So, who wins?
This game is tough to call as there are valid reasons to be made for both units. The Chiefs have the best Quarterback talent we’ve seen since prime Aaron Rodgers, and he can make any throw in the book. We saw the comeback in the divisional round against the Texans where he took it to another gear after being down 24. The Niners have also shown their ability to win in tough positions at the end of the regular season against teams like the Saints and Seahawks. After researching the analytics and tendencies of both these teams, I decided to go with the San Francisco 49ers as the winner. The 49ers have destroyed every below average run defense they have played this season, and the Chiefs 29th ranking has me concerned if they are down late. I expect a high scoring game which made me consider the Chiefs in this one, as the better QB is the safer bet, but the 49ers have played in a lot of those close games this season, and they showed up prepared for those moments. The Chiefs have had it easy over the latter half of the season and may start out slow. Kyle Shanahan’s west coast zone run scheme can also take time for defenses to adjust to on the field, and with the weaknesses of the Chiefs on defense, that could be a huge problem early. Pat Mahomes and Andy Reid will make this a close game as that combo will figure out some ways to get space for those receivers, but in the end, I’m going with the better overall team in the Niners.
I’m glad these two teams are in the Super Bowl to give us a compelling matchup with a lot of speed on the field. Expect a good matchup and enjoy the game this Sunday (or the commercials, or halftime show…. whatever floats your boat.)