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Kansas City Chiefs vs San Francisco 49ers
Super Bowl LIV
|Hard Rock Stadium, Miami|
|Kansas City Chiefs||San Francisco 49ers|
The biggest event on the US sporting calendar gets underway as the San Francisco 49ers and Kansas City Chiefs clash in Super Bowl LIV. Join The Roar for live scores and commentary from 10:30am (AEDT).
Two of the game’s most exciting young quarterbacks go head-to-head, with 2017 no.10 draft pick Patrick Mahomes coming up against Tom Brady’s former understudy in Jimmy Garoppolo. It also pits of the longest-tenured coaches in Andy Reid, against a bright young mind in Kyle Shanahan.
The Chiefs (12-4, first AFC West, second AFC) overcame a midseason form slump in fine fashion, winning six straight games to finish the regular season. They’ve scored at least 20 points in every game bar one this season, eclipsing 30 points on a whopping nine occasions – including both playoff games.
They put together a wild comeback over the Houston Texans in the Divisional Round, before holding off the fairytale Tennessee Titans in the AFC Championship game.
In the other corner are the 49ers (13-3, first NFC West, first NFC), who have reached the summit on the back of ferocious defense. San Francisco have held their opponents to fewer than 20 points on eight occasions this season – conceding a single-digit score in half of them.
Their Divisional Round win over Minnesota saw them hold the Vikings to just 147 yards – a club record – before they dominated the Green Bay Packers to reach the decider.
The 49ers are gunning for their sixth Super Bowl victory, which tie them with Pittsburgh and New England for the most in NFL history.
Kansas City, on the other hand, are aiming for their first Super Bowl win since Super Bowl IV in 1970, the fifth-longest championship drought in the NFL.
As the old adage goes, offense sells tickets, defense wins championships. Patrick Mahomes is undoubtedly a prodigious talent who will be the undisputed number one quarterback in the league by this time next year, but it’s very, very hard to go past San Francisco’s incredible defense.
Having defeated far superior opposition on route to the Super Bowl, I’m backing the Niners to cause the upset.
San Francisco 27, Kansas City 21
Time: 10:30am (AEDT)
Venue: Hard Rock Stadium, Miami
TV: Channel Seven, ESPN
Online: Kayo Sports, 7Plus
Head-to-head: San Francisco 7, Kansas City 6
Last meeting: Kansas City 38 def. San Francisco 27, Week 13, 2018
Odds: Kansas City $1.77, San Francisco $2.05