Super Bowl LIV: Kansas City Chiefs vs. San Francisco 49ers
- When: 6:30pm ET, Sunday, Feb. 2
- Where: Hard Rock Stadium in Miami, Florida
- TV: Fox
- Streaming Services: FuboTV, Hulu with Live TV, Sling TV, AT&T TV Now, Vidgo, YouTube TV
Super Bowl Preview: Chiefs vs. 49ers
It’s once again the most wonderful time of the year. It’s that beautiful weekend when all the advertisers talk about the “Big Game” to avoid lawsuits, and the nation collectively agrees it’s okay to come into work hungover on a Monday. It’s time for the Super Bowl.
And this year, with the Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers facing off, this could end up being one of the best Super Bowls ever.
It’s always great when two of the best teams in the league actually make it to the Super Bowl. With respect to the Ravens and the Saints, the Chiefs and the Niners have been two of the league’s most consistent and impressive teams throughout the regular season and the playoffs.
These Kansas City and San Francisco teams couldn’t be more different. The Chiefs made their way to the Super Bowl thanks to Patrick Mahomes’ stellar quarterback play. He’s a generational talent that can beat you so many different ways, and he’s been a perfect fit for Andy Reid’s pass-happy offense.
Though 49ers QB Jimmy Garappolo has been a consistent passer this season, San Francisco’s game has been all about tough defense and running the ball. Once the team elevated Raheem Mostert to starting running back, the offense ratched up to a new level. For the most part, the Niners offense runs through Mostert and tight end George Kittle. Last week, Mostert ran for 220 yards while Jimmy G only threw for 77.
Ultimately, this Super Bowl is going to be about which team can play the kind of game they want to play. It seems more likely that Mahomes will find a way to win through the air, but a punishing running game and a few well-timed sacks could turn the tables for the 49ers.
Here’s everything you need to know to stream football’s biggest game.
Chiefs vs. 49ers live stream: How to watch the Super Bowl online
Super Bowl LIV will be broadcast on Fox, and will live stream via the following streaming services.
- Cost: $44.99 for your first month and $54.99 per month thereafter
- FuboTV devices: Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire, Android TV, iOS and Android devices
- Local channels: ABC, Fox, NBC, CBS, the CW (in some markets) (check local availability here)
FuboTV is a solid TV streaming service option, whether your tastes run to entertainment (AMC, Syfy, FX), news (MSNBC, CNN), or sports (NBA TV, NFL Network). If you’re a soccer fan, however, it will appear tailor-made for you, with NBC and NBCSN, 10 beIN SPORTS channels, FS1, FS2, UniMás, and Champions League actions via TNT all on tap. If you can’t watch a match live, FuboTV offers a three-day replay for each match and 30 hours of cloud DVR. (Check out the complete FuboTV channels list.)
FuboTV also has bilingual families in mind; each subscription comes with UniMás, Galavisión, NBC Universo, beIN SPORTS, Univision, and Fox Deportes. An extra $7.99 per month will bring you Latino Plus, which includes CNN en Español and TyC Sports among its offerings.
- Cost: $54.99 per month
- Hulu devices: Roku, Apple TV, Google Chromecast, Amazon Fire Stick and Fire TV, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Nintendo Switch, and iOS and Android devices
- Hulu local channels: ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, the CW (check your local availability here)
Hulu with Live TV includes sports programming among its offerings, including ESPN and FS1, and as a subscriber to the service, you’ll get free access to Hulu’s sizable on-demand library. (Check out the full list of Hulu Live TV channels.)
3) Sling TV
- Sling TV pricing: $30-$45 per month (New subscribers get $10 off the first month.)
- Sling TV devices: Amazon Fire Stick and Fire TV, Apple TV, Android TV,Roku,Xbox One, Google Chromecast, Oculus Go, Microsoft Edge, and iOS and Android devices
- Sling TV local channels: NBC, Fox (check your local availability here)
Sling offers a ton of live sports. Sling TV provides two base channel package options, each priced at $25 per month. Sling Orange includes three ESPN channels – including ESPN3, which will simulcast ABC sports broadcasts, while Sling Blue includes sports channels like NFL Network, NBCSN, and local channels. If you’re Team “Why Not Both,” Sling Orange + Blue combines the two for just $45 per month. Sports Extra: Sling Blue ($10 per month) also includes NFL RedZone.
How to use AirTV with Sling
AirTV solves one of Sling’s biggest problems: The inability to receive all of your local channels. By purchasing a basic AirTV for $79.99 or the AirTV Player for $119.99, you can merge those local channels into your Sling TV (or on your mobile device if you have the basic AirTV). As the Daily Dot wrote in its AirTV review, “It’s practically magic.”
The basic AirTV is a dual-tuner streaming device, while the AirTV Player is basically an upgraded Chromecast that has Netflix preinstalled. You’ll still need to own an HD antenna because even though AirTV gets you access to your local channels, it doesn’t actually physically show them to you.
But AirTV—which has no monthly fee—serves to strengthen one of Sling’s biggest weaknesses compared to other live streaming services like Hulu with Live TV and YouTube TV. Those services have plenty of local channels.
4) AT&T TV Now
- Cost: $50-$135 per month
- Hulu devices: Roku, Apple TV, Google Chromecast, Amazon Fire Stick and Fire TV, iOS and Android devices
- Local channels: NBC, CBS, Fox, ABC, the CW (enter your ZIP code here to check your availability)
AT&T TV Now is a bonus for AT&T wireless customers. It provides instant access to more than 45 channels, including local channels. That means NBC and Fox for NFL games, NBCSN, FS1, and FS2 for soccer and other sports, and ESPN and ESPN2 for its array of sports programming. It even offers free HBO on PLUS and MAX channel suites. Plus, it comes with CloudDVR for up to 20 hours of TV recording per month. One account works on two devices, but you can add more devices for only $5.
- Cost: $14.99-24.99 or $39.99-$49.99 per month
- Vidgo devices: Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, iOS and Android devices
Vidgo offers a package for under $40 a month that pulls together more than 60 English-language channels into its National English Package, including ABC, Fox, the ESPN family of channels (including ESPN Deportes), FS1, FS2, Fox Deportes and BeIN Sports, for sports fans. It offers an array of entertainment favorites, including A&E, HGTV, History, Lifetime, and a full range of Nickolodeon channels, including TeenNick and NickToons.
College sports fans will love it, too: The ACCN, Big Ten Network, the Longhorn Network, and Pac-12 Network are all on the Core package, and for $10 more, the Plus package offers all six market-specific Pac-12 Networks.
If you just want your Vidgo en Español, it features programming from throughout the Americas and even Spain in two skinny packages. Both the Latino Streaming Plan ($14.99 per month) and Latino Mas Streaming Plan ($24.99 per month) include BeIN’s main Spanish-language channel, TyC Sports, and Azteca America, while the higher tier adds DAZN.
Also, through its Vidgo app, it’s offering the option of Social TV, which allows Vidgo users to connect in real-time as they’re watching programming on their phones.
6) YouTube TV
- Cost: $50 per month
- YouTube TV devices: Google Chromecast, Roku, Apple TV, Android TV, Xbox One, iOS and Android devices
- YouTube TV local channels: NBC, CBS, Fox, ABC, the CW (enter your ZIP code here to check your availability)
Kansas City Chiefs vs. San Francisco 49ers live stream: What to expect
It’s tempting to just look at this game in terms of a great offense against a great defense, and while that could be the story of this game, it’s a little more complicated than that.
San Francisco finished the year with the seventh-best offense by DVOA. And while Jimmy G does tend to have conservative yardage totals, he has had a few monster passing games. Against the Saints, he threw for 349 yards and four TDs. Against the Cardinals, he threw for over 400 yards.
But, it is true that the Niners rarely have a wide receiver go over 100 yards. And While Deebo Samuel has had some great games, the offense runs through short passes to George Kittle and through the team’s stable of running backs.
Likewise, there is a perception that Kansas City’s defense isn’t at all impressive, but they actually have a great pass defense led by safety Tyrann Mathieu. Though the team finished at a middling 14th in DVOA, that is largely thanks to their weaker run defense and tendency to find themselves in shootouts.
Just as these teams have opposing strengths, they have very different weaknesses. Kansas City’s game plan against the Titans last week allowed them to totally focus on containing Derrick Henry, masking their weak run D. The 49ers run-heavy game plan against the Packers lets you ignore the fact that the leading San Francisco wide receiver, Deebo Samuel, had only two receptions for 46 yards. Next was Kendrick Bourne who had one catch for six yards.
This brings us back to the likelihood that this game will come down to which team can assert their will on this game. San Francisco has three players in the top 50 sack totals in the league in Arik Armstead, Nick Bosa, and DeForest Buckner. If they can rattle Mahomes a little bit and run a tough offensive attack through Kittle and Mostert, you could see the Niners winning the Lombardi Trophy.
However, looking at just how well Patrick Mahomes has played this postseason, it feels a little more probable that the defense won’t be able to do quite enough to contain KC’s explosive passing attack. You could see a scenario where Mostert and Kittle each go over 100 yards and it still isn’t enough to win.
You can’t feel totally confident picking against either of these teams, but we will pick the team with the league’s best player and one of the best quarterbacks of all time.
Our Super Bowl pick: Chiefs 31, 49ers 21.
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