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After a season of immense highs and devastating lows, heartbreaking injuries and triumphant returns, the 49ers are one day away from competing and winning in Super Bowl LIV. There will be tons of content examining the road the 49ers took to this moment, but what about the end? There is no great story without a great ending. How do we think the 49ers cap theirs off? Scroll down and see!
Zach Pratt (@Mezachp)
I had no idea that this would be how the 49ers season would end, but here we are. Look at us. The media has been all over the Chiefs offense and Patrick Mahomes, and rightly so. He is probably the most talented quarterback in the league, and the Chiefs offense is a legitimate force. Their strength is pitted against the strength of the 49ers defense, which includes limiting big plays and rushing the passer. The Chiefs will win some, and the 49ers will win some. What sets this game apart is the other parts of the game, where the 49ers strength of running the ball and working the middle of the field in the passing game is pitted against the Chiefs weakness of letting plays through the middle of their defense and defending motion and outside zone rushes. While the Chiefs offense is evenly matched with the 49ers defense, the Chiefs defense will have their hands full. I think the 49ers come out on top.
PREDICTION: 49ers 37, Chiefs 28
Will Cuberos (@wcuberos)
It’s happening, the 49ers are in the Super Bowl. From a team that Adam Rank predicted would go 3-13 to the NFC representative in the biggest game of Kyle Shanahan’s coaching career. The national media has spent the better part of the last two weeks convincing not only themselves but countless others that Sunday is little more then a technicality in Kansas City’s eventual Super Bowl win. I disagree. While KC clearly has the more high-octane offense, I think the greater gap is between the 49er’s offense and the Chief’s defense. We’ve seen all season what Shanahan is able to accomplish with Garoppolo, Kittle, Mostert and others and this week shouldn’t be different. I think the 49er’s defense will slow Patrick Mahomes down enough and KC won’t have an answer on defense. Get ready to see Shanahan lift the sixth Lombardi Trophy in 49ers history.
PREDICTION: 49ers 31 Chiefs 24
Travis Rapp (@coach_rappcity)
This is a repeat of every Super Bowl that has pitted a top defense versus a top offense: defense wins, especially since the top defense is also on the team with the better offense. Jimmy Garoppolo outplays Patrick Mahomes, winning his third Super Bowl ring and first MVP after throwing for 300+ yards a 3 TDs. The twist? Nick Bosa gets three sacks, including a safety to be the first ever defensive and offensive co-MVPs. Richard Sherman also gets into the act with a pick six, and Mahomes turns the ball over three times (2 picks and a strip sack). 49ers start their newest dynasty and starts their case to become the team of the 2020s. All Niners. All game.
PREDICTION: 49ers win 37 - 23
Safa Shoostry, (@RealArmchairQB)
Super Bowl LIV is finally here! And with that the San Francisco 49ers are headed to their seventh Super Bowl appearance after a seven-year hiatus. All week the “experts” have been talking about Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs, and how they have the edge. Barely anyone has been giving the deserved credit to the 49ers and their defense.
But that is just the way they like it.
The Chiefs will get to see their old comrade, defensive end Dee Ford, on the field. And while the offensive line is busy trying to slow him down off the edge, the other edge rusher Nick Bosa will be wreaking HAVOC! Look for Bosa to earn a “sack trick.” Yes, that is what you think it is: three sacks in a game. And yes, I will take credit for making up that term!
The 49ers’ defense likes being the underdog; in fact, they thrive in that setting. Look for veteran cornerback Richard Sherman to get an interception as well while the d-line is pressuring the hell out of Mahomes!
On the offensive side, look for quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo to play smart and make big plays when needed. Yes, he will hit tight end George Kittle and wide receiver Deebo Samuel on short passes. But they will be specifically drawn up for those players to pick up the coveted yards after the catch. And needless to say, there will be A LOT of running from the offense of the 49ers. Running back Raheem Mostert will have something in the area of 175 yards rushing and 2 touchdowns. The final score will look a lot closer than the game was because the Chiefs will have some garbage time offensive production in the waning moments.
PREDICTION: 49ers 31 Chiefs 24
MVP: Raheem Mostert
Bret Rumbeck (@brumbeck)
I had a phone call with a respected colleague on Friday, and he asked me one question:
What's keeping you up at night about Sunday's game?
Nothing. Ignore the Frank Clark generated hype and headlines, the 'what-ifs,' and the hypothetical him-against-him match-ups.
The San Francisco 49ers are prepared to run step for step with Kansas City Chiefs.
Your 49ers will win Super Bowl LIV 35-24. Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo will complete 20 passes on 28 attempts, throwing for 282 yards and two touchdowns. Running back Raheem Mostert will rush for 110 yards and a score, while veteran cornerback Richard Sherman will have a pick-six in the second quarter.
PREDICTION: 49ers 35-24
Travis Hawkins (@TDHawk21)
Super Bowl LIV is has all of the contrast the NFL could ask for, its the high-flying offense against the hard hitting defense, the young superstar quarterback against the “game manager,” on and on and on, but it’s the things that aren’t being talked about that are notable. The 49ers (29.9) averaged more points per game than the Chiefs during the regular season (28.2) and more yards per game, (381.1 to 379.2) and with two weeks to dig extra deep into the playbook, Kyle Shanahan is going to have something special in store for this game.
Defensively, the 49ers have a tough task in trying to slow down the Chiefs offense, no question, but I imagine that they have a bit of a chip on their shoulder coming into this game after hearing how they don’t have much of a chance on Sunday. The 49ers come into Sunday with 57 sacks in the regular and postseason. The 49ers are the seventh team with at least 55 sacks on the season to have made the Super Bowl, those teams are 6-0 heading into Sunday.
The 49ers are the more complete team, the more battle-hardened team (The 49ers are 7-2 against teams with a record of .500 or better; the Chiefs are 4-3) and the team that can play any style of game that is needed to get the job done.
PREDICTION: 49ers 38 Chiefs 28
Matthew Barr (@MattBarr_)
The only thing standing in the way of Andy Reid and a fast food buffet at the White House are Kyle Shanahan and the 49ers. A rare meeting between the two most complete teams in the league should result in plenty of fireworks. I’ll keep this short and sweet. The Chiefs have the best player on the field in Patrick Mahomes but the 49ers are the more well-rounded team. The defense and running game travel to Miami and Jimmy G makes pivotal throws in a barn burner.
PREDICTION: 49ers 35, Chiefs 32
Scott Young (@FakeScottYoung)
Last yea, the 49ers were 4-12. This year, they're headed to the Super Bowl.
It be like that sometimes.
Everyone wants to talk anoint Patrick Mahomes as the greatest thing since sliced bread (with or without ketchup) and love to say that HC Andy Reid getting his Super Bowl win is a storybook ending.
But it's not. Or rather, maybe not this year.
Tony York's passing. Dwight's passing. The QB coming back from an ACL tear. The linebacker whop ignited the heat in a defense, goes down, and makes a triumphant return at #30 in the Royal Rumble to come in and help in the postseason. Both tackles going down and needing a literal Band Aid-ed offensive line.
It's just so much more romantic. And seeing Jimmy and John and Kyle hoist the Lombardi will likely get the script for the TV movie going. As it should.
I just can't wait to see it. And can't wait to see Sam Waterston as Mike Shanahan.
PREDICTION: 49ers 42-34
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