Off Day debate: Who will win Super Bowl LIV?

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January 30, 2020 - 1:26 pm
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Sunday's Super Bowl LIV matchup between the Chiefs and 49ers should be a good one.

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It has one of the best offenses in the league (Kansas City) taking on one of the best defenses in the league (San Francisco). There is also plenty of star-power on both sides, which makes for an intriguing matchup and why the Chiefs are currently favored by 1.5 points.

Before listening to the latest Off Day podcast, see who Andy Hart and Ryan Hannable are picking

49ers

San Francisco is the better, more well-rounded football team playing better football heading into the biggest game in sports. The 49ers have by far the better defense and an offense that’s more well-rounded than people give it credit for. Sure, there are questions as to whether Jimmy Garoppolo could win a shootout with Patrick Mahomes or make enough plays through the air. The type of thing he did during the regular season against New Orleans. I’m quite confident he can. Kansas City has a tendency to start slow in big games under Mahomes’ leadership over the last two seasons. If that happens it could allow San Francisco to play Super Bowl LIV from in front and on its terms. I just think that Kyle Shanahan has more than enough weapons at his disposal both on the ground and through the air to put up points. Mahomes will certainly get his, but the 49ers defense is good enough to make him earn it. In the end I think San Francisco holds on for the 31-27 win to secure Garoppolo his third Super Bowl ring, first as a starter.

--Andy Hart

Chiefs

When picking the game ask the simple question: which team has the best players? That would be Kansas City. When it comes to playmakers, the Chiefs arguably have three or four of the best five between the two teams, so talent-wise the Chiefs are better. There are certainly other factors, but it isn't like Kyle Shanahan has a major coaching advantage over Andy Reid, or anything like that. The one question with Kansas City is it is prone to getting off to slow starts -- being outscored 38-7 in the opening quarter in its last three playoff games -- and if that happens it may be tough to come back against a great defense. But, with that being said, if it goes the other way and the Chiefs break the trend, the 49ers are not built to come from behind. In the end, it is really hard to bet against Patrick Mahomes and all the speed the Chiefs have offensively on the fast track in Miami. It's hard to imagine any defense being able to stop it. Give me the Chiefs, 27-20.

-- Ryan Hannable

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