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Super Bowl LIV is set and it should be a good one

Super Bowl LIV has been set and there is little, if any, surprise about the two teams in it. Of course the Kansas City Chiefs were the #2 seed in the AFC, #1 Baltimore being eliminated by the Tennessee Titans. The San Francisco 49ers have been the best team in the NFC since the beginning of the season. The Green Bay Packers had a good season going, but on November 24 the Niners handed the Pack a 37-8 drubbing at Levi Stadium.

Patrick Mahomes at a Lakers game (Claudia Gestro)

Since then Green Bay won five straight regular season games and their first playoff game against the Seattle Seahawks. It would have been a surprise if the Packers had defeated the 49ers on Sunday, but not as eye-popping as Tennessee knocking off Baltimore. Some experts actually picked Green Bay to win the NFC Championship.

But it will be two very exciting offenses competing at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens February 2: The San Francisco 49ers, led by Jimmy Garoppolo, vs the Kansas City Chiefs led by Patrick Mahomes. Both have the benefit of tough offensive lines and great receivers and running backs. San Francisco had Raheem Mostert this past Sunday rush for 220 yards and four touchdowns. Garoppolo can throw the ball, but with Mostert shredding the Green Bay defense, Jimmy had only 77 yards passing.

Their defense, led by veteran cornerback Richard Sherman, harassed the offense of Aaron Rodgers the entire game, with rookie defensive lineman Nick Bosa leading the attack on Rodgers. The first half was a shutout, the Niners leading 27-0.

49ers QB Jimmy Garoppolo
(Claudia Gestro)

Green Bay would score 20 in the second half, but it was too little too late. The final score was 20-37, the San Francisco 49ers going on to Super Bowl LIV.

In Kansas City the Chiefs earned their tickets to Miami largely on the arm and legs of QB phenom Patrick Mahomes. He had 294 passing yards with three touchdowns, two to Tyreek Hill and one to Sammy Watkins, plus Mahomes ran in a TD. The QB led the K.C. running attack, with Damien Williams scoring a TD as well.

In short, the Chiefs were too much for the Tennessee Titans. Ryan Tannehill had a good day, with two TD passes, but that is little consolation in a losing effort. Like the Packers, the Titans over-performed this season, winning more regular season games and going as deep as they did in the playoffs.

It’s on to Miami for football fans for the biggest game of the year. Our prediction: Defense wins championships. On average the Chiefs score 11 more points per game than the 49ers, but San Francisco has a much better defense than Kansas City. The Chiefs give up an average of 27.5 points per game. San Francisco, an average of 15. That’s more than a 12 point swing. With the Niners and Chiefs, it should be exciting game with the San Francisco 49ers emerging as Super Bowl champs.

But Patrick Mahomes …

 

 

 


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