98.5 The Sports Hub staff report
Super Bowl LIV will feature a battle of teams who have emerged as the best offensive and the best defensive teams in football, as the high-powered Kansas City Chiefs will square off against the defense-first San Francisco 49ers.
The Chiefs were the first to book their trip to Miami, as Patrick Mahomes torched the Titans for three touchdowns through the air (and rushed for another) and pummeled the Titans for a 35-24 final at Arrowhead Stadium. Overcoming a 10-0 deficit, Kansas City scored 35 of the game’s final 49 points, and really took Derrick Henry out of the game and forced Ryan Tannehill to try and beat them once Tennessee’s deficit reached double digits in the second half.
This will be KC’s first trip to the big game in 50 years.
The 49ers, meanwhile, punched their ticket to their first Super Bowl since 2012 on a historic night for San Francisco running back Raheem Mostert, as the 27-year-old totaled 220 rushing yards and four scores on 29 carries.
With their victory, the 49ers became just the third team in league history to make it to the Super Bowl a year after winning four or fewer games the previous season; The Bengals did it in 1988 and the St. Louis Rams followed their path in 1999. The Rams remain the only one to actually pull off such a turnaround with a championship (they beat the Titans in Super Bowl XXXIV).
The 49ers, who were 5-0 in Super Bowls before that aforementioned 2012 loss to the Ravens, are one Super Bowl victory away from tying the Pittsburgh Steelers and New England Patriots for the most in league history, with six.