In February, the Kansas City Chiefs came from behind against the San Francisco 49ers to win their second Super Bowl in franchise history and first in 50 years. We go over which team will win more regular season games in 2020 and why.
How the Chiefs Won Super Bowl LIV
The Chiefs entered the fourth quarter with a 10-point deficit after allowing 17 consecutive points to the 49ers. Kansas City then put together two touchdown drives late and stopped the San Francisco offense from that point forward. Their 10-point comeback is tied for the second-largest in a Super Bowl.
Damien Williams added a late 38-yard score in the final two minutes to seal their third comeback victory of the playoffs. They were down 24-0 against the Texans in the Divisional Round, 17-7 against the Titans in the AFC Championship and 20-10 against the 49ers in Super Bowl LIV.
Williams ran for 104 yards and one touchdown on 17 carries and he caught four passes for 29 yards and another score.
This was the first Super Bowl for Andy Reid in his 21-year head coaching career. It was Patrick Mahomes’ second year as Chiefs starting quarterback. With the win, the team now has two Super Bowls in three appearances. They lost Super Bowl I to the Packers and won Super Bowl IV against the Vikings.
Prior to Super Bowl LIV, Patrick Mahomes noted that he wanted to win the game for his head coach Andy Reid.
“The work that he has put in every single day, everywhere he’s been he’s had success, so we want to get him that Super Bowl, but we understand it’s a process,” Mahomes told Cheat Sheet. “First off we’ve got to come in, have a great practice today, play great this weekend, and then try to give ourselves a chance to try to get in that game and try to get ourselves that trophy.”
Chiefs in 2020
The Ravens went 14-2 last year but the Chiefs won the Super Bowl and bring back most of the roster that finished with 12 regular season victories (even with Patrick Mahomes missing some contests).
The Chiefs have won the AFC West for four straight years and they’re favored to repeat by a considerable margin. BetOnline has the Chiefs at -375 to win the division once again. The reigning Super Bowl champions are loaded with talent while the Broncos, Raiders and Chargers are still trying to figure things out.
The Broncos and Raiders have +800 NFL odds to win the division. The
Lamar Jackson won the regular season MVP award last year but Patrick Mahomes is the best quarterback in the league.
When healthy Mahomes can do it all. He has a cannon for an arm and weapons like Tyreek Hill, possibly the fastest man in the league, Demarcus Robinson and Mecole Hardman. Also, Sammy Watkins could come back. They all make the Chiefs hard to defend.
Don’t forget about star tight end Travis Kelce, one of Mahomes’ favorite targets and running back Damien Williams, who ran for 104 yards and one touchdown on 17 carries and caught four passes for 29 yards and another score in the Super Bowl.
All of them can help the Chiefs make big plays that turn into touchdowns.
The Chiefs are Resilient
The Chiefs never give up. They were down 24-0 against the Texans in the Divisional Round, 17-7 against the Titans in the AFC Championship Game and 20-10 against the 49ers in Super Bowl LIV and won all three games.
This is a team that never gives up and always finds a way to win. That will continue next season. Mahomes completed just 26 of 42 passes for 286 yards and two touchdowns with two interceptions in the Super Bowl but still led the offense on scoring drives when they needed it them the most.
“It really put in perspective how hard it is to go out there week by week and put up numbers and get wins,” Mahomes told ESPN after the game. “You know it’s a struggle in this league. Teams are coming with their best effort, playing us really hard… I realized this year that it’s better just to find ways to win rather than try to put up all these numbers.”
How Far Can the 49ers Go?
The 49ers proved to be too much to handle for the Green Bay Packers. The Niners have made history by punching their ticket for a matchup against the Chiefs at Super Bowl LIV in Miami.
The 49ers officially became the fifth NFL franchise to clinch at least seven all-time Super Bowl appearances.
At 13-3 in the regular season, the 49ers secured home field advantage in the NFC playoffs. They jumped out to a massive lead in the NFC Championship Game against the Packers. They led the Packers 27-0 at halftime. The Packers scored quickly to start the second half, making it 27-7. The 49ers then took at 34-7 lead.
The Packers scored back-to-back touchdowns in the 4th quarter to make the game 34-20 with just over eight minutes to play. 49ers fans started to feel anxious but the team responded with a nice drive to eat plenty of clock before kicking a field goal. At 37-20 with 3:31 left, the game was basically over.
The next Green Bay drive came up short and San Francisco was able to run the clock out. The 49ers won 37-20.
Player to Watch Next Season
Raheem Mostert turned into a scoring machine against the Packers. Starting running back Tevin Coleman left the NFC game early due to what initially appeared to be a significant shoulder injury. The 49ers were forced to call upon Mostert, who delivered in a major way.
Cut by six NFL teams, Mostert balled out in the NFC Championship Game with 220 rushing yards and four touchdowns on 29 carries.
Mostert is the first player with four rushing touchdowns in a playoff game since LeGarrette Blount did so for the Patriots in the 2013 Divisional Round against the Colts.
He is also the first player to score four rushing touchdowns in a conference championship game. The fourth quarter hadn’t even started and he already had the most rushing yards in a conference championship game in NFL history (196).
His 220 rushing yards are the second-most in a playoff game in NFL history. (Eric Dickerson of the Rams had 248 rushing yards in the 1985 Divisional Round against the Cowboys).
Look for Mostert to keep getting better next season. His performance can make or break this team.
Can the 49ers Win the NFC West Again?
The NFC West will be tougher than ever. The Cardinals traded for DeAndre Hopkins, a three-time All-Pro who led the Texans in receiving in six of his seven years with the team.
Hopkins is just 27 years old, he is in the prime of his career and is at least a top three wide receiver in the NFL right now. The Cardinals also have the legendary Larry Fitzgerald, giving them a formidable one-two punch for the receiving corps.
Arizona will rely on talented signal-caller Kyler Murray, who will only get better and head coach Kliff Kingsbury, one of the most innovative offensive minds in the league.
The Rams lost Todd Gurley and Brandin Cooks but they still have Jared Goff under center and Aaron Donald leading their defense and the Seahawks have the best quarterback in the division and it’s not even close.
Russell Wilson has never missed a game in his eight-year career. Last season he completed 341 of 516 passes for 31 touchdowns and five interceptions in 16 games. He also ran for 342 yards and three touchdowns on 75 carries.
Why the Seahawks Will Be Much Better
Offensive changes are coming to Seattle. The Seahawks promoted quarterbacks coach Dave Canales to passing game coordinator and Austin Davis moved up to become the new quarterbacks coach in March.
These may appear to be minor moves but according to Omar Ruiz of the NFL Network, the Seahawks want to be more aggressive on offense.
“They are exploring ways to run that uptempo style of offense more often during games without changing their identity,” Ruiz said.
Wilson was vocal about the changes he would like to see on offense. This offseason he admitted to ESPN 710 Seattle that the Seahawks left many touchdowns on the table last year.
“We’ve thrown a bunch of touchdowns, you know,” Wilson explained. “We’ve been throwing a bunch of touchdowns and I think there’s a lot more out there, too. I think there’s about 10 to 15 to 20 more, so let’s go get those. That’s just how I think about it. Touchdowns help us win. I think we’ve got to find ways to win and we’ve got to score more points than they do and I think we’ve got great talent.”
Look for the Seahawks to be more aggressive on offense and take full advantage of Wilson’s prime years. The 49ers are in for a real fight for the division title this year.
The Chiefs have won four straight AFC West titles and they’re favored to repeat by a considerable margin. The reigning Super Bowl champions are loaded with talent while the Broncos, Raiders
I’m not even sure that the 49ers can win the NFC West and even if they do, they won’t have as many victories as last year. For NFL picks, I will take a chance on the Chiefs winning more games than the 49ers next season.