Russell S. Baxter

Super Bowl LIV Preview

By Julie Voigt and Russell S. Baxter (VIBE)

Special to Pro Football Guru

The 2019 NFL season is down to one Super Sunday.

It’s the San Francisco 49ers, making their seventh Super Bowl appearance, against the Kansas City Chiefs – back in the Big Game for the first time since 1969. Andy Reid’s team is riding an eight-game overall winning streak and rallied in both of their playoff wins over the Houston Texans and Tennessee Titans. Kyle Shanahan is in his third season as an NFL head coach and led the Niners to a 13-3 record and 17-point postseason victories over the Minnesota Vikings and Green Bay Packers.

So it’s one last game in the NFL’s 100th season. It’s PFG Vibe’s somewhat-unique look at the Super Bowl LIV. And once again, Julie Voigt (VI) and Russell S. Baxter (BE) offer their quick analysis on this championship showdown!

NOTE: Win-loss records include playoffs.

Sunday, February 2

San Francisco 49ers (15-3) vs. Kansas City Chiefs (14-4) at Hard Rock Stadium, South Florida, 6:30 pm ET

VI: Super Bowl Sunday is finally upon us. And with that said, it is rather refreshing to see two teams that have worked hard all season get a chance to decide who will be the best team of 2019. Both the Kansas City Chiefs and the San Francisco 49ers have the best rosters in the NFL. This game figures to be very close and the Chiefs are favored to win. Although it will be Chiefs’ quarterback Patrick Mahomes first appearance in the Super Bowl, Niners’ signal-caller already has two Super Bowl ring when he was learning under Tom Brady and the New England Patriots.

Prediction: 49ers 24, Chiefs 21

BE: It is a clash between one team that hasn’t won a championship since 1969 (when the Chiefs were still technically a member of the AFL) vs. another club that hasn’t hoisted a Lombardi Trophy since 1994. Could San Francisco’s George Kittle or Kansas City’s Travis Kelce be the first tight end to be named Super Bowl MVP. The Niners appear to be the better team from top to bottom but Reid, Patrick Mahomes and an emerging defense is playing exceptional football. Could the Chiefs’ special teams prove to be their undoing? Something to keep an eye on, but…

Prediction: Chiefs 24, 49ers 22

Julie Voigt (@JulieNoted_PFG) and Russell S. Baxter (@BaxFootballGuru) are the co-founders of @pfgVIBE. Julie is also an NFL feature writer for SI Pro Football Guru, while Russell writes for FanSided, NFL Spin Zone and Elite Sports NY.

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