This Super Bowl is set to be quite the spectacle.
The old adage about an unstoppable force meeting an immovable object is entirely applicable to this game. The 49ers boast one of the best defenses and run games in the NFL, and the Chiefs have Patrick Mahomes and a star-studded offensive squad around him. This game is going to be close. There will very likely be one or two key plays that decide the outcome, and that is why the Chiefs are going to win this game 35-31.
The reason for this is Mahomes is simply the most unstoppable offensive force in football right now. He lost some of his hype to Lamar Jackson this year, but that is only because the football fans have grown numb to his virtuoso performances. Had Mahomes not been injured for almost three games, he would have posted stats very similar to last year in most major categories. His mobility, arm strength and accuracy are a lethal combination that can shred the best defenses in the country.
Nick Bosa is an unbelievable defensive player for the 49ers. He is strong, quick and versatile, and the rest of the 49ers defense is also very talented. However, if anyone can come up with a scheme to minimize the impact of Bosa and exploit the few weaknesses of this defense, it is Andy Reid (a.k.a. Big Red).
Big Red loves two things: cheeseburgers and offensive football. Coupling his mind and experience with the talent of Mahomes, the speed of Tyreek Hill, and the power and route running of Travis Kelce is flat out unfair.
Just to remind everyone, this Chiefs team is so talented they were able to take down the Vikings (another playoff contender) with 35-year-old Matt Moore at quarterback. When the Chiefs offense is clicking, there is no stopping them. Teams have to choose between doubling Hill and leaving a linebacker to cover Kelce (can you say mismatch) or singling Hill and giving up a 75-yard touchdown.
The only chance the 49ers have to win this game is if they can get out to an early lead, run the ball, and keep Mahomes on the bench. If this game turns into Jimmy Garappolo versus Mahomes, it is over.
Jimmy G. has been blessed with the second-best run offense in the league and a very stout defense. Couple this with the coaching of Kyle Shanahan and Mike LaFleur and you can cover a myriad of imperfections for a time, but Garoppolo is the weak link on this 49ers football team.
If the Chiefs can force the 9ers to try and throw their way back into the game, Jimmy G. will turn it over at least once, likely at a big moment in the game. This extra possession will be all the Chiefs need to defeat the 49ers in Super Bowl LIV.