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Required reading ahead of Super Bowl LIV

Before Super Bowl LIV kicks off, here's what you need to know ahead of Sunday's matchup between the San Francisco 49ers and Kansas City Chiefs.

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After crunching the numbers on 15 seasons of data, Cynthia Frelund identifies 10 key figures that should play a massive role in deciding the winner of Super Bowl LIV.

Fifty years after the Kansas City Chiefs were last in the Super Bowl, they make their return Sunday. Judy Battista explores the franchise's deep connection to the Super Bowl.

Kyle Shanahan has always used pre-snap motion in his offense, but the 49ers now utilize shifts or motion on 79 percent of their offensive plays. Nick Shook explores the effectiveness.

In just 35 career games, we've witnessed plenty of magic from Patrick Mahomes. The no-look pass. A left-handed throw. But according to James Palmer, the former MVP might have a new trick up his sleeve for Super Bowl Sunday.

Kansas City Chiefs or San Francisco 49ers? Which player will take home MVP honors? How about a bold prediction? Our analysts forecast Super Bowl LIV.

Ahead of Super Bowl LIV, NFL Network analysts answer the question: Is Jimmy Garoppolo a top-10 quarterback in the NFL? Let's debate!

One of the main figures in discussions surrounding the Rooney Rule and the process for hiring head coaches is Eric Bieniemy. The Chiefs OC weighs in on the discussion.

The 49ers and Chiefs both decided to upgrade from Alex Smith, and now they're facing off in the Super Bowl. At the quarterback position, Chris Wesseling explains, the old adage rings true: Fortune favors the bold.

Who's the driving force behind the San Francisco 49ers' relentless defensive line this season? Jim Trotter explores the coach whom Arik Armstead calls a "D-line junkie."

What must Kansas City do on Super Bowl Sunday in order to beat San Francisco and hoist the Lombardi Trophy? Bucky Brooks provides a five-point blueprint for the Chiefs.

Just how special is Patrick Mahomes? To find out, Nick Shook talked to Pro Bowlers whose job is to stop him, like the Titans' Jurrell Casey and the Patriots' Stephon Gilmore.

Katie Sowers hasn't been in the NFL very long -- but she's already making a difference. San Francisco 49ers receivers talk to Brooke Cersosimo about the impact Sowers has had on them.

Since Andy Reid took over as head coach of the Kansas City Chiefs in 2013, the team has undergone an identity change. Jeffri Chadiha takes a deep dive into their new swagger and how it fueled their run to Super Bowl LIV.

It's been a long road to Super Bowl LIV for San Francisco's Raheem Mostert and Kansas City's Damien Williams. Jim Trotter illustrates the running backs' trying journeys and examines what continues to motivate them.

Many of the Kansas City Chiefs are new to the experience leading up to a Super Bowl, and they've leaned on the advice of veterans Terrell Suggs and Stefen Wisniewski ahead of Sunday's big game.

Kyle Shanahan and John Lynch had a chance to draft Patrick Mahomes in 2017 and decided against it. The 49ers coach explained why San Francisco didn't bite on the future MVP.

Despite the 10-year age gap, San Francisco 49ers offensive linemen Mike McGlinchey and Joe Staley have formed a close bond that is indicative of the organization's tight-knit culture.

The 49ers boast one of the more formidable pass-rushing units in the NFL. The Chiefs' have one of the league's top pass-blocking units. Their battle in the trenches figures to be a key matchup in Super Bowl LIV.

Chiefs DE Frank Clark proclaims he's the best pass rusher in the NFL, and ahead of Super Bowl LIV, he had some choice words for his 49ers counterpart Dee Ford, whom he replaced in K.C.

Super Bowl LIV details

When is the Super Bowl? Super Bowl LIV between the Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers will take place on Sunday, Feb. 2, 2020, at 6:30 p.m. EST.

Where is the Super Bowl? Hard Rock Stadium will host the game in 2020, marking Miami's 11th time as Super Bowl host city.

*How to watch the Super Bowl: Tune in on Fox, with the NFL App, Yahoo Sports App, and on Check out more updates and info here. *

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