Super Bowl LVIII is coming up at the end of the week, and Kyle Shanahan and his San Francisco 49ers are set to take on Andy Reid and his Kansas City Chiefs. This is a rematch of Super Bowl LIV, where the Kansas City Chiefs smacked the San Francisco 49ers 31-20. These two teams did not play in the regular season.
Today, we want to look at the defensive units against the offensive units for both teams. Let’s analyze and take a look at what the talking points on how this can affect your NFL betting before the game kicks off on Sunday:
Defense vs Offense in Super Bowl LVIII: Let’s Analyze the 49ers vs Chiefs | MyBookie NFL Playoff Preview for the Big Game
Super Bowl LVIII | 58th edition of the annual league championship game of the National Football League
Kansas City Chiefs at San Francisco 49ers
ATS Odds: 49ers -1
Money line Odds: Kansas City Chiefs Line: +100 / San Francisco 49ers Line: -120
Over/Under Odds: 47.5
Sunday, February 11th, 2024 at 6:30 pm ET | CBS
Allegiant Stadium, Las Vegas, NV
San Francisco 49ers Offense vs. Kansas City Chiefs Defense
The San Francisco 49ers offense is known for having Mr. Irrelevant, Brock Purdy as their signal caller. He made the NFC title game a season ago, and fell to the Eagles. Purdy was solid all season, with an exception on Christmas Day. That game, he tossed four interceptions against the Ravens in a loss. Purdy has thrown just two touchdowns in the postseason, but just a single interception, keeping the offense on the field.
Christian McCaffrey is the go to guy in the offense. Kansas City has done a great job of slowing down top offensive threats, but McCaffrey is a different beast. The running back out of Stanford has 37 carries in the postseason, and four touchdowns. This is the same guy that was the touchdown leader in the regular season as well. McCaffrey is averaging more than 5 yards per carry for the 49ers.
Georgie Kittle is a dangerous weapon in the passing game. The tight end out of Iowa has a touchdown on six receptions in the postseason. He is a reliable target and can spread the field. With the abilities of Brandon Aiyuk and Deebo Samuel on the outside, Kittle is a guy that Purdy may be looking for early and often in the passing game.
Kansas City has been a sneaky defense all season. The Chiefs are not giving up a ton of points. They kind of have a bend but don’t break mentality. The Chiefs in the postseason have just two interceptions in three games, which came from safeties Mike Edwards and Deon Bush. Kansas City has also forced two fumbles that they have recovered in the postseason.
Kansas City got to the quarterback a little more in the regular season than they have in the postseason. Kansas City has just two sacks per game in the postseason. George Karlaftis, the defensive end, has been the best at getting at the signal caller. He has 2.5 sacks this postseason. Nick Bolton was missed for a good chunk of the season. He leads the Chiefs with 27 tackles on the season.
Kansas City Chiefs Offense vs. San Francisco 49ers Defense
The Kansas City Chiefs offense was questioned for much of the season. Their receivers had a ton of drops early in the season, and they just kept looking like they were playing in the mud. But, since the postseason has hit, they have done a solid job getting the ball to their top targets. That list starts with tight end Travis Kelce. Kelce has three touchdowns in the postseason, and leads the team with 262 yards.
Rashee Rice is another guy that Patrick Mahomes will trust when push comes to shove. Those two have 52 targets in three games, with the rest of the team coming away with 39 targets. The run game has been effective to keep the chains moving. Isaiah Pacheco gets most of the love, with 63 carries in three games. Pacheco also has three touchdowns.
The offense of course is anchored by signal caller Patrick Mahomes. The former Texas Tech Red Raiders quarterback is seeking his third Super Bowl MVP award. Mahomes this postseason has completed 68% of his passes, and is 282 yards away from 1,000. Mahomes has 4 touchdowns, and has yet to turn it over. He has also taken just two sacks in wins over the Dolphins, Bills and Ravens.
There has been a ton of talk about the 49ers defense during the time off. They were not good in the win over the Lions. In the postseason, they have allowed 26 points per game. This is a team that does not lose when they score 20+ points, but the defense has not been doing their part, so the emphasis is on during the preparation week.
The 49ers have just two sacks in the postseason. That comes in wins over the Packers and Lions. Both of those sacks are from the best player on the defensive side of the ball; Nick Bosa. The Chiefs will certainly put emphasis on making sure Bosa does not change this game getting after Mahomes.
Another name the Chiefs will want to focus on is Dre Greenlaw. The linebacker has two interceptions in the win over the Packers, including one late to seal the deal. The only other turnover the 49ers have forced this postseason was a fumble recovery from defensive end Ark Armstead. One final name you will likely hear a bunch of in Super Bowl LVIII is Fred Warner. The linebacker has 15 solo tackles in two games so far in the postseason.
Super Bowl LVIII Winner
There you have it. There is a look at the Defense vs. Offense in Super Bowl Matchups. We are excited for Super Bowl LVIII, and hope you are as well. In the end, we are going to take the Kansas City Chiefs offense to outshine the San Francisco defense a little more, and grab their third Super Bowl title in five seasons.
Patrick Mahomes to Travis Kelce is a force that is just too much for the 49ers here. When they are not using that combination, Pacheco is punishing them on the ground. The win will also put the Kansas City Chiefs as back to back Super Bowl Champions. Kansas City 27-17 over the 49ers. Enjoy the game, and best of luck!!
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