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The Kansas City defense presents a problem for all opponents and there is no denying that the reigning NFL champs have played at a higher level in the playoffs. The 49ers bring in a very diverse and potent offense, as well as a respected defense. In the end, I think the game will be played closely throughout and likely with a lower-scoring first half. But I expect Patrick Mahomes and Andy Reid's experience will win out in the end, even if it is with a final drive that takes back a lead. The 49ers are a strong team and have the firepower to compete. But Brock Purdy doesn't have the experience that Mahomes does, and that will show up later in the game when the KC defense improves against them. I like Kansas City, 27-24.
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Kyle Shanahan is a good enough coach to think he should have at least one Super Bowl on his resume, but Patrick Mahomes appears inevitable. Andy Reid is arguably the second-best coach of the modern era, Travis Kelce is arguably the best tight end of his era, and Patrick Mahomes is undoubtedly the best quarterback of his era. And since both Kansas City and San Francisco have top-5 defenses, I'll say KC wins by a field goal.
Wood is Senior Editor at Footballguys.com and has been with the company since its start in 2000. For more than 20 years, Footballguys has provided rankings, projections, and analysis to help fantasy managers dominate their leagues.
Give me the 49ers. Game probably should be a pick'em, but even at -2 you're probably just choosing a winner, and I feel better about San Francisco's balance. The key is getting Brock Purdy to settle down quickly; Purdy started very poorly against both Green Bay and Detroit, and the Niners were lucky to survive both games. But I can't ignore San Francisco's overall depth advantage.
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Kansas City starts slow and San Francisco seems to have the game well in hand. But in the middle of the third quarter Patrick Mahomes starts his magic. With key catches from Kelce and Pacheco, Kansas City overcomes a 13-point deficit to win 35-34. Kelce has 10 catches for 112 yards and 2 scores. He does not ask Taylor Swift to marry him, but there is a gratuitous camera shot of them together after the game.
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To me, Kansas City looks like a team that’s peaking at the right time. I think they’ve got the better defense. They’ve definitely got the better quarterback, and he’s got a lot more experience in these kind of high-pressure games. San Francisco opened as a 2.5-point favorite, but to me, I think KC should be favored.
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Kansas City 27, 49ers 24. Quarterback Patrick Mahomes is the MVP once again. I never bet against him in big playoff games!
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It looks like KC might be short-handed on the offensive line which may affect the running game more than the passing game. Mahomes and his elusiveness and ability to move the pocket will be key in keeping Bosa & Company from disrupting the offense as KC must throw to win. I expect Travis (Mr. Swift) Kelce will draw 10+ targets. Christian McCaffrey must dominate in the running game as well as catching balls out of the backfield. The KC secondary is young, but tough on wide receivers. Prediction: Kansas City over the 49ers 30-27.
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I've always rooted for the underdog. And even though when I was growing up in the 80s the Joe Montana 49ers were the ultimate favorites, and even though San Francisco is inexplicably favored in this game (for now), I don't know anybody who actually thinks Kansas City, having made it this far again, is going to lose. I try to think of ways for San Francisco to win, and the best argument I can come up with is Christian McCaffrey, running it, catching it, scoring. Between him and Deebo Samuel, the Niners seem to have the top 2 offensive weapons in this game. (Travis Kelce is great, but there's at least a familiarity with what to expect from him; he's not going to be running end-arounds or anything.) Unfortunately, Kansas City has the best quarterback, and based on what we've seen in the postseason, at least, they seem to have the better all-around defense. Kansas City 27, San Francisco 24.
Richardson has been a contributing writer and editor to the Fantasy Football Index magazine and www.fantasyindex.com since 2002. His responsibilities include team defense and IDP projections and various site features, and he has run the magazine's annual experts draft and auction leagues since their inception. He previews all the NFL games on Saturdays and writes a wrap-up column on Mondays during the NFL season.