The Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers have each reached the grandest stage by earning a spot in Super Bowl 54. That has put the quarterbacks from each team immediately in the limelight as they will garner the most attention from the players. However, there are some notable differences already being pointed out between these two star quarterbacks, with Patrick Mahomes holding a striking statistical edge over Jimmy Garoppolo.
Chiefs, 49ers path to the Super Bowl
The Chiefs and 49ers both headed into the playoffs with a first-round bye after strong showings in the regular season. These two teams each earned that benefit in Week 17 by grabbing much-needed wins that included Kansas city getting help from the Miami Dolphins edging out the New England Patriots in the season finale.
San Francisco sailed through their two playoff games ahead of the Super Bowl that saw their defense be the leading factor on the field. They dismantled a pair of formidable opponents in the Minnesota Vikings and Green Bay Packers in convincing fashion.
Things were a bit more interesting for the Chiefs as their two playoff wins needed comebacks. That started with them making a 24-point comeback in the first half against the Houston Texans in the divisional round. It included Mahomes throwing four touchdowns in the second quarter alone.
Kansas City followed that up by erasing a 10-point first-half deficit against the Tennessee Titans in the AFC title game. That featured scoring 28-unanswered points after trailing 17-7 that proved to be the difference in the contest. All of that sets up a showdown between two quite deserving teams in less than two weeks.
Patrick Mahomes’ statistical edge over Jimmy Garoppolo
The path to the Super Bowl has been quite different for both quarterbacks heading into the game.
Mahomes has done much of the heavy lifting with his play to lead the offense, while Garoppolo has had the benefit of the running game and defense being the difference makers. That has led to an interesting statistic truly representing the between both quarterbacks in the playoffs, according to ESPN Stats & Info.
In the two playoff games, Garoppolo has completed 17-of-27 passes for 208 yards with a touchdown and interception. That includes him passing for just 77 yards on 6-of-8 completed passes in the NFC Championship Game.
Meanwhile, Mahomes has been a statistical juggernaut with 615 passing yards along with eight passing touchdowns and a 131.5 passer rating. it should come as no surprise that he holds the edge in passing yards given what he has done in the last two games in guiding the Chiefs back from double-digit deficits in each contest.
It also shows the type of role that Mahomes has in comparison to Garoppolo as the Chiefs are quite dependent on his production to lead them to success while the 49ers possess a more well-balanced team that doesn’t need their quarterback to be the driving force in nearly every game. That speaks to the overall difference between the two of them as they head into the Super Bowl.
Jimmy Garoppolo has proven his worth
The statistical disparity between Garoppolo and Mahomes isn’t a slight to the 49ers quarterback by any means, but just pointing out a notable difference in their path to the Super Bowl.
San Francisco has had the luxury of possessing arguably the best defense in the league while having a dominant running game. If the Chiefs had 220 rushing yards from their rushing attack aside from Mahomes, things might have been much different for him statistically wise.
There is also the fact that the reigning league MVP has proven to be a game-changer with his arm with record-breaking numbers. Remember, he’s coming off a breakout campaign that saw him record 50 touchdown passes and 5,000 passing yards. It may not be the flashy numbers that Mahomes has, but Garoppolo has put forth the work to prove he is a franchise cornerstone for the 49ers.
Super Bowl 54 may also be his chance to step up his game and be San Francisco’s x-factor with his arm that further cements his status in the league. Beyond all that, it further sets what should be a thrilling matchup between these two championship-caliber teams.