And then there were two.

Kansas City and San Francisco. The last two teams standing in the post-season. For one of these teams, they’ll get to hold another Lombardi Trophy, while the other will be second-guessed for the entire off season.

It’s the biggest game of their lives. It’s Super Bowl LIV and when it comes to an end Sunday night in Miami, it will be the last game in the 2019 NFL season. It will also be the end of the celebration of the league’s 100th anniversary.

For the winners, it’s rings and money in addition to the Lombardi. Each player on the winning team will get $124,000 (or $31,000 per quarter). The losing won’t go home completely empty handed; each player will get $62,000 (or $15,500 per quarter) for their labor (and that’s before taxes and other deductions). The game itself (yes, there’s a football game involved) and that in of itself is the star of the show, with Demi Lovato singing the National Anthem, along with Jennifer Lopez and Shakira handling the Halftime Show. There’s also those side bets, called prop bets as well as the commericals.

It’s football. It’s the end of the season until September. The halftime is going to be somewhat longer and the ads will be talked about from now until OTAs start. By then, OTA’s, the draft and training camps will have come and gone and the 2020 regular and pre-season schedules will have seen the light of day. Between now and September, it’s time for fans to think what their 2019 season would have been and what their 2020 schedule might look like.

As was the case for every playoff game, as well as the opening and closing weekends, we’ve made this contest “DRILL WORTHY!” (For those of you that know what The Drill is, you are excused. Everyone else, pay attention. We don’t want any rookie mistakes here, k?) After you go to the 9:30 mass on Sunday (the 4:30 vigil mass on Saturday counts as a Sunday mass, people! Don’t make us send the nuns after you! If we do, it is SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO OVER!), head to your favorite store (a trip to Wal Mart, Target, K-Mart or Costco counts) and get the vittles and the beverages (soda, beer, wine, coffee, et al… if you live in a state that allows the purchase of the items in question) and invite the co-workers, the neighbors (including that really cute kindergarden teacher that knows what to do with a cover-2 defense) and your cousin Connie (remember her? She’s the one that’s been married twice that’s just turned 59 last June and dates a 43-year old ex-Marine, who’s now the vice principal at the high school in your town. She’s also the one that ate an entire Oreo cheesecake, two bags of Cool Ranch Doritos, two bacon cheeseburgers with blue cheese and chugged two 2-liter Cokes at your Super Bowl party last year and didn’t gain a pound. You look at her and say to yourself, “what the hell?”)

32 teams started the season, hoping to get their own Lombardi or add to the ones they have already. Kansas City and San Francisco, the last two teams standing, with seven Super Bowls to their credit, square off in the final football game of the 2019 season. As for Championship Sunday? We went 1-1 and for the season, that’s 147-119. Here is the final pick for the 2019 season.

Kansas City (12-4, AFC West champion) vs. San Francisco (13-3, NFC West champion), 6:30 p.m. on FOX. The last two standing. Kansas City, the number two seed in the AFC and San Francisco, the number one seed in the NFC, meet in Miami’s Hard Rock Stadium in Super Bowl LIV. BBQ and Merlot meet on South Beach. Both won their respective divisions and both advanced to football’s biggest stage after championship wins at home.

The Chiefs struggled in their AFC Championship against Tennessee at Arrowhead Stadium, then proceeded to take matters into their own hands, scoring 28 unanswered points at home in the Show Me State to come away 35-24 winners over the Titans to claim the Lamar Hunt Trophy. Kansas City trailed 17-14 with 11 seconds left when Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes gave the home team the lead for good, scoring on a 27- yard TD run that woke the crowd up before the half. The Chiefs would take the 4-point lead with them to the intermission, then proceeded to floor the gas as Kansas City RB Damien Williams scored on a 3-yard TD run and Mahomes and WR Sammy Watkins would close out the scoring for the home team, with Watkins catching a 60-yard TD toss untouched halfway through the final quarter.

Kansas City out-rushed the Titans 112-85, with Mahomes rushing for 53 yards and the TD to lead the Chiefs, while Tennessee’s Derek Henry led all rushers with 69 yards and a rushing TD of his own. Mahomes threw for 294 yards and three TDs (two of them to Tyreek Hill), while Titans QB Ryan Tannehill threw for 209 yards and a pair of TDs (one to TE Anthony Fisker, the other to OT Dennis Kelly; Tannehill was sacked three times, Mahomes was sacked twice and neither threw an interception). Kansas City was 6 of 10 on third down (the Chiefs were perfect in their only fourth down try) and kept the ball for 29:50, while the Titans actually ruled the clock, keeping the pigskin for 30:10 and went 3 of 10 on third down, 2 of 3 on fourth down.

San Francsico held Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers in check in the first half of their NFC Championship at Levis’ Stadium in Santa Clara two Sundays ago, tallying 27 first-half points unchecked and came away with the 37-20 win to claim the George Halas Trophy. The 49ers used three Raheem Mostert rushing TDs in the first half to take the 27-point lead with them to the intermission and never looked back.

Mostert ran roughshod over the Packers, leading all rushers with 220 yards and four TDs as San Francisco out-rushed Green Bay 285-62 and 49ers QB Jimmy Garoppolo needed to only throw for 77 yards but was not sacked and did not throw an interception, while Rodgers threw for 326 yards, with a pair of TDs (one to Aaron Jones, the other to TE Jace Sternberger) and threw a pair of interceptions with three sacks. San Francisco was 4 of 10 on third down and held on to the ball for 28:47, while the Packers actually ruled the clock, keeping the pigskin for 31:13, while going 3 of 9 on third down, 2 of 2 on fourth down.

Mostert’s 220 rushing yards is the second-most ever in an NFL postseason game, trailing only Pro Football Hall of Famer Eric Dickerson’s 248 rushing yards for the Los Angeles Rams on January 4, 1986. Mostert also became the third player in postseason history to rush for at least four touchdowns in a single game, joining Ricky Watters (five) and LeGarrette Blount (four).

Here’s what’s at stake in Super Bowl LIV:

With a San Francisco victory…

The 49ers would record their sixth Super Bowl victory, tied with the New England Patriots and Pittsburgh Steelers for the most Super Bowl titles by one franchise. San Francisco also captured Super Bowls XVI, XIX, XXIII, XXIV and XXIX.
The team would become just the second club in NFL history to win a Super Bowl after finishing the previous season with four-or-fewer wins, joining the 1999 St. Louis Rams.

San Francisco would win the Super Bowl for the first time in 25 years. At the same stadium, on January 29, 1995, the 49ers concluded the NFL’s 75th season with a 49-26 victory over the San Diego Chargers in Miami.

Head coach Kyle Shannahan and his father, Mike Shannahan, would become the first father and son head coaches to win Super Bowls. Mike won Super Bowls XXXII and XXXIII as head coach of the Denver Broncos. San Francisco would improve to 6-1 in Super Bowls, and 3-0 in Miami Super Bowls (also XXIII after the ’88 season and XXIX after the ’94 season).

With a Kansas City win…

Nearly 50 years to the date of their last Super Bowl appearance (January 11, 1970, Super Bowl IV), the Chiefs would have their first world championship in five decades.

In the 60th season of the Chiefs franchise, the Lombardi Trophy would return to Kansas City for the first time since the AFL merged with the NFL prior to the 1970 campaign. Lamar Hunt, who founded the franchise in 1960 and passed away in 2006, helped to create the AFL. He also asked then-NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle to call the game the Super Bowl.

Head coach Andy Reid would win his first Super Bowl. Reid would have 222 career wins, including postseason. Only five coaches in the history of the league have more victories, including the postseason.

Quarterback Patrick Mahomes would become the second-youngest quarterback ever to win a Super Bowl (Ben Roethlisberger, Super Bowl XL). The 49ers, who were 4-12 in 2018, became the third team to advance to a Super Bowl after winning four-or-fewer games the prior season, joining the 1999 St. Louis Rams (4-12 in 1998) and the 1988 Cincinnati Bengals (4-11 in 1987).

Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo has a 23-5 (.821) career record as a starter, including the postseason, and makes his first-career Super Bowl start.

Tight end George Kittle has 2,945 career receiving yards and surpassed Pro Football Hall of Famer Mike Ditka (2,774) for the most receiving yards by a tight end in his first three seasons in league annals. Wide receiver Emmanel Sanders joined Pro Football Hall of Famers Walter Payton and LaDanian Tomlinson, along with Odell Beckham Jr., as the only non-quarterbacks to record both a passing and receiving touchdown in multiple games since 1970. Wide receiver Deebo Samuel had three games with at least 100 receiving yards in 2019, the most by a rookie in franchise history.

Rookie defensive lineman Nick Bosa has recorded three sacks in the 49ers first two postseason games and can become the third rookie since 1982 when the individual sack became an official statistic, to record at least four sacks in a single postseason, joining Greg Townsend (4.5 sacks in 1983) and Garin Veris (four in 1985). Defensive lineman Arik Armstead has recorded a sack in each of San Francisco’s two postseason games this year while cornerback Richard Sherman has registered an interception in both the Divisional and Championship rounds. Defensive lineman DEE FORD spent five seasons (2014-18) with Kansas City and recorded a career-high 13 sacks and seven forced fumbles with the Chiefs in 2018.

The Chiefs have scored at least 30 points in each of Mahomes’ first four career postseason starts, tied for the second-longest postseason streak in the Super Bowl era. At 24 years and 138 days old on Sunday, he is the fifth-youngest quarterback to start a Super Bowl. With a victory, Mahomes would become the youngest player to win both an NFL MVP award and a Super Bowl championship, surpassing Hall of Famer Emmitt Smith (24 years, 233 days old on the last day of his MVP 1993 season). Mahomes recorded 75 touchdown passes and 9,238 passing yards in his first 30 career games, both the most by any player through his first 30 career games in NFL history.

Running back Damien Williams has four touchdowns this postseason, including three in the Chiefs Divisional Round victory. Williams has nine total touchdowns in his first five postseason games, tied with Pro Football Hall of Famer Terell Davis (nine) and Larry Fitzgerald (nine) for the most by a player in his first five postseason games in NFL history. Wide receiver Tyreek Hill has 21 career touchdowns of at least 40 yards, tied with Pro Football Hall of Famer Jerry Rice (21) for the third-most such touchdowns in a player’s first four seasons in NFL history. Tight end Travis Kelce became the first tight end in NFL history with four consecutive 1,000-yard receiving seasons. Since 2017, Hill and Kelce have combined for 7,795 receiving yards, the most by a wide receiver-tight end teammate duo over a three-season span since 1970.

While this is their first post-season meeting, they’ve met 13 times and the 49ers the lead series 7-6 and the Chiefs have outscored San Francisco 274-245. Their last meeting took place in 2018 at Arrowhead and the Chiefs came away 38-27 winners (San Francisco’s last win came at Candlestick Park in 2014 by a final of 22-17).

Their week three meeting saw the Chiefs led 35-10 at the intermission, using a pair of Kareem Hunt rushing TDs to open the scoring, before the 49ers would pull themselves to within 11 with 5:17 left in regulation but got no closer. San Francisco out-rushed Kansas City 178-77 (Hunt led Kansas City with 44, while San Francisco’s Matt Breida led all rushers with 90 yards), with Mahomes throwing for 314 yards and three TDs (one to Hill), while Garoppolo threw for 251 yards with a pair of TDs (one to FB Kyle Juszczyk; Chiefs TE Travis Kelce led all recievers with 114 yards, while San Francisco’s George Kittle had 79 yards; Garoppolo was sacked four times, Mahomes was sacked twice and neither man threw an interception). Kansas City went 7 of 11 on third down (they were perfect in their only fourth down try) and ruled the clock, keeping the ball for 30:01, while the 49ers clung to the pigskin for 29:59, going 2 of 9 on third down, 2 of 2 on fourth down.

In the week three contest in the Show-Me State, Kansas City was favored by 6 1/2 and covered, winning by 11 and both teams took care of the 58 over/under, tallying 65 points. The boys and girls in Vegas like the Chiefs as 1-point favorites and the over/under’s 54. Both numbers make a ton of sense. The winner will get two things… one, they’ll get to pick 32nd in the 2020 draft in Las Vegas and two, they get the Lombardi Trophy. For the 49ers, a win would tie them with New England and Pittsburgh. For the Chiefs, it would be their first since the Nixon administration. Hail to the Chiefs! Kansas City covers the 1 in Miami and wins Sunday evening in the Sunshine State.

Broadcast Information – 6:30 p.m. on FOX: Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Erin Andrews (field reporter), Chris Myers (field reporter); WESTWOOD ONE: Kevin Harlan, Kurt Warner, Tony Boselli (field reporter), Laura Okmin (field reporter); SIRIUS: 82 (San Francisco), 83 (Kansas City); XM: 226 (San Francisco ), 225 (Kansas City)

Referee – Bill Vinovich

Injury Report

Kansas City – Kansas City reports no injuries

San Francsico – Kansas City reports no injuries

Weather: Sunny and 67 degrees

Broadcast information, officials and injury report courtesy the National Football League, odds courtesy Don Best, weather information courtesy The Weather Channel