It’s blah, blah, blah week while we wait for next Sunday’s Super Bowl game. While it’s nice that the Niners and Chiefs are doing the yapping, and not some other team from the East Coast, it’s still a lot of hot air to breathe in and out.
I have no idea who will win this game. It doesn’t seem like anyone else does, either. Including the Vegas oddsmakers. If the Niners’ defense manages to slow down Patrick Mahomes, they might win it. If the game is a four quarter shootout, the Chiefs would probably prevail.
It still seems a bit unreal that the Niners are in this game. There was never a point in the season where making it to the SB was anything much more than a pipe dream. Making the playoffs was the only tangible hope. Right down to the final game and that last inch against the Seahawks. Then watching Minnesota take down the Saints and practically pave the way to Miami.
Nobody doubts the Chiefs credentials to be in this game. They’ve been knocking on the door for several years and should have been in this game last year, but for Dee Ford‘s egregious blunder in the closing seconds of the AFC Title game.
Likewise, nobody doubts Mahomes. He’s been unstoppable in the Chiefs two playoff games.
Jimmy Garoppolo doesn’t inspire anywhere near that kind of respect. The 49ers got to this game like most people thought the Ravens would – by running the football. Garoppolo didn’t have to perform any heroics at all.
This leads many pundits to question his ability to handle the pressure of a big time game. Those pundits are mostly from the East Coast and clearly haven’t watched many Niner games this year. Garoppolo has been Mr. Clutch repeatedly throughout the year.
Looking on the bright side, this game reminds me of the 1984 SB, where nobody thought the Niners could stop Dan Marino and the Dolphins passing game. We all know how that turned out. And we know what happened to the unstoppable 2007 Patriots. Here’s hoping next Sunday we’ll see a similar outcome and that the old saying “Defense wins championships” will prove correct once again.