Super Bowl LVIII predictions: Will experts pick Chiefs or 49ers?

We've got our final writers' predictions of the year for Super Bowl LVIII.

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It is finally that time. Time for the Kansas City Chiefs to put any doubt of their dominance to bed. Time for Patrick Mahomes' droves of haters to be proven again why he is the best at what he does. Time for the San Francisco 49ers to once again have their hearts broken. Time for another Lombardi to enter the Kansas City trophy case.

It is time for Super Bowl LVIII.

Your Arrowhead Addict writers have diligently followed and analyzed this time for months now. The 2023 season's end is nearly here, and thankfully the Chiefs are in the closing scene. Hear from them on how they believe Super Bowl LVIII will play out with our final writers' predictions and picks of the season.

Tyler Brown
A depleted offensive line and Tom Brady prevented the Chiefs from repeating back in the 2020 season. While Charles Omenihu and Joe Thuney are big losses, I do not see any underlying catastrophic issues holding back Kansas City like we did back then. So long as the Chiefs do not revert to drops and turnovers that plagued them for most of the regular season, I see the Chiefs winning this one by at least a touchdown. The 49ers' defense has been shredded throughout the postseason by the Lions and Packers and I see no reason why Patrick Mahomes, Isiah Pacheco, Rashee Rice and Travis Kelce won't do the same with two weeks for Andy Reid to prepare. While Christian McCaffrey does scare me, the Chiefs' defense is too good and I think they will give Brock Purdy trouble with schemes he has never seen before. Steve Spagnuolo will have a plan for everything and I have the Chiefs winning their third Super Bowl in five years.
Chiefs 27, 49ers 20

Ken Coltharp
The San Francisco 49ers present the toughest matchup for the Chiefs in 2024. The Niners have outstanding skill position players in CMC, Deebo, and Kittle to test the defense and one of the best defensive lines in football featuring Bosa, Armstead, and Young to put pressure on Mahomes. The Chiefs will counter with Spags mixing up his own brand of pressure for Brock Purdy, and the offensive will continue to feed their best players in Kelce, Pacheco, and Rice. Mahomes' greatness and Super Bowl experience will ultimately be the deciding factor, and he will lead a drive to have Butker hit the game-winner for a victory in Vegas.
Chiefs 20, 49ers 17

Matt Conner
Let’s be honest: the Chiefs have already taken care of the best teams in this NFL postseason. If you were to rank the 49ers, they’d come somewhere between Buffalo and Miami, and the Chiefs have already gone on the road to beat tougher opponents in situations where they even shot themselves in the foot multiple times. Plus when have you seen this disparity at quarterback and felt good about backing the lesser team? Not here.
Chiefs 35, 49ers 15

Josh Fann
Well, it all comes down to this. The San Francisco 49ers will be a challenge for the Chiefs because of their dynamic offense and Kansas City's tendency to fall off in the second half of games this year offensively. The defense is playing lights out right now which has to make you feel really good about winning this game if KC can just put up 24 or 25 points. Since KC does have the better defense and the best quarterback, they feel like a safe bet.
Chiefs 24, 49ers 20

Greg Florkowski
Chiefs go into the Super Bowl as under dogs in Vegas, which is not good for the Niners. Mahomes has embraced the villain role, and Pacheco has is all ready to run through a wall.
Chiefs 35, 49ers 31

Lyle Graversen
Patrick Mahomes is a man on a mission and the Chiefs defense is the real deal. While the 49ers are a great team, I just don't see Brock Purdy out-dueling Mahomes against KC's defense. It's a close one, but the Chiefs dynasty officially arrives.
Chiefs 23, 49ers 20

Jacob Milham
The Kansas City Chiefs are the envy of every other NFL franchise/ From top to bottom, this team turned things around when they could either sink or swim and that resolve took them all the way to Vegas. This is going to be an amazing game, with Chris Jones recording multiple sacks. But the best part is the all-to-familiar final score, in Kansas City's favor.
Chiefs 31, 49ers 20

Gregory Morse
I’m curious to see how 49ers quarterback Brock Purdy does against this Chiefs defense. Josh Allen and Lamar Jackson both struggled and I think everyone agrees they are better than Purdy. With that said, I expect a low-scoring affair with the Chiefs coming out on top.
Chiefs 24, 49ers 14

Shawn O'Brate
Pacheco is MVP. End of story.
Chiefs 27, 49ers 21

Charles Robinson
On December 26th, after the Chiefs lost to the Raiders at home on Christmas Day they reached their longest Super Bowl odds all season at +900. Many in the Kingdom had given up hope that the team had the ability to get back to the Super Bowl, let alone win it. 7 weeks later, Patrick Mahomes has the team on the verge of becoming the NFL’s next great dynasty. I placed a bet on the Chiefs to win the Super Bowl on December 26th and look forward to the payoff that comes with that. I’m not changing my bet now, and if we’ve all learned one thing in the last 7 weeks it’s this - NEVER bet against Patrick Mahomes.
Chiefs 25, 49ers 22

Stacy Smith
The Kansas City Chiefs are set to cap off an improbable postseason run in Sunday's Super Bowl LVIII matchup with the San Francisco 49ers. They come into the game down arguably their best offensive lineman but are getting linebacker Willie Gay back and perhaps a pair of receivers who had been felled by injury (Skyy Moore, Kadarius Toney). The Chiefs have a second wind and are playing their best football of the season. I expect Isiah Pacheco to lead the way with a big game, Patrick Mahomes to be supremely efficient, and an absolute defensive clinic from Steve Spagnuolo. The Chiefs repeat as world champions.
Chiefs 24, 49ers 17

Lucas Strozinsky
I humiliated myself by picking against the Chiefs in two consecutive playoff games. If they beat the Ravens, I vowed never to pick against Patrick Mahomes in the playoffs again. As long as they prevent Christian McCaffrey from wrecking the game and don't self-destruct on offense, the Chiefs will repeat as Super Bowl champions.
Chiefs 26, 49ers 19

Grant Tuttle
How awesome is it that the Chiefs mostly sucked (by our standards) and found a way back to the damn Super Bowl? Anyway, the name of the game will be containing Christian McCaffrey which is not an easy gig. Give me a good enough defensive showing to get it done and a surprisingly strong offensive showing.
Chiefs 27, 49ers 20