SUPER BOWL BEFORE & AFTER

PREDICTION: 

The 49ers have a productive offensive but feature a stifling defense that humbled many high-powered offenses. On the other hand, the Chiefs have a dynamic offense with a defense that got better every week.

There are many great storylines in this Super Bowl. Redemption for Kyle Shannon who almost got a ring against the Patriots in 2016. Redemption for Andy Reid who fell to the Patriots in 2004.

Part of the fun during the two weeks separating the conference championship games and the Super Bowl is predicting the winner as well as the possible score.

If I had to pick who I believe will win the Super Bowl, I would lean towards the Kansas Chiefs because I believe their offense will be a bit too much for the 49ers to contain for 4 quarters.

I believe the game will be high scoring. Players like Tyreek Hill, Travis Kelce, and Patrick Mahomes should tip the scale in favor of the Chiefs. The Chiefs score fast and often.

Defense wins championships. The 49ers have a great defense spearheaded by Sherman and Bosa. But, even great defenses can end up in a shoot-out in the biggest game.

Chiefs 35 49ers 31. The game ends on a Garoppolo interception.

RECAP: 

The biggest football games may be better in Miami. At least, this was a major step up from last year’s game, where the Patriots defeated the Rams in the most offensive anemic game in recent memory. Although Super Bowl 54 was not a shootout, both the Chiefs and 49ers competed in an entertaining game with a clear shift in the flow of momentum.

For the first 53 minutes, the 49ers appeared headed to join the Steelers and Patriots with 6 titles. But, the Chiefs turned on the switch while the 49ers went cold. The breakaway touchdown by Damian Williams was the worst-case scenario for the 49ers that needed to hold the Chiefs to a field goal in the clutch.

The only part of the prediction I got right was Jimmy Garoppolo’s last pass being an interception. Garoppolo had a great start to the game but missed some critical passes at the end to seal the 49ers fate. Unfortunately, Kyle Shanahan will have to spend another offseason dealing with controversial handling of play calling in a Super Bowl. In the biggest moments, one has to maximize scoring opportunities, which he let slip away at the end of the half.

Congratulations to the Kansas City Chiefs on their second Super Bowl. Special congratulations to Andy Reid in winning his long-awaited Super Bowl. As an avid Philadelphia Eagles fan, I rooted for our former coach of 14 years to finally capture the elusive Super Bowl. Hopefully, now the Philadelphia Eagles get back to winning and capture more titles.