Super Bowl LIV Preview – 49ers vs Chiefs

Super Bowl LIV (54) will features the Kansas City Chiefs taking on the San Francisco 49ers.

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Mike Schneid and Zach Stein share their thoughts on Super Bowl LIV – how these teams got here, who they think will win, key matchups, conspiracy theories on the National Anthem, and more.

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History of Chiefs vs 49ers

49ers lead the all-time series 7-6.

Despite the 49ers winning 1 more game, the Chiefs have outscored them 275-245.

Last meeting – 2018
Chiefs won 38-27 in KC. Patrick Mahomes threw 3 TDs in his fourth career start, to lose Chiefs to a 3-0 start. Travis Kelce caught a game-high 8 passes for 114 yards. Sammy Watkins caught 5 passes, including a touchdown.

George Kittle caught 5 passes for 79 yards. Kyle Juszczyk and Marquise Goodwin caught both of Jimmy Garappolo’s touchdown passes. Late in the game, Jimmy G went down with what would later be revealed as a torn ACL.

Last 49ers win – 2014
49ers won at home 22-17. Colin Kaepernick completed 14-26 passes and a TD against his former mentor, Alex Smith. Smith began his career with SF and was traded to KC, once Kaepernick broke out in 2012. Smith threw 1 TD and 1 INT.

Colin Kaepernick led SF to a 22-17 win over his former mentor, Alex Smith.

Other notes:

Andy Reid is 7-4 all-time as head coach vs 49ers (1-1 with Chiefs)

Chiefs won the first ever meeting 26-17 in 1971

Longest win streak was held by the 49ers, who won 4 straight between 1975-1991

Chiefs have won consecutive games twice (1994-1997 and 2006-2010)

The home team has won 10 consecutive games and home teams are 11-2 overall in this series. The two losses came in 1975 and 1982, with the 49ers winning in KC

History in Miami


49ers are 4-4 in Miami (2-4 vs Dolphins and 2-0 in Super Bowls)

Last time SF won a game in Miami was 1995. They beat the Dolphins 44-20 in a regular season game, led by QB Elvis Grbac.

Earlier in 1995, to cap off the 1994 season, they beat the Chargers in Super Bowl XXIX.

They also beat the Bengals in Super Bowl XXIII in 1989.


7-11 in Miami (all vs Dolphins). They won their last game in 2014, beating the Dolphins 34-15.

About the Quarterbacks

Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes was the #10 pick (via trade with Bils) in the 2017 Draft. A look back at the 9 guys drafted ahead of him.

Jimmy Garappolo was the 62nd pick in the 2014 NFL Draft. He was traded during the 2017 season to the 49ers for a second round pick, which eventually turned into 6 total players.

Both QBs are winners – Garappolo is 21-5 as a starting QB and Mahomes is 24-7.

5 Teams Who Impacted Super Bowl LIV

Patriots – In 2017, NE traded Garappolo to SF for a second round pick. At the time, their were rumors that the Browns offered a first round pick, but that Bill Belichick refused to do business with them

Bears – In that same draft, the Bears passed on Patrick Mahomes at #2 to draft Mitchell Trubisky. They also passed on TE George Kittle, and took Adam Shaheen in the second round.

Eagles – After 12 years as head coach, Philadelphia fired Andy Reid after the 2012 season. Reid has made the playoffs in 6 of his 7 years as head coach of the Chiefs.

Bills – Without their compliance, Patrick Mahomes may never be a Chief. KC moved up from 27 to 10 in the 2017 Draft to take Mahomes. Bills drafted Tre’Davious White and one year later, drafted LB Tremaine Edmonds in the first round, with the second pick acquired from KC.

Seahawks – Decisions in recent years to not re-sign Richard Sherman and Frank Clark, have given both teams elite-level talent on their defenses. Seattle getting stuffed on the 1 yard line in week 17, also helped the 49ers get to this spot, as they claimed the #1 seed, as opposed to the #5 seed, which would have sent them to Philadelphia during the first round of the playoffs, instead of being home.

The Patriots Impact and Cloud

Andy Reid is coaching in his second Super Bowl. He lost Super Bowl XXXIX as coach of the Eagles to the Patriots.

Kyle Shanahan is taking part in his second Super Bowl. He was the OC for the Falcons, who lost Super Bowl XLI to the Patriots in 2017.

2017 was the same year they traded Jimmy Garappolo to the 49ers.

CB Richard Sherman was with the Seahawks when they lost to the Patriots in Super Bowl 49

49ers WR Coach Wes Welker, played 6 years for the Patriots and went 0-2 in the Super Bowl

Family Affair

49ers TE coach Jon Embree and Chiefs OC Eric Bieniemy worked together at Colorado from 2011-2012. Embree was the Buffs’ head coach, while Bieniemy was the OC. Buffs went 4-21 during that span. Bieniemy has been a Chiefs assistant coach since, while Embree has bounced around, but been with the Niners since 2017.

Embree has 2 sons (3 kids total) – Connor is defensive assistant on Chiefs and Taylor is offensive quality control coach for 49ers

San Francisco Championship Decade

SF successful decade includes the 2014 World Series which saw the SF Giants beat the Kansas City Royals. It’s the only championship game ever played between the two cities.

Common Bonds

Joe Montana

Montana is a prime example of why it’s great to see a guy like Eli Manning retire, rather than play for another team. Brett Favre with the Vikings/Jets, Emmitt Smith with the Cardinals, it’s always awkward and just doesn’t make sense. That’s Montana with the Chiefs.

He spent 13 years in SF and led the 49ers to a record of 100-39 as starting QB, during a stretch where they won 4 Super Bowls and Montana won MVP in 3 of them.

In 1993 and 1994 he started for the Chiefs, going 17-8 as the starter. Chiefs got to the AFC Championship Game in 1993 and lost the Wild Card game in 1994.

That 1993 win was their last until 2015, when Alex Smith led the Chiefs to a Wild Card round victory.

Alex Smith

Smith was the #1 pick in the 2005 pick. 49ers famously drafted him over some guy named Aaron Rodgers.

Smith got off to a rough start, but when Jim Harbaugh became SF head coach in 2011, his career finally took off and SF beat the Saints, winning their first playoff game since 2002.

During the 2012 season, Smith suffered a concussion, giving Colin Kaepernick a chance to play, a chance he never relinquished. Kaep led the 49ers to the Super Bowl that season, a 49ers loss to the Ravens. Before getting hurt, he was 19-5-1 as starter under Harbaugh.

Smith was traded to the Chiefs after the season. He was the primary starter for Andy Reid for 5 seasons, and went 1-4 in playoff games. The one win, was the team’s first since Montana in 1993.

The return for SF on the trade was a second round pick in both 2013 and 2014. In both cases, SF traded that pick. The players drafted in those spots were WRs Justin Hunter and Cody Latimer.

He was traded to the Redskins after the 2017 season, paving the way for 2017 first round pick Patrick Mahomes to take over. Smith’s last game as a Chief was a 22-21 playoff loss to the Titans, in a game the Chiefs led 21-3.

Dee Ford

Ford played 67 of a possible 78 games with the Chiefs from 2014-2018. He was drafted #23 overall in the 2014 NFL Draft. He had 30.5 sacks in 5 years and 2018 was his best season yet, with 13 sacks, 55 tackles, 13 tackles for a loss, 29 QB hits, and 7 forced fumbles. All of those were career highs and the sacks and forced fumbles were both team-highs.

Chiefs decided to move on from Ford and acquired Frank Clark from Seattle near the draft. Ford was given the franchise tag by the Chiefs, but they worked out a trade with him, sending him to the 49ers for a 2020 second round pick.

Ford played 11 games, starting only 2, for SF in 2019 and was 4th on the team with 6.5 sacks.

Most College Alums in SBLIV

LSU has 5 players on the two Super Bowl rosters (including IR), while Penn State has 5 active players.

LSU Tigers

The college football national champs are well-represented with Tyrann Mathieu, Morris Claiborne, Spencer Ware and Darrell Williams all on the Chiefs and Kwon Alexander on the 49ers.

Penn State Nittany Lions

Nittany Lions have the most active alum in this Super Bowl – Kevin Givens, Robbie Gould, Anthony Zettel on 49ers and Jordan Lucas and Stefen Wisniewski on Chiefs.

FCS QBs in Super Bowl

Jimmy Garappolo played his college ball at Eastern Illinois. EIU is a division 1 school, but considered FCS, which is a level below.

The last FCS QB to start in the Super Bowl was Joe Flacco in 2013, who ironically beat the 49ers.

Prior to that, Kurt Warner (Northern Iowa) started two Super Bowls (2009 for Cardinals and 2002 for the Rams). Jake Delhomme (Southwestern Louisiana), Rich Gannon (Delaware), and Steve McNair (Alcorn State) have all started Super Bowls since 1999.

Super Bowl Connections Around NFL

How 25 teams are connected to the Chiefs or 49ers

Mike is a member of the FWAA (Football Writers Association of America) and an alum of the University of Cincinnati.

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