Super Bowl LIV pits storied franchises in classic matchup

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This Sunday, nearly 100 million worldwide viewers will tune in for Super Bowl LIV at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami, Florida in a classic matchup between two storied NFL franchises as the five-time Super Bowl champions San Francisco 49’ers take on the Kansas City Chiefs, who captured their only title 50 years ago in Super Bowl IV.

For NFL aficionados the game on Sunday features one of the original AFL teams in Kansas City and probably the most dominant team of the 80’s and early 90’s in the Niners.

With a win over the Chiefs, San Francisco will tie Pittsburgh and New England for the most Super Bowl wins of all-time with six.

There may be a level of sanguinity for Kansas City head coach Andy Reid, who ranks sixth in wins on the all-time list with 207, but no Super Bowl titles.

Reid is cherished by many and his coaching tree spreads throughout the NFL with current head coaches Doug Pederson (Philadelphia), Ron Rivera (Washington), Sean McDermott (Buffalo), Matt Nagy (Chicago), and John Harbaugh (Baltimore).

Former NFL head coaches Brad Childress, Minnesota Vikings (2006–2010), Steve Spagnuolo, St. Louis Rams (2009–2011), New York Giants (2017), Leslie Frazier, Minnesota Vikings (2010–2013), Pat Shurmur, Cleveland Browns (2011–2012), Philadelphia Eagles (2015), New York Giants (2018–2019), and Todd Bowles, New York Jets (2015–2018) all came from the Reid coaching tree.

Reid won six NFC East titles with Philadelphia, reached four NFC conference championship games, and coached in Super Bowl XXXIX where the Eagles lost 24-21 to the New England Patriots.

Reid went to Kansas City in 2013 and after finishing in second place in the AFC West his first three years, the Chiefs have won four straight division titles and reached the AFC title game once before, coming in 2018 when they lost to the Patriots.

On the other side of the field this week is Kyle Shanahan, who is in his third season as head coach of the 49’ers and has been coaching in the NFL since 2004.

Shanahan’s father Mike had 170 career coaching wins (13th all-time) in the NFL and guided the Denver Broncos to back-to-back Super Bowl titles in 1997 and 1998.

Super Bowl LIV may be the most evenly matched game in a long time with the 49’ers coming in ranked number four in scoring offense in the regular season, averaging 29.9 points per game, while the Chiefs are two spots behind San Francisco, putting up 28.2.

Both also have outstanding defensive units with the Chiefs having the seventh-ranked defense in points allowed per game at19.2 points and the 49’ers are one spot behind at 19.8.

San Francisco quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, a second round pick out of Eastern Illinois by New England in the 2014 NFL draft was traded to the 49’ers for a second round pick in 2017.

Garoppolo played sparingly in 2017, but went into training the next season cemented as the starter.

Unfortunately, that didn’t last long as he suffered a torn ACL in the opening game of the 2018 and missed the entire year with San Francisco posting a 4-12 record.

With Garoppolo behind center the entire 2019 season, the 49’ers went 13-3 and claimed the number-one overall seed in the playoffs.

Garoppolo threw for 3,978 yards on the season with 26 touchdowns.

Patrick Mahomes was the number ten pick in the 2017 NFL draft out of Texas Tech and sat on the bench behind Alex Smith his rookie season.

After Smith was traded to the Washington Redskins in the offseason, giving the Tyler, Texas native his chance and he took full advantage, leading the Chiefs to a 12-4 record and an AFC Western Conference title.

Kansas City lost to the Patriots in the AFC title game, but Mahomes was showered with postseason awards, including the NFL Offensive Player of the Year and NFL Most Valuable Player.

The Chiefs matched its 12-4 record again this season and was the only team in the AFC West with a winning record.

Mahomes at 24 years old, who would be the second youngest quarterback to win a Super Bowl (Ben Roethlisberger-23 years old), threw for 4,031 yards and 26 touchdowns in 2019.

Last year’s Super Bowl was viewed by 98.1 million people, the least watched since the Patriots-Rams in 2008.

The past ten Super Bowls rank as the ten most-watched all-time, and the past eight rank as the eight most-watched programs in U.S. television history.

The most watched all-time (114.4 million viewers) was Super Bowl XLIX when the defending champions Seattle Seahawks lost to the New England Patriots at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.

The betting line tells the story as the Chiefs are a one-point favorite and the over-under is 54.2 total points.

There will be over $8 billion wagered on the game with kickoff set for 5:30 p.m. CT.

Take the Chiefs, 41-38.

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