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What to watch for in Super Bowl LIV

The Kansas City Chiefs arrive at Miami International Airport in Miami, Fla. on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020. The Kansas City Chiefs will face off against the San Francisco 49ers at Super Bowl LIV in Hard Rock Stadium next Sunday, Feb. 2, 2020. (Daniel A. Varela/Miami Herald/TNS)

By Devin Jones

All signs point to Super Bowl 54 turning into a very entertaining football game.

On one side, you have the Kansas City Chiefs, who have one of the most dangerous offenses that the NFL has ever seen. Led by the quarterback/coach duo of Patrick Mahomes and Andy Reid, the Chiefs offense also features an elite receiving core headed by tight end Travis Kelce and wide receiver Tyreek Hill. Rookie standout Mecole Hardman and veteran centerpiece Sammy Watkins round out the core of the Chiefs offense.

The Chiefs also feature a new-and-improved defense from the year before. The additions of All-Pro safety Tyrann Mathieu and pass-rushing standout Frank Clark have proven pivotal in addressing the team’s biggest holes from the last two years.

On the opposing side, you have the betting favorite San Francisco 49ers. 

This 49ers roster seems to have everything you could ever want on a football team. A simultaneously experienced yet young defensive line that is built around rookie standout Nick Bosa. A rock-solid secondary led by one of the most prolific cornerbacks of all time in Richard Sherman. A running back stable that is comprised of four different starting-caliber players whose strengths all compliment each other. A young quarterback who is seemingly unafraid of the big moment in Jimmy Garroppolo. And a second-to-none tight end in George Kittle. 

San Francisco is the early betting favorite according to the Las Vegas betting line, which has the 49ers as +100 favorites.

Super Bowl 54 isn’t only a star-studded matchup between two of the most exciting teams in the league. It is also a matchup of offensive philosophy. San Francisco made it to where they are with a heavy run-based scheme, while Kansas City is famous for scoring absurd amounts of points through the air. 

Not only is that matchup fascinating, but the outcome of this game is certain to have ramifications beyond just this season. The NFL is seen as a “copycat league,” which essentially means that most teams try to copy whatever they see work at the highest level. If one side dominates the other in this game, we could be watching the game that determines what NFL teams are going to look like for the next five to 10 years.

You can watch the game on Feb. 2 at 6:30 on FOX.

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