Fullbacks aren't dead! Kyle Juszczyk's TD ties game up for 49ers

The year is 2020, and fullbacks are scoring touchdowns in the Super Bowl.

Thank the maker!

San Francisco 49ers fullback Kyle Juszczyk caught a dump-off pass from Jimmy Garoppolo, broke the tackle attempt of Kansas City’s Daniel Sorensen and waltzed into the end zone, rallying fullback hives the world around. That made it a 10-10 game late in the second quarter of Super Bowl LIV.

These creative teams both employ a fullback as a lead blocker, but their roles go way beyond that. Juszczyk lines up everywhere for the 49ers.

Kyle Juszczyk scored the first Super Bowl touchdown by a fullback since 2003. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

It’s believed to be the first FB TD in the Super Bowl since the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ Mike Alstott rumbled in for a score — also in the second quarter — at Super Bowl XXXVII back in 2003.

And with that touchdown, Juszczyk actually joins a pretty elite 49ers fullback pantheon. He's now the fifth 49ers fullback to score a TD in the Super Bowl, joining Earl Cooper, Roger Craig, Tom Rathman and William Floyd.

Juszczyk scored only one TD during the regular season, back in Week 15. He hadn’t touched the ball in either of the 49ers’ two playoff games prior to Sunday.

But he contributed in a big way in this game, and in doing so, he gave hope to fullbacks everywhere.

Fullbacks matter, folks.

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