Chiefs installed as slim favorite in Super Bowl LIV

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The 49ers dominated on Sunday night. Las Vegas thinks that won’t be the case in Miami two weeks from now.

The Chiefs have been installed as the early favorite for Super Bowl LIV, with the line starting at minus-1 and already moving to minus-1.5.

There’s still two weeks for this one to move some more. If the Chiefs remain the favorites, the 49ers surely will use that as motivation. They have three losses all year, and each one was very narrow. With the Chiefs starting slowly in both of their postseason wins and the 49ers blowing the doors off the Packers out of the gates on Sunday, it’s hard not to have faith in the 49ers to build a lead, and maybe to hold it.

But the next two weeks will be for dissecting the two teams and discussing all the angles and wondering if the Chiefs can shut down San Francisco’s meat-grinder running game and whether the 49ers’ defense can confuse Patrick Mahomes long enough for the pass rush to get to him and however it all plays out here’s hoping for an exciting, close, and memorable Super Bowl as the 49ers go for their sixth trophy, which would tie the Steelers and the Patriots for the most ever.

83 responses to “Chiefs installed as slim favorite in Super Bowl LIV

  1. Chiefs by 30. ‘Whiners backed into the playoffs with the missed PI call in the end zone Against the Hawks for the NFC West crown (thanks for the ‘we got it wrong’ letter though). Otherwise they lose in NO in the WC round. Frauds all the way.

  2. Most disrespected team in the NFL. 49ers have been the best team in the NFL all season. All ive heard all year is excuses. Even this game. Aaron is going to do this different…game was closer than the score…things will be different this time. blah blah blah.

    Ive been saying it! 49ers are the best team in the NFL. Period!!!!

  3. Makes sense. It’s a QB-driven league and the Chiefs have a SB-caliber QB. Garrapolo is okay and has a chance, after all Trent Dilfer won one.

  4. Congrats 9ers on completely owning and embarrassing the overrated packers tonight.

    This is what Packer games should look like when the refs aren’t in their pockets.

    Good luck against the Chiefs.

  5. Niners need disciplined pass rush lanes and keep mahomes in the pocket, don’t let him escape and create the scramble drill deep plays. Make him beat you from the pocket, bc niners will be collapsing that pocket. I gotta believe the niners will be able to run the ball on the chiefs. Should be a great game.

  6. Congrats to both teams for an amazing season and getting to the dance.

    Patrick Mahomes Era has started, and it’s gonna be glorious to watch, yes I’m a fan of his. He’s fun to watch!

    27-21 Chiefs!

  7. Niners will dominate on the ground…Mahomes cant score a lot if they dont have the ball…losing Coleman will hurt tho.

  8. Great Superbowl matchup.

    NFC Championship game was a stinker as expected, but this one should be great.

  9. This is a great matchup. If the Niners keep Mahomes in the pocket and Jimmy G has no more than 1 turnover I see a Niners win.
    It’s disgusting that Tyreek Hill did the dog-peeing thing today. But we already knew what kind of guy he is. Despicable.
    This post season sadly ends up cementing the legacies of both Brees and Rodgers as phenomenal, top 10-ish quarterbacks who couldn’t get it done when it mattered. The gulf between Brady and all these other QBs is widening, not shrinking. Watching A Rod lose again is another sobering reminder that he really hasn’t done much in the post season, despite his incredible talent.

  10. I don’t have much faith in the Chiefs defense. Can SF duplicate the rushing attack against the Chiefs? Who knows? It should be a great game. I don’t really care who wins but I have to admit it would be nice to see Andy Reid win.

    The only downside to the 49ers winning would be Jed York being able to claim winning. However you have to hand it to John Lynch. I thought hiring him was a mistake but he has turned the fortunes of that team around. They were terrible. Now they are a monster. Their DL is a force and trading for Garoppolo was a gutsy move that many said was a mistake when that trade was made. It seems to have worked out which is why listening to someone’s prediction right after a player is drafted (Bosa) or a trade is made (Garoppolo) is pointless. Where are all those experts that roasted the 49ers for acquiring Garolppolo and those who said Bosa was a waste of a pick?

  11. This is going to be a great game. Speed everywhere, the two best tight ends in the game…two talented QBs, two great coaches…

  12. To say the Niners have an elite defence is almost an understatement. They have a dangerous ground game, characterized as Troy Aikman said, by multiple running schemes. The Chiefs are rolling, but to me, a big test awaits them. We’re in for a great SB between two great teams.

  13. mrbigass says:
    January 19, 2020 at 10:06 pm
    Wow. 6-8 for 77 yards and almost 300 yards rushing. Crazy but I’ve got the 49ers by 10 for the SB…

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    The Chiefs just held Derrick Henry to 19 carries for 69 yards and a 3.6 yard per attempt, if they repeat that performance, I believe Patrick Mahomes wins the shootout against Jimmy G

  14. jjfootball says:
    January 19, 2020 at 10:08 pm
    The first time I won’t watch the super bowl.

    8 52 Rate This

    And who really cares that you won’t? It’s gonna be the most televised show wheatear you watch or not.

  15. Chiefs don’t have the defense to stop the 49ers dynamic run game. If you’re in Vegas better bet now and bet big before the line swings.

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    Just like the Chiefs don’t have the defense to stop Henry….oh wait 69 yards for him.

    Chiefs had the best defense after like Week 11 of the season.

  16. I’m confident in a 49er win. They will shut down and frustrate Mahomes. Mahomes benefited from a weak AFC and is now facing the big boy league winners.

  17. 6burgh says:
    January 19, 2020 at 10:24 pm
    mrbigass says:
    January 19, 2020 at 10:06 pm
    Wow. 6-8 for 77 yards and almost 300 yards rushing. Crazy but I’ve got the 49ers by 10 for the SB…

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    The Chiefs just held Derrick Henry to 19 carries for 69 yards and a 3.6 yard per attempt, if they repeat that performance, I believe Patrick Mahomes wins the shootout against Jimmy G

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    I agree. Because Jimmy G isn’t going to win a shoot out against many QBs. The numbers just do not show it. And Mahomes isn’t just one of “many” QBs.

    And I wouldn’t be judging the Niners run game against the Packers. Once again as I have all season I am still wondering what the Packers identity is. Not a slam just a real questions. Chiefs have been playing great D for the last several weeks, and have easily the best QB in the game.

  18. jjfootball says:
    January 19, 2020 at 10:08 pm
    The first time I won’t watch the super bowl

    You mad? Watching your team head to Vegas, the two teams you hate the most will be battling it out in the super bowl. And we all know you’ll be watching

  19. Titans had the same gameplan as the 49ers, run the ball down their throats. That didnt work out today. Once Chiefs have a comfortable lead, 49ers are going to have to start passing the ball and their QB isnt all that great.

  20. “The chiefs won’t be able to stop the 49ers dynamic run game.” Hmmm I could have sworn I heard that before. Like..I dunno..this past entire week leading up to the Tennessee game. Hi, Derrick Henry, pleased to meet you, I’m the guy that had 180yrds rushing against New England and Baltimore…I am quite sure KC will acquit themselves just fine against Mosert and Breida.

  21. These 2 teams faced off in 2018 and KC blew ’em outta the water in Arrowhead. It wasn’t even a contest.

    Both teams got a little stronger, personnel wise, since.

    Garappolo snapped his own leg in that one.

  22. The first time I won’t watch the super bowl.
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    Nobody cares.

  23. Pressure is on KC. KC fans keep talking about Mahomes as the GOAT. But you can’t be in the conversation without at least 4 Super Bowls to stack up to Brady and Montana. Not only does Montana have 4, but he never lost one. Not only does Brady have 6, but he appeared in 3 more (all close games) and owns the two biggest 4th quarter comebacks (28-3; 24-14) in NFL history. Mahomes is in his third year now. He needs a win this year. Otherwise we may be starting a dossier on Brady’s one-time heir apparent Jimmy G.

  24. Finally, a superbowl I can get excited about. Usually when it was Brady, I’d basixally just watch a CFL game in lieu

  25. teflondyme says:
    January 19, 2020 at 10:08 pm
    Chiefs don’t have the defense to stop the 49ers dynamic run game.

    Probably ought to talk to the Titans about that. Henry had 185 last two weeks. He got 69 today against the Chiefs.

  26. When one team has a great defense, and the other has a great offense….The Defense usually wins. See 2001 Patriots vs Rams, Seahawks vs Denver, TB vs Raiders….Still though, this KC team is awfully hard to stop. I’m fascinated by this matchup, can’t wait for Game Day

  27. What if no one talked trash and people were just excited about the best 2 teams making it there?

    Should be a great game! Keeps it classy!!! May the best team win.

    As a 35 year Chiefs fan go Chiefs!!!

  28. torontomiah says:
    January 19, 2020 at 10:54 pm
    Finally, a superbowl I can get excited about. Usually when it was Brady, I’d basixally just watch a CFL game in lieu

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    I’m Canadian and we may live in igloos and all but there’s no CFL games to watch as the Grey Cup is decided in November

  29. No one is calling Mahomes the GOAT. I’m just getting comfortable calling him elite. Mahomes needs to win a Super Bowl, and play at this level for a least 3 more years before he gets HoF consideration.

    It does look like his career is shaping up to be better than Rodgers who will get into the HoF. Injuries really impacted Rodgers, it was looking like he was going to be a top3 all time QB (at one point).

    Anything could happen with Mahomes… but I know he’s a pleasure to watch. He really elevates the play of everyone around him, and lacks the arrogance of some of the other top QBs. Best of luck to him.

  30. Just a reflection of the butt kissing of Mahomes. KC shut Henry down and as a result, shut the Titans down but SF has more weapons.

  31. 49ers ran today because Green Bay couldn’t stop the run, not because hey can’t throw. I believe Jimmy G had a good game against the Saints who have a comparable defense to KC.

  32. Ordinarily when Andy Reid is coaching a game, there’s no doubt about who’s the best coach on the field. I know Kyle Shanahan is a young coach, but he grew up with one of the absolute greatest coaches ever, and he’s not getting out-coached by anyone. Kyle is a flat out genius. This should be a great game. The 49ers have a better all around team, but the Chiefs have Patrick Mahomes.

  33. If Green Bay was facing any other team in the NFC championship game, they would have had a chance to win. Shanahan’s familiarity with Lafleur was a huge advantage and I predicted a stomping. Shanahan won’t have that advantage against the chiefs and the chiefs offense is elite. Typically top defenses beat top offenses but I can see why KC is favored.

  34. The Niners have gotten into a pattern this season. They build a big lead and then they go conservative and take their foot off the gas. That’s not going to work against Kansas City. The Niners offense is going to have go to full throttle for 60 minutes. I don’t think they can do it.

  35. Who is the dunderhead who finds the CFL more exciting than a Tom Brady Super Bowl?

    Brady’s Patriots delivered 8 nailbiters in the last 19 years. Would you rather go back to the 1980s and 1990s where the games were decided in the first quarter?

    Did you not like the only OT thriller in SB history that featured a comeback from 25 points with 17 minutes remaining? Did you not like the game in which Brady overcame a 10 point 4th quarter deficit against the defending Champs and their Legion of Boom — a game that featured the amazing catch by Kearse and interception by Butler? What about Eli Manning escaping the grasp of Jarvis Green to plaster a pass to the helmet of David Tyree? Or the last second field goals by Adam Viniateri to repel the dynasty claim of the Rams and their Greatest Show on Turf and then the Carolina Panthers after a fourth quarter that saw 37 points scored?

    Yep. Brady is dull.

  36. Mahomes is the real MVP of this league. Two conference championship appearances in 2 seasons as starter, with a team that is not that strong defensively. Could have been in the Super Bowl last season also if not for an offside call. Not surprised they are the favroites. Was rooting for Titans to upset the Chiefs. May the best team win.

  37. Last season Jimmy G. lost to Minnesota and Kansas City. This reason he redeemed himself by beating the Vikings in the playoffs. Next up Kansas City.

  38. dougiex says:
    January 19, 2020 at 10:36 pm
    I’m confident in a 49er win. They will shut down and frustrate Mahomes. Mahomes benefited from a weak AFC and is now facing the big boy league winners.
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    A weak AFC? Lol. That is the funniest thing I read on here lately.
    The Niners beat the Vikings and the Packers to get to SB.
    The Packers barely beat a beaten up Seahawks team, who barely beat a third string QB playing eagles team with no weapons.
    The titans took ended a dynasty, went to take out the soon to be MVP on his turf (dominance in those games too). Henry ran for damn near 200 yards each game. Until……they met the chiefs. No one thought if the chiefs got behind 2 scores that they would come back against them.
    Point is, don’t overlook the Chiefs. You see the packers beat you over the top a few times today? Get ready for a lot of that. You will soon see how “WEAK” the AFC is. Good luck with that.

  39. Chiefs have a defense that can stop San Francisco and an offense that can score against San Francisco. 1.5 isn’t enough. Should be 5 or 6. 49ers will have to pass for more than 60 yards to win that one. Won’t be able to ride the defense and run the ball and win.

  40. 49ers by 17. Mahomes won’t be able to run like he did in the AFCCG and that’s what they would need in order to beat San Fran. They will be no come back once they get behind.

  41. The 2 best teams will be playing, for a change. I’m just happy we don’t have to hear Belichick mumble to the media, and Brady put on his phony aw-shucks act, for the next 2 wks.

  42. This is one game where I honestly don’t even have an inkling of who is going to win. Pretty good offence and great defence in SF vs great offence and pretty decent defence in KC. They both have a big of weaknesses, but should be really interesting. May come down to QB play and I think Mahomes has the advantage there. Who knows, seems like Jimmy G hasn’t really had to throw the ball much based on their run game and overall dominance. Should be a good one!

  43. grant35 says:
    January 20, 2020 at 8:58 am
    The 2 best teams will be playing, for a change. I’m just happy we don’t have to hear Belichick mumble to the media, and Brady put on his phony aw-shucks act, for the next 2 wks.
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    LOL. Truer words were never spoken. You nailed it!

  44. Early prediction: 49ers are able to jump out to the early lead. Chiefs have too much speed on offense and will catch up and surpass them. Chiefs will get up by at least 2 scores, forcing Jimmy G to throw the ball more and down the field more than they want too. 49ers don’t have the WR to cause trouble for the Chiefs. They have Kittle and their multiple RB’s. Chiefs can man up on their WR. Kittle should have a big game. Once Mahomes figures out their defensive scheme, he lights them up. 49ers can’t keep up if it is a shootout. Chiefs 34 49ers 24

  45. DFWHawkGuy says:
    January 19, 2020 at 10:05 pm
    Chiefs by 30. ‘Whiners backed into the playoffs with the missed PI call in the end zone Against the Hawks for the NFC West crown (thanks for the ‘we got it wrong’ letter though). Otherwise they lose in NO in the WC round. Frauds all the way.>>>

    When’s “Dynasty 2.0” starting again?

  46. Also, it looked like the Chiefs were getting some critical Ref calls. That’s actually what started their comeback against the Titans. Might be related to all Mahomes endorsements. I’m picking the 49ers, assuming Mr. Big does not intervene in the game.

  47. Seems to me that the Chiefs have to shut down the SF run game and make JG beat them. Same way they shut down Henry and forced the game on RT. SF is not gonna shut down PM right now. PM can beat you multiple ways. Slippery cat for sure. Gonna be a good game either way.

  48. Just not sold yet on Mahomes. He looked slow running downfield. The Titan defense rushed him all of a few times the whole game. Each time Mahomes couldn’t connect with receivers. I’m not sure what the Titans were doing, but you can bet the 49ers won’t be afraid to win.

  49. For those of us with no iron in the fire still should be a good time to watch between the TV commercials.

  50. The Chiefs defense is probably the biggest question. They ranked one spot above the Packers, and we saw how the Packers defense held up. For those saying the 49ers keep getting disrespected, they’ve been favored for the last several games.

  51. ….I must admit….the matchup is intriguing…I am actually happy The GOAT has allowed some parity this offseason

  52. If it was anyone else in the NFC, the Chiefs would roll over them. I’m so happy the 49ers didn’t choke in their playoff games. This should be a great Super Bowl.

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