San Francisco 49ers vs Kansas City Chiefs
This Super Bowl features a tantalizing matchup of Kansas City’s explosive offense against San Francisco’s stifling defense in what many expect to be a classic game. The game will begin at 6:30 pm EST at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, FL.
The 49er’s second-ranked defense is led by their front four with the pressure that they put on opposing quarterbacks. Defensive ends Dee Ford and rookie Nick Bosa, the number 2 overall pick in last year’s NFL draft, along with Arik Armstead and DeForest Buckner have racked up 57 sacks so far this season. Each of the aforementioned defensive lineman have recorded at least 7 ½ sacks this season exhibiting an impressive balance up front. Bosa, the NFL’s Rookie of the Year, had 9 sacks in the regular season and has had 3 more in the playoffs.
Fred Warner and Kwon Alexander at linebacker and cornerback Richard Sherman, who is considered to be one of the elite shut down corners in NFL history, compliment the front four. The 49er defense has allowed only 18.9 points per game on the road this season and allowed a league-leading low of 169.2 yards passing during the regular season.
San Francisco QB Jimmy Garoppolo threw only 8 passes in their 37-20 NFC Championship game victory over Green Bay. The 49er running game averaged 235.8 yards rushing in their two playoff victories over the Vikings and the Packers. RB Raheem Mostert ran for 220 yards and four scores against the Packers as he frequently followed the lead blocking of fullback Kyle Juszczyk. The receiver group of veteran Emmanuel Sanders, rookie Deebo Samuel and Pro Bowl tight end George Kittles are vey good. However, we can expect the 49ers to continue to try to dominate time of possession by running the ball and keeping their dominant defense fresh.
Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes has a trio of speedsters to throw to in Tyreek Hill, Sammy Watkins and rookie Mecole Hardman. Travis Kelce is the only tight end to ever have four consecutive 1,000 yard seasons. Mahomes has thrown for eight touchdowns and zero interceptions in the playoffs as he led Kansas City back from a 24-0 deficit against the Houston Texans, with 41 unanswered points, then came from behind to erase a 10-point deficit against the Tennessee Titans. Kansas City has averaged 419.0 total yards of offense so far in the playoffs.
Kansas City’s defense had allowed only 10.4 points per game in the last five games of the regular season before being shocked in the early going by Houston and Tennessee. In the two playoff victories Frank Clark had 4 sacks to lead the Chiefs defense.
Kansas City opened at -1 with a total pf 51 ½.