Next month, Super Bowl LIV will start off with the Kansas City Chiefs facing The San Francisco 49ers.
Who will win? This entire postseason has been full of miracles, that have caused crazy wins, leaving the Patriots eliminated in the wildcard round, the Ravens eliminated in the divisional round, and the Saints eliminated in the wildcard round. These eventful past weeks, have left us with the Kansas City Chiefs and the San Francisco 49ers in the Super-Bowl, meaning that this Super Bowl will be an extremely interesting one.
To give some historical context, the coach of the Kansas City Chiefs, Andy Reid, hasn’t had a great history with the play-offs, given his 10-9 record. Obviously this isn’t a terrible record, but when considering that he doesn’t have a Super Bowl, things start to get shaky. Also, from last season, we know that the Chiefs are ready for some revenge, especially since they were knocked out of the playoffs by the New England Patriots (who ended up as busts this season). I wouldn’t be surprised if the Chiefs are able to pull out a win this Super Bowl, due to the incredible depth that lies within their team.
For the 49ers, we see a team full of extremely underrated players, that went on to become great fits to this now Super Bowl contending team. At the quarterback position, the 49ers have a QB that was the back-up for Tom Brady his entire career, until moving to San Francisco. At the coaching position, the 49ers have Kyle Shanahan, who utilizes the most motion plays out of any NFL team, and with this, he has been able to take advantage of all of his offensive gifts.
San Francisco 49ers
Possible reason for concern: There really aren’t many weaknesses on this versatile team, but we have seen a few match-ups in which the 49ers have faced strong adversity. Throughout this season, it has been observed that teams who utilize the fact that the 49ers’ secondary isn’t the greatest (other than Sherman), with their other corners being exploited in a few games. Also, the 49ers have not had the best time defending against rushing QBs and this could hurt, especially since Patrick Mahomes has had 53 rushing yards in each of his games this post-season.
49ers win if: They control the line of scrimmage with their great run block, allowing for their star running backs to do some serious damage on the Chiefs defense. Controlling the line of scrimmage on defense is also crucial, and if the 49ers are able to get a good pass-rush going, the Chiefs will be in trouble.
Kansas City Chiefs
Possible reason for concern: The Chiefs have an amazing offense with great wide-outs and an MVP quarterback, but with all their star-power, the Chiefs have only been able to get a touchdown on 53% of their red-zone drives this regular season, and that will possibly cause harm because every point counts in the Super-Bowl, or any game for that matter.
Chiefs win if: Mahomes plays his usual type of game, and if the Chiefs play to their strengths.