As anticipation builds for Super Bowl LVII, all eyes are fixed on the underdog Kansas City Chiefs as they gear up to clash with the San Francisco 49ers in what promises to be a riveting showdown this Sunday in Las Vegas. With the stakes at an all-time high and the spotlight shining brightly, Kansas City cornerbacks L’Jaruis Sneed and Trent McDuffie exude confidence as they prepare to tackle the challenge head-on.
“I’m very confident, you know,” Sneed told reporters this week. “[But] not just this Sunday. I’ve been confident all season. I can say this might be the biggest stage that we all face.”
Asked about his claim to be the league’s best corner, Sneed didn’t back down.
“I definitely am the best cornerback in the league,” he declared.
While he didn’t receive All-Pro honors, Sneed’s confidence is backed by impressive statistics. Sneed was targeted 100 times during the regular season, allowing only 51 catches — a remarkably low 51% completion rate — yielding just 478 yards and no touchdowns. When targeted, Sneed allowed a passer rating of just 56.2.
But Sneed also acknowledges the prowess of his teammate McDuffie, calling him “one of the best corners in the league.”
“Whether it’s slot or outside,” he observed, “whatever you throw at him, he can handle it; it’s going to work. And that’s what I love about him.”
Echoing Sneed’s confidence, McDuffie believes the challenges the team has faced throughout the season have prepared it for this moment.
“Every competition we’ve faced this year has led us to this moment — both physically and mentally,” he noted. “When you’ve gone up against the likes of Jerry Juedy, Davante Adams [and] Ja’Marr Chase, you develop a plan — and gain the confidence that you’ve been here before and know what to expect.”
As these dynamic cornerbacks prepare for Sunday’s showdown with the 49ers, their confidence suggests they are more than ready to rise to the occasion. With the spotlight upon them, Sneed and McDuffie aim to leave an indelible mark on football’s biggest stage.