If you haven't heard already, the San Francisco 49ers and the Kansas City Chiefs are set to play each other in Miami, Florida, for Super Bowl LIV. And one thing that I think we ALL can be thankful for in this Super Bowl matchup is the fact that the New England Patriots won't have any part in it.
Since 2002, the Patriots have appeared in nine Super Bowl games, with three of those being in the past three years. Altogether, they have made 11 Super Bowl appearances and won six of them, tying the Patriots with the Pittsburgh Steelers for most Super Bowl wins. So, I think it's safe to say that the Patriots have been to the biggest NFL game of the season enough times already.
I don't know about you, but I'm more than thrilled that we won't be seeing the Patriots in another Super Bowl this year. And although the Tennessee Titans won't be playing in the Super Bowl either, we should be thanking them for beating out the Patriots in the first round of the playoffs this season. Actually, we should be even more thankful that for the second time in 18 years, the AFC will not be represented by Brady, Manning, or Roethlisberger as their quarterback.
Representing the AFC this year is Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes, whose team has only won one Super Bowl game in the history of its franchise. That win was the last time the team was at the Super Bowl, all the way back in 1970. On the other side of the matchup is the 49ers, representing the NFC and led by quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo. The 49ers have had a little bit more luck when it comes to big games, as this will be their seventh Super Bowl appearance and a chance to win their sixth Vince Lombardi trophy.