Super Bowl 2020 Sunday is finally here, with the Kansas City Chiefs taking on the San Francisco 49ers at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami.
Here in Philadelphia, all anyone seems to care about is whether former Eagles head coach Andy Reid will finally take home his own Lombardi Trophy. Even 94.1 WIP, which mocked and ridiculed Reid during his final season with the Birds, held an appreciation day for the former Eagles coach.
You still have to wait all day before Patrick Mahomes and Jimmy Garoppolo take the field, but that gives you plenty of time to take our Andy Reid quiz or read up on a few of the funky prop bets being offered for Super Bowl 54.
The Chiefs and the 49ers will meet at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens. The stadium is quite the workhorse: It is the regular season home of the NFL’s Miami Dolphins and the NCAA’s Miami Hurricanes. The Orange Bowl is also held there every winter.
It was the home of the Florida Marlins baseball team until 2012 when a giant white neomodern spaceship called Marlins Park beamed up the entire franchise and resettled them several miles away in a Little Havana parking lot.
Be prepared to feel very old and ugly! The 49ers are led by 28-year-old Handsome Person Jimmy Garoppolo, and the Chiefs are led by 24-year-old Handsome Person Patrick Mahomes. These two young quarterbacks have already accomplished a lot in their careers: Last season, Mahomes led the Chiefs to their first AFC Championship since 1993 and was named the NFL’s Most Valuable Player.
Garoppolo has two Super Bowl titles from his time with the New England Patriots, but both of those were earned in the shadow of Mega-Handsome Person Tom Brady. This is the first opportunity Garoppolo has had to forge his own path to Super Bowl glory.
The Chiefs have tight end Travis Kelce, a five-time Pro Bowler who’s been with the team since 2013. Now you can say things like, “That Kelce, huh? What a football guy,” and everyone will agree.
The two head coaches should make you feel less old, although Kansas City chiefs head coach Andy Reid’s glorious mustache will invite other feelings of inadequacy.
Reid’s one of the winningest head coaches in NFL history, which must be both a source of pride and deep frustration, since Reid has still never won a Super Bowl as head coach. Sure, he’s come really close multiple times, but the closer you get to a goal, the more excruciating it is when you fall short.
The 49ers are coached by Kyle Shanahan, who sort of looks like how Jimmy Garoppolo would if he peered into a mirror that aged him. Speaking of excruciating shortfalls, Shanahan was the offensive coordinator for the Atlanta Falcons during their devastating overtime loss to the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LI. That probably doesn’t haunt him at all.
Super Bowl 2020 pits the N.F.C. champion San Francisco 49ers against the A.F.C. champion Kansas City Chiefs. Here is a look ahead. The official broadcast will begin at 6:30 p.m. Eastern from Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla., with kickoff expected to be closer to 6:40.