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Who’s going to the Super Bowl?

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Whether you’re a diehard football fan or not, you watch the Super Bowl, the notorious annual televised sporting event that captivates millions of Americans. 

This year’s lineup includes the Kansas City Chiefs and the San Francisco 49ers. With the Chiefs being crowned the underdog according to NFL lore, and the 49ers being the team to beat, Super Bowl LVIII is sure to prove entertaining to all. 

To all my fellow naive sports people, you’re probably wondering which team to root for…look no further than the short history of each team’s accomplishments:  

The underdogs, Kansas City Chiefs, odd as it may be, have an immensely impressive NFL history. Coming in at 3 AFL Championships before the league closed in the 1960s, this team got their start at the beginning of the fandom era. 

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The Chiefs won their first Super Bowl a decade later, defeating the Minnesota Vikings with a flabbergasting 23-7. In 2020, they defeated this year’s opponent, the 49ers, 31-20. Just last year, they were at the Super Bowl yet again, claiming the title by defeating the Eagles in a close 38-35. 

If the stats don’t impress you, the most recognizable players might. Patrick Mahomes, QB, has won 2 Super Bowl titles in recent years. Travis Kelce, TE, is another well-known player for his skillset, but also his relationship with Taylor Swift, last year’s world phenomenon. 

The 49ers, this year’s predicted Super Bowl winner, have an admirable history in the sport as well. In 1982, they won their first Super Bowl, against the Bengals, 26-21. Joe Montana, Hall of Fame QB for the 49ers, won three more Super Bowls for the team, bringing their total to 4 overall Super Bowl wins. 1995 was their last Super Bowl win, when they conquered the Chargers 49-26, putting them at 5 Super Bowl wins. 

Not only are they home to 5 Super Bowl titles, but they are home to the No. 1 linebacker for the past three seasons. Trent Willams, LT, carries the 49ers, ultimately earning them the high status in the league that they have. Christian McCaffrey, RB, has had a touchdown during every game this year, and he has the second-highest receptions on the team. 

Given the stats and top player skillsets, it’s easy to see why the 49ers are the top contender in this year’s Super Bowl. 

After viewing each team’s positions and game history, both teams are proportionately matched for the game of the year. 

So, who are you rooting for for Super Bowl LVIII? 

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Piper Vance, Reporter
Goodday mate! I'm Piper Vance, a junior here at GMC, and this is my first year being a part of the Forge Newspaper. I love writing stories, mainly romance, and I plan to be an author one day. In my free time I craft with resin making different things for people, and I soon plan to create a small business out of it. I also enjoy hanging out with my friends, spending time with my cats, and occasionally playing video games. I joined the forge this year to further enhance my writing skills and get a feel for the journaling world. This year I'm a reporter for the Forge, and I can't wait to produce articles!
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