Kansas City Chiefs vs San Francisco 49ers
Kansas City Chiefs vs San Francisco 49ers NFL. The Chiefs are back in the Super Bowl for the first time in 50 years since winning their lone Lombardi Trophy in Super Bowl IV. The 49ers, meanwhile, are looking to tie the Steelers and Patriots with their sixth Super Bowl victory, though it has been 25 years since their last one.
The Chiefs were the No. 2 seed in the AFC playoff field and advanced with home victories over the fourth-seeded Texans in the divisional round and the sixth-seeded Titans in the conference championship. The 49ers were the NFC’s top seed and also won a pair of home games, beating the sixth-seeded Vikings in the divisional round and the second-seeded Packers in the conference championship.
Super Bowl LIV: Chiefs vs. 49ers
Kickoff: 5:30 p.m. Sunday at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla.
TV and radio: ESPN LIVE, WSCR-AM 670.
The line: Chiefs by 1½. Over/under: 54½.
The 49ers have a better defense, and Kyle Shanahan has been pushing all the right buttons this season. Defending Patrick Mahomes and the wealth of speed the Chiefs have on offense will be a heck of a challenge for defensive coordinator Robert Saleh, but the 49ers should be able to control the game with their ground attack.
49ers 31, Chiefs 24
It’s hard to pick against the Chiefs, especially because their quarterback will be the best player in the game. But the 49ers defensive front will disrupt Patrick Mahomes, and coach Kyle Shanahan will scheme a great offensive plan.
49ers 30, Chiefs 27
The 49ers, with a solid rushing attack, a formidable defense and local boy Jimmy Garoppolo at quarterback, are the more complete team. But Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes should be able to conjure more magic as coach Andy Reid gets the Super Bowl title he deserves.
Chiefs 34, 49ers 31
I have loved the 49ers’ big-game focus and moxie all season. But the Patrick Mahomes playoff fireworks show has been mesmerizing, and it’s hard to see it fizzling out.
Chiefs 34, 49ers 28