Well, Chiefs fans have been waiting 50 years for this, and the 49ers will be going for a record-tying sixth championship win. Metaphorical tickets to Super Bowl LIV have been punched and now the most devoted fans will seek out actual tickets to the big game. The 54th Super Bowl will be held in Miami for the 11th time in history, where the teams will be playing at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida, home of the Miami Dolphins. If you’re trying to get in on this action, now’s the time! Here’s a little about each team’s road to the Super Bowl, their history, and the odds to win it all! Oh, and where you can get the best prices on Super Bowl tickets…
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Who’s the favorite to win Super Bowl 54?
The Chiefs, but only by the slightest of margins. Currently favored at -1, this will likely be the fifth Super Bowl in history to wind up with a line less than two. Caesar’s opened with a line of -1.5 and bets have been rolling in since, with 70% of gambling fans picking Kansas City. The over/under is currently at 52.5 points.
It’s clear that we’ve got two of the best teams in the NFL battling head to head this year (something we couldn’t be sure of if the Titans had managed to eke past the Chiefs on Sunday). Sure, the Ravens might’ve had an all-too-early exit, but Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs defense have really stepped it up, particularly over the past two games, and they deserve to be here. On the NFC side, there’s no question that the 49ers deserve their spot as well.
If you’ll recall, the Chiefs were the favorite to win the Super Bowl at the start of the season before Mahomes injured his knee. Since his recovery, they’ve returned to full strength and the top of the league. Travis Kelce and Tyreek Hill are unstoppable forces when paired up with Mahomes, and you can’t talk about their offense without using the word “explosive.” It also helps matters that their defense isn’t the absolute worst anymore. Meanwhile, the 49ers opened the season as middle-of-the-road favorites with 40-1 odds to win the Super Bowl in 2020. It was difficult to know just how good Jimmy Garapolo would be after missing last season and recovering from knee surgery, but needless to say, the answer is very, very good. And when you’ve got tight end George Kittle on your side, anything is possible.
On Sunday, the Chiefs managed to topple the fiery, late-blooming Tennessee Titans in a 35-24 battle from which they had to come from behind (yet again) to win the AFC Championship. On the NFC side of things, the 49ers beat the Green Bay Packers 37-20 in a one-sided contest – they were up by 27 points at halftime and never trailed.
A look at each team’s Super Bowl history and how they got here…
This will be the 49ers’ first Super Bowl appearance since 2013 when they lost to the Baltimore Ravens. Seven years later, they’ll be going for their sixth championship win, which would tie the Steelers and Patriots for the most Super Bowl victories in the league. The 49ers haven’t won one since 1995 when they defeated the San Diego Chargers. (Fun fact: Head Coach Kyle Shanahan’s father Mike was an assistant coach for the team back then.) This game is also huge for San Francisco as they were considered by many to be the absolute worst team in the league last season. Talk about going from the bottom to the top real fast!
They’ve got one of the deepest, scariest rosters in the NFL. The NFC is tough, and they’ve beaten all of the best teams in it, tying for the most wins in the league (13-3) and snagging the top playoff seed in the process. According to right tackle Mike McGlinchey, “When we have all our weapons, it’s really, really hard to beat us. The last two weeks, it’s really hard to even stay with us.”
As for the Chiefs, this is a big one for fans. They haven’t won a Super Bowl since 1970 when they defeated the Minnesota Vikings, and they’ve only been to the big game four times ever. Head coach Andy Reid has the most regular-season wins of any coach without a Super Bowl victory, something he hopes to change in February. (The last time he led a team to Super Bowl Sunday was in 2005 when his Philadelphia Eagles fell to the New England Patriots.)
Feel like tearing up a little? Mahomes says they want to win it for Reid, “Everybody in our locker room wants to win this Super Bowl, win one more game, for our coach. The best thing about playing for Coach Reid is he lets you be who you are — he lets you play the way you want to play.”
Unlike the 49ers, the Chiefs were devastatingly close to competing in the big game last year, losing the AFC Championship in overtime to the Patriots. According to Mahomes, “Having to watch the Super Bowl last year was awful, but we knew we had to work for another year — day after day — to do something about it.”
But what will the teams wear?
We hear you. We were wondering the same thing. Since both teams have red ensembles, that question was up in the air for a little while (less than 24 hours, to be honest). The AFC is the home team so the Chiefs get to pick what they’ll be wearing, and they’ve opted for red. The 49ers briefly floated the idea of wearing throwback, all-white uniforms from 1994 – a decision that the NFL would have to make an exception to allow – and fans got a little excited. Turns out, however, that won’t be happening. San Francisco will be wearing their traditional white-and-gold uniforms, which is good news for superstitious fans out there. The 49ers are 2-0 wearing that combo in the Super Bowl… and 13 of the past 15 Super Bowl winners have worn white.
When is the Super Bowl? How can you watch it?
Super Bowl LIV kicks off at 6:30 EST on Sunday, February 2nd. It will be broadcast on FOX… or you can get tickets and go see it for yourself live in Miami!
Demi Lovato will kick off the evening by singing the national anthem. Then Latina superstars Jennifer Lopez and Shakira will headline the Pepsi Halftime Show. Stay tuned to see if they pull in any surprise Miami artists to join them onstage (our money’s on Pitbull).