Super Bowl predictions from the Journal sports staff

Feb. 11—The Albuquerque Journal sports staff predicts the final score, storyline and MVP of Super Bowl 58 between the San Francisco 49ers and the Kansas City Chiefs. The average score of everyone's guesses is 49ers 28, Chiefs 26.

49ERS 23, CHIEFS 20: Kansas City outplays San Francisco but a late special teams gaffe costs the Chiefs the game. MVP: Christian McCaffrey — Lucas Peerman, editor

CHIEFS 28, 49ERS 21: Kansas City forces two key San Francisco turnovers, Mahomes (predictably) has none and the Chiefs walk away from an imperfect season as back-to-back champs. Dynasty? I think so. MVP: Patrick Mahomes — Sean Reider, reporter

49ERS 31, CHIEFS 20: Let's just pretend Super Bowl LIV didn't happen and reverse that score and get it right this time. The 49ers D comes up with multiple turnovers and Brandon "Aiyuk. Aiyuk. Aiyuk is on fire!" scores a pair of TDs. Sorry, Braden Appelhans. The Chiefs are going down. MVP: Brandon Aiyuk — Geoff Grammer, reporter (and noted 49ers fan)

CHIEFS 37, 49ERS 34: Travis blows a kiss to Taylor amid the confetti, but she's fallen asleep after her marathon flight from Japan. MVP: Who else but Mahomes? — Rick Wright, reporter

49ERS 26, CHIEFS 24: Yes, it is pure lunacy to take a public stance against Patrick Mahomes given his playoff record, but here I stand, doing precisely that. George Kittle catches a pair of TD passes for San Francisco and then steals Taylor Swift from Travis Kelce amidst the postgame celebration. MVP: George Kittle — James Yodice, reporter

CHIEFS 33, 49ERS 30: No dog in this fight but I predict a bad night for the Taylor Swift haters. MVP: Travis Kelce — Ken Sickenger, reporter

49ERS 31, CHIEFS 26: Like the NFC championship game, the Niners fall behind big early but rally late to take the title. MVP: George Kittle — Dave Vasquez, designer