Alright people, the moment we’ve all been waiting for all season is finally upon us. JLo and Shakira will be performing together in the halftime show of the Super Bowl! Wait, wasn’t that what we were all waiting for? Oh yeah apart from that the San Francisco 49ers aka the smoothest football unit from the west will be playing the unstoppable force from Kansas City, the Chiefs. This game has all the ingredients to be an absolute thriller with the best defense playing the best offense. So who do you think will take the Lombardi trophy home? Will it be the Jimmy G led San Francisco 49ers or the Patrick Mahomes II ran Kansas City Chiefs? Here’s our take as to who will end up walking out of Miami as NFL Champions.
Let’s get the ball rolling by talking about the San Francisco 49ers. The niners are at the Olympus of football teams in the NFL alongside the Patriots, Cowboys and Steelers to name some teams here and there. Their history in Super Bowls precede the expectations that are being held by everyone in the bay and its surrounding areas. For San Francisco a win in this game means joining the ultra-exclusive 6 ring club. Montana’s, Rice’s and Young’s spirit will be running high in the niners locker room before their game against KC but what can make them truly come out on top? I see it in rwo basic factors.
1. San Francisco’s running game: San Francisco’s offense breathes, eats and lives through their rushing attack. It’s hard to find a rushing core as strong as the 49ers one. If you haven’t noticed, Jimmy G doesn’t really have that high of passing yards per game or anything but that hasn’t stopped San Francisco from putting points up on the board all around. The name to follow here is Raheem Mostert. Raheem put on a running back clinic against the Packers in the NFC Championship game and if he can get in his groove again especially against a Chiefs defense that tends to miss those big rush hits then who knows how many yards he’ll be able to put up. On a good night expect to put up at least 100 yards and give Jimmy G and company enough chance to take a well-deserved breather. If you take into account the work the Niners receiver core put in, not catching the ball but opening spaces for the runners with their blocking then the Niners should be able to put on a running show against Kansas City.
2. That 49ers defense, especially their secondary: Offenses win games but defenses win championships has always been the staple in football. Well with Bosa, Ford, Armstead and Buckner staring Patrick Mahomes II down in between plays and Richard Sherman commanding the secondary it doesn’t matter who your receiver and running back core is, you will surely get the snot beat out of you. The Niners defense are sack masters without really blitzing that much. Against Mahomes though they should think quicker on their feet because if they give the Chiefs QB enough time and room then he will do some damage but not to worry, Sherman and company will surely have all of the KC receivers on lock down.
Now we come to the Kansas City Chiefs. Man, that offense is a thing of video games. Patrick Mahomes II, Travis Kelce, Tyreek Hill, Sammy Watkins, Mecole Hardman, Demarcus Robinson all in the same offense, that’s tough people. On top of that you have Andy Reid, a coach that’s long due his shining moment in the Super Bowl spotlight and you have all the materials for a team that’s hungry for glory. My two keys here for the Chiefs to win are simple.
1. Patrick Mahomes II: Yeah Lamar Jackson is a human cheatcode QB for most football fans but Mahomes is not far away from that. Mahomes can throw the ball, Mahomes can run the ball, Mahomes can probably make a ball if there wasn’t one on the field to play with. What do the Chiefs need from Mahomes? They need that magic vision to find Hill and Kelce always open when big downs are needed and also they need that running talent he boasts when in those oh so important 3rd downs. With all this said, Mahomes needs for his O-line to give him room and time to move because the second Bosa and company turn lose he’s probably done for.
2. That Chiefs Receiver core: Here’s the matchup I’m most excited about, Richard Sherman vs. Tyreek Hill. It’s going to be experience vs. speed and if Hill’s cheetah like speed can get the best of Sherman then that will be that for the Niners. But let’s not just stop there, what if Hill has double or triple coverage and you need to go deep? Sammy Watkins is the answer here. He’s a long pass catching specialist always knowing how to break coverage and find those magical inches needed for a big play. But wait? What if Watkins is under siege from the Niners defense, then just pass the ball to Travis Kelce. Now that Gronk is out of the league Travis Kelce in my opinion is the best tight end in football and when in the biggest stage in football expect greatness out of him.
Oh man, I wish I was Joe Montana and just say in the most assuring way that my team will win the Super Bowl, but I ain’t. I think here it’s going to come down to who gets the biggest hits on time and Jimmy G seems like an easier target than Patrick Mahomes II. It will be a high scoring game but Mahomes will get the job done for the Chiefs. Get ready some cheeseburgers to see Andy Reid finally get his Lombardi trophy, Kansas City takes it, it will be tight but they will prevail.