A general manager can do almost everything right and still lose the Super Bowl if his team doesn’t have the better quarterback. That point felt obvious on Sunday as Patrick Mahomes lifted the Kansas City Chiefs to a Super Bowl LVIII victory over the San Francisco 49ers.

On paper, the 49ers had the better roster. This season, San Francisco led all NFL teams with nine players selected to the Pro Bowl and six players selected to the AP All-Pro team. This year, there were only three unanimous selections to the All-Pro team, and the 49ers had two of them (Christian McCaffrey and Fred Warner).