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The Student Newspaper of Paint Branch High School


The Student Newspaper of Paint Branch High School


Super Bowl Preview and Prediction

The Super Bowl is finally here and the race to the Lombardi Trophy has come down to two teams: the defending champion Kansas City Chiefs and the San Francisco 49ers. Super Bowl LVIII takes place on February 11th at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas, where you will get to see Patrick Mahomes vs. Brock Purdy. A rematch between these two teams when the Chiefs beat the 49ers back in 2020 even though the 49ers got a new quarterback and more players since then.   

Matchup: Chiefs vs. 49ers

How they got to the Super Bowl:

The Kansas City Chiefs are making their fourth Super Bowl appearance in five years after outplaying the AFC’s No. 1 seed, the Baltimore Ravens. For most of the 2023 season the Chiefs struggled on offense, which was a big change from what has been a pretty dominant offense the last few seasons. The offense has been led by reigning MVP Patrick Mahomes and this year Mahomes he had a career high number of turnovers. During the playoffs the defense, led by  veteran players like Chris Jones and L’Jarius Sneed, stepped up and has led the way for the Chiefs, who have even seen their offense start to play much better than they did in the regular season . The 49ers are back in the Super Bowl for the second time in five years – and second time playing against the Chiefs, who they lost to in 2020. The Niners earned their trip to Vegas by  overcoming a 17-point deficit against the Detroit Lions in the NFC Championship. The 49ers were a beast this year going 12-5 during the regular season and putting two players in the MVP race, quarterback Brock Purdy and star running back Christian McCaffery. They also have a top ranked defense that is led by star linebackers Fred Warner and Dre Greenlaw, cornerback Charvarius Ward, and defensive lineman’s Nick Bosa and Chase Young who was traded to the 49ers around the beginning of the season. 

Why the Chiefs could win:

The Chiefs could win the Super Bowl because they have superstar Mahomes, who is already being compared to Tom Brady. Though Mahomes has only 2 rings to Brady’s 7,  for the Chiefs to win its third Super Bowl in four years then Mahomes is the key to winning it.

Why the 49ers could win:

The 49ers could win the Super Bowl because they have more stars than the Chiefs and have them on both sides of the ball. This is especially true for the offense with weapons like Samuel, Aiyuk, Kittle, and McCaffery. With all these stars the 49ers could have an upper hand on Mahomes and could win the Super Bowl if they can control the ball. 

My Prediction:

From top to bottom, the 49ers have a talent advantage at every position. Purdy proved in the NFC Championship Game that he can overcome adversity by bringing his team back after being down 17 points. However, just like last year when the Eagles’ all-star lineup faced the Chiefs in the Super Bowl, the Chiefs came out with the win. Betting against Mahomes is tough when it matters most and he continues to prove this. This game is a must-see event and my prediction is a win for the Chiefs, 24-21. 

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Naher Ghebru, Staff Writer
For most people in high school, the end goal that they want the most: graduation. Paint Branch High School sophomore Naher Ghebru is no exception to this as he says of being in school, “High school is a stress; I just want to get out of here.” One thing that can help alleviate these feelings for Naher is going to his favorite restaurant, Chick-fil-A, where he always gets a chicken sandwich and fries. He likes these, he says, because “ it’s just simple; easy.” As for his least favorite food, that would be a veggie sandwich, something his mom tries to give him often. He says he despises veggie sandwiches and will never eat one.  Naher’s favorite brand is Nike, however the coolest thing he owns are his New Balance shoes. As for why Nike is his favorite, he notes “It has everything you need.”  Naher is passionate about the game of soccer. His love for the game is unbreakable and he mentions that he wants to play for Paint Branch next year. Even though he is not playing for PB this year, he plays for ERI-STARS, and after a long game he enjoys water because that is his favorite thing to drink. When it comes to sweets most teenagers love candy, but Naher isn't like most. He doesn't really like candy for the most part, but if you offered him a piece of milk chocolate he would eat it--though he wouldn’t attack it the way he does a Chick-FIl-A chicken sandwich. While The New England Patriots hold a special place in Naher’s heart, he is equally passionate about basketball. His love for the Golden State Warriors was ignited by the team's amazing style of play, characterized by their fast-paced offense and extraordinary three-point shooting. By: Raheim Briddell

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