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Super Bowl LIV on Yahoo Sports app: chefs and 49ers differ

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MIAMI, FLORIDA – FEBRUARY 02: Mecole Hardman # 17 of the Kansas City Chiefs runs with the ball during kickoff against the San Francisco 49ers at Super Bowl LIV at Hard Rock Stadium on February 02, 2020 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Sam Greenwood / Getty Images)

MIAMI – In the Kansas City Chiefs’ second practice in the AFC Championship game, Patrick Mahomes attempted nine assists.

In the NFC Championship game, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo threw eight passes the entire game.

When the Chiefs and 49ers reunite for Super Bowl LIV in South Florida, which can be streamed live on the Yahoo Sports app, it will be one of the most intriguing Super Bowl clashes in a while. Both teams have been very good in the regular season and have rolled through the playoffs. The 49ers are trying to break a 26-year drought without winning a Super Bowl. The Chiefs haven’t even attended a Super Bowl in 50 years.

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They come to the Super Bowl with very different approaches.

The best of Super Bowl LIV

The best of Super Bowl LIV

The 49ers play retro style

It’s too simple to describe the Chiefs vs 49ers as a showdown between the high-goal, successful team that fits the modern NFL and a team that relies on an old-fashioned, heavy-handed approach. The Chiefs are handling the ball fairly well and their defense has improved, and the 49ers have thrown for 3,792 yards in the regular season. But there is some truth to the story.

The 49ers want to run the ball. They were second in the NFL for attempts and rushing yards, and first for rushing touchdowns. The Baltimore Ravens, who had 176 carries and 1,206 rushing yards from quarterback Lamar Jackson, are the only team that relied more on running. The 49ers have been so dominant in the playoffs that Garoppolo threw just 27 passes for 208 yards in two playoff games.

Kyle Shanahan has an offensive system similar to his father, Mike. The 49ers want to run the ball to prepare for the pass. And if you can’t stop the run, the 49ers will keep kicking the ball to the ground. They have terrific defense so this style makes sense to them. Against the Packers in the NFC title game, Raheem Mostert rushed for 220 yards and four touchdowns, and the defense made sure the lead was never threatened. The 49ers barely kicked the ball because they didn’t have to.

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In some ways, the 49ers could mirror the 1972 and 1973 Dolphins. In four of the Dolphins’ five playoff games these seasons, quarterback Bob Griese threw 11 or fewer passes and failed to pass 88 yards. The Dolphins have won back-to-back Super Bowls, leaving the running game and defense to do the work.

The 49ers are a bit more open-minded than that, but it’s a decidedly old-school approach that should appeal to fans who like to remember the good old days.

San Francisco 49ers running back Raheem Mostert has just played a record-breaking NFC championship game.  (Photo by Sean M. Haffey / Getty Images)

San Francisco 49ers running back Raheem Mostert has just played a record-breaking NFC championship game. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey / Getty Images)

Chiefs rely on their excellent quarterback

The Chiefs love to throw the ball, and that makes sense considering they have Patrick Mahomes as quarterback.

Kansas City was fifth in the NFL in passing yards and touchdowns, and it was with Mahomes who missed two games and almost a third with a knee injury. Kansas City was 27th in the NFL in rushing attempts despite going 12-4. Most teams throw the ball more when they have a lead.

It works for chefs. Kansas City’s defense has improved and played well after their week off, but it’s still a team that wants to score a lot and hope the defense makes some key plays and saves. The Chiefs aren’t on the same level defensively as the 49ers, but they don’t need to be. Kansas City has been in the NFL top six for points and yards for three consecutive seasons, and led in both categories last season. The defense just has to be good enough, and it has been lately.

The Chiefs are adapting to changes in modern play. They have a great passing attack and rely on it a lot. Kansas City has no problem trying to beat their opponents in a shootout. That seems to be the way the NFL game is going, although not all teams are fortunate enough to have a Mahomes as a quarterback.

The 49ers are proof that there is more than one way to win in the NFL. Good defense and a productive running game can always put a team at the door of a Super Bowl title. The same goes for a widely open passing game with a defense that has improved but is still in the middle of the pack. Super Bowl LIV should be a fascinating contrast in styles.

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Launch of the world’s first social sports app

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UPPSALA, Sweden, January 23, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Swedish start-up Speaser wants to change the way people follow each other and interact around sporting events. So they created the first app that combines a feed of the latest match news results from all major sports around the world, friendly betting and social media, making it easy to discuss sports.

“Billions of people love sports and we want to help bring them together,” says Fanny DrapedVice President of Speaser.

The app will be launched worldwide on January 23 and is available in 24 different languages, on iOS and Android and is free to download and use.

Not a betting app

Sport is meant to be about fun, and a challenge should be too. While traditional betting can have adverse effects, Speaser keeps the fun part of betting – the challenge – and lets you decide if the winner should get more than the honor and glory of winning. Maybe a cup of coffee?

Speaser has the excitement of a betting app but has stripped out its downsides.

“A lot of people can’t or won’t make bets involving money,” says Fanny Draped and continues, “and there are countries where traditional betting is illegal, this will be a fun alternative for them.”

How it works

Before an upcoming match, users predict the outcome and challenge opponents and decide what, if anything, is at stake. Results are submitted in so-called hit rates, so users can compare the results to the app’s high score list or wall of fame. Success rates are based on the results of all your challenges and can be improved over time.

While following the game, users can use the app to chat with friends, get the latest news and also get an overview of live scores, charts and statistics. All in one app.

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The Mind Bank: The evolution of sports applications is intense

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It is one thing to think and study ways to improve education, many people dedicate their lives to it. But only a few can really speak from experience. Richard Gerver is one of them. Winner of ‘Best School Leader’ at the British National Teaching Awards, Gerver is considered one of the most innovative and inspiring educational leaders of our time. He has been invited to share his vision of education and human potential by many top organizations and athletes around the world. He has written three books “Creating the School of Tomorrow Today”, “Change” and “Simple Thinking”. For this doctor of education, teacher and author, “the key to education is to help children discover what excites them.

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Watch AFC and NFC Championship games on the Yahoo Sports app

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There will be some unexpected heroes in this weekend’s NFL conference championship games. The results will always be decided by the stars.

The big players get bigger as the scene gets bigger, and that scene is huge. The winners of the Tennessee Titans-Kansas City Chiefs AFC Championship Game and the Green Bay Packers-San Francisco 49ers NFC Championship Game will advance to Super Bowl LIV in South Florida. Both conference championship games can be streamed live on the Yahoo Sports app.

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An offensive star in every game and the defense’s ability to slow them down will go a long way in determining who plays for the Lombardi Trophy:

Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry (22) is on a historic run. (AP Photo/Gail Burton)

Slowing down Derrick Henry will be the Chiefs’ goal

Derrick Henry is on a historic run, and it’s easy to see when it started.

Henry had a good season before meeting the Chiefs on November 10. He only had 100 yards once, and exactly that against the Falcons. Then he went for 188 against the Chiefs, and his season went to a different level after that.

He averaged 159.1 rushing yards per game, including the playoffs, starting with that big game against the Chiefs. He averages 6.3 yards per carry. He is the first player in NFL history to rush for 180+ yards in three consecutive games. Henry, who can become a free agent in March, has made a lot of money in the last eight games.

The Chiefs’ defense also began to turn around after that 35-32 loss to the Titans. The Chiefs beat the Chargers 24-17 the following week, got a bye, and came back from the bye week with a different defense. After the Chiefs’ bye, they allowed 10.2 points per game in their last five regular season games. They’ve allowed just 94.9 rushing yards per game since the Titans’ opener.

Henry has become the talk of the NFL with his dominating play in the playoffs, and the Chiefs know they have to slow him down to win. The Ravens and Patriots knew it too. That’s easier said than done, especially considering he weighs 247 pounds.

“It tends to carry you about 5 meters more,” Chiefs linebacker Anthony Hitchens said. “Hit him low. Everything is legal in the game, but you have to hit it lower.

If Henry can have another big game, it would keep Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs offense off the field, which is what any team wants. Henry’s production will go a long way in determining the AFC Championship.

Packers passing game revolves around Davante Adams

The Packers’ passing offense isn’t too hard to figure out. It’s Davante Adams and that’s about it.

Adams had at least 10 targets in nine of his last 10 games. Adams missed four games and still had 127 targets. Marquez Valdes-Scantling was second among the Packers’ wide receivers with 56. Running back Aaron Jones had 68 and tight end Jimmy Graham had 60. Adams is the focal point of the Packers’ passing game, and it’s is because they don’t have many choices.

In the 2018 draft, the Packers drafted three receivers: J’Mon Moore, Valdes-Scantling and Equanimeous St. Brown. Moore and St. Brown disappeared completely and Valdes-Scantling did not develop as hoped. That left the Packers with a big hole on the other side of Adams. Aaron Rodgers just doesn’t have much to work with other than Adams.

Adams is a good start though. He was fantastic in the Divisional Round against the Seahawks, with a franchise-record playoff 160 receiving yards and two touchdowns. He’ll get as many targets as he can handle against the 49ers.

In the first meeting between the teams, Adams was held to 43 yards on seven catches. According to Pro Football Focus, the 49ers didn’t use any particular defensive backs on Adams. Seven different defenders covered Adams’ strikes, according to PFF. Expect a similar team effort against Adams on Sunday.

The Packers will have to find something on offense. The first time the two teams met, the Packers had 198 yards in a 37-8 loss. Rodgers had one of the worst games of his career, with just 102 yards on 20 of 33 passes. That’s the fewest yards in NFL history for a quarterback with 20 completions in a game. Packers coach Matt LaFleur will need to make some significant adjustments to perform better against a 49ers defense coming off of a fantastic game against the Vikings.

Whatever the Packers game plan is sure to involve Adams heavily and the 49ers know it. Slowing down Adams again will be key for San Francisco to qualify for the Super Bowl.

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Frank Schwab is a writer for Yahoo Sports. Do you have any advice? Email him at or follow him on Twitter! Follow @YahooSchwab

Andy Reid leads Chiefs vs. Texans on the Yahoo Sports app

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Kansas City Chiefs coach Andy Reid tops an ignominious list even though he can pull it off.

Reid has the most career wins of any coach in non-championship NFL history. In fact, every coach who has won more games than Reid has multiple championships. For years, Marty Schottenheimer was the prime example of a coach who won a lot in the regular season but failed to win a title. Reid has passed Schottenheimer on the all-time winning list this season.

Reid’s quest for a Super Bowl begins again Sunday when his Chiefs host the Houston Texans, a game that can be streamed live on the Yahoo Sports app.

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This is Reid’s 15th appearance in the playoffs. We know how the first 14 ended.

Andy Reid among the NFL greats

Reid is undoubtedly an excellent coach. He has a better career winning percentage than Tom Landry, Chuck Noll and Bill Parcells among others. He recorded three lost seasons in 21 years coaching the Philadelphia Eagles and Chiefs. He’s won double-digit games in five straight seasons and six of seven seasons with the Chiefs.

Only seven coaches in the history of professional football have won more than 200 matches, and that’s the who’s who of legendary coaches:

Don Shula, 328 wins, 2 championships
George Halas, 318 wins, 6 championships
Bill Belichick, 273 wins, 6 championships
Tom Landry, 250 wins, 2 championships
Curly Lambeau, 226 wins, 6 championships
Paul Brown, 213 wins, 7 championships
Andy Reid, 207 wins, 0 championship

Yes, one number on this list really stands out. Reid’s footballing legacy won’t be complete without a title. Only three Super Bowl era coaches made the Super Bowl ringless professional football hall of fame: Marv Levy, Bud Grant and George Allen. Levy and Grant have each won four conference championships. Reid only has one.

Maybe Reid will be in the Hall of Fame without a championship. But a Super Bowl title would practically win it.

Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid is still chasing his first Super Bowl win. (AP Photo / David Zalubowski)

Reid’s Chiefs have a good chance of winning a title

There are the cheap jokes about Reid’s clock handling and playoff failures, and that won’t go away until he wins a title.

This Chiefs team has a chance. They took a big break when the New England Patriots were upset in Week 17, opening the door for them to a first-round pass. The Chiefs have a fantastic offense led by Patrick Mahomes and a defense that has played much better in the second half of the season. While Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson presents unique challenges for the Chiefs, Kansas City is set to win and advance to the AFC Championship game for the second straight season. It won’t be easy to win a Super Bowl, but the Chiefs are one of the best favorites to do so.

And if the Chiefs get angry on Sunday, or lose before the Super Bowl, or even lose in the Super Bowl, the jokes and criticism will start again. There is only one way to end this. No one has more to win these playoffs than Reid.

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Frank Schwab is a writer for Yahoo Sports. Do you have any advice? Email him at or follow him on Twitter! Follow @YahooSchwab

Snow for the Packers-Seahawks on the Yahoo Sports app?

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No one is faster to check the weather forecast than a football player sent to Green Bay for a playoff game in January.

We saw blizzards and inhuman cold weather for the Green Bay Packers game at Lambeau Field. Ice Bowl players in 1967 complained about the effects of frostbite decades later. We all remember the face of New York Giants coach Tom Coughlin turning scary red in an NFC Championship game. The evidence goes part of the reason why the NFL loves winter games at Green Bay. If the Ice Bowl had had a temperature of 40 degrees, maybe it wouldn’t have been remembered as one of the best games in the NFL.

The Seattle Seahawks have the unenviable task of traveling to Green Bay to play the Packers on Sunday, a game that can be streamed live on the Yahoo Sports app. Forecasting is as much a topic of conversation as Russell Wilson or Aaron Rodgers.

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The good news for players and fans alike is that the weather shouldn’t be that bad, at least by Northeastern Wisconsin standards.

It could snow in Green Bay on Sunday

The forecast in Green Bay for Sunday is not tropical, but at least manageable. The high should be 23 degrees with a low of 18. Since the kick-off time will be 5:40 p.m., Central – the NFL understands the success of bad weather games on TV and is not shy about them. schedule with a better chance of snow or cold – expect it to be below 20 degrees by the time kick off. There is a 75% chance of precipitation, so we might also have snow.

The Seahawks aren’t used to the weather, but have seen worse lately. They played an outdoor playoff game in Minnesota, between the domed Viking stadiums, minus-6 degrees four seasons ago. The wind chill was minus-25. This game is remarkable for Bud Grant coming out for the short sleeve toss and Blair Walsh to score a basket at the end to give Seattle a victory. It was the third coldest game of all time.

The Packers of course have a lot of history in the cold games. If the temperature is 20 degrees, it would need to drop about another 20 degrees to make it into the top 10 coldest games in Packers history. Some memorable bad-weather playoff games at Lambeau Field included the Ice Bowl, a scenic snow game against the Seahawks at the end of the 2007 season, and a game against the San Francisco 49ers in which Colin Kaepernick played in short sleeves despite being 5 degrees outside.

It’s hard to operate in extremely cold weather and that often makes the football itself less than perfect, but we love a good game in bad weather.

Seattle and Green Bay starred in a classic snow game in January 2008. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel / Getty Images)

Bad weather games are NFL history

There is just something about watching a great NFL Playoff game on a snow covered field. We remembered the game “Tuck Rule” regardless of the weather, but the backdrop of it set in a blizzard made it iconic.

If it snows Sunday night in Green Bay, it would create an interesting football dynamic. Both teams enjoy establishing the race, despite having Hall of Fame quarterbacks. It won’t be extremely cold, but conditions could dictate a more difficult game for both sides.

The weather forecast looks pretty clear for games in San Francisco, Baltimore and Kansas City this weekend. If we’re going to have a playoff snowstorm, it’s probably going to come from Green Bay. Hopefully, anyone who doesn’t have to be outside Lambeau Field for the game.

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Frank Schwab is a writer for Yahoo Sports. Do you have any advice? Email him at or follow him on Twitter! Follow @YahooSchwab