On February 2nd, Miami will be hosting the Chiefs and 49ers in Super Bowl LIV (54). On the way to the Super Bowl, the Chiefs had twelve wins and four losses in the regular season to eventually beat the Titans in the AFC championship and win their spot. The 49ers had thirteen wins and three losses and last week, a substantial win against Green Bay in the NFC Championship to go to the Super Bowl. These two teams are young, full of energy, and new to Super Bowl appearances.
This Super Bowl is noticeably different from others of the last two decades; it doesn’t feature the Patriots. Could this be the end of the Brady and Belichick era? Since 2000, the Patriots have appeared in eleven Super Bowls and won six of them. This makes Brady the winningest quarterback and ties the Patriots and Pittsburgh Steelers for most Super Bowl wins. One more win for the 49ers could tie their franchise for the most Super Bowl wins.
With only four wins last season, the 49ers had a surprising path to the playoffs. They demonstrated a strong offense, featuring mostly running plays and forced their way down the field in every game. They are led by former Patriot, Jimmy Garoppolo. He was traded by the Patriots in a complicated series of events. Supposedly, Brady felt threatened by the presence of a younger quarterback and eventually he was traded for a number of draft picks. Both teams seemed to have gained a lot. The Patriots had two more Super Bowl appearances since Garoppolo’s trade in 2018 and the 49ers have almost paved their way to the Lombardi Trophy. In an interesting display of coincidence, the last time the 49ers won the Super Bowl it was also played in Miami.
Last year, the Chiefs ended their season with a disappointing loss to the Patriots in the AFC Championship. This year, they beat the Titans who had defeated the Patriots in the first round of playoffs. The Chiefs have displayed an ability for clutch passes and comeback wins. In the playoff against the Texans, they defied the odds and came back from a twenty-four point deficit to eventually win 51-31. Patrick Mahomes, last season’s league MVP, leads the Chiefs and has quickly become one of America’s favorite quarterbacks at only twenty-four years old.
These teams will be a great matchup featuring two very different offenses. Mahomes is pass oriented, but can also run the ball. Garoppolo has strong running backs and generally chooses to hand the ball off. One time, he only attempted eight passes during the entire game. The betting line puts the Chiefs winning by one point. These numbers change daily, but based on the close margin, it should be a great game.
Fans are already getting very competitive and trash talking online. Joe Montana has already claimed that his team will win Super Bowl 54, but seeing that he played for both the Chiefs and 49ers, I’d say he has good odds.
Look forward to a L-I-V-ely game in Super Bowl LIV!