49ers: Positional analysis of the Super Bowl LIV matchup with the Chiefs

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1. Comparing run games

The battle of the run game, however, easily goes to the 49ers in this matchup.

We just saw Raheem Mostert go off for 220 rushing yards and four touchdowns last week against Green Bay, and on top of that, Mostert has emerged as one of the top backs in all of football with 11 touchdowns and just over 700 rushing yards since Week 12.

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The 49ers made their bones this year by featuring a three-headed monster out of the backfield with Mostert, Tevin Coleman, and Matt Breida, but since the emergence of Mostert as the number one back, both Coleman and Breida have taken a back seat.

They’ve combined for just 361 rushing yards and three touchdowns since Week 12, so much so that Breida — who was at one point the number one back on this team — may not even be on the roster next year as a restricted free agent after this season.

Yes, Coleman has a dislocated shoulder and may not play in the Super Bowl.

But at the same time, the run game of Mostert with Breida presumably getting more touches in Coleman’s absence, the best fullback in football in Kyle Juszczyk leading the way through the blocks, and the clever play-calling of Kyle Shanahan is still better than what the Chiefs have to offer in the run department.

So, edge 49ers in the run game.