Brock Purdy and the San Francisco 49ers are up against a tough test in the Kansas City Chiefs defense in Super Bowl LVIII. Defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo has the defense playing the best it has during this period of great success for Kansas City.
Here is how Purdy and the 49ers' offense can overcome this challenge and defeat the Chiefs.
How Brock Purdy and the 49ers defeat the Chiefs' stout defense in Super Bowl 58
The Chiefs allowed the second-fewest points per game in the regular season with an average of 17.3. They were also the fourth-best team in the NFL against the pass, allowing an impressive average of 176.5 yards per game.
What makes this all the more impressive is that the Chiefs have the youngest defense in the league. That just shows how good of a coach Spagnuolo is to get the most out of this talented group of young players.
However, that does not mean that San Francisco will get shut out by this defense. There are weaknesses Purdy and Co. can exploit to take advantage of to get the upper hand.
First, let's look at the ground attack. The defense of the Chiefs allowed 113.2 yard per game on the ground this season which was the second worst among teams that made the postseason. That does not bode well for a defense that will be up against the best running back in the game in Christian McCaffrey.
No doubt, the Chiefs are going to try to do the best they can to limit McCaffrey. The 49ers are likely to see a lot of five-man fronts, defensively, as the Chiefs attempt to limit the rushing game.
The Chiefs' defense is also known for being one of the highest-percentage blitz teams in the NFL. While that could be seen as dangerous for the 49ers, Brock Purdy has had great stats against the blitz this season:
Spagnuolo is definitely aware of this, so expect him to draw up some complex blitzes to try to confuse Purdy and make him attempt dangerous passes.
Ultimately, the 49ers will likely try to do what they usually do: run the ball well to set up play action passes. The Chiefs' relative weakness with rush defense should set up well for the 49ers to execute on this approach.
The Chiefs have a great defense that is to be respected, but they have yet to go up against an offense with as many weapons and different ways to beat you as the 49ers have. The Shanahan-Spagnuolo chess match will be entertaining to watch and will go a long way in deciding the victor of Super Bowl 58.