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Former Seahawks Frank Clark had some analytics help for the Super Bowl

Super Bowl LIV - San Francisco 49ers v Kansas City Chiefs Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images

Sunday night the Kansas City Chiefs won the first Super Bowl in five decades, defeating the San Francisco 49ers 31-20 in a game that featured big plays, a hot shot young quarterback and a thrilling fourth quarter comeback. The game all but ended with 1:25 to go in the fourth quarter, when on 4th & 10 former Seattle Seahawks defensive end Frank Clark sacked Jimmy Garoppolo to force a turnover on downs.

The sack gave Kansas City the ball back and allowed running back Damien Williams to ice the game with a second fourth quarter touchdown run, and it capped off a torrid postseason for Clark. After having been quiet for much of the night, the sack of Garoppolo was Clark’s fifth sack of the postseason and the thirteenth for him over both the regular season and postseason.

After the game Clark took to Twitter to thank his agent, Erik Burkhardt, for work Burkhardt and his staff had done analyzing the tells and tendencies of the 49ers offensive line leading up to the game.

In 2019 Burkhardt helped Clark land the fourth largest contract for a defensive player by average annual value in NFL history, and this is likely Clark turning around and doing what he can to help Burkhardt. With the NFL Combine and draft coming up soon, putting this out in the public sphere may help Burkhardt recruit potential new clients to his agency, as it shows an example of what hiring an agent such as himself can do above and beyond just negotiate contracts.

And with that, we’re into the offseason. The six weeks between now and the start of the legal tampering period on March 16 will be chocked full of Combine hype, discussions about soon to be free agents. So be sure to stay tuned here at Field Gulls as we’ll keep you up to date on all the news regarding the Seahawks and the questions facing the team this offseason.