Super Bowl LIV will host the Chiefs and 49ers. This year, both teams have been outstanding. The 49ers have succeeded with a stellar defense and an unbeatable running game. Meanwhile, the Chiefs have gotten by on the arm of second-year quarterback Patrick Mahomes, who got the team to the AFC Championship game last season while winning NFL MVP.
Both teams have a lot of history in the NFL. Let’s look back at each team’s history, answering one key question: Which states are the Chiefs and 49ers located in?
The history of the Kansas City Chiefs
In 1959, Lamar Hunt founded the American Football League and entered a team, known as the Dallas Texans, reports the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Because of stiff competition from the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys, he moved the team to Kansas City, Mo. in 1963. The Kansas City Chiefs were born.
The Chiefs qualified for the first Super Bowl, where they lost to the Green Bay Packers. In the last game before the NFL/AFL merger, the Chiefs shocked the Minnesota Vikings in Super Bowl IV — their only Super Bowl championship.
Kansas City hasn’t appeared in a Super Bowl since. But they’ve celebrated some great players over the years, including:
- Linebacker Derrick Thomas
- Defensive lineman Neil Smith
- Quarterback Len Dawson
- Running back Priest Holmes
- Quarterback Alex Smith
The team has had two major eras of prosperity: In the ’90s, under coach Marty Schottenheimer, the Chiefs were AFC contenders nearly every year. Then, over the past decade, current head coach Andy Reid has led Kansas City to some success.
Now with Patrick Mahomes looking like the future at quarterback, the Chiefs are well-suited to win this year’s Super Bowl.
The history of the San Francisco 49ers
The San Francisco 49ers were founded in 1946 as a part of the All-American Football Conference, reports the Pro Football Hall of Fame. In 1950, they moved to the NFL. While the team had bursts of competitiveness over the years, they didn’t become elite until the ’80s.
With stars like quarterback Joe Montana, wide receiver Jerry Rice, safety Ronnie Lott, and running back John Taylor, the 49ers won four titles in the ’80s and one in the ’90s. The 1994 Super Bowl victory had quarterback Steve Young under center.
The Niners again qualified for the Super Bowl in 2013 under head coach Jim Harbaugh and quarterback Colin Kaepernick. Since then, the franchise has largely struggled. Now under coach Kyle Shanahan and quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, they’ve landed back in the big game.
Which states are the Chiefs and 49ers from?
The Kansas City Chiefs are located in Kansas City, Missouri. While some people believe they’re from the state of Kansas due to the name, they’re not. Confusingly, there are two cities called Kansas City, one in Kansas and the other in Missouri.
Meanwhile, the San Francisco 49ers play in California. One interesting fact about the 49ers is that they no longer play in San Francisco. For years, they made it their home. Despite keeping it the name, they’ve played in Santa Clara’s Levi’s Stadium since 2014.
The Chiefs and 49ers both have a rich history and supportive fanbase in their home states. When they square off in Super Bowl LIV, they will have a lot of fans cheering for both sides.