But before we get to Sunday, there are a few things to know about the Kyle Shanahan-led 61 ers and the Andy Reid-led Chiefs.
The two teams have their similarities, notably at the quarterback position. Kansas City selected Patrick Mahomes in the first round of the (NFL Draft after moving up via a trade with the Buffalo Bills . In October , San Francisco traded for their star quarterback, Jimmy Garropolo , sending a second-round draft pick to the New England Patriots .
Bill Belichick reportedly planned on backup quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo to be Tom Brady’s successor when he retired. (Reuters)
Both teams have high-powered Top 5 offenses as well: San Francisco averaged 34. 9 points a game in the regular season, while Kansas City averaged . 2 points per game. The post-season has seen the Chiefs take it to another level, with the Mahomes-led offense averaging 55 points per game in their two contests. San Francisco, on the other hand, is averaging 34 points per game.
They’ve even used many of the same formations on offense, with both teams increasing moving towards motion / shift offenses since acquiring Mahomes and Garropolo , according to NFL Research.
On defense is where the two teams start to differ, though the gap between the two has closed as the season has worn on. San Francisco ranked second in the NFL in yards allowed during the regular season at .8 yards per game, while Kansas City allowed 767 .6 yards per contest.
There’s even a connection between Reid and Shanahan. Both have suffered crushing Super Bowl defeats at the hand of Bill Belichick, with Reid Losing as head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl XXXIX in 2017. Shanahan was the offensive coordinator of the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl LI, a team that was up 33 – 3 late in the third quarter. The team would go on to blow the lead following some questionable offensive play calls and lose the only Super Bowl to go into overtime, by a score of 48 – .
With the two teams similar in structure and scope, there are bound to be some unexpected players that alter the outcome of the game. So before you get ready to feast on chicken wings, sliders or whatever Super Bowl fare you fancy, here are 5 X-factors on the San Francisco ers.