This is it. The biggest day in football is finally here. On Sept. 5, 2019, 32 teams may have woken up with hopes and dreams of going to one of the biggest games of all and hoisting the coveted Lombardi trophy. Week by week, the picture became clearer until only 12 teams remained, six NFC teams and six AFC teams.
Some expected this would be the year of Lamar Jackson, quarterback of the Baltimore Ravens, and a potential rematch of Super Bowl XLVII (47) between the Baltimore Ravens versus the San Francisco 49ers. Yet, to many a surprise, due to a strong performance by the Tennessee Titans against the Ravens in the divisional round, there will be no rematch this year.
This year’s Super Bowl will feature the Kansas City Chiefs facing off against the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday, Feb. 2, in Miami, Florida. According to the Las Vegas betting lines, fans expect a fairly close competition; the Kansas City Chiefs stand as 1-point favorites to win the game. Fans predict the Kansas City Chiefs will win along a 60/40 split, according to 103 responses on a personal Instagram poll.
The Kansas City Chiefs have fallen short of reaching the Super Bowl since their last appearance and win in 1970. On the opposite side, the San Francisco 49ers are hoping to win their first Super Bowl since 1995.
Much of the hype surrounding the Kansas City Chiefs revolves around their quarterback, Patrick Mahomes, who will become the fifth youngest quarterback to start a Super Bowl. It’ll be a tight game to determine if the 49ers can stop the high powered offense of the Chiefs, a unit that scored 86 points in their last two games, compared to the 49ers who recorded 64 points.
Fans may also watch to see if the Chiefs can stop the 49ers running game that stacked up 285 rushing yards in the NFC Championship game or if they can force the 49ers’ quarterback, Jimmy Garoppolo, to pass the ball following a game where he only had to attempt eight passes for a total of 69 yards with a comfortable scoreline.
This weekend’s matchup contrasts the Chiefs’ new-school style and high-powered offense against the 49ers’ old-school style of a strong running game and defense. Whatever the outcome, Super Bowl LIV (54) is sure to be a memorable matchup between two powerhouses.