Super Bowl LIV prediction: 49ers edge Chiefs in thriller behind 49ers MVP Raheem Mostert

photo from mercurynews.com: San Francisco 49iers running back Raheem Mostert celebrates the NFC Championship victory at Levis Stadium on Sun Jan 19th 

By Joe Hawkes
SRS Contributor

Call me a homer if you want, but I truly believe that the San Francisco 49ers will win Super Bowl LIV over the Kansas City Chiefs.

Score? 35-28, 49ers.

Why?

Simple, behind the play of their stud defensive line powered by rookie defensive end Nick Bosa, and their solid running game centered around running back Raheem Mostert. In fact, Mostert is my pick to walk away with the MVP award of the game.

Mostert, who single-handily punched San Francisco’s ticket to Miami, FL after his four-touchdown, 220-yard rushing performance on 29 carries in the NFC Championship Game against the Green Bay Packers, has become an overnight sensation and a key piece in the 49ers’ run to Super Bowl LIV. After being cut by six teams before latching on with San Francisco in 2016, Mostert became the first player to rush for at least 200 yards and four touchdowns in a playoff game.

For all the talk that the 49ers’ chances to win their sixth Vince Lombardi Trophy rests on the right arm of quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, and possibly so, but Mostert will be the guy that the bulk of the offense will flow through when the ball is kicked off on Sunday at 6:38 p.m. ET (3:38 p.m. PT) from Hard Rock Stadium.

The game will be tightly contested for three quarters as both Garoppolo and Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes will trade touchdown scoring drives heading into the fourth quarter to tie the score at 28-28.

After San Francisco forces Kansas City into a 3-and-out, Mostert will punctuate a 12-play, 75-yard drive with his second touchdown run of the game at the four-minute mark giving the 49ers a 35-28 lead. In turn, San Francisco’s offense will anxiously watch its defense get them across the finish line which its done for most of the 2019 season.

The defense, who has exhibited such a herculean effort in trying to slow down Mahomes and Kansas City’s high-powered offense, the aforementioned Bosa will come up with a crucial sack on fourth down to secure the win.

Mostert, who will finish with a stat line of 22 carries for 120 yards and two touchdowns, will be just the eighth running back named MVP of the Super Bowl joining Larry Csonka (Super Bowl VIII), Franco Harris (Super Bowl IX), John Riggins (Super Bowl XVII), Marcus Allen (Super Bowl XVIII), Ottis Anderson (Super Bowl XXV), Emmitt Smith (Super Bowl XXVIII), and Terrell Davis (XXXII).

Everyone but Anderson is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Headline Sports podcast with Tony Renteria: In Super Bowl LIV it’s a toss up and Tony tells you why

The San Francisco 49ers Richard Sherman answers questions with a smile at the opening media day on Tuesday at Super Bowl LIV in Miami ( photo from: Shawn McCullough Sports Radio Service)

On the Headline Sports podcast with Tony Renteria:

#1 The San Francisco 49ers are coming off a huge win in their last game in the NFC Championship against the Green Bay Packers 37-20 now facing the Kansas City Chiefs they are not expected to have anything close to a margin like that in the Super Bowl

#2 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo threw six for eight passes and 77 yards against the Packers some people are concerned he’s going to have to do a lot better than that to win this game against the Kansas City Chiefs.

#3 Talk about how much the 49ers really depend on running back Raheem Mostert who ran for 220 yards in 29 carries against Green Bay

#4 For the Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes can run and throw all day he went 23 for 35 for 294 yards against the Tennessee Titans in the AFC Championship

#5 Game day is this Sunday Tony who do you like, why and whats your point spread

Tony R does Headline Sports each Thursday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Headline Sports with London Marq: Big fan push for changing NBA logo to Kobe; How Reid and Shanahan will coach to win on Sunday; plus more

nypost.com photo: Simulated look at new Kobe NBA logo if switched from the current Jerry West NBA logo

On Headline Sports with London:

#1 Huge fan push to change NBA insignia from Jerry West to Kobe Bryant and the push is catching on

#2 The Super Bowl is normally one of sports biggest events but after the death of Kobe his death has overshadowed the big game.

#3 Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid is looking for his first Super Bowl with the Chiefs while San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan is looking to recover from the last Super Bowl he coached in. As an assistant coach Shanahan had the Falcons ahead in the Super Bowl only to cave and lose the Super Bowl. Shanahan is looking to get it done on Sunday.

#4 On ESPN Stephen A said there was no way that the 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo outplays the Kansas City Chiefs Pat Mahomes on Sunday

#5 How important is it that Dusty Baker hired by the Houston Astros who are trying to get away from the sign stealing scandal and Dusty is a player’s manager, doesn’t use technology or computers to manage a game or need to steal signs.

London Marq joins Sports Talk each Wednesday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Headline Sports podcast with Barbara Mason: NTSB now left to figure out what went wrong with Kobe Helicopter; Cal shocked the Pac 12 world; plus more

ap photo: Helicopter crash site of where Kobe Bryant, Gianna Bryant and seven others parished on Sun Jan 26, 2020  in Calabasas, Calif

Headline Sports podcast with Barbara Mason:

#1 Now the investigation of the helicopter model that Kobe Bryant was riding a Sikorsky S-76 a $13 million model. The NTSB sent 18 staff members to the copter crash site

#2 The S-76 that Kobe flew in was built in 1991 and was sold in 2015 to Jim Bagge an executive at Island Express holding company who is the license holder for the Kobe helicopter

#3 In other sports, the big surprise in college basketball in the Pac 12 action on Sunday the Cal Bears (9-10) upset one of the toughest teams the Stanford Cardinal (15-4) 52-50. Paris Austin’s two free throws put Cal in the winner’s circle.

#4 The Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers kick off on Sunday for Super Bowl LIV in Miami on Sunday in preparation for the big game.

#5 Talk about how you see this match up with quarterback of the Chiefs Pat Mahomes and 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo.

Join Barbara each Tuesday for Headlines podcast at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Super Bowl LIV/San Francisco 49ers podcast with David Zizmor: 49ers-Chiefs get ready for the Dog and Pony show and media day

photo from sfgate.com: The San Francisco 49ers Emmanuel Sanders and Deebo Samuel exit down the stairs after arriving at Miami International Airport on Sunday Jan 26, 2020 for Super Bowl LIV

On the San Francisco 49ers podcast with David Zizmor:

#1 The San Francisco 49ers who arrived in Miami on Sunday get set for media days and practices throughout the week in preparation for Super Bowl LIV as head coach Kyle Shanahan calls it a “dog and pony” show.

#2 For the Kansas City Chiefs their first Super Bowl since 1970 that was when Hank Stram was coaching the team. For head coach Andy Ried and quarterback Pat Mahomes a lot of hard work to get to this point.

Our thanks to David Zizmor for a great season of 49ers football, David joins us next Tuesday for the Golden State Warriors podcasts at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

AFC defeats NFC in Pro Bowl 38-33, players honor Kobe

photo by Shawn McCullough (Sports Radio Service): Spectrum Stadium the home of the 2020 Pro Bowl as seen before kick off

By Daniel Dullum
Sports Radio Service
Sunday, January 26, 2020

The AFC defeated the NFC 38-33 in the annual Pro Bowl played in Orlando, Fla. But the players’ collective minds were elsewhere.

Word reached the players shortly before kickoff about the tragic helicopter crash in California that took the life of Lakers legend Kobe Bryant, his daughter, and five others.

Green Bay’s Za’Darius Smith suggested to his NFC teammates that the best way to pay tribute to Bryant was to impersonate the late star’s fadeaway jumper after big plays.

Davonte Adams of Green Bay pointed toward the sky and flashed No. 24 on his fingers after making a third-quartrer touchdown pass. Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson led a prayer for Bryant prior to the game.

A moment of silence was held for Bryant at the two-minute warning in the first half as the late NBA star’s picture was on the scoreboards.

Aside from the tributes to Kobe, the NFL’s all-star game went along as usual, with a lot of offense and a lack of tackling. The AFC and NFC combined for 834 total yards and 10 touchdowns.

With that, there were a few defensive gems turned in. Steelers linebacker T.J. Watt ran a fumble back 82 yards for a touchdown in the fourth quarter. Calais Campbell of Jacksonville made that play happen when he sacked Minnesota quarterback Kirk Cousins, stripped the ball, and Watt picked it up and his return gave the AFC a 38-27 lead.

Then, the NFC tried to take advantage of a new rule that allows the scoring team to retain possession by facing 4th down-and-15 from its own 25-yard line. Cousins was intercepted by Ravens safety Earl Thomas.

Other highlights: Ryan Tannehill of Tennessee threw a 60-yard scoring pass to DJ Chark of Jacksonville on a play where officials chose not to rule him down after he was touched by two defenders.

Philadelphia’s Fletcher Cox ran 61 yards for an NFC touchdown. Harrison Smith of Minnesota intercepted a pass by Houston’s Deshaun Watson at the 3, returning it to the 39 before lateraling to Cox. Denver wideout Courtland Sutton didn’t try to tackle the 310-pound Cox; he slapped at the ball for the final 20 yards of Cox’s ramble instead.

Cousins, Drew Brees of New Orleans and Wilson each threw three touchdown passes for the NFC. Ezekiel Elliott and Adams each threw a pass as well — Elliott was intercepted, while Adams threw an incompletion.

Wilson was to start for the NFC, but turned his position over to Brees, who is considering retirement.

Campbell was tabbed as the defensive player of the game, while Lamar Jackson of Baltimore was selected as the offensive MVP. Jackson threw for 185 yards, two TD’s and an interception. Watson threw a touchdown, a pick, and 148 yards.

The winner’s share was $70,000 apiece, while the losers received $35,000 each.

Super Bowl LIV/San Francisco 49ers podcast with Joe Lami: What a difference a year makes from 4-12 to 13-3

Kwon Alexander (56) San Francisco 49ers linebacker in this Oct 31st file photo against the Arizona Cardinals returned to practice on Jan 2 after suffering a pectoral muscle pull mid season

On the 49ers podcast with Joe Lami:

#1 Joe what a difference a year makes the 49ers at this time last season finished at 4-12 and this season a incredible 13-3.

#2 They also at one point during the season looked as if they could have gone perfect that’s how dominating they were

#3 Talk about some of the important acquisitions the 49ers made to improve the team for this season in Kwon Alexander, Dee Ford, Tevin Coleman, Raheem Mostert, Nick Bosa, and Deebo Samuel.

#4 Joe talk about the great job that Kansas City head coach Andy Reid has done for the Kansas City Chiefs as the Chiefs enter their first Super Bowl in 50 years

#5 Chiefs quarterback Pat Mahomes has been throwing lights out all season 4,031 yards, 26 touchdowns, 5 interceptions. Led the team under center to the AFC Championship and into the Super Bowl.

Join Joe each Friday for the 49ers podcast at http://www.sportsradioservice.com