Previewing Super Bowl LIV

Sonja Greenfield, Senior NFL Reporter NFC North, NFC East

By Sonja Greenfield //@Mom23RN

It’s finally here! After a long season filled with drama and surprises, we’re down to the last game of the 2019 season, and it’s going to be a good one.

I’m probably a little more excited about this Super Bowl than I have been about others in recent years.  Mostly because it’s two “new” teams…The Kansas City Chiefs and the San Fransisco 49ers.  Two fantastic quarterbacks, one high octane offense, and 2 pretty stout defenses.

This has all the makings of a classic already.  I’m so pumped.

But before I get too jacked up, let’s take a look at what each team needs to do to bring home the Lombardi Trophy.

San Fransisco 49ers (15-3)  This season has mostly been about their defense. They’ve been able to shut teams down and get after their quarterbacks. Cornerback Richard Sherman and defensive end Nick Bosa have by far lived up to their hype.

The one thing that they really haven’t been able to be as dominant in has been the run. They rank 17th against the run in the regular season. So, could this mean that Kansas City running backs could have a field day? Running back Damien Williams could feast on this defense. But Kyle Shanahan has this team ready to play, and this defense…no, this team, is hungry.

They’ve got the right mix of veteran leadership and younger player excitement.  If they’re able to play smart, and stop the run, they could be bringing home their sixth Super Bowl Championship.

Kansas City Chiefs (14-4) This team is pretty complete. It’s got a solid defense, and an amazing, high powered offense. And, they have a coach who wears Hawaiian shirts.  What more could you ask for?

The “cheat code” quarterback Patrick Mahomes is going to have to bring his A+ game on Sunday.  While the Chiefs have gotten off to slow starts in their Divisional round and Championship round games, they cannot afford to do that this time, because the 49ers will not wear down like the Texans and the Titans did.

So the biggest key for the Chiefs is to bring it from their first series on.  Defensively, they’re going to have to contend with tight end, George Kittle, and RB Raheem Mostert.  Kittle was quiet in the championship round, but not Mostert.   Stopping the run is going to be critical if the Chiefs want to get the win.

I’m excited about this game, and I’m not sure if I can call it.

But I’ll go with San Fransico 31- Kansas City 28.

Now, just in case you’re playing trivia while waiting for Super Bowl LIV, here are some fun facts that could help you win!

Including the postseason, 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (23-5, .821) and Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (27-8, .771) have a combined career winning percentage of .794, the highest combined winning percentage among opposing starting Super Bowl quarterbacks (minimum 25 starts).

Head coach Kyle Shanahan and his father, Mike Shanahan, would become the first father and son head coaches to win Super Bowls. Mike won Super Bowls XXXII and XXXIII as head coach of the Denver Broncos.

In the 60th season of the Chiefs franchise, the Lombardi Trophy would return to Kansas City for the first time since the AFL merged with the NFL prior to the 1970 campaign. Lamar Hunt, who founded the franchise in 1960 and passed away in 2006, helped to create the AFL. He also asked then-NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle to call the game the Super Bowl.

Quarterback Patrick Mahomes would become the second-youngest quarterback ever to win a Super Bowl (Ben Roethlisberger, Super Bowl XL)

The team would become just the second club in NFL history to win a Super Bowl after finishing the previous season with four-or-fewer wins, joining the 1999 St. Louis Rams.

San Francisco would improve to 6-1 in Super Bowls, and 3-0 in Miami Super Bowls (also XXIII after the ’88 season and XXIX after the ’94 season)

Good luck to both teams and their fans.  Let’s hope for a great game and NO INJURIES!!!

 

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