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NFL Preview: San Francisco 49ers (13-5-0) vs Kansas City Chiefs (13-6-0)

STADIUM: Allegiant Stadium

REFEREE: Bill Vinovich

DATE: Sunday, February 11, 2024

GAME TIME: 6:30 PM ET

CBS: Jim Nantz, Tony Romo, Tracy Wolfson, Evan Washburn

Westwood One: Kevin Harlan, Kurt Warner, Laura Okmin, Mike Golic

SiriusXM (also available on the SXM App) SF: 81 or 225 KC: 82 or 226 National: 88

REGULAR-SEASON SERIES HISTORY LEADER: Series tied, 7-7 LAST GAME: 10/23/22: KC 44 at SF 23

POSTSEASON SERIES HISTORY LEADER: KC leads series, 1-0 ONLY MEETING: SB LIV: KC 31 vs. SF 20

San Francisco 49ers

Playoff Record: 38-23

Championships: 5 [1981 (XVI), 1984 (XIX), 1988 (XXIII), 1989 (XXIV), 1994 (XXIX)]

2023 postseason: NFC-D 1/20/24: GB 21 at SF 24 NFC-C 1/28/24: DET 31 at SF 34

Kansas City Chiefs

Playoff Record: 23-21

Championships: 4 [1960, 1969 (SB IV), 2019 (SB LIV), 2022 (SB LVII)]

2023 postseason: AFC-WC 1/13/24: MIA 7 at KC 26 AFC-D 1/21/24: KC 27 at BUF 24 AFC-C 1/28/24: KC 17 at BAL 10

HEAD COACHES NOTES: Kyle Shanahan vs. Opponent (incl. postseason): 0-3 Reg. Season: 64-51 (.557) Postseason: 8-3, Andy Reid vs. Opponent (incl. postseason): 9-4 Reg. Season: 258-144-1 (.641) Postseason: 25-16.

SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS NOTES:

• 49ERS advanced to 8th SB, tied-2nd most among NFL teams. Can tie NE & PIT for most SB wins (6). Have 38 postseason wins, most among NFL clubs. Overcame 17-point deficit to win NFC-C, largest halftime deficit overcame to win in a Championship game in NFL history Ranked 3rd in scoring offense (28.9 ppg) & scoring defense (17.5). Became 4th team ever with 4,000-yard passer & 4 players each with 1,000+ scrimmage yards in same season.

• QB BROCK PURDY had 315 yards (267 pass, 48 rush) & TD pass in NFC-C & became 4th QB ever with 4 playoff wins in his 1st 2 seasons. Led NFL in rating (113.0), ranked 3rd in TD passes (31) & 5th in pass yards (4,280) in reg. season. Became 5th player ever with 8 games of 120+ rating in a season.

• RB CHRISTIAN MCCAFFREY had 132 scrimmage yards (90 rush, 42 rec.) & 2 rush TDs in NFC-Div. vs. GB. Can become 1st player with 6 rush TDs in single postseason since 2018 (Sony Michel) Can become 3rd player ever (HOFers Marcus Allen & Terrell Davis) with 50+ scrimmage yards & TD in each of his 1st 7 career playoff games. Led NFL in scrimmage yards (2,023) & rush yards (1,459) & tied-1st in scrimmage TDs (21) in reg. season. Made SF debut in last meeting vs. KC (Week 7, 2022).

• WR BRANDON AIYUK had 68 rec. yards & 1st-career playoff TD catch in NFC-C. Had 75 receptions for career-high 1,342 rec. yards (7th-most in NFL this season) & 7 rec. TDs in reg. season. Had 7 catches for 82 yards in the last meeting.

• WR DEEBO SAMUEL had career playoff-best 8 catches for 89 yards in NFC-C. Had 60 catches, 1,117 scrimmage yards (892 rec., 225 rush) & 12 TDs (7 rec., 5 rush) in reg. season. Had 5 catches & 92 scrimmage yards (53 rush, 39 rec.) in SB LIV vs. KC.

• TE GEORGE KITTLE had 6 catches for 98 yards & rec. TD in last reg. season meeting. Had 65 catches for 1,020 rec. yards (most among TEs in 2023) & 6 rec. TDs in reg. season. 49ers became 1st team ever with RB, 2 WRs & TE each with 1,000+ scrimmage yards in same season.

• DL NICK BOSA had 2 sacks in NFC-C & has 10 sacks in 11 career playoff games. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. KC with sack, incl. playoffs. Can become 6th player since 1982 with 12 playoff sacks & 4 career playoff games with 2+ sacks.

• DL ARIK ARMSTEAD had 1st career playoff FR in NFC-C.

• LB FRED WARNER had playoff career-high 13 tackles in NFC-C. Led team with 132 tackles & had career highs in PD (11) & INTs (4) in reg. season. Had INT in SB LIV vs. KC.

• LB DRE GREENLAW has 5+ tackles in 8 of 11 career playoff games.

• CB CHARVARIUS WARD led NFL with career-high 23 PD & had career-high 5 INTs in reg. season. Has 13 PD in 16 career playoff games. Had 38 PD in 67 games, incl. playoffs, with KC (2018-21).

KANSAS CITY CHIEFS NOTES:

• CHIEFS seeking 4th SB win in franchise history. Can become 9th team all-time to win consecutive SBs & 1st since NE in 2003-04.

• ANDY REID has 25 career playoff wins, 2nd-most ever by HC. Can become 5th HC ever with 3+ SB wins.

• QB PATRICK MAHOMES is 6-0 with 11 TDs vs. 0 INTs & 107.6 rating in his past 6 playoff starts. Can become 6th starting QB all-time with 3+ SB wins. Is 14-3 in 17 career playoff starts & can become 3rd QB all-time with 15+ career playoff wins, joining Tom Brady (35) & HOFer Joe Montana (16). Is 3-0 with 1,023 passing yards (341 per game) & 9 TDs (8 pass, 1 rush) & 106.7 rating in 3 career starts vs. SF, incl. SB LIV victory.

• RB ISIAH PACHECO has 75+ scrimmage yards in each of 6 career playoff games & rush TD in each of his past 4 playoff games. Has TD in 7 straight games overall. Rushed for 76 yards & TD in SB LVII vs. Phi.

• TE TRAVIS KELCE led team with 11 catches for 116 yards & TD in AFC-C vs. Bal., 8th-career playoff game with 100+ rec. yards, tied with HOFer Jerry Rice for most ever. Has 156 postseason catches, most ever, & 1,810 playoff rec. yards & 19 playoff rec. TDs, both 2nd-most ever. Has rec. TD in 8 of past 9 playoff games & has TD catch in 2 of 3 career SBs, incl. SB LIV vs. SF.

• WR RASHEE RICE (rookie) had 8 catches for 46 yards in AFC-C vs. Bal. & has 5+ catches in 8 of past 9 overall. Needs 6 catches to surpass Ja’Marr Chase (25 in 2021) for most playoff catches ever by rookie.

• DT CHRIS JONES aims for 3rd in row with PD. Had 3 PD in SB LIV vs. SF. Had 2 sacks & FF in last game vs. SF (10/23/22).

• DE GEORGE KARLAFTIS had sack & FR in AFC-C vs. Bal. & has sack in 3 of his past 4 overall.

• LB NICK BOLTON has 10+ tackles in 3 of past 4. Had 9 tackles & FR-TD in SB LVII vs. Phi.

• LB DRUE TRANQUILL led team with 8 tackles in AFC-C vs. Bal. Aims for 3rd in row with 7+ tackles.

• CB L’JARIUS SNEED had 5 tackles & FF in AFC-C vs. Bal. Had 7 tackles & 2 PD in SB LVII vs. Phi.

• S JUSTIN REID had sack in AFC-C vs. Bal, 1st-career playoff sack. Has 6+ tackles in each of 2 career games vs. SF.

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