Previous game between Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers. Photo credit: Getty Images
6:30 PM ET, Sunday, February 2020
Hard Rock Stadium, Miami, Florida
Never Before has the Super Bowl featured two quarterbacks with higher winning percentages. Never before did the Super Bowl have two home red-jersey teams. The San Francisco 49ers are looking to join the New England Patriots and Pittsburgh Steelers in the 6-Ring Club, the Kansas City Chiefs are hoping to help Andy Reid get his first (and the team’s second).
Super Bowl LIV is getting closer with every minute, analysis, and interview that goes by. This is going to be one hell of a showdown between a brick-wall defense that is so fierce it becomes offensive, and an explosive offense attack that leaves nothing standing it its way. The Super Bowl has seen a lot in its long history, but marking the NFL’s champion for the 2019, and 100th season is surely bringing us what is expected to be one of the greatest Super Bowls of all times.
San Francisco is going after its sixth Super Bowl ring while Kansas City goes for its second. Both sides are going after the Lombardi Trophy, but each coming with a very different bag of tricks for trying to get it. The 49ers with the best defense in the league and especially against the pass, which coincidently (or not) is one of the Chiefs’ most potent weapons. And speaking of lethal weapons, Kansas also has in its Arsenal quarterback Patrick Mahomes, whom we’ll talk about in a bit. San Francisco is also bringing to Miami a heavy-duty attack that is based on its running game, which was second in the NFL in rushing yards during the regular season and first in the playoffs with 235.5 yards per game.
Kansas City, on the other hand, has a modern attack with a quarterback that has a super mobility which makes him able to extend plays. With 608 yards, the Chiefs had the best passing record in these playoffs. And in only two games, they scored a pretty big total of 86 points. So the Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers have never faced each other in a Super Bowl game before, so which team will fly back home with the Vince Lombardi Trophy in their bag? Which quarterback will wear a Super Bowl ring for the first time?
Kansas City Chiefs
Kansas City’s had two crucial points in the 2019 season, the first one being the Mahomes injury in week seven against the Denver Broncos, where it seems as if the Chiefs’ Super Bowl hopes were gone as their young star quarterback’s was limping off the field. The second was the game against the Los Angeles Chargers in week 11, which seems like a turning point: before the Chiefs allowed 5.6 yards per rushing attempt. But since that victory, they allow only 4.3. This included the playoffs, where Kansas put Tennessee’s running game into gridlock, allowing Titans’ running Derik Henry to complete only 69 yards in the AFC Conference Championship.
Quarterback Patrick Mahomes is the biggest attraction of the Super Bowl LIV. Photo credit: Jeff Roberson / Associated Press
Kansas City Chiefs are now experts in clawing back their way from big disadvantages: 24 points against the Houston Texans in the Divisional Round, and 10 points against the Titans in the Conference championship, and the main hero of both historical events was Patrick Mahomes who led his team with 53 yards and one rushing touchdown, and 294 yards and three passing touchdowns.
But as good as Mahomes and crew are in pulling themselves back from disadvantages; if they want to lift the Lombardi trophy in their first Super Bowl appearance in 50 years, the Chiefs cannot afford to dig themselves these holes in the first place.
San Francisco 49ers
There’s no other way to put it: San Francisco dominated its rivals in the playoffs. Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo completed 17 passes in 27 attempts in the two previous games and completed 6 of 8 passing attempts against the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Conference Championship. Garoppolo only achieved 77 air yards, not because Green Bay forced him to do so, but mostly because 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan chose to play him that way and capitalize on the exceptional performance of running back Raheem Mostert.
Raheem Mostert made history in the NFC Conference Championship. Photo credit: Tony Avelar / AP
Mostert has become the “X factor” for the 49ers (before he was cut from seven different teams)! He also was the third running back for San Francisco the entire season, but after the Tevin Coleman injury against the Packers, Mostert stepped up to the responsibility and achieved 220 rushing yards, 160 of them in the first half. So, San Francisco will try to establish its ground game, and if any problem arises, Jimmy Garoppolo has enough ability to connect with tight end George Kittle or wide receiver Deebo Samuel.
The 49ers had the most balanced attack game in the NFL during the entire season, but would they will be able to penetrate the Chief’s heavy-duty defense?
The keys of the Super Bowl LIV
Kansas City can’t afford a slow start against one of the best defensive lines the NFL has ever seen, something that Chiefs’ coach Andy Reid needs to solve. This is the classic defense vs. attack kind of game, but the 49ers also have a powerful attack and the Chiefs a strong defense as well, so the winner will be decided by a short margin, it should be a tight game.
To win the Super Bowl LIV, San Francisco needs to stop Patrick Mahomes, and Nick Bosa will be crucial for that, and Kansas City needs to stop the 49ers’ running game being safety Tyrann Mathieu the one who can make the difference to achieve that. Only the future can tell us which one of them will succeed.
If the 49ers take an early advantage, another magical comeback for the Chiefs may not be on the menu this time around.
Final Score: 49ers to win 27-24 but doesn’t cover the spread
Spread: 49ers +1 (40%) / 49ers -1 (60%)
O/U: 53.5 Over (76%) / Under (24%)