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Super Bowl LIV Open Game Thread

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Chiefs vs 49ers features zero Jayhawks, but a lot of us will be watching anyway.

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Super Bowl LIV tonight concludes the NFL’s 100th season with the 54th Super Bowl, but can also be considered the 50th modern-era NFL championship game (post-merger). The NFC champion San Francisco 49ers will play against the AFC champion Kansas City Chiefs.

Let’s be honest, most folks are just happy the Patriots aren’t playing.

That said, I’m guessing a lot of our regulars (readers and commenters) are Chiefs fans to some degree, as they are the “local” team in relation to our beloved Jayhawks. And I’m guessing that means that most of those folks will be spending most of their day over at Arrowhead Pride, but if it gets too crowded over there, you’re obviously welcome here.

How to Watch

Sunday, Feb 2, 5:30 p.m. CST

Miami Gardens, FL: Hard Rock Statium (64,767)

TV: FOX (check your local over the air or cable affiliate)

Online Streaming: www.foxsports.com (click for direct link) or the FoxSports app

- Joe Buck (Play-by-Play), Troy Aikman (Analyst), Erin Andrews and Chris Myers (Reporters), Mike Pereira (Rules Analyst)

Radio: Westwood One

- Kevin Harlan (Play-by-Play), Kurt Warner (Analyst), Laura Okmin and Tony Boselli (Reporters)

Fun Facts

Patrick Mahomes will become the first Big 12 quarterback to start a Super Bowl.

Not that Texas Tech was ever a Big 8 school, but just FYI, the (old) Big 8 hasn’t seen a QB start a super bowl since Nebraska’s Vince Ferragamo did it in Super Bowl 14. (I’m not counting Troy Aikman, since he transferred to UCLA after three seasons at Oklahoma. And to be fair, Ferragamo himself transferred from Cal to Nebraska.)

San Francisco is wrapping up a worst-to-first season (divisionally speaking), going from 4-12 in 2018 to 13-3 and the NFC’s #1 seed in 2019.

Eight of SF’s regular season games were decided by a touchdown or less, and seven of their games were won on a go-ahead score with under two minutes remaining or in overtime. SF was 5-3 in one-score games; their three losses came by a combined total of 11 points.

Each of the 49ers’ last five games was decided by a combined total of 20 points, including three games in which a field goal won the game as time expired.

San Francisco sports a 5-1 all-time record in the Super Bowl.

The Kansas City Chiefs have playoff wins in back-to-back seasons for the first time in franchise history.

The Chiefs played in nine games decided by a touchdown or less, going 5-4. KC’s four losses came by a combined total of 23 points.

KC has won four consecutive AFC West titles and been to the playoffs for five consecutive seasons.

This will be the Chiefs’ third Super Bowl appearance, but their first since the afore-mentioned AFL–NFL merger in 1970 (aka the modern-era). The Chiefs are 1–1 in their two prior Super Bowls.

The cost for a 30-second commercial is reported to be in the $5-5.6 million range this year.

Question of the Day

You have been invited to the RCT Super Bowl Party, which is obviously the coolest party this side of the Mississippi. What dish are you bringing, and what drink are you bringing?