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Sunday, February 23, 2020

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5 most important Super Bowl matchups

George Kittle

Super Bowl LIV is nearly upon us, and the football world is elated to see a matchup that does not include the New England Patriots.

Instead, we’ll see a battle between the Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers. One team has an elite passing offense with a creative defense, and the other a group of ground-and-pounders who rely on dominating in the trenches. It’s somewhat of a new school vs. old school matchup.

But which battles within the battle will decide the game? Let’s take a look.

5. Nick Bosa vs. Eric Fisher

Leading up to Super Bowl Sunday, we’ve seen a lot of stories about Nick Bosa vs. Patrick Mahomes, but that’s not how football structure works. Bosa will not have free lanes to chase Mahomes around. Instead, in order to get to the quarterback, he’ll have to get through offensive tackle Eric Fisher, who finished the regular season with a Pro Football Focus grade of just 64.3. Despite that grade, Fisher excelled in pass protection, allowing just a single sack while committing just two penalties. He’ll need to find that same success against Bosa or risk having the rookie completely disrupt the game and force Mahomes to make plays under pressure.

4. Joe Staley vs. Frank Clark

Frank Clark is feeling himself leading up to Super Bowl LIV, essentially crediting himself for the team’s defensive turnaround. While that might be a bit hyperbolic, he has certainly played his part, but it doesn’t mean a thing if they come up short. The ageless wonder, Joe Staley, certainly knows that. He will use his years of experience competing against Clark from his time in Seattle to his advantage. After missing half of the season due to a fractured fibula, Staley returned and immediately made an impact, saving his best performances for the playoffs. He’s played off the charts in recent weeks, and the 49ers need him to dial up one more top-end game before potentially calling it a career.

3. Chris Jones vs. Laken Tomlinson

Some would argue that Mitchell Schwartz vs. Dee Ford should be in this spot. However, Schwartz has played at a very high level this season and should matchup well with Ford, whereas Chris Jones has been a pocket-collapsing monster at times, impacting both the run and the pass. Tomlinson will likely be tasked with stopping him on most snaps throughout the game, and that battle could be just as important as any other. Jones should enter Sunday’s game relatively healthy, which could give him a slight advantage, but Tomlinson has seen a career rebirth with the 49ers, using his strength, athleticism and football IQ to anchor what has been a physically dominating offensive line. If Tomlinson and the other interior linemen can contain Jones, it opens San Francisco’s full bag of tricks. If not, they’re going to have to adjust on the fly and switch things up mid-game.

2. K’Waun Williams vs. Tyreek Hill

I’ve touched on this matchup previously, adding Williams to a list of players/coaches who could directly impact the outcome of Super Bowl LIV. Since then, there’s been some talk about Richard Sherman shadowing Hill, but that’s not what Sherman does. As talented as Sherman is, Williams is speedier and capable of keeping up with Hill and has limited big plays with the best of ’em. The 49ers will rely heavily on Williams to keep that pace for four quarters because if he can’t, it’s going to put San Francisco in a deep hole.

1. George Kittle vs. Tyrann Mathieu

As the Super Bowl nears, it appears more and more likely that San Francisco will lean heavily on Kittle offensively. And why wouldn’t they? In just a few short years, Kittle has established himself as one of the best all-around tight ends in football, capable of breaking a game wide open if not contained. That onus falls on the shoulders of veteran safety Tyrann Mathieu, who has been up-and-down against TEs this season. It will be up to him and defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo to find a way to limit Kittle’s production or, ideally, take him out of the game entirely and force the 49ers to rely on other offensive weapons.

Tyreek Hill does mock dog pee in Chiefs introductions

Tyreek Hill dog pee

Tyreek Hill let it all sprinkle during the AFC Championship Game on Sunday.

During the Kansas City Chiefs’ player introductions ahead of their game against the Tennessee Titans at Arrowhead Stadium, Hill ran out and got down on all fours. He then lifted his leg and pretended to pee like a dog:

Hill’s odd move was reminiscent of the Egg Bowl.

In November’s game between Mississippi State and Ole Miss, a Rebels wide receiver did the move in the end zone after a touchdown. The penalty he received pushed the team back on the extra point, resulting in a miss and loss in the game.

The Chiefs are hoping Hill’s similar, bizarre move, doesn’t backfire in the conference title game.

Tyreek Hill has great quote about Chiefs’ impressive comeback

Tyreek Hill offered a great quote about the Kansas City Chiefs’ impressive comeback against the Houston Texans in the playoffs on Sunday.

The Chiefs fell behind 24-0 in the first half against the Texans but stormed back with 41 unanswered points to take the lead. They eventually won 51-31 and will host the Tennessee Titans in the AFC Championship Game next weekend.

Hill was asked whether he has ever scored 41 unanswered points before and said only in a video game.

Of course! When else would someone make that kind of comeback?

Well, for Patrick Mahomes, he says he had nearly done so in high school.

For most of those players, they will never be part of a more impressive comeback. They scored so many points they ran out of fireworks.

What a choke job by the Texans.

Video: Tyreek Hill drilled on hard hit by Justin Reid

Tyreek Hill hit Justin Reid

The hits kept on coming early for the Kansas City Chiefs in their AFC Divisional Round playoff game against the Houston Texans on Sunday — literally.

Tyreek Hill left with an injury late in the first quarter after being drilled on a hard hit by Texans safety Justin Reid.

The Chiefs were trying to convert a 3rd-and-10 on the play but Hill was unable to make the catch as he was hit hard. Kansas City ended up punting on the possession and trailed Houston 21-0 at that point.

Mistakes were the name of the game early for KC. They had one of their punts blocked and returned for a touchdown, and they muffed another to set up a Houston TD. It was a brutal start for the Chiefs, and the hard hit to Hill didn’t help.

Video: Tyreek Hill once again chases down teammate on long touchdown

Tyreek Hill has a new habit when teammate Damien Williams breaks off a long touchdown run.

Williams took a handoff and went 84 yards for the score in Kansas City’s game against the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday. Part of the story, however, was Hill, who managed to speed all the way down the field to catch up to Williams as the running back ran it in.

Hill actually sped past three chasing Charger defenders to catch up to Williams.

Perhaps the most amazing part of all this? It’s not just the speed, it’s how consistently Hill shows off that speed. This is the second time this season the wide receiver has done this exact thing.

Tyreek Hill’s hamstring injury reportedly considered minor

Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill is dealing with another injury that forced him to leave Monday night’s game against the Los Angeles Chargers, but he may not miss any time going forward.

Hill had an MRI on his hamstring this week and the results showed the injury is minor, Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports. With the Chiefs having a bye this week, it seems likely that Hill will be ready to go in Week 13.

Hill is an important part of Kansas City’s offense and one of the most explosive playmakers in the NFL. He has 33 catches for 543 yards and three touchdowns this season despite missing several games early on in the year with a collarbone injury.

Hill scored 14 touchdowns a year ago, and he showed off his elite speed recently by somehow catching up to a teammate who was sprinting to the end zone for a touchdown. With Patrick Mahomes now back and finally looking healthy, the Chiefs need Hill on the field to fulfill their offensive potential.

Tyreek Hill suffers right hamstring injury, heads to locker room

Tyreek Hill gave Kansas City Chiefs fans a scare on Monday night.

Hill came up limping after going deep on a 3rd-and-20 play in the first quarter of the Chiefs’ game against the Los Angeles Chargers in Mexico City. He was grabbing at his right hamstring as he limped off the field.

When ESPN’s telecast returned from commercial, they showed a video clip of Hill lying on a table getting his right hamstring worked on.

The Chiefs wide receiver later headed to the locker room.

Hill entered the game with 33 catches for 543 and five touchdowns on the season. A dynamic playmaker, Hill scored 14 touchdowns last season. This season he showed off his truly elite speed on a teammate’s touchdown.