San Francisco 49ers report: Six Keys to the Sixth Lombardi

dujour.com photo: NFL Vince Lombardi Trophy

By: Joe Lami

The Niners’ Quest for Six may conclude on Sunday, as the Niners face-off against the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LIV in Miami. It’s only been eight years since San Francisco last competed in America’s biggest game. Yet, it feels like an eternity full of locker room division and incompetence until John Lynch and Kyle Shanahan took the reigns. Since then, they have led the red and gold to one of the biggest turnarounds in NFL history since Bill Walsh did the exact same thing with San Francisco in 1982.

Meanwhile, Kansas City heads into their first Super Bowl in over 50 years, still hunting for Andy Reid’s first-ever Lombardi. Reid enters as the most winningest head coach in NFL history without a Super Bowl ring. San Francisco faces a tall task, but if they’re able to do these six things, they’ll bring home their first title back to the Bay since 1995.

Limit Patrick Mahomes

Limiting Patrick Mahomes is easier said than done. Since the electric second-year-starter took over, Kansas City’s offense has been explosive. The Chiefs have only been held to under 20 points once in that span, earlier this season. There was chatter of the Colts printing the blueprint on how to beat K.C. using man defense, but they were without speedsters Tyreek Hill and Sammy Watkins that game. However, the Colts were able to sack him a season-high four times.

The secret will come down to the pass rush, and if Saleh’s front four can pressure Mahomes into mistakes that the secondary can take advantage of. San Francisco meanwhile creates the most pressure, sacking the QB 14.3% of the time, when they’re in Cover 1, a man defense. This could bode well if the Colts game wasn’t just a fluke, and Mahomes’ weakness proves to be man coverage.

The Niners ranked second, will be the toughest test Mahomes has faced since week 14 in New England, the NFL’s top-rated defense. In that game against New England, Mahomes completed 65% of his passes for 283 yards, a touchdown, and an interception in a 23-16 victory. It was the Chiefs’ second-lowest point total of the year, and much was thanks to the Pats’ sixth-rated pass-rush, sacking QBs on 8.77% of plays. San Francisco’s sack rate proves to be a better challenge at 9.25%, good for third in the league, while they created pressure on almost 25% of all plays.

Continue to Dominate on the Ground; Own Time of Possession

The Niners blew through the NFC playoffs thanks to a ground and pound game that has old-school football fans salivating at the mouth. The Niners have owned the ground game, averaging 235 yards per game through the first two games. Raheem Mostert carried the red and gold to their seventh Super Bowl with the second-best running performance in playoff history, dashing the Packers for 220 yards and four touchdowns.

Meanwhile, the Chiefs have been averaging 89.5 yards allowed on the ground thus far. Part of the which is their explosive offense scores quick and often on teams, erasing the considerable deficit and forces teams to start airing the ball out. If the Niners can control the ground game, they’ll be able to keep the ball out of the hands out of Patrick Mahomes for as long as possible to avoid a shootout.

No runner this year for San Francisco has owned the workload throughout the season. Expect the running game by committee to continue for Shanahan, with Mostert, Matt Breida, and Tevin Coleman at his disposal. Also, expect Deebo Samuel to turn into a threat from the backfield. Samuel has quickly turned into a go-to threat for the Niners offense, exploding for 43 yards in the win over Green Bay.

Jimmy Garoppolo Balls Out & Protects the Football

Garoppolo has received all the hate this week leading up to the big game for his lack of protection thus far in the playoffs. The national media is trying to create a narrative that completing 17 of 27 passes for 208 yards, a touchdown, and an interception doesn’t warrant him the spot in the Super Bowl. But, the Niners simply haven’t needed Jimmy yet to win.

That could all change on Sunday if the defense isn’t able to maintain K.C.’s explosiveness, and the game turns into a shootout. But we’ve seen Garoppolo ball out in a shootout this season when San Francisco bested New Orleans in a 48-46 thriller. In that game, Garoppolo completed 26 of 35 passes for 349 yards, four touchdowns, and an interception.

That was in the middle of Garoppolo’s red-hot stretch against four of five straight playoff-caliber opponents in which he played the best football of his career. In the five-week stretch, Garoppolo completed 67% of his passes for 1,439 yards, 12 touchdowns, and only four interceptions for a 108.3 passer rating. If Garoppolo can repeat that performance in the most significant start of his career, the Niners’ chances of leaving Miami with the Lombardi will be astronomical.

Jimmy G’s biggest knock is, of course, bad Jimmy’s love of interceptions. While Garoppolo tossed 27 TDs this season, he also threw 13 passes to his opponents. Cutting out the costly pick has been the Faithful’s biggest wish of their young-(ish) gunslinger. Garoppolo has only thrown one pick losses this year, thanks to the outstanding defense stepping up when given the challenge. But this is not something to test against K.C.

Win the Final Play

The Niners have been in every contest they’ve played this year and have found multiple ways to leave victorious, yet have only found one way to lose. That’s come on the last play of the game. It happened in overtime against the Seahawks, it happened on a last-second field goal against the Ravens, and it happened on a failed goal-line stand against the Falcons. The Niners then reversed the curse when they won the division on a goal-line stand, thanks to Dre Greenlaw.

If the Super Bowl comes down to the last play of the game, San Francisco must find a way to win that final play to earn the franchise’s sixth ring.

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

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

 

49ers’ defense will have their hands full against Patrick Mahomes and Kansas City’s offense in Super Bowl LIV

ap file photo: Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes drops back to pass in the first half of their game against the Chicago Bears on Aug 25th in pre season play. Little did Mahomes know at the time he and the Chiefs would wind up in Super Bowl LIV 

By Joe Hawkes
SRS Contributor

SANTA CLARA–The San Francisco 49ers made winning the NFC Championship over the Green Bay Packers, 37-20, to advance to Super Bowl LIV on Sunday night look like a walk in the park. It will be San Francisco’s first trip to the Super Bowl since 2013, where they lost to the Baltimore Ravens 34-31.

For the franchise to claim its sixth Vince Lombardi trophy in seven trips to the Super Bowl, the 49ers are going to have to take down Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs, who are returning to the Super Bowl for the first time in 50 years after defeating the Tennessee Titans, 35-24, to capture the Lamar Hunt trophy, named after the Chiefs’ late owner as the winner of the AFC.

The Chiefs defeated the Minnesota Vikings, 23-7, in Super Bowl IV.

The play of San Francisco’s defense will be critical when the football is kicked off at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami on Feb. 2. If San Francisco’s defense plays anywhere near it did against both the Vikings and Packers respectively, than the 49ers will be in primed position to win the game.

In two playoff games, the 49ers stood head and shoulders above the rest on defense, finishing first in points (15.0), total yards (252.2), rushing yards (41.5), takeaways (5), and third down percentage (23.8).

But neither Minnesota or Green Bay can match Kansas City’s offense, which can go nuclear within a blink of an eye with the aforementioned Mahomes as the trigger man. The third-year quarterback has a stacked offense, a track team of wide receivers in Tyreek Hill, Sammy Watkins and Mecole Hardman, and an electrifying tight end in Travis Kelce at his disposal.

In the AFC Championship Game, Kansas City found itself down 10-0 and 17-7, but Mahomes and that high-powered Chiefs offense didn’t flinch, building a 35-17 lead over the Titans thanks in large part of controlling the clock with a strong ground game. Mahomes, who finished the game throwing for 294 yards and three touchdowns, his final touchdown came on a 60-yard strike to Watkins for the Chiefs’ 28th straight point midway through the fourth quarter.

That’s the type of offensive explosion that the 49ers must avoid if they have any shot at winning this football game. That means the 49ers, who may arguably have the NFL’s best defensive line, featuring Nick Bosa, DeForest Buckner, Dee Ford and Arik Armstead must make life difficult for Mahomes every time Kansas City has the football.

The 49ers have the league’s best pass defense and ranked fifth with 48 sacks during the regular season. They have nine more this postseason, largely by taking opponents off schedule and setting up favorable pass-rush situations.

That’s huge against a quarterback that has the penchant of eluding would-be tacklers like Mahomes. Especially in a game with so much on the line like the Super Bowl.

 

That’s Amaury News and Commentary: Super Bowl LIV at Miami: Sabor Latino

mercurynews.com photo: The San Francisco 49ers Richard Sherman (25) gets the handle on the Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce in a September 23, 2018 game at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City

Super Bowl LIV at Miami: Sabor Latino

That’s Amaury News and Commentary

Amaury Pi-González

The 54th version of the championship for the NFL title, will match the NFC Champion San Francisco 49ers against the AFC Champion Kansas City Chiefs.February 2, 2020 at Miami. This will be the first Super Bowl appearance for the 49ers since Superbowl XLVII against the Baltimore Ravens at the Mercedes-Benz Super Dome in New Orleans.

That was the only time a San Francisco team lost a Super Bowl. The 49ers won the Super Bowl in 1981 vs Cincinnati Bengals,1984 against Miami Dolphins at the Pontiac Silver Dome,Pontiac,Michigan,1988 vs Cincinnati Bengals at Miami,1989 against Denver Broncos in Louisiana and in 1994 when they defeated the San Diego Chargers in Miami.

I covered (on location) the 1981 and 1984 Super Bowls and the last time when they played and lost to the Baltimore Ravens as a reporter in San Francisco for Telemundo Network. Super Bowls are a weekly party for the host city and sometimes,with all the things happening prior to the game,the game itself becomes anti-climatic.

Among all cities in the United States with over 1 million in population, Miami is #Uno with 70 percent of Latinos. Miami’s total population is now reaching close to 3 million people. The NFL have planned this “Sabor Latino” (Latin Flavor) Super Bowl with a spectacular half-time show featuring Jennifer López (Jenny from the Bronx,NY) she became the first Latina to get paid 1 million dollars for a movie(Selena)in 1997. Shakira, is a Colombian-born superstar singer-composer whose complete name is Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll. Demetria(Demi)Lovato will sing the National Anthem.

Kansas City Patrick Mahomes is the fourth youngest quarterback to start a Super Bowl game,the other four: Dan Marino 1985,Ben Roethlisberger 2006, David Woodley 1983 and Jared Goff of the LA Rams last Super Bowl. Chief’s Mahomes is 24 years old attended Texas Tex University and his father Pat was a pitcher for 11 years in the major leagues. Mahomes threw 50 Touchdowns in 2918 and was the NFL MVP.

For the first time ever San Francisco 49ers will face Kansas City Chiefs in a Super Bowl.49ers quarterback Jimmy Garaffolo is going for the first time. If the 49ers win they will tie for most wins in Super Bowl history with: New England Patriots and Pittsburgh Steelers with six(6)wins. This is the sixth time the Super Bowl takes place in Miami(stadium under different corporate names)

San Francisco defense is #1 in the Playoffs and #2 in Regular season. With a record of 4-12 the previous season,they are just the third team in NFL history that reached the Super Bowl on the next season. Coach Kyle Shanahan will make his Super Bowl debut, his dad Mike was offensive coach for the 49ers in the 1994 championship season and later led the Denver Broncos to consecutive titles in 1997-1998.

A 30 seconds commercial on FOX National TV is $5.6 million dollars.

FOX TV 6:30PM East Coast Time(3:30 PM West Coast time)

Hard Rock Stadium,Miami,capacity 64,767. Worldwide a Television audience in the hundred of millions in various languages.

Predictions: In San Francisco/Bay Area 49ers are favorites. In Kansas City the Chiefs are the favorites. While the money in Las Vegas is Kansas City as slightly the favorites but basically you can flip a coin.

My prediction? Well…Flip a coin.

Headline Sports with Barbara Mason: 49ers-Chiefs expected to be a toss up; Osaka favored to win Australian Open; plus more

mercurynews.com photo: Terry Bradshaw, left, concludes the NFC Championship trophy presentation as San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (10), George Kittle (85), Raheem Mostert (31), Richard Sherman (25) an head coach Kyle Shanahan along with their family members celebrate their NFC Championship after defeating the Green Bay Packers 37-20 at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020.

On Headline Sports with Barbara:

#1 The San Francisco 49ers dominated the Green Bay Packers in November and they did it again on Sunday with a 37-20 win

#2 The Kansas City Chiefs can be tough customers and with quarterback Pat Mahomes you can’t underestimate him on any given Sunday

#3 The Super Bowl draw millions and this one will be no different and this game is expected to be a toss up between the 49ers and Chiefs

#4 In the Australian Open on Sunday and won again on Tuesday, defending champion Naomi Osaka went 6-2, 6-4, to go onto defeat Marie Bouzkova on day one. Osaka faced Saisai Zheng in the second round.

#5 The Cal Bears and the Stanford Cardinal men’s teams tip off on Sunday at Haas Pavilion for Pac 12 basketball. The Bears are coming off two tough loses to USC and UCLA meanwhile the Cardinal lost to USC and beat UCLA

Barbara Mason hosts Headline Sports each Tuesday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Super Bowl LIV/San Francisco 49ers podcast with David Zizmor: How the Chiefs Pat Mahomes stacks up against the 49ers Jimmy Garoppolo in Super Bowl LIV

image from operationssports.com

On the 49ers podcast with David:

#1 The 49ers absolutely dominated the Green Bay Packers in the first half on Sunday’s NFC Championship game taking a 27-0 at half time was that an indication of things to come

#2 There is so much talk about the Kansas City Chiefs Pat Mahomes and the success he’s had in getting the Chiefs to the Super Bowl how do you see the Chiefs matching up against the 49ers and quarterback Jimmy Garopplo in Miami on Sun Feb 2

David Zizmor does the 49ers podcasts each Tuesday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

NFL Playoffs podcast with Joe Hawkes: Chiefs and Mahomes have been doing it all season; Are Packers up or down in meeting with 49ers Sunday?

foxsports.com photo: Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes celebrates as he comes off the field after an NFL divisional playoff football game against the Houston Texans, Sunday in Kansas City, Mo.

On the NFL podcast with J Hawkes:

#1 The Kansas City Chiefs have been one of the top notchers and well coached teams in the AFC. Talk about the job that Chiefs head coach Andy Reid has done this season?

#2 Chiefs quarterback Pat Mahomes has guided the Chiefs all season long. How do you see him throwing against the Tennessee defense?

#3 In the NFC the Green Bay Packers swear by quarterback Aaron Rogers but can the Packers and Rogers come up with a game plan to shoot the 49ers down?

#4 49ers tight end George Kittle didn’t practice on Wednesday due to ankle soreness and was bending at the waist during practice. Is Kittle going to be ready for Sunday?

#5 The odds makers have the 49ers picked by 7.5 points can the 49ers win this one? Joe says it’s 49ers 28-21.

Join J Hawkes for the NFL post season podcasts each Friday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Headline Sports with Barbara Mason: LSU tops Clemson 42-25 for Championship game; NFL Playoffs previews: plus more

yahoo.com photo: LSU quarterback Joe Burrow (8) had a record night in the NCAA Championship throwing for 463 yards and six touchdowns Monday night against the Clemson Tigers

On Headline Sports with Barbara:

#1 It was the battle of the Tigers and only one Tiger would finish on top. The LSU Tigers got a huge victory over the Clemson Tigers 42-25 in the NCAA Championship behind LSU quarterback Joe Burrow who threw for 463 yards and five touchdowns no wonder LSU won it.

#2 We’ll start with the NFC Championship coming this Sunday. The Green Bay Packers are coming to Santa Clara with quarterback Aaron Rogers. The Packers in a close game against the Seattle Seahawks will face the 49ers. The last time the two teams met were in November and the 49ers won convincingly 37-8.

#3 In the AFC Championship the Kansas City Chiefs made offensive work of the Houston Texans 51-31 on Sunday. The Chiefs will host the Tennessee Titans in the AFC Championship. The Titans shocked the football world on Saturday with a 28-12 win over the Baltimore Ravens.

#4 The Golden State Warriors continue to slide this time to the Memphis Grizzlies on Sunday 122-102. It was the eighth consecutive loss for Golden State.

#5 The San Jose Sharks (21-23-4) fall off the tracks tonight with a 6-3 loss to the Arizona Coyotes (26-18-5) in Glendale. The Coytotes and Sharks were tied in the third period 3-3 but the Arizona went on a three goal rally and that was the difference.

Barbara Mason does the Headline Sports podcasts each Tuesday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com