The NFL season has just one game left in it with the Chiefs and 49ers working their way through the Conference Championship games to reach the Super Bowl.
Mahomes Does It Again
The Kansas City Chiefs were once again slow to start but eventually got things going to beat the Tennessee Titans 35-24 and advance to the Super Bowl.
As you’d expect, it was the Patrick Mahomes show. He finished with 294 passing yards (23-from-35) and three touchdowns to pull the Chiefs out 10-0 and 17-7 holes. Unflappable in his approach to the comebacks, Mahomes always looked in control.
In two games this postseason, Patrick Mahomes has done it all 🚀
– 721 total yards
– 9 total TD
– 0 turnovers
– 2 comeback wins
– 1 trip to the Super Bowl pic.twitter.com/crlmRQyaO5
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) January 19, 2020
While Mahomes will occupy most of the headlines, the Chiefs defence deserves a mention. They kept Derrick Henery to just 68 rushing yards just after he became the first player in NFL history to have 180+ rushing yards in three consecutive games.
Their next assignment is Raheem Mostert.
Oh My, Mostert
Mostert produced one of the all-time great playoff performances in the San Francisco 49ers 37-20 win over the Green Bay Packers. As Joe Buck said in the broadcast, “this is taking away the manhood from the Green Bay Packers.”
Mostert became the first player in NFL history to have 200+ rushing yards and 4+ touchdowns in a playoff game. He finished with 220 yards on 29 carries in an incredible outing for the 27-year old.
— San Francisco 49ers (@49ers) January 20, 2020
Meanwhile, Jimmy Garoppolo completed just six throws on eight attempts. That’s not a typo…
Garoppolo really attempted only eight throws. At one stage, he went over an hour and a half in real time between attempts.
Such was the dominance of the Niners run game, Garoppolo didn’t need to throw it. Instead, he handed it off to Mostert, Deebo Samuel and Travis Coleman for a combined 285 rushing yards.
Super Bowl LIV
So, there we have it: Chiefs v 49ers.
The Chiefs have opened as $1.80 and -1.5 favourites for Super Bowl LIV. As the clock ran down in Packers v 49ers, the question was already being asked: Can the 49ers beat Mahomes with Garoppolo only throwing the ball eight times?
With two weeks until the big game, we’ve got plenty of time to dissect the matchups.
One thing we do know is this game is going to be lightning quick. The Chiefs and 49ers are the two fastest teams in the NFL. With so much speed out there behind two of the leagues best offences, the 52.5 Total Score will no doubt see plenty of action on the Over.
Speed wins in today's NFL.
Super Bowl LIV will feature two of the fastest offenses in the NFL when the Chiefs take on the 49ers in Miami.
— Next Gen Stats (@NextGenStats) January 20, 2020
As $2 underdogs, the 49ers will once again rely on their ground game. They’ve managed 471 yards on 89 carries while scoring six touchdowns in the playoffs this season.
The contrasting styles, George Kittle v Travis Kelce, and the experience of the biggest day in American sports make for a mouth-watering game on February 3rd.