Madison Bumgarner isn't walking through that door, but the San Francisco 49ers hope to replicate the success the Giants had in their championship matchup against a team from Kansas City.
Six years after the Giants outlasted the Royals in an epic seven-game World Series, the 49ers and Chiefs will clash in Super Bowl LIV in Miami on Sunday, Feb. 2.
Kansas City vs. San Francisco 👀 pic.twitter.com/D7xxYHY9mQ— Alex Pavlovic (@PavlovicNBCS) January 20, 2020
Kansas City vs. San Francisco.— MLB (@MLB) January 20, 2020
We've seen that before. 👀 pic.twitter.com/1Xh36TVg5W
While 49ers fans are hoping for the same result, we're sure they are hoping the ending isn't as dramatic.
On Oct. 29, 2014, Bumgarner authored one of the most memorable playoff performances when he pitched five innings out of the bullpen in Game 7 just three days after tossing a four-hit shutout in Game 5.
Bumgarner preserved the one-run lead and World Series crown despite allowing the tying run to reach third base on a single and two-base error.
A little less drama would be perfectly fine for 49ers fans. But that outcome will be tough for Jimmy Garoppolo and Co. considering the firepower the Chiefs possess.
Patrick Mahomes won the MVP last season, Travis Kelce is a two-time All-Pro tight end and Tyreek Hill is one of the most dynamic offensive players in the NFL.
But if there is one defense that can slow down Mahomes and the Chiefs, it's the 49ers. Anchored by a tenacious front seven, the 49ers have one of the stingiest defenses in the league.
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Among the playoff teams that have played at least two games, the 49ers have allowed the fewest total yards (505) and points (30).
SF vs. KC: Part 2 is setting up to be a classic, one San Francisco is hoping goes their way again.