The AFC champion Kansas City Chiefs host the NFC champion San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl LIV — the 2019 NFL championship at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida. Kickoff is set for 5:30 p.m. Arrowhead Time. The game will be broadcast by FOX — locally on WDAF/4.
The Chiefs finished the regular season 12-4, winning their fourth consecutive AFC title and entering the postseason with the AFC’s second seed. They arrive in the championship game after defeating the Houston Texans 51-31 in the Divisional round and the Tennessee Titans 35-24 in the conference championship.
The 49ers won the NFC West for the first time since 2012 with a 13-3 record that gave them the NFC’s first seed. They advanced to the championship with a 27-10 Divisional round victory against the Minnesota Vikings and a 37-20 win over the Green Bay Packers in the NFC championship.
This is the third time the Chiefs have appeared in the Super Bowl, losing to the Packers 35-10 in Super Bowl I after the 1966 season and defeating the Vikings 23-7 in Super Bowl IV following the 1969 season.
The 49ers are making their seventh Super Bowl appearance. The team won all five of their championship games between 1984 and 1991 — but after the 2012 season, they lost to the Baltimore Ravens 34-31 in Super Bowl XLVII.
The Chiefs are led by quarterback Patrick Mahomes, who was named the NFL’s Most Valuable Player in 2018 after passing for 5,097 yards and 50 touchdowns in his first season as Kansas City’s starter. In 2019, he missed two games with a dislocated kneecap and played the first half of the season limited by a sprained ankle he suffered in the season’s first game. He finished 2019 with 4,031 yards and 26 touchdown passes — but had a passer rating of 105.3, which was seventh in the league.
Jimmy Garoppolo leads the 49ers offense. He became San Francisco’s starter late in the 2017 season after being traded from the New England Patriots, where he had served as Tom Brady’s backup since 2014. In 2018, he was lost for the season after suffering an ACL injury in a Week 3 game against the Chiefs. He started every game for the 49ers in 2019, amassing 3,978 passing yards, 27 touchdown passes and a passer rating of 102.0 — eighth-best in the NFL.
Chiefs head coach Andy Reid — now completing his 21st season as an NFL head coach and his seventh in Kansas City — is making his second Super Bowl appearance. His 2004 Philadelphia Eagles squad lost Super Bowl XXXIX to the Patriots 24-21. He is 14-14 in postseason appearances.
Kyle Shanahan is the 49ers head coach. The son of longtime NFL coach Mike Shanahan — who won two Super Bowls and compiled a 15-14 record against the Chiefs from 1995 through 2008 — he is coaching in his first Super Bowl. He is 2-0 in the postseason — both of those in 2019. The Shanahans are the first father and son to be the head coaches of Super Bowl teams.
The two teams have met only 13 times — most recently in the 2018 game that the Chiefs won 38-26 — but in the eyes of Chiefs fans, the two franchises have been inextricably linked for over 30 years. Since 1988, five ex-49ers — Steve DeBerg, Joe Montana, Steve Bono, Elvis Grbac and Alex Smith — have become starting quarterbacks for the Chiefs. In addition, Chiefs founder Lamar Hunt was well-known to be an admirer of the 49ers franchise; the arrowhead emblazoned with the overlapping “KC” has been the team’s logo since it arrived in Kansas City — and was inspired by the 49ers’ logo.
Nuts and bolts
Location: Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens, Florida
Playing surface: Natural grass
Game time: 5:30 p.m. Arrowhead Time, Sunday, February 2, 2020
Weather forecast: Sunny. High 69. 0% chance of rain. Wind NNW 14 mph
National Anthem: Demi Lovato.
Halftime show: Jennifer Lopez and Shakira.
Matchup history: 7-6 49ers (regular season)
Odds: Chiefs -1.5
Officials: Referee Bill Vinovich (52), umpire Barry Anderson (20), down judge Kent Payne (79), line judge Carl Johnson (101), field judge Michael Banks (72), side judge Boris Cheek (41), back judge Greg Steed (12), replay official Mike Chase and replay assistant Marv LeBlanc.
Arrowhead Pride Tailgate: with Jay Binkley and Kent Swanson, 3:30 p.m. (Arrowhead Time) on 610Sports and 610Sports.Radio.com.
Online Stream: Fubo.TV
Chiefs Spanish radio broadcast: with Enrique Morales, Oscar Monterroso and Hannah Bassham on La Mega 100.5 FM and 1160 AM (Tico Sports)
National radio broadcast: with Kevin Harlan and Kurt Warner on SiriusXM channel 88 and Westwood One affiliates nationwide
Enemy SB Nation site: Niners Nation
Twitter: Arrowhead Pride
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Regular Season Schedule
|@Jaguars||TIAA Bank Field||Won |
|Ravens||Arrowhead Stadium||Won |
|@Lions||Ford Field||Won |
|Colts||Arrowhead Stadium||Lost |
|Texans||Arrowhead Stadium||Lost |
|@Broncos||Broncos Stadium |
at Mile High
|Packers||Arrowhead Stadium||Lost |
|Vikings||Arrowhead Stadium||Won |
|@Titans||Nissan Stadium||Lost |
|@Chargers||Estadio Azteca |
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|Raiders||Arrowhead Stadium||Won |
|@Patriots||Gillette Stadium||Won |
|Broncos||Arrowhead Stadium||Won |
|@Bears||Soldier Field||Won |
|Chargers||Arrowhead Stadium||Won |
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|Texans||Arrowhead Stadium||Won |
|Titans||Arrowhead Stadium||Won |
|49ers||Hard Rock Stadium||Fox |