If you want offensive fireworks, you better tune in for Super Bowl LIV between the Kansas City Chiefs and the San Francisco 49ers. It won’t disappoint.
And there you have it. Super Bowl LIV has been set.
It will feature two of the NFL’s most high-powered offenses in the Kansas City Chiefs of the AFC and the San Francisco 49ers of the NFC. Surely, the over/under will be an astronomical number, but let’s say with the number of offensive fireworks that’ll potentially be on display, let’s side with the over without even looking.
We know all about the vaunted aerial attack of the Chiefs. Led by their cherubic angel of a quarterback in Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City can throw the football on anybody, anytime, anywhere. Mahomes has arguably the best tight end in football as his safety valve in Travis Kelce, as well as a bevy of wide receivers most quarterbacks can only dream of.
Kansas City has the type of offensive firepower where the Chiefs can seriously go with a four verts attack, asking Kelce, Tyreek Hill, Sammy Watkins and Mecole Hardman to go long and see what happens. Add in an underrated ground game led by Damien Williams and it’ll be very difficult for 49ers defensive coordinator Robert Saleh to slow down offensive mastermind Andy Reid.
San Francisco’s offense isn’t as jaw-droppingly gifted as is Kansas City’s, but that doesn’t mean it’s any bit less effective. The 49ers use head coach Kyle Shanahan’s family recipe zone-blocking scheme, meaning San Francisco can run the football on any team on any down from any spot of the field. Running back Raheem Mostert has become an overnight superstar in this system.
And it’s not just the frightening ground game of the 49ers that makes this team so difficult to stop. Handsome quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo is no slouch either. He can throw dime after dime to targets such as tight end George Kittle and wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders all night if he has to. Having the ultimate gadget player in Deebo Samuel surely makes his life easier.
While Super Bowl LIV won’t be played on turf, this game has the potential to set the record for most combined points scored in a Super Bowl. Mahomes is more than capable of taking Reid’s play designs and putting up 40 points on the opposition. Garoppolo isn’t as dominant as Mahomes, but his team can blow good teams out like they did the Green Bay Packers.
Ultimately, we’re about to see an offensive showcase featuring two of the best offensive minds in the game today: the savvy veteran Kansas City head coach in Reid and the young up-and-coming San Francisco head coach in Shanahan. One of them will win his first Super Bowl in his coaching career.
For Reid, it means certain Canton enshrinement. For Shanahan, it means he’s next.