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Super Bowl LIV will match up two deeply contrasting quarterbacks when the San Francisco 49ers and Kansas City Chiefs face off tomorrow.

The young, dynamic Chiefs are looking to build a dynasty around their emerging superstar signal caller Patrick Mahomes, while the 49ers have spent much of the past few weeks facing questions over whether their own man under centre - Jimmy Garoppolo - is good enough.

Garoppolo's post-season numbers certainly leave open some questions. The 28-year-old, in his first full season as a starter, threw just eight passes for 77 yards in San Francisco's 37-20 win over the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Championship game.

Of the 12 quarterbacks to have attempted more than one pass in the post-season this year, Garoppolo ranks joint 10th. But suggestions he is a weak link for the 49ers are wide of the mark.

Since Garoppolo's debut season with the 49ers in 2017, they are 21-5 in games he has started, and 4-20 in those he has missed.

Simply, Garoppolo has not done much this post-season yet because with the 49ers' run game firing, he has not needed to.

"I've only played so many games so I'm just getting started," said Garoppolo.

Mahomes, in his first two full seasons as a starter, has claimed an MVP title, compiled a 27-8 record, and thrown for more than 11,000 yards and 93 touchdowns.

"You have to visualise it if you want it," he said when asked if he had pictured himself lifting the Vince Lombardi trophy.

"It's about executing at a high level."

Belfast Telegraph