Superbowl 54 preview
By Colton Dempsey ’20
After a hard-fought weekend of conference championships in the NFL, we officially have our two Super Bowl Competitors.
All the way until the four minute mark in the second quarter, it seemed the Titans had what it took to beat the explosive Chiefs in the AFC Championship. Then Patrick Mahomes showed up. He threw a twenty yard dime to Tyreek Hill for a touchdown that would bring their deficit within three points. And then, in the last twenty seconds of the half, Patrick Mahomes showed off his agility with an insane twenty-seven yard touchdown run. After the Chiefs gained momentum, there was no stopping them. They maintained their lead all the way until the end and managed to shut down the Titan’s star running back, Derrick Henry, to only sixty nine yards. The Chiefs will advance to the Super Bowl after a solid 35-24 win.
Meanwhile in San Francisco, it was all very one sided. The 49er defense shut out the Packers offense all the way until the third quarter. But, by then their effort was too late as the 49ers running back, Raheem Mostert, quite literally carried his team for the win with 220 yards and 4 touchdowns. The 49er’s running game was so insanely effective, that Jimmy Garoppolo had to pass the ball only eight times in the entire game. With a dominant 37-20 win in San Francisco, the 49ers will march to the Super Bowl to face the Chiefs.
Coming into this year’s Super Bowl, everyone knew that the Chiefs and 49ers were two of the best offenses in the entire league. However, the 49ers also have one of the best defenses in the NFL which may cause too much chaos for Mahomes to handle. With a defense that is not particularly known for their presence on the field, the only hope that the Chiefs have to win against the dually talented 49ers is by racking up the scoreboard early and having a monsterous offensive performance to outlast the 49er offense.
With my official prediction for Super Bowl LIV, I’m gonna have to go with the 49ers in this one. They are exceptional in every aspect and hardly have any weak points in their well-coached machine.
The Super Bowl will be on February 2nd at 5:30 pm and can be watched on FOX.