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San Francisco (+1) vs. Kansas City in Miami, 54.5 o/u
Sunday, 6:30 p.m. EST
I'm tempted to call this one the Condiment Bowl, as the Chiefs and their ketchup-and-mustard color scheme take on the ketchup-and-fancy mustard 49ers, but that doesn't take away from the fact that this was one of the most intriguing possible Super Bowl matchups when the playoffs started. The Niners were arguably the most complete team in the league all year, boasting a stout defense, a dynamic running game led by late-season surprise Raheem Mostert and dangerous weapons in the passing game, while the Chiefs have Patrick Mahomes and a defense that got better as the season progressed. In fact, the statistical case for this turning into a defensive battle rather than a shootout is surprisingly strong. Both teams finished the regular season in the top eight in points per game allowed (KC seventh at 19.3, SF eighth at 19.4) and QB rating against (KC fifth at 80.8, SF seventh at 83.0). On the other hand, both squads kicked butt in the postseason to get here — the Niners won their two games by an average score of 32-15, while the Chiefs trampled their opposition by an average score of 43-28. Matching up strengths and weaknesses would seem to tilt the scales in favor of San Francisco, as their running game could steamroll a Kansas City front seven that had trouble slowing running backs most of the year. However, the Chiefs may have plugged that hole