The two weeks between the conference championship games and the Super Bowl is the longest two weeks of the year. January drags ass as it is, but add in the anticipation of the biggest football game of the year and it becomes unbearable.
The Kansas City Chiefs and the San Francisco 49ers have both been patiently waiting to play the biggest game of their lives. For the Chiefs, it has been 50 years in the making. It almost happened last year, but Dee Ford assisted the Patriots in a big way. Maybe you remember…
The 49ers on the other hand are no strangers to Super Bowls. Having been in one in the last decade, the Niners are looking for their franchise’s 6th Super Bowl win.
The 49ers have been a top 2 team in the NFL all season long, while the Chiefs actually flew under the radar for most of the season.
Kansas City Chiefs
With the injury to Patrick Mahomes and the complete domination by Lamar Jackson, nobody really gave the Chiefs a chance. Nobody was talking about them and they kind of coasted to the 2nd seed in the AFC. Then the 2nd quarter of the AFC Divisional Round happened and everyone quickly remembered how fucking awesome this offense is.
This offense has 4 guys than run sub 4.5 40 yard dash times.
Plenty of team’s don’t have any guys that have that kind of speed. It has been shown time and time again that the speed on this Chiefs team is almost impossible to keep up with for 60 minutes.
Of course, it helps that they have the best quarterback on the planet. Patrick Mahomes has done nothing but amaze since he became the full time starter last season. He is well on his way to breaking plenty of NFL records and maybe a couple of Super Bowl wins. Mahomes can make all the throws and he is mobile enough to make plays with his legs as well. This guy has it all and he is going to be huge in determining the outcome of this game today.
San Francisco 49ers
The 49ers are led by one of the brightest offensive minds in the game right now. Kyle Shanahan has completely transformed this team into a monster! They have 4 guys who run the ball and Shanahan will give all of them 10+ carries if he thinks that will work. He can give any single one of them 25+ carries if he feels like that will work. It is one of the most complex offenses in all of football and sometimes it looks impossible to stop.
The Niners led the league in pre-snap motion using it on 71% of their plays. All of that motion makes it ridiculously hard to figure out where the ball is going. Not only do they have the 4 RBs, but we have seen rushing plays designed for WRs as well as the TE, George Kittle. This offense can score in so many ways and it will be fun to watch against a much improved Chiefs defense.
What makes the Niners so good though isn’t their offense. They have the best defense in football. The allowed a league best 252 yards per game on the season: 42 on the ground and 210 through the air.
Top 5 Defense vs. Top 5 Offense
The matchup of that Niners defense against the Chiefs 3rd ranked offense is what will determine this game. History is not on the Chiefs side. In Super Bowl history the number one scoring offense has played the number one scoring defense 8 times. The number one scoring defense has won 7 of those Super Bowls.
In a similar situation the defensive minded Broncos beat the offensive juggernaut Panthers in 2015. It really holds true that defense wins championships.
History Will Not Be Repeated
This year, I am going with the offense. I picked the Chiefs to win the Super Bowl in the preseason and I am sticking with my pick. Patrick Mahomes will do things that only Patrick Mahomes can do. Tyreek Hill and Mecole Hardman are going to take a lot of attention allowing Travis Kelce to have a huge receiving game. The Chiefs defense will make just enough plays down the stretch to secure Andy Reid’s first Super Bowl victory.