Chiefs end 50-year title drought, knock off Niners in Super Bowl LIV 31-20

chinapost.nownews.com photo: Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Pat Mahomes (15) is jubilant as the Chiefs win their first Super Bowl since 1970 at The Hard Rock Café Stadium in Miami on Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers

By Daniel Dullum
Sports Radio Service
Sunday, February 2, 2020

Going into Super Bowl LIV, Kansas City coach Andy Reid had the most coaching wins without winning the NFL championship.

That status changed Sunday at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami, Fla., after the Chiefs came from behind to defeat the San Francisco 49ers 31-20. It was the Chiefs’ first championship triumph since their win over Minnesota in Super Bowl IV in January 1970.

Kansas City outscored the 49ers 21-0 in the fourth quarter to complete their comeback from a 20-10 deficit.

Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes, selected as the game’s most valuable player, completed 26 of 42 passes for 286 yards and two touchdowns. He also ran nine times for 29 yards and a touchdown.

Other leaders for Kansas City included Damien Williams, who rushed 17 times for 104 yards and a touchdown. Tyreek Hill caught nine passes for 105 yards, and Sammy Watkins caught five passes for 98 yards.

San Francisco quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo completed 20 of 31 passes for 219 yards and a touchdown. Raheem Mostert led 49er ball carriers with 58 yards on 12 carries. Deebo Samuel caught five passes for 39 yards.

At 9:29 of the third quarter, Gould’s 42-yard field goal put the 49ers up 13-10. Four minutes later, Fred Warner’s interception of a Mahomes pass set up the next 49ers score, a 1-yard run by Mostert made it a two-possession game at 20-10.

Mahomes threw his second pick, this one to Tavarius Moore on a pass intended for Hill at 12:04 of the fourth quarter.

Kansas City closed its deficit to 20-17 at 6:13 of the fourth quarter when Mahomes found Travis Kelce open for a 1-yard TD pass.

Mahomes engineered a 10-play, 83-yard drive that included converting two third-and-long situations. After a 6-yard run by Mahomes to the San Francisco 5, he flipped a go-ahead scoring pass to Damien Williams, who held the ball over the right pylon on the goal line.

The play was reviewed, and officials upheld the original call. Butker’s PAT kick gave the Chiefs a 24-20 at 2:44 of the fourth.

Then, the Chiefs defense held San Francisco on downs with 1:33 remaining, when Frank Clark sacked Garoppolo for an 11-yard loss on fourth down. While running out the clock, KC tacked on an insurance touchdown pass from Mahomes to Williams for 38 yards with 1:12 to play.

An interception by Kansas City’s Bashaud Breeland in the final minute sealed the win.

San Francisco fell short in its bid to win its sixth Super Bowl. The 49ers previously won in the 1982, 1985, 1989, 1990 and 1995 seasons.

San Francisco opened the scoring with a 38-yard Robbie Gould field goal at 7:57 of the first quarter. The Chiefs took their first lead of the game with 31 seconds remaining in the opening period when Mahomes ran in from a yard out, putting Kansas City up 7-3.

After Harrison Butker booted a 31-yard field goal to give KC at 10-3 lead, Garoppolo responded with a game-tying touchdown pass to Kyle Juszcyk at 5:05 of the second quarter. The halftime score was 10-10.

The Chiefs franchise won three American Football League titles and appeared in two of the first four Super Bowls. The ends a 50-year drought.

Shakira and Jennifer Lopez provided the energetic halftime entertainment, emphasizing the musical contributions of the Latina community to the entertainment industry.

Super Bowl LIV/NFL podcast with Joe Hawkes: 49ers should expect Chiefs Mahomes to come out throwing all game long

nfl logo photo: San Francisco 49ers vs. Kansas City Chiefs Super Bowl LIV logo

Super Bowl LIV/NFL podcast with Joe Hawkes:

#1 What is one of the things that you look forward to in watching Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes. He is expected to be throwing all day and he is one of the best being mobile and getting rid of the ball.

#2 In Mahomes last game against the Tennessee Titans he threw for 23 for 35 and 294 yards and three touchdowns

#3 San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo was only six for eight 77 yards against the Green Bay Packers last week and still won. Can Garoppolo throw that way again and get away with it.

#4 Mahomes has been lights out all season long and the oddsmakers say this Sunday Mahomes should be no different

#5 J Hawkes takes a look at how this game shakes out and his pick for Super Bowl LIV Joe says he has the 49ers winning this game 35-28.

Joe Hawkes did NFL analysis all season long for http://www.sportsradioservice.com

 

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

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