This Sunday, February 2nd, the Kansas City Chiefs and the San Francisco 49ers will square off in Miami for Super Bowl LIV. The Chiefs, led by young phenom Patrick Mahomes, boast a formidable offense that can match up against any defense. Behind Mahomes, KC has no shortage of hands at the receiver position, led by Sammy Watkins, Tyreek Hill, and Travis Kelce. The 49ers, on the other hand, happen to have one of the best defenses in the league, featuring former champion Richard Sherman and an intimidating front seven including Nick Bosa and Dee Ford. It will surely be a match-up for the ages, but who will come out on top? Your Gavelers weigh-in:
Matt DeMerlis: I think this year’s Super Bowl has the potential to be one of the most evenly matched games in recent memory. It’s difficult to decide between the dynamic Chiefs offense against the stout 49ers defense. To quote the Dark Knight, “this is what happens when an unstoppable force meets an immovable object.” It’ll be interesting to see who bends first, but I believe the Chiefs will get the job done and take home the trophy thanks to a stellar performance from the future Super Bowl MVP, Patrick Mahomes. Also, I’d love to see Andy Reid get his first ring after all he’s been through.
Prediction: Chiefs 30, 49ers 17
Jake McNeil: Patrick Mahomes has only been in the league for three years, but he’s already arguably the most talented quarterback to ever touch the field. He can throw with pinpoint accuracy 40 yards downfield, and has elite mobility. The 49ers run game has looked unstoppable, but it’s a passing league. Great quarterback play beats a great run game ten times out of ten in today’s game. San Francisco will need Jimmy Garropolo to go out and win this game for them. Frankly, I’ve yet to see anything that convinces me he can go out and do that.
Prediction: Chiefs 38, 49ers 30
Brennan Rietzke: If Patrick Mahomes plays anywhere near as well as he did in the AFC Championship, the Chiefs will win. The 49ers need to go up early to stay in the game. The weak spot in the Kansas City defense is their ability to stop the run. If Jimmy G is forced to throw the ball in a deficit, San Francisco will be in trouble. I think the Chiefs will win after getting a late lead and relying on their secondary to close out the 4th quarter.
Prediction: Chiefs 37, 49ers 31
Joseph Birdsall: Sunday’s game pits strength against strength, with the Chiefs and 49ers touting the league’s best offense and defense, respectively. Expect San Francisco to find success on the ground against a horrific Kansas City run defense, but struggle to keep pace with Patrick Mahomes and a prolific Chiefs offense late in the game.
Prediction: Chiefs 31, 49ers 20
Lillie Clifton: I keep going back and forth with who I think has a chance to be the next Super Bowl champ. Mahomes has shown multiple times throughout the season that he has the qualities of a great QB. That being said, in the end, I see the 49ers proving once again that their defense is powerful enough to get the job done. Also as a Pats fan, I’m rooting for my boy Jimmy G to win the Lombardi trophy (again).
Prediction: 49ers 38, Chiefs 34
Emma Twombly: Obviously championships for any sport are going to be a close game, but this Super Bowl seems like it could be decided by a single play. The 49ers have been great defensively, while Kansas City has a powerful offense led by Patrick Mahomes, who’s good at just about everything. In the end, though, I’m taking Jimmy G and San Francisco with the slight edge to win.
Prediction: 49ers 21, Chiefs 17
Sean Rietzke: Both teams roll into Miami on fire in what appears to be one of the most evenly matched Super Bowls in recent memory. Expect the 49ers to shred the Chiefs’ porous run defense and jump ahead to an early lead. The 49ers’ historic front seven will cause some headaches for Mahomes and company—as expected—but their impact will be limited by Kansas City’s speed and ability to stretch linebackers down the field. I think San Francisco grabs a two-score lead at halftime, but Andy Reid makes the necessary adjustments to spark another magical comeback behind Mahomes and the deep ball.
Prediction: Chiefs 34, 49ers 30