The San Francisco 49ers are set to meet the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LIV. Let’s take a look at how these teams match-up and give a final prediction.
The Chiefs currently sit as 1.5-point favorites, which seems about right as they have the better quarterback and more explosive offense. But if we line up all of the different aspects of these two teams, I think we’ll see the 49ers actually get the edge in this particular matchup.
Let’s start with the quarterbacks as we have Patrick Mahomes versus one Jimmy Garoppolo. This shouldn’t be too hard to debate — Mahomes is the better of the two.
The reigning league MVP threw for 4,031 yards this year with a TD-INT ratio of 26-5, a QBR of 78.0 (two ticks worse than last year) and a passer rating of 105.3 (eight ticks worse than last year).
Yes, a down year for ‘Mahomeboy,’ but let’s also not forget that he missed two games and was banged up for a large portion of the season.
In the case of Garoppolo, he’s done a great job this year at overcoming adversity he set for himself with the number of turnovers he’s surrendered this season.
13 interceptions and 10 fumbles is not something you would like to see out of your franchise quarterback, especially over the course of such a successful year.
But the 49ers were hot enough this season to overcome such mishappenings and in the end, the turnovers didn’t bite them as hard as they probably should have. So, in the battle of quarterbacks, I would say the edge goes to the Chiefs.
But don’t be surprised if we see a quarterback battle next Sunday that Garoppolo can emerge victorious in as it’s about time for him to have another one of those games where he carries the offense as he did in the first Arizona Cardinals game and second Los Angeles Rams game.