While the Las Vegas Raiders are surrounded in excitement with new city and stadium to create some fanfare during the offseason, the focus throughout the league right now is on Super Bowl LIV in Miami this Sunday.
It will be a showdown of the NFL’s two best, unfortunately for Raider fans, with the San Francisco 49ers taking on the Kansas City Chiefs. Both teams had a difficult journey to the Super Bowl but also appeared as favorites early on in the season.
For the 49ers, they emerged as a defensive juggernaut that could still rely on quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo when they needed. However, in their NFC Championship matchup with the Green Bay Packers, it was running back Raheem Mostert who led the way.
Mostert had a whopping 220 rushing yards against the helpless Packers defense, which was good for the second-best rushing performance in NFL postseason history. Mostert added in all four of the 49ers’ touchdowns in the team’s 37-20 victory.
Then on the AFC side, the AFC West rival Chiefs took on the surging Tennessee Titans, who shocked teams throughout the playoffs and seemed to be doing it again to start the game. They took a 17-7 lead in the first half, before falling 35-24 to the Chiefs.
As expected, Patrick Mahomes led the way with his 294 passing yards and three passing touchdowns. However, he would not stop there as he added on a team-high 53 rushing yards and one rushing touchdown.
Although the Titans appeared solid to start, their offense truly relies on the play of running back Derrick Henry, but he did not deliver. Henry had some huge games in the Wild Card and Divisional rounds but could not duplicate them in the AFC Championship game. The Chiefs held Henry to just 69 yards on 19 carries.
With the conference champions in place, the Chiefs and 49ers are ready to face each other in Miami this weekend. Here is the TV information and start time for Super Bowl LIV:
Sunday, February 2
San Francisco 49ers vs. Kansas City Chiefs, Hard Rock Stadium, 3:30 p.m. PT (Fox)
This year’s halftime show is Jennifer Lopez and Shakira, also reportedly featuring J Balvin, Bad Bunny and other surprise guests. Demi Lovato will sing the national anthem.