Chiefs, Niners to meet in Super Bowl

Posted 1/21/20

Super Bowl LIV in South Florida is set.

After a 50-year hiatus from the big game, the Kansas City Chiefs defeated the Tennessee Titans 35-24 Sunday to become AFC Champions for the first time since the 1969 season. The conference’s trophy bears the name of the franchise’s founding father, Lamar Hunt. Son and current owner, Clark Hunt, accepted the trophy after the win.

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Chiefs, Niners to meet in Super Bowl

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Super Bowl LIV in South Florida is set.

After a 50-year hiatus from the big game, the Kansas City Chiefs defeated the Tennessee Titans 35-24 Sunday to become AFC Champions for the first time since the 1969 season. The conference’s trophy bears the name of the franchise’s founding father, Lamar Hunt. Son and current owner, Clark Hunt, accepted the trophy after the win.

It was a long wait for Chiefs fans to return to the Super Bowl, but it took their young quarterback just two seasons as a starter to reach the promised land. Texas Tech graduate and 24-year-old Pat Mahomes is now 3-1 in four postseason matchups (all at home) and will look to grow his legend by becoming the second youngest signal caller to ever win the Lombardi Trophy (Ben Roethlisberger, age 23).

Kansas City was on the verge of reclaiming the Lamar Hunt trophy last year, but were defeated 37-31 by Tom Brady and the eventual Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots in overtime. This year, the Chiefs dropped four out of six matchups after starting the year 4-0 and did not appear as if they would qualify for a bye in the AFC playoffs.

The Chiefs then rattled off six straight victories to conclude the regular season, including a win in New England, to steal the second seed after a week 17 win. With the most lethal and quick-striking offense in the NFL, along with a defense that seems to be improving on a weekly basis, Kansas City ran roughshod over the Houston Texans and Titans of the AFC South to punch their ticket to Miami.

On the NFC side, the San Francisco 49ers made easy work of Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers with a 37-20 win in the championship game in Santa Clara Sunday. Starting quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo threw just eight passes in the game. He simply had to sit back and watch Green Bay’s defense try and fail to top his running back, Raheem Mostert.

Mostert exploded Sunday for a career performance of 220 yards on 19 carries (7.6 yards per attempt) and four touchdowns. All told, the Niners ran for 285 yards on the ground and established their dominance throughout the first half.

A 20-point second quarter and a 27-point lead at the halftime break all but demoralized Rodgers and the Packers. Rodgers is now 1-3 in NFC Championship contests, all four of which have come on the road.

The Niners have arguably been the most complete team throughout the entire season. After a 4-12 campaign in 2018, which Garoppolo missed with an injury, San Francisco won 13 games to seize the NFC West title and the conference’s top seed. They were able to do this behind stout play up front on both sides of the ball. The offensive line has defined one of the game’s strongest rushing attacks while Joey Bosa and a dangerous set of pass-rushers terrorize offenses on the other side of the ball.

The Niners took care of the Minnesota Vikings in the divisional round before their matchup with the Packers by a score of 27-10.

San Francisco’s five Lombardi Trophies is second only to the Patriots and Pittsburgh Steelers with six each. A win would move them past the Dallas Cowboys (who also have five) and into a three-way tie for most all time.

Historically, the Niners have been one of the most storied franchises in the game. However, they have not won a championship since the 1995 season.

The showdown in Miami promises to be one of the most intriguing games of the year as these two franchises attempt to reclaim the Lombardi Trophy for their cities. The Chiefs opened as early favorites by a slim 1.5-point margin Monday, but the matchup is the definition of a toss up.

It is one of the more difficult Super Bowls to predict in recent memory, but the Chiefs have just too much firepower on the offensive side of the ball to pick against at this point. The storied career of Andy Reid is only missing a Lombardi Trophy, and I think that ends this year.

The Meteor’s Super Bowl prediction is a 34-27 Kansas City Chiefs victory.

Super Bowl LIV kicks off at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami on Feb. 2 at 5:30 p.m. The National Anthem will be performed by Demi Lovato and the halftime performance will feature Jennifer Lopez and Shakira.

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