Super Bowl XLV is Now Set.
Super Bowl Sunday is now set after a crazy Conference Championship weekend. Super Bowl XLV will have the AFC Champion Kansas City Chiefs facing the NFC Champion San Francisco 49ers.
How did both teams get to this point, I will show what they did in their respective conference championship games.
The Chiefs beat the Tennessee Titans 35-24..
Patrick Mahomes, was the real hero of the game winning AFC championship MVP honors by going 23/35 for 294 yards and two touchdown. Mahomes also had 8 carries for 53 yards and a 27-yard tap dance for a touchdown.
When Mahomes was asked about the touchdown run late in the first half his response was simple. "I saw an opportunity to go ahead in the game and stay in front for good. A field goal would have been nice but the touchdown was a whole lot better."
Sammy Watkins, had a big day receiving wise. Watkins had 7 catches for 114 yards and 1 touchdown. It was Watkins first touchdown since week 1 against Jacksonville when he had a three touchdown day.
It was also a good day for the KC defense. I know Ryan Tannehill went 21-31 for 209 yards and two touchdowns, but it was the Chiefs defense did a excellent job of sacking him and making go into bad situations. The Chiefs also held Sir Derek Henry to 19 carries for 69 yards, Henry had rushed for 588 yards in his last three games.
This was an excellent victory for the Kansas City Chiefs as they advance to their third Super Bowl in Franchise History. The Chiefs were in Super Bowl I where they lost to the Green Bay Packers 35-10. And they won Super Bowl IV beating the Minnesota Vikings 23-7 at old Tulane Stadium.
This is Coach Andy Reid's second visit to the Super Bowl, Reid guided the Philadelphia Eagles to the Super Bowl in 2004 losing to the New England Patriots. Can Andy Reid finally get over the hump and win the Super Bowl, will know in two weeks.
The San Francisco 49ers beat the Green Bay Packers 37-20..
The San Francisco 49ers did not need much from quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo on Sunday. He only went 6-8 for 77 yards as an unexpected hero took center stage.
His name is Raheem Mostert he's a running back and he proved himself as they player of the game for the NFC title game. Mostert, had 29 carries for 220 yards and four touchdowns. Mostert had the 2nd most rushing yards in a postseason game just behind Eric Dickerson's performance of 248 yards on January 4, 1986.
The 49ers QB was quiet on Sunday and he didn't mind at all. Mostert was named NFC championship game MVP with his performance.
The Tone for the game was set early as Aaron Rodgers was stalked by the 49er defense all game long. Go back to a few weeks ago when these two met the first time. The 49ers sacked Rodgers 5 times. In the NFC championship game on Sunday they sacked Aaron Rodgers three times in the game. Nick Bosa set the tone early when he sacked Rodgers for a 13-yard loss early in the game. Bosa was the prize for the 49ers after they finished 4-12 last season.
Aaron Rodgers did go 31/39 for 326 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions. It was a bad day for the Green Bay Packers QB as he could not get anything going all game long. The Packers also had three very costly turnovers which ended with the 49ers scoring points off of those turnovers.
Davante Adams did have 9 catches for 138 yards, but it wasn't even close to being enough for the Packers as they lose in San Francisco 49ers who finished 4-12 last season. You talk about a worst to first scenario, you have one in the NFC.
This Is the 7th Super Bowl appearance for the San Francisco 49ers. But it's the first Super Bowl trip for head Coach Kyle Shanahan and General Manager John Lynch.
Did the smart move of getting Nick Bosa help the 49ers win the Super Bowl, we will see in two weeks.
Before i go i have some Super Bowl Predictions..
No.1, This is going to be a high scoring game. The 49ers and Chiefs rank 2nd and 3rd respectively in points per game, We could have a shootout in Miami on February 2nd with everything on the line.
No.2, Watch out on who steps out the most. I look for the Chiefs offense to explode and the defense to stop the run game, that's not going to be easy after what Raheem Mostert did against Green Bay.
No.3, It's very simple, whoever has the ball last will be the winner. It doesn't matter whether it's the 49ers or the Chiefs whoever has the ball last wins the game.
I'm going with the Kansas City Chiefs winning Super Bowl XLV 38-31..