SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Football fate can be so funny.

Dee Ford is headed to Super Bowl LIV with the San Francisco 49ers as one of the big-play artists rolling with the best defensive line in the NFL.

“I’m numb right now,” Ford told USA TODAY Sports amid the euphoria of the winning locker room after a . “But I’m happy.”

Let the irony drip all the way to Miami. This almost happened last year.

Ford was one step away from the Super Bowl with the Kansas City Chiefs a year ago, except that step came too fast as the speed-rushing defensive end jumped offsides to negate a Tom Brady interception near the end of regulation time that would have sealed the AFC

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