There are plenty of epic sporting events that take place throughout the course of the year; however, there is only one Big Game. The Super Bowl brings everyone together for one day and is practically a national holiday at this point. From hardcore fans to people tuning in to see funny commercials and an epic halftime performance, everyone wants to be a part of the Super Bowl. Super Bowl LIV will be no different this year. Taking place in beautiful Miami, FL., the game features the Kansas City Chiefs and the San Francisco 49ers.
The Kansas City Chiefs were in the very first Super Bowl as well as the fourth. They won Super Bowl IV in 1969, but have not been able to achieve the ultimate goal since. After heartbreak, last season, a 37-31 loss to the Patriots in overtime, the Chiefs rebounded with an AFC West title, and two home wins at Arrowhead Stadium over the Texans and Titans to book their trip this year. Quarterback Patrick Mahomes and Head Coach Andy Reid orchestrate an extremely potent offense. Their ability to score reminds me of a Nicholas Cage classic, “Gone in 60 Seconds.” With Mahomes’ rocket arm and deep threats that include Tyreek Hill, Sammy Watkins, rookie Mecole Hardman and others, the Chiefs can realistically score on any play. The Chiefs were second in the league this season with 15 pass plays over 40 yards and have tacked on two more in the postseason. For balance, running back Damien Williams can carry the rock and make catches out of the backfield while All-Pro tight end Travis Kelce does the dirty work over the middle. The Chiefs’ offense is averaging a whopping 43 PPG during this playoff run and it will be hard to stop in Miami.
Their foe in Super Bowl LIV will be one of the most decorated franchises in NFL history. When NFL fans think of the 1980s, one team comes to mind. The San Fransisco 49ers won four times that decade capping it off with back-to-back wins in Super Bowls XXIII and XXIV. Joe Montana, Steve Young, Jerry Rice, and Bill Walsh became NFL legends during that decade and their offensive prowess is still recognized today. They won it once more in 1995 and then lost a classic to the Baltimore Ravens in 2013. Their 5 Super Bowl victories trail only the Patriots and Steelers.
This version of the 49ers do it a much different way than the teams of the 80s. They preferred an aerial assault while the 2019 version of the 49ers prefer ground and pound. Their running attack is something special. Head Coach Kyle Shanahan has a playbook designed to demolish teams on the ground. Led by breakout star Raheem Mostert, the Niners average a blistering 4.6 yards per carry. Mostert had a game he’ll surely never forget in the NFC Championship Game. He tallied 220 yards rushing and four touchdowns and etched himself into the record books. The defense of the 49ers will also have something to say about Super Bowl LIV. Future Hall-of-Fame cornerback Richard Sherman will be looking for his second Super Bowl title. The defensive line of the 49ers is a special group as well. Mimicking the Hasbro classic, “Hungry, Hungry Hippos,” Arik Armstead, Nick Bosa, Dee Ford, and DeForest Buckner are all menaces when it comes to getting after the quarterback and seemingly take turns at will to rack up sacks. Mahomes will have his hands full evading these Pro Bowl-caliber defensive lineman.
Stylistically, this Super Bowl is everything a fan could want. Air vs. ground, pass rushers vs. a poised pocket-passer, young head coach vs. old (sorry Andy Reid). However, the storylines are endless and for once it feels like we don’t have to watch the New England Patriots! With hilarious commercials ensured and a halftime show featuring Jennifer Lopez and Shakira, everyone is heading into Super Bowl LIV already feeling like a winner. Kansas City and San Francisco, don’t let us down…