February 22, 2024

Super Bowl LVIII: The names to know


Super Bowl LVIII between the Chiefs and 49ers kicks off on February 11. These are the names to know heading into the game from both squads.

 

Chiefs: Andy Reid, head coach

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Now in his 11th season with the Chiefs and 25th as an NFL head coach, Reid is appearing in his fifth Super Bowl and is trying to win his third ring. The 65-year-old head coach is the playcaller for the Chief’s offense and is well on his way to being enshrined in the Hall of Fame.

 

49ers: Kyle Shanahan, head coach

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Shanahan is in his seventh season as 49ers head coach and his second Super Bowl. He is the mastermind of the 49ers offense and its playcaller. Shanahan is also the son of former Broncos Super Bowl-winning head coach Mike Shanahan.

 

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Chiefs: Matt Nagy, offensive coordinator

Chiefs: Matt Nagy, offensive coordinator

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Nagy is in his first season as Chiefs offensive coordinator after a previous stint in 2017. He previously served as the Bears head coach for four seasons.

 

49ers: Steve Wilks, defensive coordiantor

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Wilks has a history as an NFL coach, including head coach of the Cardinals in 2018 and interim head coach of the Panthers in 2022. He’s in his first season as the 49ers defensive coordinator.

 

Chiefs: Steve Spagnuolo, defensive coordinator

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Spagnuolo is trying to win his fourth ring as a defensive coordinator and third with the Chiefs. He famously led the Giants’ defense to an upset victory over the undefeated Patriots in Super Bowl XLII, later becoming the head coach of the Rams for three seasons.

 

49ers: Brock Purdy, QB

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The final pick in the 2022 NFL Draft, Purdy has emerged as a terrific starter for the 49ers since he was promoted last season. He is 17-4 in the regular season as a starter, and his only loss in the playoffs was last year’s NFC Championship, when he was removed early in the game due to injury.

 

Chiefs: Patrick Mahomes, QB

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Mahomes has earned nearly every accolade possible in his brief seven-year career with the Chiefs. He’s now appearing in his fourth Super Bowl and is trying to win his third ring with the Chiefs.

 

49ers: Christian McCaffrey, RB

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McCaffrey was an All-Pro this season after leading the NFL in rushing, yards from scrimmage, and touchdowns. The seventh-year pro is the son of former NFL wide receiver Ed McCaffrey.

 

Chiefs: Isiah Pacheco, RB

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Pacheco is playing in his second Super Bowl in two years. The powerful running back brings plenty of momentum, with 254 yards rushing and three touchdowns in three playoff games.

 

49ers: Deebo Samuel, WR

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Samuel is a key figure in the 49ers offense as both a receiver and runner. He had over 1,100 yards from scrimmage and 12 touchdowns during the regular season.

 

Chiefs: Rashee Rice, WR

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Rice has quickly become the Chiefs top wideout as a rookie, accumulating 79 catches for 938 yards and seven touchdowns during the regular season. The second-round pick has been a critical complementary weapon for Patrick Mahomes.

 

49ers: Brandon Aiyuk, WR

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Aiyuk’s numbers continue to blossom, with his second consecutive 1,000-yard receiving season. He was second-team All-Pro after finishing with 1,342 yards receiving and seven scores.

 

Chiefs: Marquez Valdes-Scantling, WR

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Now in his second season with the Chiefs, Valdes-Scantling had a limited role during the regular season but has broken out during the playoffs. He made a key game-sealing catch during the AFC Championship and is relied on as a deep threat.

 

49ers: George Kittle, TE

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Kittle is known as an elite receiver and blocker, making his fifth Pro Bowl and being named an All-Pro this season. He accumulated his third career 1,000-yard season.

 

Chiefs: Travis Kelce, TE

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Kelce is a household name both for his performance on the field and more recently, for his romance with pop superstar Taylor Swift. He made his ninth Pro Bowl this season but just missed reaching 1,000 yards for the eighth consecutive year.

 

49ers: Trent Williams, LT

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Williams is still going strong in his mid-30s, making his 11th Pro Bowl and third consecutive All-Pro. He’s considered by many to be the best offensive lineman in football.

 

Chiefs: George Karlaftis, DE

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Now in his second season, Karlaftis recorded 10.5 sacks and has added 2.5 more sacks during the playoffs. He will play a vital role for the Chiefs with Charles Omenihu sidelined.

 

49ers: Nick Bosa, DE

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Bosa was the 2022 Defensive Player of the Year, and had another Pro Bowl season in 2023 with 10.5 sacks. He’s the younger brother of Chargers defensive end Joey Bosa.

 

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Chiefs: Chris Jones, DT

Chiefs: Chris Jones, DT

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Jones made his fifth consecutive Pro Bowl this season after recording 10.5 sacks in 16 games. The Chiefs defensive star could be approaching his final game with the team as a pending free agent.

 

49ers: Javon Hargrave, DT

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Hargrave is playing in his second consecutive Super Bowl after signing from the Eagles in free agency. He made his second Pro Bowl this year after recording seven sacks.

 

Chiefs: Nick Bolton, LB

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Bolton is the signal caller on the Chiefs defense, and played a key role with a scoop-and-score in last year’s Super Bowl. He played only eight games during the regular season in 2023 due to injury.

 

49ers: Arik Armstead, DT

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Armstead had a bounceback season after struggling with injuries in 2022, recording five sacks. He’s a crucial part of the 49ers interior pass rush.

 

Chiefs: Drue Tranquill, LB

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Signed from the Chargers in the offseason, Tranquill has gained playing time throughout the season for the Chiefs. He recorded 78 tackles and 4.5 sacks during the regular season.

 

49ers: Fred Warner, LB

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Warner is arguably the game’s top linebacker, making All-Pro for the third time this year. He recorded 132 tackles and 2.5 sacks during the regular season.

 

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Chiefs: Willie Gay, LB

Chiefs: Willie Gay, LB

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Gay is a vital part of the defense at linebacker for the Chiefs, but he missed the AFC Championship due to a neck injury. He’s expected to return for the Super Bowl.

 

49ers: Dre Greenlaw, LB

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Greenlaw has recorded at least 120 tackles in back-to-back years for San Francisco. He will be counted on for the team’s run defense.

 

Chiefs: L'Jarius Sneed, CB

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Sneed has emerged as a shutdown cornerback for the Chiefs as well as a strong tackler. He made a huge play in the AFC Championship, forcing a fumble at the goal line from Ravens wideout Zay Flowers.

 

49ers: Charvarius Ward, CB

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Ward was a starting cornerback for Kansas City in the Super Bowl four years ago and now has switched sidelines. He made his first Pro Bowl this year after recording five interceptions.

 

Chiefs: Trent McDuffie, CB

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Now in his second season, McDuffie has become a shutdown cornerback for the Chiefs and was named All-Pro. He had 80 tackles and five forced fumbles during the regular season.

 

49ers: Ambry Thomas, CB

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Thomas is seeing significant work for the 49ers after emerging as a starter in November. He could hear his number called often as the Chiefs could try to stay away from Charvarius Ward.

 

Chiefs: Justin Reid, S

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Reid is in his second season with the Chiefs after four years with the Texans. He had a career-high 95 tackles and three sacks during the regular season.

 

49ers: Tashaun Gipson, S

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The veteran Gipson is in his 12th NFL season and second with the 49ers. He recorded 60 tackles and one interception during the regular season.

 

Chiefs: Harrison Butker, K

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Butker had an excellent rebound season for the Chiefs, making 33 of 35 field goals and all 38 of his extra points during the regular season. He also has a history of coming up clutch in the playoffs.

 

49ers: Jake Moody, K

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Moody had an excellent regular season as a third-round rookie for the 49ers, making 21 of 25 field goal attempts and 60-of-61 extra points. However, Moody has already missed two field goal attempts during the playoffs.





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