A botched desperation lateral would’ve given bettors a miracle over. But the game stayed under when a deep pass by Jimmy Garoppolo was intercepted.
Choking in sports means you’re in position to win, which Shanahan and his San Francisco 49ers were before allowing it to slip away in a 31-20 loss to Kansas City.
The next four Super Bowl sites are Tampa, Los Angeles, Glendale and New Orleans. Las Vegas is sure to follow soon after, more intimate and fresh and walkable than any of those four.
Hall of Fame New Jersey sports writer Jerry Izenberg, 89, will end his streak and watch the big game from a sportsbook in Henderson on Sunday.
The 49ers have the better defensive team, especially up front, and a much better running game, which should allow them to control the clock in the fourth quarter.
The Las Vegas Raiders know that getting to the top of the AFC West means overcoming Kansas City and its electric quarterback.
Raheem Mostert was told more often than not that he wasn’t good enough, his road to Super Bowl LIV filled with more challenges than avoiding bull sharks.
While the 49ers and Chiefs meet in what many believe could challenge the game’s history for excitement and drama, the Super Bowl long ago became so much more than Xs and Os.
You won’t hear much about Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy this week in Miami, even though his name often comes up when discussing the Rooney Rule.
The Chiefs have the edge at quarterback. But if San Francisco’s defensive front harasses Patrick Mahomes, the 49ers can control the game with their ground attack.