Super Bowl LIV features high-powered teams

'Who wouldn't be excited?'

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The Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers will face off in Super Bowl LIV Sunday, Feb. 2.

The NFC’s San Francisco 49ers will take on the AFC’s Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LIV Sunday, Feb. 2.

This year’s matchup excites many students, including junior Logan Prevo.

“Both teams have worked hard for this opportunity,” Prevo said. “Even if they beat teams people expected to be in the Super Bowl, the 49ers and the Chiefs went from bad teams over the years to Super Bowl teams. Who wouldn’t be excited?”

The 49ers haven’t played in a Super Bowl since falling 34-31 to Joe Flacco and the Baltimore Ravens in 2013.

The Chiefs will play in their first Super Bowl since 1970’s Super Bowl IV. The Chiefs thrashed the Minnesota Vikings 23-7 in their only NFL championship.

Miami’s Hard Rock Stadium will see its best football played as the Sunshine State hosts the Game of Games.

The 49ers boast the NFL’s second-best offense, led by quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo. He’s amassed a whopping 3,978 yards through the air this season and 27 touchdowns.

Defensively, the 49ers will lean on linebacker Fred Warner and defensive end Nick Bosa. Warner made 118 combined tackles in the regular season while Bosa made nine sacks and 32 solo tackles.

Legendary defensive back Richard Sherman will provide sturdy leadership after multiple Super Bowl appearances with the Seattle Seahawks.

Quarterback Patrick “Showtime” Mahomes will act as Kansas City’s field general throughout the game. He completed for 4,031 yards paired with 236 touchdowns during the regular season.

The Chiefs defense relies on linebackers Anthony Hitchens and Damien Wilson, as well as cornerback Tyrann Mathieu, to lock down opposing teams. The trio combined for 244 regular season tackles.

Prevo expects a grudge match.

“I think the game will be close for most of the game because both teams are good offensively and defensively,” Prevo said, “so there’s not going to be a lot of scoring throughout the game.”