Loss Kansas City Chiefs on Patrick Mahomes and the San Francisco 49ers on Brock Purdy They are playing for glory this Sunday in the clash of the titans at the Super Bowl, organized for the first time at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas, a city paralyzed for the most important event of the year in American sports. The match will be played starting at 8:30 p.m. (Argentina time) and will be televised on ESPN and Fox Sports.
All in one game. The Chiefs are sixty minutes away from winning their second consecutive Super Bowl and their third since 2020. The 49ers are one step away from hoisting the Vince Lombardi trophy into the sky after 29 years of waiting.
Although in the City of the Game the 49ers started as slight favorites, the Chiefs of Mahomes, the most representative quarterback in the NFL compared only to Tom Brady, emphasized that they have different ideas.
“I understand that we are not favorites; we have ups and downs during the season, but I never felt that I was not a favorite in a game, head coach Andy Reid said in a press conference last Thursday.
The Chiefs reached the final action of the season after overcoming the toughest road in the playoffs. Their eleven wins and six losses in the regular season forced them to play three games, two of them away from home, to get to Las Vegas. They eliminated the Miami Dolphins and then beat the Buffalo Bills and MVP Lamar Jackson’s Baltimore Ravens.
Mahomes and tight end Travis Kelce, who led the Chiefs to four Super Bowls in five years, showed up in key moments. The quarterback built a dynasty in Kansas City, and this Sunday he could become the first player in his position to start four Super Bowls before turning 30.
He will need his best version to topple the 49ers, who arrive in Las Vegas hungry for glory. They have won five titles in their history, but they have not won the Vince Lombardi Trophy since 1995, and they lost a Super Bowl against the Chiefs in 2020.
The 49ers also lost to the Baltimore Ravens in the 2013 Super Bowl, but this year they arrive with the highest confidence in a stellar team led by quarterback Brock Purdy and with an arsenal of offensive resources led by Christian McCaffrey, Deebo Samuel, and George. Kittle.
McCaffrey was honored on Friday as the best offensive player after a season in which he totaled 1,459 rushing yards and fourteen touchdowns. Per reception, he had 564 yards and seven touchdowns.
Along with Samuel, Brandon Aiyuk, and Kittle, the 49ers are the third-best offensive team in the NFL, with 491 points scored.
A $2 billion stadium
Allegiant Stadium, which opened in 2020, is the second most expensive stadium in the United States with a cost of nearly $2 billion, an investment surpassed only by SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles, which cost $4.9 billion.
The stadium in Las Vegas, the home of the Raiders, has a capacity of 65,000 spectators, and tickets for the Super Bowl, a few hours before the game, are still sold on online platforms for a figure between $5,700 and $45,000. .
Although the price has dropped in the last few hours, many 49ers and Chiefs fans who came to Las Vegas without tickets will be able to see the game in some bars in the city.
On the Las Vegas Strip, there is a clear numerical superiority of 49ers fans, most of whom are of Latin origin.