I’m about to embark on my third straight Super Bowl week at Radio Row for New York, New York. It’s a feeling that doesn’t get old. I guess I kinda know how Patrick Mahomes feels…
I kid, I kid.
Mahomes knows nothing but winning in his short but already prestigious NFL career. He has been to the AFC Championship game every year since becoming a starting quarterback in 2018.
Sunday will be Mahomes fourth Super Bowl and you can argue this was his most impressive achievement. The Chiefs were a pedestrian offensive team all regular season and did not exactly wow NFL audiences other than Taylor Swift until the calendar flipped to the month of January.
From that point forward, it’s been a different Chiefs offense and of course Mahomes is the catalyst. They go, as he goes.
Yes, the Chiefs’ defense has been the best it’s ever been in the Mahomes era, but the quarterback’s brilliance was a must in two road playoff wins in Buffalo and Baltimore.
The narrative is already being written. Mahomes is back again, ready to win again. Trust me, walk around your office and poll people when it comes to who they like in the Super Bowl.
Tough to find folks who like the Niners right? That said, Vegas has installed the NFC Champions as 2.5-point favorites.
The Niners have been the most complete team in the NFL all season. They can do it all offensively and their quarterback Brock Purdy is quite all right with his proclaimed “Mr. Irrelevant.” A nickname delivered to Purdy for being the last pick in the 2023 NFL Draft. With a win on Sunday, Purdy will go down as one of the most unlikely Super Bowl-winning quarterbacks ever.
It will also be a story of redemption.
The Niners have yet to win a Super Bowl in the Kyle Shannahan era despite the fact that they’ve been to four straight NFC games. Plus, remember the last time the Niners played on the grand stage. Super Bowl LIV in Miami against a quarterback by the name of Mahomes.
Will it be a Super Bowl of redemption or a Super Bowl full of narrative?
I’m choosing redemption. Niners 28-17.
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