Super Bowl LIV preview: 49ers vs. Chiefs

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher 

The San Francisco 49ers and the Kansas City Chiefs will compete in Super Bowl LIV. The game will kick off at 6:30 pm EST on Sunday, February 2nd, 2020 on FOX. 

The 49ers will bring their 15-3 record into the contest. On the other hand, the Chiefs are 14-4. 

Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce and San Francisco 49ers cornerback Richard Sherman join the annual Xbox Sessions: Game Before the Game
Travis Kelce and Richard Sherman join the annual Xbox Sessions: Game Before the Game (Getty Images)

Both teams have lost just one game away from their respective home stadiums this season. San Francisco is 7-1 on the road, while Kansas City is 6-1. 

San Francisco also holds the all-time series lead with a 7-6 mark. They last played during the 2018 season when the Chiefs won 38-27. 

The 49ers have not won in the series since a 22-17 win on Oct. 6, 2014. 

In the all-time series, the Chiefs have scored 274 points, while the 49ers have scored 245 points.

The Chiefs are 1-1 all-time in the Super Bowl. This is their third appearance. 

The 49ers have five Super Bowl wins in their six previous appearances. This is San Francisco’s seventh all-time appearance.

Both offenses are in the Top 10 in the NFL. The 49ers are fourth at 381.1 yards per game, while the Chiefs are sixth with 379.2 yards per game. 

In addition, San Francisco has the second-best defense at 281.8 yards per contest. Kansas City brings the 17th-best defense into the contest with 349.6 yards per game. 

According to ESPN’s Football Power Index, the Chiefs have a 64.8% chance to win the game. 

This is Andy Reid’s second appearance in the Super Bowl as a head coach. During the 2004 season, the Philadelphia Eagles lost to the New England Patriots, 24-21, in Super Bowl XXXIX on Sunday, February 6th, 2005 in Jacksonville, Florida. 

While Reid is 0-1 as a head coach, the Chiefs head coach was a part of the Green Bay Packers staff that won Super Bowl XXXI when the Packers defeated the Patriots, 35-21, on January 26th, 1997 in the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana.

In addition, this is Kyle Shanahan’s first appearance in the Big Game as the team’s leader. The 49ers head coach is 0-1 in the Super Bowl, as he was part of the Atlanta Falcons staff that blew the 28-3 lead to the Patriots in Super Bowl LI, before losing 34-28 in overtime.

49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo has gone 329 of 476 for 3,978 yards. He has thrown 27 touchdown passes and 13 interceptions. 

Raheem Mostert leads the backs with 137 carries for 772 yards and eight touchdowns. George Kittle leads the receivers with 85 receptions for 1,053 yards and five touchdowns.

Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes II has gone 319 of 484 for 4,031 yards. He has thrown 26 touchdown passes and five interceptions. 

Damien Williams leads the backs with 111 carries for 498 yards and five touchdowns. Travis Kelce leads the receivers with 97 receptions for 1,229 yards and five touchdowns.

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