February 1, 2020

By Fred Liggett

The day many long-time Kansas City Chiefs fans have been longing for is about here as the Chiefs will play on Super Bowl Sunday for the first time since 1970. The AFC champion Chiefs match up against the NFC champion San Francisco 49ers. These two teams will be forever linked by playing in Super Bowl 54 but the two teams have quite a history already.

On Super Bowl Sunday fans can expect to see plenty of new commercials and a full length half time show normal for this type of event. Thanks to television, fans can also expect to see old highlights of players who have played for both franchises. Thanks to previous coverage of the NFL expect to see a clip of former 49ers QB Joe Montana throwing the football in a KC Chiefs uniform. Don’t be surprised if there are more clips shown of QB Steve Bono, QB Elvis Grbac and most recently QB Alex Smith in uniforms of both teams. Yes the history of former 49er’s quarterbacks eventually wearing Chiefs uniforms is that long.

In more recent times the two teams are linked for other reasons. In week three of the 2018 NFL season current 49ers QB Jimmy Garoppolo tore his ACL in a game played in Kansas City against the Chiefs. The team went on to lose that day and finish the year at 4-12. Garoppolo at the time enjoyed the largest contract in the NFL on an annual basis. Across the field on Sunday from him will be a quarterback who is expected to sign the next largest contract in the NFL in Chiefs QB Pat Mahomes.

The Chiefs and 49ers got to this point by being really good at one side of the ball. There is talk every week of the Chiefs offensive capabilities and how quick they can put up points. That will be tested by the 49ers who bring a much talked about shut down defense. With names like Nick Bosa, Arik Armstead and Dee Ford, the defensive line can boast about some big numbers. Speaking of numbers Chiefs TE Travis Kelce continues to be a match up nightmare for opponents as he puts up another receiving record on top of another. The current NFL MVP Chiefs QB Pat Mahomes has somehow thrown for 11 touchdowns and zero interceptions in four playoff games.

Both teams leading up to the Super Bowl game have seen everyone healthy enough to practice and that should lead to a pretty good game. The Chiefs have fallen behind 24-0 and 10-0 in their two post-season games this season and will have to start faster against the 49ers to ensure a successful outcome. The Chiefs and 49ers both possess good kickers and I believe we will see both called into action in the big game. Yes, the 49ers will bring an awesome defense to the field but thanks to one Pat Mahomes who can score both threw the air and using his legs when the game ends and the NFL’s celebratory 100th season comes to a close it will be the Kansas City Chiefs who will be Super Bowl 54 Champions. That’s What I REID Into It for this Super Bowl week.

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