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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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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 [email protected] 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 [email protected] or follow him on Twitter! Follow @YahooSchwab