The Ohio State product was no slouch in the regular season either, as he earned the 2019 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year award. 

He was very emotional following Sunday’s loss, but the 49ers clearly have secured one of the NFL’s top pass rushers, and general manager John Lynch likely will do everything he can to make sure Bosa remains in San Francisco for a long time.