Sunday is the biggest day in North American sports and once again it will be played without the Atlanta Falcons.
We won’t continue to harp on the fact that the Atlanta Falcons failed to live up to expectations in 2019, instead, we will preview one more game featuring former Falcons coaches and players on the grandest stage that our country offers.
Here is how the Blogging Dirty staff believes this game breaks down.
Jeff Benedict – Site Expert
On paper, this game should be a lot of fun. However, as we all know games with a lot of hype tend to not play out that way; we saw this last year in what was arguably one of the most boring Super Bowls of the last 30 years.
There is no doubt that there is a ton of young talent on both rosters and we will see some of the games best young players on display.
From a coaching perspective, many will say that Andy Reid has the upper hand and I don’t know that this is true. Over the last 20 years, Andy Reid has done less with more than any other NFL head coach.
The X-factor in this game for me is Sammy Watkins. In four playoff games for the Chiefs, he averages more than 19 yards per reception and just under 100 yards per game. His grandmother is also going to be at her first NFL game.
The last time his grandmother came to watch him play, he was a junior at Clemson, playing in this same stadium and he set an Orange Bowl record with 16 catches and 227 yards. With all the other weapons that Kansas City has, it is easy to lose track of Sammy and I think that is what will happen.
- 49ers: 31
- Chiefs: 41
Deen Worley – Contributor
First things first, I am not going to follow the trend to support the chiefs in this game simply because falcons fans want to see Shanahan fall because of super bowl 51. In fact, I want to see Tevin Coleman, Levin Toilolo, and Kyle Shanahan get their deserving super bowl ring.
Most importantly, I want a game that is fun and exciting and can’t support that if I want to see one team fall hard because of a game in 2016.
Nonetheless, this game will come down to Kansas City stopping the run. 43 percent of run plays in San Francisco come out of the I-formation. Kansas City is last in the league in stopping runs from the I-formation.
Getting behind early won’t be an easy task compared to Houston and Tennessee. San Fran’s defense has one for the best in the league. So getting down early may spell bad news for the rest of the game.
There will be several former Atlanta Falcons celebrating Sunday night in South Beach.
- 49ers: 31
- Chiefs: 27
Joe Beasley – Contributor
One of the best offenses in the NFL is going up against one of the best defenses. As good as the 49ers defense has been this whole season, the Chiefs offense is just so lethal even without a running game.
There isn’t a better offensive mind in the league an Andy Reid and he will do all he can to get that elusive Super Bowl win. I don’t think the 49ers will be able to keep up offensively even if they can control the time of possession.
Watch out for Damien Williams in this contest, he can get his yards on the ground as well as in the passing game.
- 49ers: 17
- Chiefs: 34
Adam Zippan – Contributor
This should be a close game that can easily come down to the wire.
As potent as Kansas City’s offense is, specifically their passing game, San Francisco’s defensive front should be able to put continuous pressure on Patrick Mahomes.
Mahomes has to have a great game in order for Kansas City to win, otherwise, they have little chance. Their defense isn’t very good at all and they won’t be able to stop the 49ers run attack.
- 49ers: 31
- Chiefs: 27
Ross Terrell – Contributor
There is really no defense for Patrick Mahomes. His skill is like something we haven’t seen. Andy Reid finally gets his ring as Kyle Shanahan falls short again.
- 49ers: 30
- Chiefs: 35
Ethan Johnson – Contributor
In a battle of elite offense versus elite defense, the defense has had the edge. Look no further than the Seahawks 44-8 win over the Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII. In this game, however, I think the edge goes to the elite offense.
Patrick Mahomes is lighting up every defense he sees and I don’t think the 49ers can keep up with him. The game will be close through three quarters, but Kansas City will ultimately pull away behind the arm of Mahomes.
- 49ers: 28
- Chiefs: 38