LAS VEGAS -- This is the live blog of Super Bowl LVIII between the San Francisco 49ers and the Kansas City Chiefs. I will update this frequently with information and analysis from the press box.
2:00 The 49ers should consider themselves lucky to be here, because if Josh Reynolds hadn't dropped a couple of passes when he was wide open in the NFC Championship game, the Lions easily could have beaten the 49ers. Which means the Lions largely beat themselves, while the 49ers struggled yet again -- they haven't played their best in months. It appears they peaked in November and early December, as opposed to the Chiefs, who are peaking now. Their last two wins are more impressive than any the 49ers have this season. The main issue for the 49ers is their defense. It's struggling to stop the run. sack the quarterback and hustle. Seriously -- effort has been an issue for this defense the past few weeks. That speaks to a systemic issue. Either the 49ers don't respect their defensive coordinator, Steve Wilks, or they don't respect their opponents. During the season, the 49ers had issues on defense, and they thought the solution was moving Wilks from the coach's booth to the sideline and trading for Chase Young. So far, those two moves haven't fixed anything. If the 49ers defense struggles again today and they lose, don't be surprised if the 49ers fire Wilks. He will be the scapegoat if the 49ers lose their third Super Bowl.
Prediction: 49ers, 27, Chiefs 24.