Defense wins championships, but Super Bowl LIV features two heralded offensive minds at head coach in Kyle Shanahan and Andy Reid. While the two were born 21 years apart, they both have modern offenses that always keep the opposing defense guessing.
How do they do this so? A lot of moving parts.
The 49ers and Kansas City Chiefs lean heavy on using motion. In fact, the 49ers used motion the most out of any team in the NFL this season, while the Chiefs came in at No. 5, according to Pro Football Focus.
Teams who use motion the most in the NFL— PFF (@PFF) January 28, 2020
1. 49ers - 75%
5. Chiefs - 57% pic.twitter.com/sh2W5k7eiz
One example for the 49ers is how Shanahan has been able to get the ball in rookie receiver Deebo Samuel's hands as a ball-carrier. San Francisco has capitalized on defenses by using a fake counter to running back Raheem Mostert while Samuel comes around for a handoff.
The 49ers have used this play three times since Week 14 and have averaged 31 yards per play. pic.twitter.com/BBscAFnv43— Steven Ruiz (@theStevenRuiz) January 21, 2020
What this comes down to for both teams is speed, speed and more speed. The Chiefs and 49ers have the two fastest offenses by average top speed with their ball-carriers, according to the NFL's Next Gen Stats.
Blink and these guys are headed to the end zone.
This is a big part of why both teams' use of motion is so deadly. When you're facing that much speed, hesitate for a split second and *poof*.....https://t.co/3jXERSTz8z— Mina Kimes (@minakimes) January 27, 2020
In two playoff games, these offenses have been complete opposites. Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes has thrown the ball 70 times while 49ers QB Jimmy Garoppolo has been busy handing the ball off. Jimmy G only has 27 pass attempts in San Francisco's two wins.
And yet the 49ers still have racked up 662 total yards in the playoffs, though, the Chiefs' offense has been even better at 838 yards.
Sunday easily could come down to who gets more stops on defense, however, each team's offense will be extremely difficult to decode.
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