The Super Bowl in Las Vegas will be star-studded. Both the Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers can boast some of the best players in the NFL. A position-by-position battle will determine the winner of the final.
Quarterbacks: Chiefs win
Possibly the most one-sided clash of all. On one side Patrick Mahomes, MVP of last season, winner of two rings and an annual salary of 45 million dollars. And on the other Brock Purdy and his $900,000 salary after being selected as the last player in the 2022 draft.
Mahomes, after a mediocre regular season, has been flying again in the playoffs and seems to be coming into the finals in the best shape possible and with chemistry with his teammates at an all-time high. Purdy, meanwhile, is facing his first Super Bowl after surviving two tremendous struggles in formidable fashion.
Patrick Mahomes (28 years old)
- Yards: 4183 (6th)
- Yards per attempt: 7 (12th)
- Touchdowns: 27 (8th)
- Rating: 92.6 (14th)
- Salary: $45,000,000
Brock Purdy (24 years old)
- Yards: 4280 (5th)
- Yards per attempt: 9.6 (1st)
- Touchdowns: 31 (3rd)
- Rating: 113 (1st)
- Salary: $934,000
Wide Reciever: Niners win
San Francisco‘s starting wide receiver pairing may be the most potent in the NFL. On one side is Deebo Samuel and his fantastic ability to do everything on offense. He runs, receives and blocks in a blend of accuracy and power that is almost unheard of in the competition.
In addition, the Niners have gotten Brandon Aiyuk to take that step up to the elite receivers in the league. Aiyuk has emerged over the course of the season as Brock Purdy‘s best partner.
The Chiefs, however, have struggled mightily throughout the regular season because of their wide receivers. Mahomes has been slow to make a real connection with any of them leading the quarterback to numbers far from his normal.
The good news is the emergence of rookie Rashee Rice who has emerged as the Kansas team’s first option over Valdes-Scantling or the wayward Kadarius Toney.
Running Backs: Niners win
Christian McCaffrey has finished a historic season that has even led him to fight for the MVP. Fourteen total touchdowns for a total of 1459 yards. A machine of getting first downs thanks to an inordinate power.
Isiah Pacheco earned the starting running back job in the last Super Bowl with a superb performance. There are few in the NFL more courageous and incisive than him on every run where every yard is worth gold. Seven touchdowns for 935 total yards.
Tight End: Tie
These are arguably the two best tight ends in the NFL. Travis Kelce vs George Kittle.
Kelce possibly has more experience and is known for his almost magical ability to appear in the most important moments of the game thanks to his legendary connection with Patrick Mahomes.
Kittle has little to envy Travis. Great receiver and huge blocker when the play calls for it. The arrival of Purdy managed to increase his importance in the 49ers offense. When it comes to third down, he is usually relentless.
Defense: Chiefs win
Possibly, man for man, the Niners have more quality. However, the season has put everyone in their place.
Steve Spagnuolo, the Chiefs‘ defensive coordinator, has been able to squeeze all his players to create panic in opposing offenses. Chris Jones‘ intimidating presence can rattle any offensive line and cornerback L’Jarius Sneed is an absolute lock to plug every hole.
The Niners‘ defense, on the other hand, has been the Achilles’ heel of the Santa Clara team that came from being a wall in 2022. In fact, defensive coordinator Steve Wilks was at the center of the critics’ ire after the game against the Lions.
Nick Bosa, the highest-paid defensive player in NFL history, and linebacker Fred Warner will have to step up if they want to hurt the Chiefs‘ offense.