Super Bowl 54 (49ers)
The 49ers defeated the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Championship game by a final score of 37-20. In the victory, running back Raheem Mostert accounted for four rushing touchdowns. The win was San Francisco’s first since the 2012 season. After winning the NFC title that year, the 49ers lost in the Super Bowl to the Baltimore Ravens. San Francisco has five Lombardi Trophies in the history of their franchise. Their last Super Bowl win came back in the 1994 season.
On that day, the 49ers defeated the San Diego Chargers 49-26. Overall, San Francisco sits in second place all-time for Super Bowl wins behind the New England Patriots and Pittsburgh Steelers. The 49ers, on Sunday, hope to win their sixth Super Bowl and move into a three-way tie for the most championships won by a single franchise.
The Chiefs won the AFC Championship over the Tennessee Titans by a final score of 35-24. Reigning MVP, Patrick Mahomes threw for three touchdowns. Two of those passing touchdowns went to wide receiver Tyreek Hill. Mahomes also ran for a 27-yard touchdown in the second quarter. This was the Chiefs first AFC Championship in franchise history, even though Kansas City had previously won three AFL Championships.
The Chiefs have won only one Super Bowl over the past 53 games. Their lone Super Bowl win came in Super Bowl IV against the Minnesota Vikings. Kansas City prevailed on that day by a final score of 23-7. In addition to their Super Bowl win, the Chiefs were defeated in Super Bowl I. On that day; the Green Bay Packers won by a final score of 35-10. After Super Bowl 54, the Chiefs hope to become the fourth team to win two Super Bowls. They would join the Miami Dolphins, Indianapolis Colts, and Baltimore Ravens in that category.
Super Bowl 54 (Preview)
This Super Bowl has fantastic storylines surrounding both teams. On the one hand, you have the 49ers who were 4-12 last season. Furthermore, this San Francisco team has found ways to win tough games all season. On the other hand, you have the Chiefs who are out for redemption after their loss in the 2018 AFC Championship game. In addition to their revenge tour, the Chiefs have one of the most explosive offenses in recent years. While we tend to focus on the Chiefs offense, the 49ers offense is not to be taken lightly. On paper, the 49ers defense looks to be the better of the two. However, the Chiefs defense has risen to the occasion the last two weeks and can hold their own in big games. This game is going to come down to the wire, and one mistake can determine a winner or loser.
Matchups and conclusion
I do not know which team has the advantage. While Andy Reid has coached longer, Kyle Shanahan does have Super Bowl experience as an offensive coordinator. Reid, a sure Hall of Famer, looks for that elusive championship ring. Shanahan, a newcomer, hopes to make up for his coaching blunders in Super Bowl 51. Either offense can put up scoring numbers in the 30s. Although each offense can score, these defenses can take over the game and hold the victor to 20 or less.
We have mentioned it before, but whichever team can convert more touchdowns in the red zone will stand in good positioning at the end of the game. We also need to keep an eye on which team starts fast. Whoever gets off to a good start in both halves will be on their way to hoisting the Lombardi Trophy. Who ultimately wins Super Bowl 54? Tune on Sunday, February 2nd, at 5:30 pm central on Fox to find out. This game is sure to be an instant classic, and I feel it will not disappoint.
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