Kansas City Chiefs play in the Super Bowl

The Kansas City Chiefs and the San Francisco 49ers kick off in Miami at 5:30 p.m. today on Fox.

The Kansas City Chiefs could be the first professional football team to bring the Lombardi Trophy back to Missouri in 20 years.

Today, the AFC Champion Chiefs battle the NFC Champion San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl LIV in Miami. The last time Missouri was represented in the Super Bowl was in 2002, when the St. Louis Rams lost to the New England Patriots. Two years before that, the Rams brought the Lombardi Trophy to Missouri. And a key player on that team was from Kansas City, and spent his college career in Columbia.

Mizzou football running back Mike Jones made “The Tackle” to help the Rams defeat the Tennessee Titans in Super Bowl XXXIV, as the Rams won 23-16. Jones’ tackle was one of the biggest plays in Super Bowl history.

Today’s Super Bowl doesn’t have a representative from the Tigers on the playing field, but Kansas City has two coaches who were at Mizzou decades ago.

Chiefs head coach Andy Reid was the offensive line coach at Mizzou from 1989-1991 while Chiefs assistant head coach and special teams coordinator Dave Toub was on staff from 1989-2000. Mizzou was both Reid and Toub’s last college stop before going to the NFL — Reid with the Green Bay Packers and Toub with the Philadelphia Eagles, hired by Reid when he became head coach.

Reid’s three years all were on the O-line while Toub was the strength and conditioning coach before becoming the defensive line coach in his final three seasons at Mizzou. One of the players on the 1989 team on the line with Reid was Drew Lock’s father, Andy Lock.

The coaches hope to capture the championship and bring it to Kansas City for the first time in 50 years. The Chiefs last won the Super Bowl in 1970, when they beat the Minnesota Viking 23-7 in Super Bowl IV.

Today’s matchup should be a good one, as one of the top offenses in Kansas City goes up against one of the top defenses in San Francisco. If the AFC representatives prevail, the state will have another Super Bowl champion.

Kickoff is set for 5:30 p.m. on Fox.

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