The Kansas City Chiefs punched their ticket to Super Bowl LIV on Sunday afternoon with a spirited 35-24 win over the feisty Tennessee Titans. For the second straight week, Kansas City fell behind early before mounting another furious comeback. Down by scores of 3-0, 10-0, 10-7, 17-7 and 17-14 in the first half, the Chiefs fittingly took the lead for good 11 seconds prior to halftime on a memorable Patrick Mahomes 27-yard scoring scramble.
Later in the day, the San Francisco 49ers toppled the Green Bay Packers by a 37-20 score to become the NFC representative in South Florida. Following an early elbow injury to Tevin Coleman that knocked him out of the game for the duration, Raheem Mostert exploded for a franchise-postseason-record 220 rushing yards and four touchdowns. So dominant was Mostert that Jimmy Garoppolo put up a check-for-typo eight pass attempts in the victory.
Naturally, a matchup against Mahomes and the Chiefs’ high-octane attack is highly likely to dictate a different approach from San Francisco. However, Kansas City’s front seven has to be on notice after Mostert’s performance Sunday. The Chiefs gave up the seventh-most rushing yards per game (126.2) and 4.9 yards per carry to running backs this past season.
At FanDuel Sportsbook, KC opened as early look-ahead 2.5-point favorites over the San Francisco 49ers. However, after the Niners’ win over the Packers, that number quickly shrunk to 1.5 points.
After defeating the Titans on Sunday, the Chiefs were also sizeable moneyline favorites over the 49ers at FanDuel and DraftKings Sportsbook. However, that number was down to around -120 as of late Sunday night.
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The Chiefs and 49ers didn’t meet this past regular season. However, a Week 3 battle between the teams in the 2018 season saw Mahomes throw for 314 yards and two touchdowns in a 38-27 win. Then, Garoppolo suffered a season-ending ACL injury in the game but threw for 251 yards and two touchdowns before exiting.
In terms of trends, the Chiefs were 2-2 ATS in interconference this past season. The 49ers were 3-1 versus the number against AFC opponents.