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Tristan Schaar's Super Bowl Preview


In a few days, the San Francisco 49ers will look to get themselves some long-awaited revenge against Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs who spoiled their chances of hoisting the Lombardi back in 2020. 

However, there are a couple of important new faces that will be in action for the Niners, being Brock Purdy (MVP Candidate) and All-Pro running back Christian McCaffrey leading the charge to attempt and avenge the 2019 team that was one-quarter away from sliding a ring on their finger before blowing a 20-10 lead.

Although this may not be the most popular Super Bowl in recent years to NFL fans (it may have to do with Taylor Swift), it’s a huge one for Patrick Mahomes and company as he can take one giant step closer to Tom Brady’s seven rings and solidify the beginning of a new dynasty in Kansas City.

Since becoming the starter for Kansas City in 2018, Mahomes has been no stranger to the big games. Leading the Chiefs to six straight AFC Championship games with an impressive 4-2 record, while also winning the Super Bowl twice (looking for his third this weekend). 

(Picture Via: Associated Press)

For the 49ers on the other hand, the experience for their quarterback is nowhere near Mahomes. Brock Purdy, the last pick in the 2022 NFL Draft deemed *Mr. Irrelevant* has fought through a lot of adversity to get himself to where he is today. From being QB3 on the teams’ depth chart last season, taking over as the starter, and almost securing a spot in the Super Bowl as a rookie. Ultimately falling short after suffering a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his elbow during the NFC Championship against the Philadelphia Eagles.

 I’m sure there is some extra motivation for Purdy going into this weekend to prove the doubters wrong about the “game manager” allegations he’s received all year while also looking to create a legacy of his own as he begins his young promising career.

Now for my prediction on how I believe Super Bowl LVIII will play out, go ahead and give me the Kansas City Chiefs. The one thing you don’t wanna do is make it known to Patrick Mahomes he’s the underdog. 

Looking past the injury-riddled and slow regular season for Travis Kelce, he’s made sure to make up for his absence by being the pinnacle of the Chiefs offensive success alongside Isiah Pacheco’s dominance in the run game during the Chiefs impressive playoff run (which will continue).

Additionally, the Chiefs without a doubt have built the best defense they’ve had in past years, which strengthens my belief that they will ultimately be crowned the “world champions of football” after Sunday night.

Tristan’s Keys To The Game:

  • The Chiefs must attempt to establish the run game as fast as possible against a 49ers defense that has allowed an average of 159.0 yards per game on the ground in the playoffs.
  • San Francisco needs to play productive offensive football in all four quarters which they’ve struggled to do in the playoffs. Chiefs defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo and his second-half defense rank #1 in the NFL this season allowing only 6.8 points in the back half of each game. Start Strong San Fran!

Gameday Info:

  • Game Day: Sunday, February 11, 2024
  • Game Time: 6:30 PM ET
  • Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Stadium: Allegiant Stadium

Injury Report:

  • San Francisco 49ers: N/A
  • Kansas City Chiefs: Joe Thuney (Guard), Jerrick McKinnon (RB), and Charles Omenihu (DE) are likely out for Super Bowl Sunday.

Updated Sportsbook, Via BET MGM:

  • 49ers: -130 moneyline, -2 on the point spread.
  • Chiefs: +110 moneyline, +2 on the point spread.
  • Total Score: -110 O/U  at 47.5 

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