After a competitive postseason, the race for the 2024 Lombardi Trophy has been narrowed down to two teams: Kansas City Chiefs And the San Francisco 49ers. Both teams won on Championship Sunday and advanced to Super Bowl LVIII, which begins February 11th at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas.
Patrick Mahomes' Chiefs defeated Lamar Jackson and the top-seeded Ravens, and the Niners came back from a 17-point hole to beat the lowly Detroit Lions. Now it's time to look forward to Super Bowl Sunday, the long-awaited rematch of the 2023 season opener.
Below are details on how to watch, as well as initial odds, key storylines and match predictions.
How to watch Super Bowl LVIII
date: Sunday February 11th | time: 6:30pm ET
tv set: CBS, Nickelodeon
stream: Available on all platforms via Paramount+ or sign in with your TV provider on CBS.com or the CBS Sports app
Opening odds: 49ers -2.5, O/U 47.5
The 49ers opened as a 2.5-point favorite to win, but have since fallen in the standings. As of Monday, the Niners are two-point favorites.
Paramount+ can be streamed on a number of supported devices, including iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, Fire TV, PlayStation 4 and 5, Roku TV, Xbox, and Google TV. The Nickelodeon broadcast is a special edition with a family and children theme.
Matchup: Chiefs vs. 49ers
How they got here:
- of chiefs They defeated the top-seeded Ravens in Baltimore to make their fourth Super Bowl appearance in five years. For most of 2023, the perennial championship contenders have struggled to run a dominant offense, with reigning MVP Patrick Mahomes matching a career high in turnovers while targeting a receiving corps plagued by mistakes. did. Then Mahomes' long-standing connection with star tight end Travis Kelce heated up even more toward the end. Coupled with a physical run game and defense that included veteran playmakers Chris Jones and Rajarius Sneed, Kansas City stepped up another gear in the playoffs and reiterated what they are as the modern-day Patriots. Always technically sound and never counted out at any time. That's the most important thing.
- of 49ers They overcame a 17-point deficit against the inferior Lions in the NFC Championship to reach their second Super Bowl appearance in five years. San Francisco, which was viewed as a title contender throughout the year after winning three conference championships in the past four seasons under coach Kyle Shanahan, went 12-5 in the regular season and was led by young quarterback Brock Purdy. They had two MVP candidates who were jack-of-all-trades. In addition to running back Christian McCaffrey, they also have a top-ranked “D” that includes promising players such as Fred Warner, Dre Greenlaw, and Charvarius Ward. Despite barely surviving the upstart Packers to start the postseason, they showed great resilience by defeating Detroit and earning a ticket to the big game.
- Can Mahomes keep chasing Brady? The signal-caller for the Chiefs, who is currently 14-3 as a playoff starter, is already on track to be inducted into the Hall of Fame, and winning his third Super Bowl at age 28 would make Brady an unprecedented player on the big stage. I'll be able to keep up the pace.
- Is this the best Chiefs defense of the Mahomes-Reid era? It's partially a rhetorical question. Spagnuolo's teams have always had a lot of pressure, but this year they were especially stingy, including attacking an “elite” playoff offense.
- Will Shanahan finally be able to get over the hump? The 49ers coach played against the Chiefs in the Super Bowl to end the 2019 season, but watched as Andy Reid hoisted Lombardi. Since then, he's advanced to three straight NFC title games, but without any trophies to show for it. This could be the best bet to get the job done, as it allows the offense to run a balanced attack.
Overall, the 49ers are probably rich in talent, boasting Pro Bowl-caliber weapons at basically every position. And Purdy proved he can overcome adversity against Detroit. But just like last year, when the Eagles' All-Star lineup couldn't necessarily match the Chiefs' majesty, it's tough to bet on Mahomes when it matters most. This will be must-see TV, but our early prediction is for Kansas City to win narrowly.call that 27-24 Chiefs.