The Super Bowl is the prize that all 32 teams in the NFL strive for at the start of every season. Only one outfit can win the Vince Lombardi Trophy, going through 20 weeks of tumultuous ups and downs to place themselves in the history of the game.
The game features the two best teams from the two conferences in the NFL. The respective sides have fought off the competition in their respective 16-team conferences to advance to the title game to try to end the season as the leading outfit in the league.
The San Francisco 49ers and the Kansas City Chiefs have faced off in Super Bowl LIV in Miami at Hard Rock Stadium. The 49ers hammered the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Championship Game, while the Chiefs booked their spot by producing a comeback win over the Tennessee Titans in the AFC Championship Game. It was a thrilling showdown as the ultimate game has enjoyed many great spectacles in recent years.
For the first time since the 2015 season, the New England Patriots did not represent the AFC Conference in the Super Bowl, as the Tennessee Titans knocked out the defending champions in the Wildcard Round. Last season, Bill Belichick’s men produced one of the strongest defensive performances in Super Bowl history to defeat the Los Angeles Rams, limiting Jared Goff and company to only three points to secure the sixth triumph in franchise history.
It was a turnaround from Super Bowl LII when the Patriots conceded 41 points to the Philadelphia Eagles, who claimed their first Vince Lombardi Trophy. Nick Foles put forward a sublime MVP performance, which included one of the most innovative plays seen in the title game – “The Philly Special”. Not even a 505-yard outing from the great Tom Brady was enough to save New England from defeat in Minnesota.
However, the season before that, Brady led perhaps the greatest comeback in the history of the NFL and certainly the Super Bowl. Down 25 points to the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl LI in the third quarter, Brady rallied his side to spark a miraculous surge to level the scores in normal time. Brady drove his team downfield in overtime before James White secured the win with a rushing touchdown – the first overtime win in the Super Bowl.
Kyle Shanahan was part of the Falcons’ coaching staff that suffered the agony of the loss at NRG Stadium. He had the chance to redeem himself by leading the 49ers to victory over the Chiefs. Raheem Mostert ran all over the Packers for the tune of 220 yards and four touchdowns to guide San Francisco back to the Super Bowl for the first time since the 2012 campaign. In Miami, the 49ers will be aiming to become the third side to win the Vince Lombardi Trophy for a sixth time.
Standing in their way are the Chiefs, who have won just one crown in their tenure in the NFL. They ended a 50-year drought without a Super Bowl appearance by outduelling the Titans. Superstar quarterback Patrick Mahomes was outstanding, throwing three touchdowns and rushing for another score to lead his team to a comeback victory. Head coach Andy Reid has known nothing other than failure in the postseason, but with Mahomes on his side, Reid could be on course for his first Super Bowl triumph and the first for the Chiefs since the 1969 season.
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