A Super Bowl LIV Guide for Beginners: Predicting the Winner
By Chris Stephano
Want to sound smart at your Super Bowl party, even if you aren’t a big football fan? The following series is for you! Today we conclude our series and predict the final score for Super Bowl LIV.
Here at The Jet Press, we understand that there are various types of football fans out there. There are the diehard fans who tune in to watch every single game.
There are general fans only watch the most important games that their team plays. And then there are the casual fans who only watch the Super Bowl each year.
Even if you seldom watch football, you can still impress everyone at your Super Bowl party. Over the last few days, we have provided a crash course on the basics of Super Bowl LIV.
Today we wrap up our series with viewing information, final analysis and a final score prediction.
Super Bowl LIV
- Network: Fox
- Date/Time: Sunday February 2, 2020 at 6:30 PM
Kansas City Chiefs: Keys to Victory
No matter what else happens in the Super Bowl, the Chiefs will have a chance to win as long as Patrick Mahomes has a great game.
The prolific passer has the rare ability to carry a team. As long as his star pass catchers can get open (i.e. Tyreek Hill, Travis Kelce, Sammy Watkins), the Chiefs should be able to move the ball and score points.
On the defensive side of the ball, Kansas City has to figure out how to stop the run.
Their poor run defense (26th in yards allowed) is a significant vulnerability against the 49ers potent run game (second in rushing yards). The Chiefs should sell out to stop the run and force quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo to try to beat them.
If the Super Bowl turns into a battle of the quarterbacks, the Chiefs are all but guaranteed a victory.
San Francisco 49ers: Keys to Victory
Because they are a well-balanced team, the 49ers have a lot of tools at their disposal to potentially beat Kansas City.
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First and foremost, the 49ers need to play defense and limit the powerful Chiefs’ passing attack. They need to play tight coverage in the secondary and find a way to get pressure on Mahomes.
Look for Richard Sherman (three interceptions), Nick Bosa (nine sacks), Arik Armstead (10 sacks), and DeForest Buckner (7.5 sacks) to make impact plays for the 49ers defense.
When San Francisco has the ball, they need to limit turnovers and run the ball. Facing the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Championship game, 49ers running back Raheem Mostert exploded for 220 rushing yards and four touchdowns.
If the 49ers can come close to matching that production against the Chiefs’ suspect run defense, they will be well on their way to winning Super Bowl LIV.
There is no heavy underdog in Super Bowl LIV.
The 49ers are a well-balanced team and their strengths (running game, pass defense) match up well against the Chiefs. It wouldn’t be surprising to see them pull off the upset.
However, never bet against Mahomes. The Chiefs should be able to move the ball through the air just enough to squeak out a close win.
Final Score: Chiefs 28, 49ers 24