In the pursuit of the 2024 Lombardi Trophy, the competition has narrowed down to two teams: the Kansas City Chiefs and the San Francisco 49ers. Both emerged victorious on Sunday, securing their spots in Super Bowl LVIII, which is set to commence on Feb. 11 at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas.
Following the conclusion of the conference championships, where Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs triumphed over Lamar Jackson and the top-seeded Ravens, and the 49ers staged a comeback from a 17-point deficit against the underdog Detroit Lions, attention now turns to the highly anticipated Super Bowl Sunday—a rematch of the 2023 season’s opening matchup.
Details on how to watch, early odds, key storylines, and game predictions are outlined below:
How to watch Super Bowl LVIII
- Date: Sunday, Feb. 11
- Time: 6:30 p.m. ET
- TV: CBS, Nickelodeon
- Stream: CBS broadcast on Paramount+
- Opening odds: 49ers -2.5, O/U 47.5
Paramount+ is accessible on various supported devices, including iPhones, iPads, Apple TVs, Fire TVs, PlayStation 4s and 5s, Roku TVs, Xboxs, and Google TVs. The Nickelodeon broadcast offers a special family- and kid-themed edition.
The Matchup: Chiefs vs. 49ers
How they got here:
The Chiefs are making their fourth Super Bowl appearance in five years, overcoming the No. 1-seed Ravens in Baltimore.
Despite early struggles with turnovers and offensive challenges, the team found its rhythm in the playoffs, showcasing a potent combination of Mahomes’ connection with tight end Travis Kelce, a robust run game, and a stalwart defense featuring playmakers Chris Jones and L’Jarius Sneed.
The 49ers return to the Super Bowl for the second time in five years, overcoming a 17-point deficit in the NFC Championship against the underdog Lions.
With a strong regular season record of 12-5 and standout performances from quarterback Brock Purdy, running back Christian McCaffrey, and a top-ranked defense led by Fred Warner, Dre Greenlaw, and Charvarius Ward, the 49ers demonstrated resilience in the postseason to earn their spot in the big game.
1. Can Mahomes keep chasing Brady? With a playoff record of 14-3, Mahomes aims for a third Super Bowl title at age 28, following a trajectory reminiscent of Tom Brady’s illustrious career.
2. Is this the best Chiefs defense of the Mahomes-Reid era? The Chiefs’ defense, known for its pressure-heavy approach, has proven particularly formidable this year, even against elite playoff offenses.
3. Can Shanahan finally get over the hump? 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan seeks redemption after facing the Chiefs in the 2019 Super Bowl and falling short. Despite reaching three consecutive NFC title games, he looks to secure a championship with an offense capable of a balanced attack.
Despite the 49ers having a talent advantage and a resilient quarterback in Purdy, the clutch performances of Mahomes make it challenging to bet against the Chiefs when it matters most. The anticipated matchup is expected to be must-see TV, with an early forecast favoring a slight Kansas City victory—predicted score: 27-24 Chiefs.