LAS VEGAS — It was just four years ago when the Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers played in the Super Bowl, a game won by the Chiefs and a game that gave Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes his first Super Bowl victory.
Since then, Mahomes has won one more, lost another, and is trying to become a three-time Super Bowl winner this week against the same 49ers organization he beat four years ago.
We are often asked what that first meeting will mean for this game?
There are just 17 players combined on the two teams who played in that game. But what’s even more telling is a look at the stats leaders from that game.
The leading passers were Jimmy Garoppolo for the 49ers and Mahomes for the Chiefs. The leading rushers were Raheem Mostert for the 49ers and Damien Williams for the Chiefs. The leading receivers in terms of yards were Tyreek Hill for the Chiefs and Kendrick Bourne for the 49ers. There were four players with interceptions in the game. Three of those four players are gone.
The one constant?
That’s why I am picking the Chiefs to beat the 49ers in Super Bowl LVIII and become repeat champions as Mahomes will win his third title, sending out notice to Tom Brady that he’s coming for him.
Kansas City Chiefs (+2) vs. San Francisco 49ers
Sunday, 6:30 p.m. ET (CBS, Nickelodeon, Paramount+)
This Chiefs team hasn’t been the gaudy-statistical offensive team we have come to expect from Mahomes, but he has found a way to work through major issues on offense this season, including poor tackle play and receivers who couldn’t hold onto the football. Now he has his team on the precipice of history.
The Chiefs would become the first back-to-back champion since the New England Patriots and Brady did it way back in 2003 and 2004.
While Mahomes hasn’t racked up the big numbers in the playoffs, he’s been steady, capable and made the big plays when needed without…