The stage is set for Super Bowl LIV, as the San Francisco 49ers and Kansas City Chiefs battle it out Sunday evening at Hard Rock Stadium. San Francisco leads the all-time series 7-6-1, as the two teams get set for their 15th meeting in franchise history on FOX, with programming set to also take place on the NFL Network. A 49ers victory will give the team its sixth Super Bowl Championship, tying the Steelers and Patriots for most in NFL history. Meanwhile, the Chiefs are looking for their first title since defeating the Vikings in 1970.
How to Watch: Super Bowl LIV
- When: Sunday, February 2
- Time: 6:30 p.m. ET
If you look at the winningest teams in Super Bowl history, the mantra “defense wins championships” has never been truer. That bodes well for the 49ers who have paved their road to South Florida based on that philosophy. San Francisco has held opponents to an average of 252.2 yards per game in the postseason. Minnesota scored just ten points in the NFC Divisional Round, while Green Bay notched just seven points in the first three quarters of the NFC Championship game. It’s no secret that the Chiefs like to air it out and if Nick Bosa and a disruptive defensive line can force reigning NFL MVP Patrick Mahomes out of his rhythm and more importantly off the field, it’s going to be a long day.
Offensively, head coach Kyle Shanahan is going to rely on the running game with Raheem Mostert, Matt Breida and Tevin Coleman. Coleman dislocated his shoulder in the 37-20 win against the Packers and is optimistic he will return on Sunday. Mostert picked up the slack in his absence with a career game rushing for 220 yards on 29 carries and four touchdowns. Jimmy Garoppolo completed a mere six of eight passes for 77 yards. Can Jimmy G be more than just a game manager and join the likes of Joe Montana and Steve Young as 49er quarterbacks who have won Super Bowls in Miami? If the 49ers want to avoid being one dimensional on offense that will be a key and will need to include tight end George Kittle, who was one of three tight ends with over 1,000 yards in the regular season.
While the 49ers have won comfortably in the postseason, the road to Super Bowl LIV has been fueled by offensive explosions and comebacks for the Kansas City Chiefs. Leading the way is reigning NFL MVP Patrick Mahomes, who has racked up 615 yards passing and nine total touchdowns in KC’s 51-31 victory over the Texans in the divisional round and 35-21 wins against the Titans in the AFC Championship. Mahomes has weapons at wide receiver in Tyreek Hill and Sammy Watkins, arguably the fastest tandem in the league, and the best tight end in Travis Kelce. Kansas City can’t get behind early against a stellar San Francisco defense.
Last weekend, Kansas City held the NFL’s leading rusher, Derrick Henry, to 69 yards and one touchdown. How will the team fare against a 49ers team who loves to pound the rock? If Jimmy G is forced to throw the ball and the Chiefs shut down their offense, they will have a chance to pick up their first championship in 50 years.