The 2020 version of Super Bowl, otherwise known as Super Bowl LIV, kicks off Sunday with the Kansas City Chiefs and the San Francisco 49ers set to throw down in Miami, Florida. If you haven’t been following the NFL recently, or have very little interest in football, yet were invited to a Super Bowl party, we compiled a handy list of information like what time the festivities begin, and other betting tidbits.
The Kansas City Chiefs, with the #2 seed, won the AFC Championship by defeating the Tennessee Titans.
The San Francisco 49ers were the top seed in the NFC. They won the NFC Championship, defeating the Green Bay Packers.
The Kansas City Chiefs opened as a slight -1 favorite, and the line hasn’t changed. The over/under total opened at 51.5, but it’s currently 54.
San Francisco 49ers (13-3) vs. Kansas City Chiefs (12-4)
Number: Super Bowl LIV or 54
Date: Sunday, February 2, 2020
Location: Hard Rock Stadium, Miami, Florida
Kickoff: 6:30pm ET / 3:30pm PT
Point Spread: KC -1
Money Line: KC -120 / SF +105
The Kansas City Chiefs won only one Super Bowl, while the San Francisco 49ers won five Super Bowls. If they win their sixth, they will tie the Pittsburgh Steelers and the New England Patriots for most Super Bowl victories.
The Super Bowl is always played at a neutral site. The Hard Rock Stadium in Miami, Florida hosts the Super Bowl this year. The most commonly asked question about the Super Bowl is kickoff and start time. This year’s Super Bowl begins at 6:30pm local time in Miami, or 3:30pm PT.
Demi Lovato will be singing the National Anthem. Wagering on the length of the anthem is always one of those fun and wacky prop bets. In case you’re wondering, the current over/under is two minutes even (2:00).
Jennifer Lopez and Shakira headline the halftime show. And yes, there are prop bets on what happens during their set.
Super Bowl Betting
The Chiefs are currently a 1-point favorite over the 49ers. We doubt the line will move more than a point by the time the Super Bowl kicks off.
The points total attracted significant money on the over since the moment oddsmakers released the Super Bowl line on January 19.
The over/under total opened at 51.5, but bookmakers quickly adjusted to accommodate over bets. The public is expecting a high-scoring game, and money continues to pour in on the over. Bookies all over America keep raising the number, but it hasn’t been a deterrent for bettors. Everyone and their grandmother seems to love the over. At one point, the total pushed as high as 55 points, before sharp money swooped in and pounded the under. It’s currently 54.
Mattress Mack bet $1 million on the San Francisco 49ers at the Mirage. He’s placed a moneyline wager at +120 and, if he wins, he’ll bank $1.2 million. At the time, it’s the largest wager on the Super Bowl.
San Francisco 49ers: From Worst to First
The 49ers were the second-worst team in the NFL last season. Jimmy Garoppolo blew out his knee and the Niners struggled to win four games. Everyone expected the Niners would be much better this season, but no one anticipated a deep run in the playoffs resulting in a Super Bowl berth.
In his third season as head coach, Kyle Shanahan guided the 49ers to the Super Bowl. He’s looking to exorcise a few demons. Shanahan appeared in Super LI as the offensive coordinator of the Atlanta Falcons. The Falcons blew a 28-3 lead against Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots. Tom Brady led the Pats back to win 34-28 in overtime.
The Niners won a huge game in Week 16 against the Seattle Seahawks. That victory clinched the NFC West division crown for the Niners but, more importantly, clinched the #1 seed in NFC playoffs, giving the Niners a bye week in the first round of the playoffs. They didn’t sweat much with an easy win over the Minnesota Vikings in the NFC Divisional round.
San Francisco 49ers (NFC)
Head Coach: Kyle Shanahan
Quarterback: Jimmy Garoppolo
Championships: 5 (Super Bowl XVI, XIX, XXIII, XXIV, XXIX)
The San Francisco 49ers dominated the 1980s with a team designed by Bill Walsh. They won five Super Bowls in their first five appearances. The Niners won three titles with Walsh in Super Bowl XVI, Super Bowl XIX, and Super Bowl XXIII. They won two more with his protege, George Seifert, with victories in Super Bowl XXIV and Super Bowl XXIX. Joe Montana won four Super Bowl titles with the Niners during their heyday.
Kansas City Chiefs: Will Andy Reid Finally Win the Big One?
The Chiefs appeared in two of the first four Super Bowls, but were shut out for the last 50 years. They won Super Bowl IV and haven’t returned to the championship game until this year.
The big knock against Andy Reid is that he’s a talented coach who can’t win the big game. He guided the Philadelphia Eagles to the Super Bowl, but they suffered a crushing loss to the New England Patriots.
Kansas City Chiefs (AFC)
Head Coach: Andy Reid
Quarterback: Patrick Mahomes
Championships: 1 (Super Bowl IV)
They Chiefs made it to the AFC Championship game last season, but lost to the New England Patriots in overtime. The Chiefs were on a specific mission to win the AFC title game and secure a spot in the Super Bowl. With the #2 seed, they had an opening round bye. The Chiefs defeated the Houston Texans in the AFC Divisional round. The Texans squandered a 24-0 lead when Patrick Mahomes threw four touchdowns in the second quarter to inspire a comeback. The Chiefs knocked out the Texans and advanced to the AFC Championship.
The Chiefs expected a rematch against Bill Belichick and Tom Brady. However, the red hot Tennessee Titans picked off the Patriots to meet the Chiefs in the AFC title game. After another slow start, the Chiefs finally got going in the second quarter. Mahomes engineered another comeback, and the Chiefs edged out the Titans to move on to the Super Bowl.
Super Link Dump
Check out our extensive coverage of the 2020 Super Bowl:
- Complete List of Super Bowl Champions and Winners
- Super Bowl History: SF 49ers Seeking Sixth Championship
- After 50 Years, KC Chiefs Return to Super Bowl
- Super Bowl 54 Preview: Can SF Defense Stop KC Offense?
- Super Bowl Smart Money: Don’t Be Swayed by Lots of Zeros
- The Westgate’s Big Book of Super Bowl Prop Bets Explained
- Super Bowl Propositions: Don’t Fall for These 5 Sucker Bets
- Mahomes Favorite for MVP, Better Options Exist
- Can Mahomes Win MVP… Even if Chiefs Lose?
- Halftime Show Betting Heats Up with J-Lo and Shakira
- Demi Lovato National Anthem Could Be Hit with Bettors
- Injury Update: Tevin Coleman (Shoulder) Expects to Play
- Will Underdogs Bark in the Puppy Bowl
- Whale Watch: Mattress Mack Bets $1 Million on 49ers
- Gamblers Should Get Offensive with Defensive Prop Bets
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Good luck betting on the Super Bowl.