Sunday, February 25, 2024

Las Vegas vibrates with the Super Bowl between the 49ers and Chiefs

Four years ago, the San Francisco 49ers and the Kansas City Chiefs met in the Super Bowl in Miami, with the latter winning. Their leader is now Patrick Mahomes, who added his first ring. Another one came last year for the league’s best player, making his team the NFL’s new dynasty. He confirmed it this year, being, at the age of 28, the first quarterback to reach four finals before the age of thirty. On the way to their third ring, the only obstacle will be the 49ers, again, who they will face today (00:30, Movistar Deportes and DAZN) at Allegiant Stadium in the always quirky city of Las Vegas, home. in Super Bowl LVII. Ironically, Sin City is where the people of San Francisco regained their hope after the failure of 2020, because there, two years ago, they found by chance the man who brought them to the final: Brock Purdy .

Las Vegas hosted the NFL Draft in 2022, where the 49ers used the last pick (262, round 7), to select Purdy, a quarterback called with a residual role. Mr. Irrelevant, as the final selection is known, is the third in his position on the roster, but the injuries to Garoppolo and Lance last year made him the starting position that he never let go of. In a story that could have come from Disney, he showed from the first moment a superlative level and a skill common to stars. He nearly reached the Super Bowl last year, but an elbow injury sidelined Purdy and his 49ers in the conference finals against the Eagles.

Now, the one from Arizona is the leader of some 49ers who arrived in Las Vegas, where they found Purdy, thirsty for revenge four years ago. The Californian’s drought, one of the most historic franchises with five rings under its belt, is alarming: 29 seasons without a title. Since those golden years with Joe Montana and Steve Young, those from the Bay have not added to their record. Twice they were beached, losing in the final. The trend is completely opposite for the Chiefs, who will be playing in their fourth Super Bowl in five years. Since Mahomes has been in charge of the team, they have only failed twice in their date to the title game. And they would become the first team to win back-to-back titles since the New England Patriots 19 years ago.

They haven’t missed this Super Bowl, where a few months ago it was pretty utopian to see them. Throughout the year, the Chiefs were a somewhat erratic team, with Mahomes showing a human version (they won 11 games, the lowest number since Patrick started) and creating a lot of doubts. But the playoffs came, the time of truth, and Kansas City became a competitive beast that got everyone scared. Let them tell it to the Ravens, big favorites in the conference finals, without hurting Andy Reid’s team. Lesson learned: Don’t doubt Mahomes.

Again, the Chiefs have a different style than the 49ers brought to Las Vegas. Heavy favorites thanks to their roster full of talent, those from San Francisco suffered greatly in their two playoff games. Two weeks ago, in fact, they had to overcome a 17-point halftime deficit against the Detroit Lions. Purdy is one of the big reasons for that, showing that Ball can’t burn him in big stages despite the low profile with which he entered the NFL. The 24-year-old player is not alone, who has Christian McCaffrey, the best runner in the league, and stars like Deebo Samuel, George Kittle, Brandon Aiyuk or defenders Nick Bosa and Fred Warner. For pure talent, the 49ers might be a bit better, but Mahomes’ Chiefs, whose great ally is his inseparable Travis Kelce, have more experience at the moment. But you know, don’t think Mahomes and his Chiefs are dead. In Las Vegas, at the spectacular Allegiant Stadium, a dynasty will continue to add success or a long drought will be broken.

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