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The task of simulating what the 49ers defense might face, unique Super Bowl  prep experience

The San Francisco 49ers “had fun” trying to emulate Patrick Mahomes before the Super Bowl.

The San Francisco 49ers were preparing to take on Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LVIII, and it was a good week for backup quarterbacks.

Their strategy includes creating scout teams where prospective players practice defense by simulating opposing offenses.

Mahomes’ unique skill set and Travis Kelce’s natural play could make it difficult against the Chiefs.

The task of simulating what the 49ers defense might face fell to backup quarterbacks Sam Darnold and Brandon Allen. Despite the pressure, they enjoyed playing like Mahomes.

“It’s fun,” Darnold said. You can run and play.” He added: “It’s fun… the coaches get together and say, ‘Let’s score this.

If you don’t have it, get out there,’ and I’m like, ‘Okay, I’ve been there.’” I’ll do it anyway!”

He explained it this way: “We’ve been trying to match No. 1 and No. 2 (receivers) all week. If someone’s wide open, hit them, if they’re not, just shuffle around and try to make a play.”

Allen, who’s at his third Super Bowl as a third-string quarterback, shared: “It’s been a fun couple of weeks for us.”

He also praised Mahomes: “Obviously know what he (Mahomes) can do on that side of the ball. He can make crazy shots and crazy plays.”

Allen added about freedom of practice: “So they gave me and Sam (Darnold) complete freedom to go out and try every throw.

“It was fun because I was trying to throw it properly and then when it was all covered, I had to fight and throw it big,” he said.

This approach is very different from Kyle Shanahan’s strict passing strategy that helped Brock Purdy succeed.

Despite their different talents, Darnold and Allen are enjoying this unique Super Bowl prep experience.

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