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Super Bowl 2020: Date, Kickoff Time, Location and More for 49ers vs. Chiefs

Megan ArmstrongSenior Analyst IJanuary 20, 2020

Kansas City Chiefs' Patrick Mahomes (15), Tyrann Mathieu and Travis Kelce celebrate after the NFL AFC Championship football game against the Tennessee Titans Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020, in Kansas City, MO. The Chiefs won 35-24 to advance to Super Bowl 54. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
Charlie Neibergall/Associated Press

It has come down to the Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl LIV to punctuate the 2019-20 NFL season. 

The Chiefs started by hosting the sixth-seeded Tennessee Titans in the AFC Championship Game. The Titans, having already upset the reigning champion New England Patriots and top-seeded Baltimore Ravens, looked solid in the first quarter behind regular-season rushing champion Derrick Henry. The Chiefs roared back and took control of the game, the turning point coming with a Patrick Mahomes 27-yard touchdown scramble:

Bleacher Report @BleacherReport

PATRICK MAHOMES IS IN SUPER BOWL MODE. (via @Chiefs) https://t.co/kU4KZ50rGZ

Kansas City didn't relent from there and secured a 35-24 victory to advance to the franchise's first Super Bowl in 50 years.

Kansas City Chiefs @Chiefs

SUPER BOWL BOUND FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 5️⃣0️⃣ YEARS! https://t.co/BzBXHWGvuQ

The NFC Championship Game served as an anticlimactic encore as the top-seeded Niners took care of the visiting No. 2 Green Bay Packers 37-20 behind running back Raheem Mostert's 220 yards and four touchdowns. San Francisco's defense forced three turnovers and neutralized All-Pro Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers.

San Francisco 49ers @49ers

THE NFC IS OURS. #BeLegendary https://t.co/zAQzUVIbud

Next Gen Stats @NextGenStats

Raheem Mostert finished with a career-high 220 rushing yards on 29 carries in the @49ers NFC Championship win, reaching 15+ MPH on all 4 TD runs: ➤ 36-yard TD: 21.87 MPH ➤ 9-yard TD: 18.02 MPH ➤ 18-yard TD: 18.16 MPH ➤ 22-yard TD: 16.71 MPH #GBvsSF | Powered by @awscloud https://t.co/LgbNC2ifX5

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Information surrounding the Chiefs-49ers matchup, including a look at each team's road to Super Bowl LIV this season, is below.

  

Game Information

Date: Sunday, Feb. 2

Kickoff Time: 6:30 p.m. ET 

Location: Hard Rock Stadium in Miami

Watch: FOX 

NFL @NFL

The @SuperBowl is set! #SBLIV #NFLPlayoffs #WeReady https://t.co/pGbgMiziSk

Kansas City Chiefs

The Chiefs fell painfully short of the Super Bowl last season, losing 37-31 in overtime to the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship Game. This year, Kansas City will make its first Super Bowl trip since Super Bowl IV during the 1969 postseason.

It looked bleak when the Houston Texans jumped out to a 24-0 lead in the divisional round, but the Patrick Mahomes-led Chiefs roared back to historically take a 28-24 lead into halftime and defeat the Texans 51-31:

NFL Research @NFLResearch

The #Chiefs are the first team in NFL history, regular season or playoffs, to trail by 24+ points in the first half and be tied or leading entering halftime. #ChiefsKingdom | @Chiefs

NFL Research @NFLResearch

The #Chiefs are the first team in NFL history to win a playoff game by 20+ points after trailing in that game by 20+ points. #ChiefsKingdom | @Chiefs

NFL Research @NFLResearch

Today is the second time in the Super Bowl era that 2 teammates have scored 3+ scrimmage TD each in a playoff game. Travis Kelce and Damien Williams join the 49ers' Jerry Rice and Ricky Watters in Super Bowl XXIX as the only duos to accomplish the feat. @Chiefs | #ChiefsKingdom

The Tennessee Titans followed Houston's blueprint, leading by 10 on two different occasions in the first half. Mahomes and the Chiefs charged back (again), while the defense held Henry to 69 yards and one touchdown. 

ESPN Stats & Info @ESPNStatsInfo

According to @EliasSports, the Chiefs are the 1st team in NFL history with multiple games in one postseason in which they trailed by 10+ in the first half, and took the lead at some point thereafter in the first half. https://t.co/M0BxRxAOAt

Chiefs head coach Andy Reid is the winningest coach without a Super Bowl ring or NFL championship in history, per NFL Research, and has long been tagged as an offensive mastermind, but Mahomes makes the execution of it all possible.

NFL Research @NFLResearch

Andy Reid has 220 wins, including playoffs, the most by any head coach to not win a Super Bowl or NFL Championship. #ChiefsKingdom | #Chiefs

Kansas City's entire season was nearly derailed when Mahomes was hobbled with an ankle ailment before the reigning league MVP went down with a dislocated kneecap in Week 7 that cost him two games. The Chiefs lost a 35-32 thriller in Tennessee in Week 10, Mahomes' first game back, and have not lost since. 

As excellent as the K.C. offense is, the defense improved drastically under first-year coordinator Steve Spagnuolo. Defensive end Frank Clark has been disruptive with four sacks this postseason, while safety Tyrann Mathieu has affected how the entire unit operates. 

PFF @PFF

🚫 Tyrann Mathieu has been elite in the slot https://t.co/Pe0S2hMzfc

Sam Mellinger @mellinger

Oh, nothing. Just a play where Tyrann Mathieu fakes a blitz, drops to cover Deshaun Watson's first read, then covers his second read, then forces the scramble out of bounds. Doesn't get credit for any stat here but holy crap. https://t.co/qSeL4FWtfI

The 49ers defense has a tall task looming in Mahomes and the Chiefs offense. But given the way the Niners bottled up Rodgers and the Packers in the NFC title game, the Super Bowl's X-factor could be whether the Chiefs defense can mirror San Francisco's dominance defensively. 

San Francisco 49ers

The top-seeded 49ers were led by their defense for the majority of this season. The unit was ranked first overall in passing defense and second in total defense to compensate for a 17th-ranked rushing defense in the regular season. 

That dominance was only enhanced once the postseason hit. Just ask the Minnesota Vikings, who fell 27-10 in the divisional round:

ESPN Stats & Info @ESPNStatsInfo

It was a dominant performance by the @49ers defense. They held the Vikings to... - 7 1st downs (tied for 3rd-fewest in playoff game all-time) - 147 yards (their worst in playoff game since 2000) - 21 rush yards (their worst in playoff game since 1974) https://t.co/aFR9esAggk

NFL Research @NFLResearch

Raheem Mostert is the only player in NFL history with 150+ rush yards and 3+ rush touchdowns in a single half of a playoff game. #49ers | @RMos_8Ball | @49ers

The Niners defense has been led by rookie defensive end Nick Bosa, whose impact was detailed by Josh Dubow of the Associated Press on Jan. 15:

"Nick Bosa was dominant as a rookie as well after being picked second overall last spring. His nine sacks were the fourth most ever for a 49ers rookie, and he ranked third in the NFL with 68 quarterback pressures, according to SportsInfo Solutions, trailing only Cameron Jordan and Danielle Hunter.

"... The Niners also made some schematic changes this season under new defensive line coach Kris Kocurek, lining up the defensive ends out wider than in the past to create better angles to get to the quarterback and more 1-on-1 matchups.

"It has worked as advertised as the 49ers increased their sack total in the regular season from 36 to 48 and went from a record-low seven takeaways to 27 in large part because of the improved pass rush."

That pass rush will be crucial against Mahomes:

Next Gen Stats @NextGenStats

The @Chiefs offensive line's ability to hold up in pass protection was key to Patrick Mahomes' success through the air. Under Pressure: 3/10, 9 yards No Pressure: 20/25, 285 yards, 3 TD vs Blitz: 1/5, 7 yards No Blitz: 22/30, 287 yards, 3 TD #TENvsKC | #ChiefsKingdom https://t.co/PPZYrcSJ3V

San Francisco's rushing attack was also at its best against the Vikings in the divisional round and NFC Championship Game:

ESPN Stats & Info @ESPNStatsInfo

The @49ers advance to the NFC title game for the 1st time since the 2013 season. SF outrushed the Vikings 185-21 (+164), its 3rd-best rushing margin in postseason history. https://t.co/G6iyTUt2cE

Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo was solid throughout the regular season but only needed to throw the ball eight times for 77 yards in the NFC Championship Game. The 49ers offense is threatening because of tight end George Kittle. The 26-year-old was the team's only 1,000-yard receiver and also led the way with five touchdown catches.

Kittle impacted the running game against Green Bay, though he did not record his only catch until midway through the fourth:

Kirk Morrison @kirkmorrison

The impact that George Kittle is having in this game without having a catch is unheard of

Eric Goodman @EricGoodman

Just how good has the 49ers offense been today? Garoppolo has completed four passes. Kittle no catches. Sanders no catches. And they’ve scored 27 points.... and are driving again.

The Niners will need Mostert to repeat his title-game performance and for Kittle to be involved in the passing game to keep pace with the Chiefs' high-flying attack in what seems likely to be a shootout of a Super Bowl. 

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