Even though the Steelers are not playing in the big game, the Steelers Now crew still decided to give their thoughts on how they think Super Bowl LIV will play out. Mike Asti, who also included a full preview as part of one of his recent shows on Pittsburgh Sports Live, Alan Saunders, Mike Vukovcan, Joe Steigerwald and several others made their picks with some analysis mixed in.
Mike Asti: Chiefs, 27-20
While I wouldn’t be surprised at all if San Francisco won, I’m going with Kansas City. My pick of the Chiefs mostly hinges on Patrick Mahomes being the better quarterback, in fact the best in the game right now, and being able to put together enough offense against a very tough 49ers defense. KC will avoid Richard Sherman, not letting the future Hall of Famer beat them. Even if Mahomes makes some mistakes and even gets picked off, which is still very likely when facing such a tough secondary, it won’t kill him and the Chiefs versatile offense will be able to muster up more scoring drives than the much more one-dimensional San Francisco offense led by Jimmy Garoppolo. It’s doubtful the 49ers can win strictly thanks to running the football like they did to claim the NFC title. It might be an easy day for the Chiefs defensive front if Jimmy G can’t get a passing game going early. Kansas City is also better equipped to comeback if they start off trailing.
Alan Saunders: 49ers, 34-31
It seems like Kansas City is the consensus pick, but I think these teams are very evenly matched, so I’ll lean into a close game and pick San Francisco by a field goal.
The one thing I do like is over 53.5 points. The Chiefs are capable of scoring 50 all by themselves if that offense gets going. The Niners will need long possessions that result in points to stay engaged.
Mike Vukovcan: 49ers, 38-31
George Kittles wins Super Bowl MVP.
Ron Lippock: Chiefs, 31-21
I think SF keeps it close early with the run game but the passing game allows KC to ultimately run away with the game in the 2nd half. Garrapolo and the SF offense I think can’t keep up with KC’s offense. And SF has struggled versus the RPO and I see KC exploiting that as well.
Jeff Reed: Chiefs, 34-23
Dorin Dickerson: Chiefs, 27-13
John Steigerwald: Chiefs, 27-20