This weekend sees one of the biggest global sporting events of the year taking place at Miami Gardens in the state of Florida as the NFC Champions, the San Francisco 49ers face off against their AFC counterparts, the Kansas City Chiefs in Superbowl LIV.
For the American Football fan, the match up represents a mouthwatering clash between arguably the best offense in the NFL (Kansas City) against the best defense in the NFL (San Francisco), although the actual winner of the game will likely be decided by many more factors than simply the Chief’s offense and the 49er’s defense.
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Let’s now take a closer look at both the teams that will be competing in the match on Sunday, which gets underway at around 11.30pm on Sunday 2nd February in the UK and which is being shown live both on the BBC and also Sky Sports.
Superbowl LIV Preview
Statistics & Historical Records
Previous Superbowl Appearances
- Kansas City – Two Previous Appearances (1-1)
Superbowl I (1967) – Green Bay Packers 35-10 Kansas City Chiefs (L)
Superbowl IV (1970) – Kansas City Chiefs 23-7 Minnesota Vikings (W)
- San Francisco – Six Previous Appearances (5-1)
Superbowl XVI (1982) – San Francisco 49ers 26-21 Cincinnati Bengals (W)
Superbowl XIX (1984) – San Francisco 49ers 38-16 Miami Dolphins (W)
Superbowl XXIII (1989) – San Francisco 49ers 20-16 Cincinnati Bengals (W)
Superbowl XXIV (1990) – San Francisco 49ers 55-10 Denver Broncos (W)
Superbowl XXIX (1995) – San Francisco 49ers 49-26 San Diego Chargers (W)
Superbowl XLVII (2012) – Baltimore Ravens 34-31 San Francisco 49ers (L)
Kansas City Chiefs – (1) – 2019
San Francisco 49ers – (7) – 1981, 1984, 1988, 1989, 1994, 2012, 2019
Kansas City Chiefs – (12) – 1962, 1966, 1971, 1993, 1995, 1997, 2003, 2010, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
San Francisco 49ers – (20) – 1970, 1971, 1972, 1981, 1983, 1984, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1997, 2002, 2011, 2012, 2019
Kansas City Stats
- Regular Season – 12-4 – Won the AFC West – Secured 2nd Seed in the AFC
- Playoffs – Wildcard Round – Bye
- Playoffs – Divisional Round – Houston Texans 31 – 51 Kansas City Chiefs
- Playoffs – AFC Conference Championship – Tennessee Titans 24 – 35 Kansas City Chiefs
- Coach – Andy Reid
- Home – Arrowhead Stadium (76,416)
Kansas City Chiefs – Key Players
- Patrick Mahomes – Quarterback
- Tyreek Hill – Wide Receiver
- Travis Kelce – Tight End
- Mecole Hardman – Wide Receiver
- Chris Jones – Defensive Tackle
- Tyrann Mathieu – Safety
San Francisco Stats
- Regular Season – 13-3 – Won the NFC West – Secured 1st Seed in the NFC
- Playoffs – Wildcard Round – Bye
- Playoffs – Divisional Round – Minnesota Vikings 10 – 27 San Francisco 49ers
- Playoffs – NFC Conference Championship – Green Bay Packers 20 – 37 San Francisco 49ers
- Coach – Kyle Shanahan
- Home – Levi’s Stadium (68,500 – can be expanded to 75,000)
San Francisco 49ers – Key Players
- Jimmy Garoppolo – Quarterback
- George Kittle – Tight End
- Emmanuel Sanders – Wide Receiver
- Raheem Mostert – Running Back
- Nick Bosa – Defensive End
- Richard Sherman – Cornerback
San Francisco 49ers v Kansas City Chiefs Preview and Tips
One thing is for certain, this weekend’s Superbowl LIV in Miami will be one of the most eagerly anticipated matches of the season. The 49ers bested the Chiefs during a pre-season game back in August, though little will be read into that result given that both teams finished the game with their second string and fringe players on the field.
What is most exciting for NFL fans is the prospect of the explosive Chiefs offense, led by the quarterback superstar Patrick Mahomes, taking on what is rated to be the best defense in the NFL in the 49ers, led by the irrepressible Nick Bosa on the defensive line and the experienced veteran Richard Sherman in the secondary.
Many experts feel it will be whichever unit out of these two powerhouses that comes out on top will unlock the key to their team’s likely Superbowl success, though you should not over look the 49ers effective offense, or the Chief’s defense, which has improved beyond all recognition since the return from injury of Chris Jones.
For me, the winner of this game will likely be dependent more on how easily teams find it to score. If the game opens up and we see plenty of points in the first couple of quarters, then I feel that would suit the Kansas City Chiefs as it means that their offense will be motoring.
Alternatively, if the game is tight and relatively low scoring, then I feel the pendulum turns more in the favour of the 49ers as it will mean that their defense has hit upon a way to at least limit, if not stop, the Kansas City offensive juggernaut.
As such, I am tempted to make an In Play bet here when I see how the first couple of series for each team pans out. If both teams can move the ball and it promises to be an open game, I’d back the Chiefs. If it is low scoring, then I feel the 49ers will have the edge.
Outlined below are my selection of tips for the game:
- Spread – Take the Chiefs at -1.5 at odds of 10/11
- MVP – Patrick Mahomes (Chiefs) – Evens
- First Touchdown Scorer – Tyreek Hill (Kansas City) – 7/1
- Score Prediction – Kansas City 35-24 San Francisco 49ers