It’s been nearly two decades since a team won back-to-back Super Bowls. That hasn’t stopped the Chiefs from getting back to the doorstep of another championship, nor has an offense that didn’t look anything like the Kansas City offenses of the past for much of the season.
Anchored by a terrific defense and Patrick Mahomes’ patience with an inconsistent group of receivers, the Chiefs are back on the NFL’s biggest stage anyway. Standing in the way of a third title in five years are the 49ers, who feel they have some unfinished business in Super Bowl 58.
San Francisco enters Sunday as the slight favorite, but the inexperience of former Mr. Irrelevant QB Brock Purdy has created some doubts about the 49ers’ championship hopes along the way. Purdy did his best to erase those doubts with comeback wins over the Packers and Lions to reach the Super Bowl, and just one win now separates him from a special place in NFL history.
The 49ers’ offense has been a machine for much of the season, with four dynamic weapons in Christian McCaffrey, George Kittle, Deebo Samuel and Brandon Aiyuk at Purdy’s disposal. Cracking a Steve Spagnuolo-led Chiefs defense that has made life difficult for opposing quarterbacks all season might be one of the biggest challenges of Kyle Shanahan’s career as the seventh-year coach looks to put past Super Bowl collapses behind him.
A Chiefs win would leave no doubt that Mahomes is leading a dynasty. It would make Mahomes, Kelce and Andy Reid, among others, three-time Super Bowl champions. While the 49ers have been in this position before, it’s been 29 years since their last Super Bowl victory. It takes a special group to finish the job, and the 49ers believe they have it four years after blowing a late lead against Mahomes and the Chiefs on this same stage.
The Sporting News is tracking live scoring updates and highlights from Super Bowl 58 between the Chiefs and 49ers. Follow along with all of the key moments from Las Vegas below.
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12:33 p.m.: Kyle Shanahan is in transit to Allegiant Stadium! We’re T-minus six hours away from kickoff. You’ll have to imagine Shanahan will spend much of that time preparing for the puzzle that is Kansas City’s squad.
🚨 SHANAHAN IS EN ROUTE TO THE SUPER BOWL 🚨 pic.twitter.com/AUHXT8HlZU
— NFL GameDay (@NFLGameDay) February 11, 2024
12:15 p.m.: It seems Travis Kelce, Patrick Mahomes and Chris Jones delivered a rousing speech to the troops last night, one that spawned tears, per NFL Network’s Albert Breer. The holy trinity of Chiefs stars are locked in for this one.
11:38 a.m.: Did Drake curse the Chiefs?
The Grammy-winning rapper placed a $1.15 million bet on Kansas City to win the Super Bowl. But he has a history of losing such bets, which has become a known (and much lampooned) phenomenon on social media.
Drake did bet on the Chiefs to beat the Eagles in the 2023 Super Bowl, though, so Kansas City might be immune from the so-called “Drake curse.”
11:30 a.m.: The Super Bowl kicks off at 3:30 p.m. PT — that’s local time in Las Vegas, where the game is being held. That translates to 6:30 p.m. ET.
But what about in other time zones across the globe? Taylor Swift might have made her way back from Tokyo to the U.S. in time to watch Travis Kelce and the Chiefs, but the NFL provided a handy time zone breakdown for all international NFL fans.
11:00 a.m.: Las Vegas’ Sphere arena has featured Super Bowl promos all week. Check out this video from the NFL highlighting some of its projections.
— NFL (@NFL) February 11, 2024
10:30 a.m.: The “NFL Today” crew got into “The Hangover”-inspired hijinks in Las Vegas, as seen in a promo posted Sunday morning featuring Nate Burleson, Bill Cowher, Boomer Esiason, Phil Simms, J.J. Watt and James Brown.
The crew even calls actor Ed Helms, who starred in the 2009 film for advice. “Some guys just can’t handle Vegas,” Helms says.
“Some guys just can’t handle Vegas.”
The NFL Today crew had an eventful morning ahead of the show 😅 pic.twitter.com/HCcUAAOtDG
— NFL on CBS 🏈 (@NFLonCBS) February 11, 2024
10:09 a.m.: Chiefs wide receiver Kadarius Toney is not expected to play Sunday, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported.
Toney starred in Kansas City’s 2023 Super Bowl win but he has not played since Dec. 17 amid injuries and a drop in production. He was not listed on the Chiefs’ injury report this week but will not be on the active roster.
Super Bowl start time
- Date: Sunday, Feb. 11
- Time: 6:30 p.m. ET (3:30 p.m. PT)
Super Bowl 58 between the Chiefs and 49ers is set to kick off at 6:30 p.m. ET (3:30 p.m. local time) in Las Vegas, Nev.
6:30 p.m. ET has become the standard start time for Super Bowls and is preceded by performances of “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” “America the Beautiful,” and “The Star-Spangled Banner.”
Before the ceremonies begin, Fox will air seven hours of Super Bowl 58 pregame coverage beginning at 11:30 a.m. ET, though live pregame coverage will not begin until 2 p.m. ET.
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What channel is the Super Bowl on?
- TV channel (national): CBS, Nickelodeon
- TV channel (Kansas City): KCTV (Channel 5)
- TV channel (San Francisco): KPIX-TV (Channel 5)
- TV channel (Canada): CTV, TSN
- Live stream: Paramount+, DAZN (Canada)
Super Bowl 58 will be broadcast nationally on CBS. Jim Nantz (play-by-play) and Tony Romo (color analyst) will be on the call from Allegiant Stadium. Sunday marks Nantz’s seventh Super Bowl in the play-by-play role and Romo’s second in the CBS booth.
Tracy Wolfson and Evan Washburn will serve as the sideline reporters for Super Bowl 58, with Gene Steratore adding commentary as the broadcast’s officiating expert.
Nickelodeon will also have a kids-themed broadcast of Super Bowl 58, with Noah Eagle and Nate Burleson on the call.
Pregame and postgame duties will be handled by CBS’ studio team hosted by James Brown. Brown will be joined by Phil Simms, Bill Cowher, Burleson, J.J. Watt, Boomer Esiason and insider Jonathan Jones.
Super Bowl live streams
Super Bowl 58 can be live streamed on Paramount+, CBS’ streaming service. Other streaming services that carry CBS broadcasts will also have the game available to watch.
For fans watching in Canada, Super Bowl 58 can be streamed live with DAZN.
Source : ESPN.com