MIAMI - This Sunday, at 6:30 P.M. on Fox, Super Bowl LIV will kick-off between the San Francisco 49ers and the Kansas City Chiefs. The 2020 game is the first time since the 2016-17 season that the New England Patriots have not been in the Super Bowl, which has left many local fans wondering: what are we supposed to do during the game? After all, we usually have a team to root for, but this year, the Patriots were ousted in the playoffs' first round.
Fortunately, because we come from a sports fanbase that is incredibly self-centered, we can always find things to root for as Patriots fans, even when there is nothing actually tangibly tying our beloved franchise to the game.
For example, the Miami game will also see a party in the city that is hosted by former Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski. Known as Gronk Beach, the festival is slated to take place on February 1, the day before the Super Bowl, and will see live music and dancing from a Gronk-thrown bash. No one can party like the Gronkowskis do, after all. Not to mention, live music is always a reason to tune in to the Super Bowl. This year, the halftime show will be performed by Jennifer Lopez and Shakira. That is sure to be show-stopping!
There is also the Hyundai Super Bowl commercial, which will feature Boston stars like Chris Evans, John Krasinski, Rachel Dratch, and David Ortiz. Ahead of the big event, the full commercial was released on Monday.
But then there is the matter of the actual game itself. Super Bowl LIV is populated with a number of former Patriots playing in the game! The Chiefs are a bit thinner on this front as Andy Reid's team sees only Mike Pennel, a defensive tackle, as a player who suited up for both Kansas City and New England. But the 49ers are dripping with beloved fan favorites. Wes Welker, the former All-Pro receiver for the Patriots, is now the wide receivers coach for San Francisco. He will be looking for his first Super Bowl ring.
And of course, there is Jimmy Garoppolo, the 49ers quarterback. Garoppolo was a part of two championships with the Patriots after he was drafted in 2014 to be Tom Brady's backup. When Brady was wrongfully suspended, Jimmy G started a couple of games for New England and was electric. It eventually led to his trade away from the team, but fans in New England still adore Jimmy. (I know I do. I still consider him to be "one of us," even if he's about to be three years removed from that.)
Many are wary of Jimmy winning a title with his own team because it might mean that the Patriots should have held onto him, but I disagree. Brady is still great and Jimmy is entering his prime. I'm rooting for him because of how fun and loyal he was with New England. He deserves all the best.
My final prediction for the game is a score of 38-28, in favor of the 49ers.
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