Super Bowl LIV (54) featured the two teams that were supposed to be there, the Kansas City (Missouri) Chiefs and the San Francisco 49ers (Niners). Both teams entered the post-season with the top seeds and although the Niners won both the NFC Divisional Round and the NFL/NFC Conference Championship games undoubtedly they entered Super Bowl Sunday as one-point underdogs despite having one of the league’s premier defenses.
The Chiefs, also beat the Houston Texans and the Tennessee Titans definitively in the AFC Divisional Round and the NFL/AFC Conference Championship games. What made the Chiefs a contender weren’t just outstanding play by the Chiefs third year quarterback Patrick Mahomes, but also a stingy defense that was second in the league in yards allowed.
You can say these two were destined for Super Bowl LIV; however, up until Sunday, the Niners had hoisted the Lombardi Trophy 4 more times than the Chiefs, giving them a slight post-season advantage.
On the NFL’s 100th year anniversary season, a team who competed in the NFL’s first Super Bowl against the Green Bay Packers, hoisted its second Lombardi Trophy after defeating the 49ers in a 21 unanswered point fourth quarter comeback, directed by none other than Patrick Mahomes.
Love him or hate him, there’s undeniable talent at quarterback in Kansas City Missouri. For the Niners and coach Kyle Shanahan, it’s back to the drawing board with hopes of a quick return to the Super Bowl.
As for the Chiefs, they appear to making the case for AFC West domination over the next few years, that is if Denver’s newfound quarterback Drew Lock has anything to say about it.
In other sports the Denver Nuggets are 2-2 since last Tuesday after losing to the Memphis Grizzlies last week and the Detroit Pistons in overtime on Sunday night in Detroit. The Nuggets beat the Utah Jazz Thursday night at the Pepsi Center and the Bucks the following night in Milwaukee.
This week the Nuggets host the Trail Blazers before heading to Utah and Phoenix to face the Jazz and Suns Wednesday and Saturday night.
The Colorado Avalanche returned from the NHL All-Star break on Saturday night to face the Flyers in Philadelphia. The Avalanche appeared to be recovering from All-Star week hangover as they went down 2 goals to none in the first period. Colorado finally added two goals in the second to Philadelphia’s 1, but the Flyers proved to be too much at home for Colorado as they beat the Avalanche 6-3 after adding 3 more in the third.