There are two weeks between the NFC and AFC title games and Super Bowl LIV, so there will be plenty of time for storylines. Too much time in fact. But here are 10 that come to mind right away.
1. Andy Reid’s Legacy: Long known as one of the best brains in the game, but often criticised for his in-game tactics and time management, the Chiefs head coach has 207 regular season wins, the most by any head coach without a Super Bowl ring.
What's more impressive than the Chiefs going to the Super Bowl?
Andy Reid did it with three timeouts left. pic.twitter.com/uQ8EC930sd
— The Ringer (@ringer) January 19, 2020
2. Kyle Shanahan and his old man: The 49ers’ head coach is the son of Mike Shanahan, who led the Denver Broncos to back-to-back Super Bowl titles in 1997 and 1998.
3. NFL 100, Chiefs 50: This is the NFL’s 100th season. It’s been 50 years since the Chiefs won their only Super Bowl.
4. Red is the colour: This will be the first Super Bowl between teams whose primary colour is red.
Super Bowl LIV will be the first Super Bowl between two teams with red prominently in their logo.
The Chiefs Red is Pantone 186C.
The 49ers Red is Pantone 187 C. pic.twitter.com/KrSbVQAKxh
— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) January 20, 2020
5. Kraft, Belichick and Brady: As New England faces an uncertain future with 42-year old Tom Brady, there will be plenty of talk about whether or not the Patriots should have figured out a way to hang on to Jimmy Garoppolo.
6. Tales of Trubisky: This has already been repeated a thousand times, but the Bears actually traded up to take Mitch Trubisky at #2, while the Chiefs drafted Patrick Mahomes at #10.
7. You Mad Bro? San Francisco cornerback Richard Sherman tore his Achilles and was cut by the Seattle Seahawks. He signed an incentive-laden deal with the 49ers and now finds himself playing for a second Super Bowl ring.
— San Francisco 49ers (@49ers) January 20, 2020
8. The Joe Montana Bowl: The legendary 49ers quarterback – who won four Super Bowls with San Francisco – finished his career as a Kansas City Chief.
9. Niners Can Make History: A San Francisco win would give them six Super Bowl titles, tied for the most ever with the Pittsburgh Steelers and New England Patriots.
10. Lamar Hunt’s Super Bowl: The late and legendary founder of the American Football League and the original owner of the Kansas City Chiefs (his family still owns the franchise) is responsible for giving the Super Bowl its name. And it was pretty special today when the Hunt family lifted the Lamar Hunt Trophy, awarded to the AFC champions.
THE LAMAR HUNT TROPHY IS HOME 🏆 pic.twitter.com/NLgQZTEuLz
— Kansas City Chiefs (@Chiefs) January 19, 2020