49ers will take home Lombardi

Ethan Andres, Editor

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Super Bowl LIV will be between the Kansas City Chiefs and the San Francisco 49ers, taking place at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami, Florida, at about 6:35 p.m.

San Francisco has had a dominant season, going 13-3 and taking the top seed in the NFC. The 49ers topped the Seattle Seahawks 28-23 and the Green Bay Packers 37-20 this postseason. Its dominant pass rush, lead by edge rushers Nick Bosa, Dee Ford, and DeForest Buckner has been a big part of their dominance. Offensively, 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan’s creative running game has been difficult for other teams to stop.

Kansas City has enjoyed a strong season itself, finishing 12-4, good for the second seed in the AFC. The Chiefs then took down the Houston Texans in a 51-31 shootout and the surging Tennessee Titans 35-24 during the postseason. Led by 2018 MVP quarterback Patrick Mahomes, the Chiefs’ offense proved difficult to outplay. Their defense played average, but strong offensive and special teams play kept the team at a high level overall.

Now, the two teams clash on the big stage. Both squads have something more than just a Super Bowl title under their belts to fight for. If the 49ers win, it will be their sixth title in franchise history, which would tie for the most by a franchise with the Pittsburgh Steelers. If the Chiefs win, it would be their first title in exactly fifty seasons, when they won Super Bowl IV in early 1970.

I predict the 49ers will prevail and bring their sixth Lombardi Trophy back home to the bay area. Their pass rush will overpower the backfield of the Chiefs. Their creative run game will get past the Chiefs mediocre defense. Their special teams will outplay the Chiefs special teams.

Junior Jack Aldihaimawi said, “I think the 49ers will win because their team is stacked.”

San Francisco’s defense will turn out to be too difficult of a challenge for Mahomes and company. The pass rush will overwhelm him and his running backs. Not to mention defensive backs Richard Sherman and Jimmie Ward, who will make life difficult for Chiefs receivers Tyreek Hill, Sammy Watkins, Travis Kelce, and others. Overall, I think the 49ers defense will be led by Dee Ford, who will win Super Bowl MVP. He will be extra motivated to play well because the Chiefs are his former team, who traded him away this past offseason.

Offensively, the 49ers have the recipe to get past the opposing defense. Their running back rotation of Raheem Mostert, Tevin Coleman, and Matt Breida will keep the others fresh and the defense guessing. In addition, the speed of rookie receiver Deebo Samuel may be utilized on trick plays in the run game. And when the 49ers to decide to pass, receiving threats Emmanuel Sanders and George Kittle can give the Chiefs a run for their money.

On special teams, the 49ers boast kicker Robbie Gould, who has never missed a postseason kick. The speedy returner they have in Samuel cancels out the speedy return that Hill and Mecole Hardman bring the Chiefs.

The Chiefs, however, are still a threat to win. Their head coach, Andy Reid, is one of the longest tenured coaches in the league. And with the talent Mahomes has, anything is possible with them.

Junior Logan Flood said, “I think the Chiefs will win because I think the 49ers are going to choke and the Chiefs are a consistent team.”

Overall, with the 49ers winning all three aspects of the game, they will defeat the Chiefs 28-17 and tie the Steelers for the most Super Bowl titles.