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Why Donte Whitner disagrees with Patrick Mahomes over Super Bowl preparation

Why Donte Whitner disagrees with Patrick Mahomes over Super Bowl preparation

Patrick Mahomes is preparing to play in what he hopes is the first of many Super Bowl appearances as the quarterback of the Kansas City Chiefs.

The reigning NFL MVP has two weeks to get ready for a clash with the 49ers and the NFL's top defense on Feb. 2 in Miami. While Mahomes will be deep in the lab over the next two weeks, trying to discover any weakness the 49ers have, the Chiefs star is cognizant of the pitfalls of overpreparation. 

"I don't think you can spend too much time watching film," Mahomes told reporters Wednesday. "I think you can spend too much time trying to dissect every single thing. I think there's times where you're playing a team like [the 49ers] where they are playing certain coverages, they play them really well, and you just have to go out there and execute. That's the biggest thing."

Donte Whitner, who played for the 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII against the Baltimore Ravens, doesn't think Mahomes has the proper view on preparation.

"I totally disagree with that," Whitner said on "49ers Central." "I've always been taught that you want to watch as much film, you want to find that one thing or that one detail that might be able to make you make one play to help the team win the football game. So if you have 11 guys on offense and 11 guys on defense picking up that one tip then you're going to be better off than if you don't. So I don't believe in being overprepared. I don't think that we were prepared last time we went to the Super Bowl. We wish we were overprepared."

Sure enough, the 49ers fell behind the Ravens 28-6 in New Orleans before mounting a furious comeback that ultimately fell short.

There should be little doubt that Mahomes will be grinding over copious amounts of film during the next two weeks. The 49ers' defense has hounded some of the NFL's top quarterbacks this season but did look vulnerable down the stretch. Ever since getting healthy during the playoff bye week, though, the 49ers have looked like the dominant defense we saw during the first two months of the season.

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Mahomes and head coach Andy Reid will need to be on their A-game in order to find consistent success against the 49ers in Miami.

Something few have been able to do this season.

Programming note: NBC Sports Bay Area feeds your hunger for 49ers Super Bowl coverage with special editions of “49ers Central” all week (5:30 p.m. Monday and Wednesday; 8:00 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday; 6:00 p.m. Friday).

Why some NFL coaches, execs think Chiefs will blow out 49ers in Super Bowl 54

Why some NFL coaches, execs think Chiefs will blow out 49ers in Super Bowl 54

Super Bowl LIV will feature a stark contrast in styles.

The 49ers are known for their punishing defense, while the Kansas City Chiefs have earned their reputation as the NFL's most exciting offense. When the two square off in Miami on Feb. 2, chances are the team whose strength wins out ultimately will lift the Vince Lombardi trophy. 

Bleacher Report's Mike Freeman polled three assistant coaches and two NFL executives, all of whom thought Kansas City's offense will power the Chiefs to a Super Bowl blowout. 

"There is no defense against [Kansas City quarterback Patrick Mahomes] right now," an NFC assistant coach told Freeman.

It's not quite that simple, as our own Josh Schrock noted Wednesday. The 49ers are uniquely equipped to slow down Mahomes and the Chiefs offense because they have the best nickel front in the league. 

San Francisco has faced high-powered offenses this season, including the Baltimore Ravens in Week 13 and the New Orleans Saints a week later. Heavy rain slowed Lamar Jackson and Co. as much as the 49ers' defense did that day, particularly in the passing game. The Niners had no such luck indoors in the Big Easy, allowing 46 points and winning a track meet with the Saints. 

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How the 49ers will handle the Chiefs' offense probably lies somewhere between those two benchmarks. Miami's Hard Rock Stadium is not domed, but rain is pretty common in South Florida this time of year. Plus, San Francisco's fearsome front can hang its on hat on dominating legendary Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers -- twice. 

But as noted by those who Freeman polled, shutting Mahomes down is another matter entirely.

Programming note: NBC Sports Bay Area feeds your hunger for 49ers Super Bowl coverage with special editions of “49ers Central” all week (5:30 p.m. Monday and Wednesday; 8:00 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday; 6:00 p.m. Friday).

What Patrick Mahomes learned from watching Lamar Jackson against 49ers

What Patrick Mahomes learned from watching Lamar Jackson against 49ers

One look at the stat sheet from Lamar Jackson and the Baltimore Ravens' 20-17 Week 13 win over the 49ers, and you might think there wouldn't be much to glean from watching the likely MVP go against the NFL's top defense.

On that rain-soaked November Sunday, Jackson threw for just 105 yards while rushing for 101 more. But reigning NFL MVP Patrick Mahomes, whose Kansas City Chiefs will face the 49ers in Super Bowl LIV on Sunday, Feb. 2, thinks he can learn from what Jackson was able to do successfully against the 49ers.

"I mean, I watch everybody in the league and try to see stuff that guys are doing," Mahomes said Wednesday. "I think you do that as a quarterback if you are watching some of these great quarterbacks. For me, I know I can't juke like Lamar or do stuff like that, but I feel like I can extend plays. When I watch similar opponents, like I watch Lamar playing the 49ers and seeing how he could extend plays, I know that's some stuff that I can take away. But I obviously can't run with the same agility or speed that he can."

The signature play of the Chiefs' AFC title win over the Tennessee Titans was when Mahomes rolled left and took off down the sideline, breaking tackles before plunging into the end zone for a 27-yard score right before halftime.

Jackson was able to have some success getting outside against the 49ers, although his biggest play ultimately resulted in a turnover when Marcell Harris ripped the ball loose.

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While Jackson had an incredible season, Mahomes' rocket arm combined with his mobility makes him a whole different beast to contain. But one the 49ers have the personnel to frustrate with the proper game plan.

But, as Mahomes showed against the Titans, even when you defend the Chiefs perfectly, he still can gash you for big gains.

Sometimes it's just not fair.

Programming note: NBC Sports Bay Area feeds your hunger for 49ers Super Bowl coverage with special editions of “49ers Central” all week (5:30 p.m. Monday and Wednesday; 8:00 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday; 6:00 p.m. Friday).