Super Bowl LIV: Preview, Predictions and More
Super Bowl LIV: Final Prediction
This is a tough one. The last two times a historically potent offense challenged a stalwart defense in the Super Bowl, defense won championships. Last year the high-octane Los Angeles Rams were stuffed every which way and lost to the defending champion New England Patriots, 13-3. In one of the more lopsided efforts of the past decade, the Peyton Manning-led Denver Broncos were clobbered 43-8 by the Legion of Boom, Seattle Seahawks.
This doesn’t exactly mean that the 49ers are outright favorites, as Vegas odds favor the Chiefs by 1.5 points. However, it helps provide a blueprint for what might happen.
I think the Chiefs will get out to a very hot start, perhaps on a blown coverage deep bomb to Tyreek Hill. The 49ers will come storming back on the heels of the red-hot running game and Raheem Mostert, and San Francisco will take the lead going into halftime.
Patrick Mahomes will throw an interception that gives momentum to the opposition, but will come back on the next drive and remind us why he’s the league’s best player. With the game close in the fourth quarter, I predict the Chiefs will have one last chance to come back and score on the game’s final possession.
With a wild highlight reel scramble and game-winning touchdown pass to Travis Kelce, the Chiefs will win the Super Bowl, 34-31.
Finally, I just wanted to take a moment to pay a tribute to one of my all-time favorite athletes, Kobe Bryant. He was taken from us far too soon, as both he, his daughter Gianna, and seven others passed early on Sunday morning. He made a humongous impact on my life as well as the lives of millions around the globe, and the Mamba Mentality will live on forever. Rest in Peace No. 24.