The early betting lines on many charts favor the San Francisco 49ers over the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LVIII. The high-powered 49ers have earned their reputation as one of the best teams in the league all season as a top seed, while the Chiefs struggled at times during the season only to show resilience as the defending champions to return to the big game this year.
Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes has always entered every game with confidence that he will overcome any obstacle or opponent. The reigning league MVP is well aware of the year his Chiefs have encountered to get to this moment and shared his thoughts on being labeled an underdog during his Monday Super Bowl Opening Night podium press conference.
“I think you approach it like any other game; I never feel like the underdog,” Mahomes told reporters. “I always feel like we have a chance to win the football game, and that’s how we approach every single game. We were underdogs in the last Super Bowl, so all you can do is just have that same mindset of just going out there, playing your best football, and hoping that you end up with a win.”
"I never feel like an underdog."
— NFL (@NFL) February 6, 2024
Mahomes and the Chiefs faced some doubters before last year’s Super Bowl victory over the Philadelphia Eagles but are in for a different level of adversity. The emergence of many Chiefs haters heading into Sunday and the West Coast favorable San Francisco fanbase will make Allegiant Stadium, the home of their arch-rival Las Vegas Raiders, feel like a hostile road game.
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