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The Super Bowl doesn’t always feel as if it has the two best teams participating. Grand in its splendor and parade of excess on the outside, sometimes the on-field matchup fails to match up. Super Bowls of the last two decades or so have particularly matched this description; more Wild Card teams and prototypical “underdogs” have made it to the February dance than ever. What was once a safe, throwaway blowout in favor of one titan has morphed into the justifiable competitive battle it was meant to be.
The Chiefs and 49ers going to toe to toe feels refreshing from such a perspective. Two likely Coach of the Year frontrunners in Andy Reid and Kyle Shanahan. Football’s premier quarterback, Patrick Mahomes. A second-ranked defense in DVOA when it comes to the 49ers. Instead of one overmatched stooge forced to fight an experienced Goliath, what Kansas City and San Francisco bring to the table feels equal, just, the perfect chemistry for a pending beautiful game. A real “whoever gets the ball last, wins” or “whoever makes less mistakes,” affair of cliches.
One can only hope what looks and feels right on paper translates to four hours in action.
Windy City Gridiron’s picks for Super Bowl LIV.
Robert Zeglinski: Chiefs 34, 49ers 26
MVP: Patrick Mahomes
Andy Reid rips the monstrous monkey off his back and Pat Mahomes has a royal coronation. Everyone begins to wonder how long this King and Prince duo holds dominion over the rest of football. As it turns out, even proposed Local Boy Chicago quarterbacks can’t win the Big One.
Lester A. Wiltfong Jr.: Chiefs 31, 49ers 24
MVP: Tyrann Mathieu
Andy Reid finally gets his ring as the explosive Chiefs offense receives plenty of help from the defense. The Honey Badger gets a pick-six, a strip sack, and racks up 10 tackles to win surprising MVP honors.
Bill Zimmerman: Chiefs 27, 49ers 16
Super Bowl MVP: Patrick Mahomes
The 49ers defense has been stout, but they haven’t met Patrick Mahomes. The Niners, much like the Titans, aren’t suited to keep up with the Chiefs or play from behind. Mahomes will get the ball out quickly, mitigating the 49ers’ front four effectiveness. Andy Reid finally wins the Super Bowl and cements his resume to Canton.
Ken Mitchell: Chiefs 28, Niners 27
MVP: Patrick Mahomes
Harrison Butker hits a 43-yarder as time runs out to give Kansas City its second Super Bowl ever.
Sam Householder: 49ers 28, Chiefs 24
MVP: Raheem Mostert
The 49ers ride a rushing game plan to keep Mahomes on the sideline and their pass rush frustrates him while he’s on the field. Andy Reid gets the “Can’t win the Big One’ moniker, fair or not.
There’s only one important Super Bowl for Robert to win: The Super Bowl of his heart. He wishes the 49ers and Chiefs saw this predicament the same way.
Jeff Berckes; Patti Curl; Eric Christopher Duerrwaechter; Kev H; Sam Householder; Jacob Infante; Aaron Lemming; Ken Mitchell; Steven Schweickert; Jack Silverstein; EJ Snyder; Lester Wiltfong, Jr.; Whiskey Ranger; Robert Schmitz; Robert Zeglinski; Bill Zimmerman
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