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The Super Bowl as a Whole

A look into what a Super Bowl victory means for each team, as well as predictions for Sunday’s game
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San Fransisco 49ers players run onto the field after a time-out. The 49ers were bested by the Kansas City Chiefs 20-31 during the 2020 Super Bowl. Photo courtesy of All-Pro Reels via Flickr

After 18 weeks of regular season football and three weeks of playoffs, we have finally arrived at the Super Bowl. This year’s Super Bowl has ended up as a rematch of the 2020 game between the Kansas City Chiefs and the San Francisco 49ers, although it isn’t a popular Super Bowl matchup, as many fans wanted either the Baltimore Ravens or Detroit Lions in the game. Here’s what a Super Bowl ring would mean for both teams:

San Fransisco 49ers: Back to the Bay

A Super Bowl win for the 49ers is something that the city has been looking toward for the past four years. The team has been a powerhouse in the NFL for quite some time now and is destined for their sixth Super Bowl victory. For the team, a win finally means they did not waste their window of opportunity. Head coach Kyle Shanahan will finally get his ring after many tough losses in the playoffs, including the 28-3 comeback loss against the Patriots when he was the offensive coordinator for the Falcons. A lot of that game’s blame was put on him, so a win would end his wait for a Super Bowl Ring. Once again, this would give the 49ers franchise their sixth Super Bowl win and tie them with the Steelers and Patriots for most Super Bowl victories in history.

Photo courtesy of Jar-Lar via Wikimedia

Player Highlight: Brock Purdy, the Ultimate Underdog

The player on the 49ers I wanted to focus on most is Brock Purdy, who could quite possibly complete the greatest underdog story of all time. Last year Brock Purdy was drafted dead last, with the infamous title of Mr. Irrelevant, a tradition in the NFL. Obviously, no one thought that Purdy would ever start a game, yet alone even play in one, but low and behold after a series of unfortunate injuries to both quarterbacks, Purdy got his shot. Right away Purdy fit into the scheme of the team and led them all the way to the NFC championship before getting hurt. Now, however, Purdy is back, and just last week he led the 49ers to a huge second-half comeback against the Lions to advance to the Super Bowl. So, with a Super Bowl win, Purdy would complete the insanely unlikely story of an overlooked quarterback, drafted dead last, labeled as Mr. Irrelevant, to leading his team to their first Super Bowl victory since 1995 and being cemented as an NFL legend. Who doesn’t love a good Cinderella story?

Kansas City Chiefs: Dynasty in the Making

A win for the Kansas City Chiefs would mean the one thing that NFL fans have worried about ever since their win back in 2020: the NFL already has their next dynasty. With a win, they would have their third in five years, something that confirms their dynasty status. The Chiefs would get their fourth ring as well, tying them with the Packers and Giants for third most in history, with more likely on the way, given the coaching and players they have. For the rest of the league, yet another Super Bowl for the Chiefs could easily make them the most hated team in the NFL.

Photo courtesy of All-Pro Reels via Wikimedia

Player Highlight: Patrick Mahomes, one step closer to Canton

Out of anyone on this team, Mahomes has the most to gain from a Super Bowl win. With his third win in five years, and still being as young as he is, it is be time to consider if he is already one of the top 10 QBs of all time. Although it sounds crazy, at just 28 years old with three Super Bowl wins, two MVPs, and most likely his second Super Bowl MVP, Mahomes would be on his way to Canton to become a Hall of Famer. With a Super Bowl victory, he would be on pace to match Tom Brady’s seven Super Bowl wins. When all is said and done, with a victory in the Super Bowl, Mahomes would cement his legacy in the NFL further and be seen as one of the greats.

My Predictions: Bang Bang Niner Gang

With seven All-Pro players compared to the Chiefs’ three, I believe that the 49ers will finally take Lombardi back home to the bay. Yes, the Chiefs have Mahomes (who is known for transforming into the second coming of Tom Brady in the playoffs), however, the 49ers just have too much talent for this team. All year, the Chiefs have had problems at the wide receiver position, and I believe that with the pass rush that San Fransisco has, Mahomes’ receivers will have lots of trouble getting open before Nick Bosa and Co. get to Mahomes. Not only is this defense terrifying, but their offense can easily cook any team in the league. With players like Deebo Samuel, Christian McCaffrey, George Kittle and more, there is just too much variety on this offense to shut down. Of course though, this is Patrick Mahomes, so the game will be a shootout. Give me the 49ers to bring it home 34-24.

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