It feels like everyone is picking the Chiefs! It feels weird to me because I honestly believe San Francisco is clearly the better team and has a slight lead, assuming Brock Purdy doesn’t have one of the Bad Brock Purdy Games.
That’s quite a possibility! I just think the Chiefs have relied too much on Mahomes and the Niners can benefit from him just playing a human game.
It will be a close game. I predict the 49ers coming by for a field goal, maybe 49ers 31-28 Chiefs? Feel free to make your own prediction, via email (to email@example.com) or@HunterFelt).
The only thing harder than winning the Lombardi Trophy is defending it. Only eight teams have managed to win consecutive Super Bowls, and three of those repeats came in the first decade of the game’s existence.
Green Bay Packers (1966-1967); defeated Kansas City and Oakland
Miami Dolphins (1972-1973); defeated Washington and Minnesota
Pittsburgh Steelers (1974-1975); defeated Minnesota and Dallas
Pittsburgh Steelers (1978-1979); defeated Dallas and the LA Rams
San Francisco 49ers (1988-1989); defeated Cincinnati and Denver
Dallas Cowboys (1992-93) defeated Buffalo and Buffalo
Denver Broncos (1997-98) defeated Green Bay and Atlanta
New England Patriots (2003-2004) defeated Carolina and Philadelphia
Not only can Kansas City join this elite class by beating San Francisco tonight, but the Chiefs could become the first-ever repeat champions to win both games as underdogs. Each of the previous eight teams to do the double were betting favorites in one or both games.
Hello I have to go
One thing I’ve learned in the last twelve years of covering sports is that it’s better to leave a year early than a year too late. In that spirit, I must announce that today is my last day writing for the Guardian US.
It’s a decision I didn’t make lightly! This was the best job anyone could have, especially writing these live blogs. You were a great audience. However, it was time for me to find something new. I’m not sure what that will be yet, but I didn’t want to continue with it for too long when it started to just be a thing I did for money. It’s time for new blood here, I’m sure whoever will replace me will do a great job. I will definitely continue reading!
I don’t want this to be all about me, these blogs are about the game. I just wanted to make that clear up front. I’ll save my final farewell for the end. We still have many, many hours together before then. I will cherish them all.
Hello everyone, welcome to the conclusion of the NFL season. If this feels like a familiar match, it’s because we’ve been here before! It was over four years ago when the Kansas City Chiefs defeated the San Francisco 49ers 31-20 in 2020. I remember it like it was yesterday, but only because I remember yesterday very badly too!
These 49ers were probably the most complete team in football all season. While the Chiefs have the edge at quarterback, Brock Purdy has a better set of offensive weapons. Even when they fell behind early to the Detroit Lions in the NFC Championship Game, they managed to put together a perfect second half and pull off an impressive comeback. They can’t afford to fall behind the Chiefs this early, but you suspect they know that.
However, the Chiefs have Patrick Mahomes. Mahomes is the most important player in the league for a reason, and he has proven that in what may be his most impressive season yet. The Chiefs have a depleted receiver core, meaning he has had to do more heavy lifting than in recent seasons. It’s a burden he’s proven he’s more than capable of lifting. Plus, he still has Travis Kelce at the end, who must feel pretty invincible now that he has the most famous pop star in the world rooting for him.
So it’s the best team versus the best quarterback in the biggest game of the year. That seems fun to do. For one last time, you can contribute to our live coverage of this NFL season. If you have email, and you probably have since it’s 2024, send your thoughts to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you’re still on Twitter or X or whatever Elon wants to call it, you can fire them off @HunterFelt. We will publish them during today’s coverage.
It’s Super Bowl LVIII with the San Francisco 49ers vs. the Kansas City Chiefs at Allegiant Stadium in Nevada! The game starts at 6:30 PM EST, but this is the Super Bowl! It won’t start on time! We will continue to provide updates before then, so we can keep you informed until the start of the Big Game.
There are still two and a half hours until kick-off and Allegiant Stadium is already filling up.
Hunter will be with you soon, in the meantime, here are our writers’ predictions for today’s game (49ers fans might want to stop reading here):
49ers 24-27 Leaders. This is one of those heart-mind choices. The Niners are a better all-around team. The Chiefs have an exceptional defense, but few answers to the specific pressure the Niners’ offense puts on opponents. But they also have the most talented player walking the earth in the game’s most valuable position. This is a Mahomes choice. The Chiefs shouldn’t be here; they are a flawed team, with the worst offensive group Mahomes has worked with during his career. But he’s still Mahomes — and it’s tough to match up against the quarterback who continues his dynastic run. Oliver Connolly
49ers 24-30 Leaders. Purdy plays well, but in the end the Chiefs D get the upper hand. Andreas Laurens
49ers 14-31 Leaders. It would be nice to see the Niners win just because they haven’t claimed a title this century/millennium, while the Chiefs are already a modern dynasty. But this won’t be close: the Niners were lucky to get past the Packers and would have lost to the Lions if not for a few doses of fortune. In both games the defense was unimpressive and the result created plays that could have gone either way. The Ravens wiped the floor with San Francisco on Christmas, and the Chiefs will do the same on Sunday. Tom Lutz
49ers 33-28 Leaders. Heart or head? Well, ego trumps both. The 49ers were my preseason darlings and you just have to hang in there, right? (I also have to try to regain some credibility by suggesting the Ravens miss the playoffs.) Shanahan is going to come up with something really special to get his first ring. Next year’s trilogy fight will be tough. Graham Searles
You can read our full breakdown of the matchup predictions, from the MVP to how each team can win, here: