Super Bowl LIV

Zak Hutchins

With the NFL season about to end, there is only one game left that millions of football fans all across the world will be watching, Super Bowl 54. The AFC champion Kansas City Chiefs will go up against the NFC champion San Francisco 49ers in Miami on February 2nd to decide who will be champions. This is a game that you do not want to miss due to the hype surrounded by both teams and the massive things they have both accomplished throughout the season, but how did they reach the Super Bowl to begin with?

The most unexpected of these two teams to reach this years championship game are the San Francisco 49ers. Last season, the 49ers ended their season with a 4-12 record, second worst in the NFL under first year head coach Kyle Shanahan. Shanahan along with general manager John Lynch went to work and put together an impressive rebuild over the last 2 seasons, in which they ended this season with the 2nd best defense and the 4th best offense in the league. They become just the third team in NFL history to go from less than 4 wins or less wins the previous season, to the Super Bowl the next season. The niners got off to a strong 8-0 start to the season and had a final regular season record of 13-3. In the playoffs, they easily swept past the Minnesota Vikings with a score of 27-10 in the divisional round, and embarrassed the Green Bay Packers with a score of 37-20 in the conference championship.

The Kansas City Chiefs ended last season just short of the Super Bowl with a loss at home in the conference championship against the New England Patriots with a final score of 37-31. Reigning MVP and Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes had another great season thr0wing for over 4000 yards, 26 touchdowns and only 5 interceptions. Under head coach Andy Reid, the Chiefs have never had a losing record under him ever since he took over and have made the playoffs every year since 2014. Andy Reid now had the 2nd largest gap between Super Bowl appearances for a head coach, which was 15 years ago when he was head coach of the Eagles. The Chiefs finished with a 12-4 regular season record and impressively beat the Houston Texans in the divisional round after coming back from being down 24-0, which they then outscored the Texans 51-7 for a 51-31 win. The following week, they played the possible Super Bowl underdog Tennessee Titans who seemed unstoppable in the playoffs, until the Chiefs beat them 35-24.

With both teams having a crazy story, only one can come on top in the Super Bowl, so who will it be?

When you have reigning MVP Patrick Mahomes with multiple weapons on his offense such as receivers Tyreek Hill and Sammy Watkins, as well as a head coach who has been there before and knows what it takes to win a game like this, I would favor them over the team who came out of nowhere after being one of the worst teams in the NFL. 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo only had to throw 8 passes total against the Packers for 77 yards. When you compare the 2 quarterbacks, Patrick Mahomes is the far better man, and having your quarterback play well in the biggest game of your life is important.

Final Score: Kansas City Chiefs 31 San Francisco 49ers 17