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Chiefs Choose to Wear Red Jerseys in Super Bowl 58, Putting Them on Wrong Side of This Trend

Matt McEwan

by Matt McEwan in NFL Football

Updated Jan 30, 2024 · 10:22 AM PST

Travis Kelce signaling to fans
Nov 20, 2023; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce (87) signals to fans during warm ups against the Philadelphia Eagles prior to a game at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports
  • The Kansas City Chiefs are the “home team” in Super Bowl 58 and, therefore, get to choose the color jerseys they wear
  • The Chiefs have chosen to wear their red jerseys
  • 16 of the last 19 Super Bowl winners have been wearing the same color jersey; read below for details

The AFC and the NFC rotate back-and-forth when it comes to who the “home team” is in the Super Bowl. Last year was the NFC’s turn, and the Philadelphia Eagles were designated the “home team.” It is the AFC’s turn this year, meaning the Kansas City Chiefs will be Super Bowl 58’s “home team,” while the San Francisco 49ers will be the “away team.” (I use all those quotations because the Super Bowl is played at a neutral site, which is Las Vegas this year.)

There’s a good chance you’re asking yourself, “what does being the home/away team in the Super Bowl really mean, though?” I’m here to tell you there are really only two things affected: (1) the home team gets to decide which jerseys they wear, and the away team adapts based on the home team’s decision; and (2) the away team gets to call the opening coin toss. We’re here because of the former.

The Kansas City Chiefs had their choice of which jersey color to wear in Super Bowl 58, either their red or white jerseys. Andy Reid’s squad has decided to go with their red jerseys, meaning the 49ers will wear their white jerseys, which seems like a mistake if you are into obscure Super Bowl trends. Only three teams have won the Super Bowl in the last 19 years while wearing their colored jersey. Put another way, 16 of the last 19 Super Bowl winners were wearing their white jerseys.

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Before you run to check the Super Bowl odds so you can find the best sportsbook to place a bet on the 49ers moneyline, know that the Chiefs are one of those three teams who have won the Super Bowl while wearing non-white jerseys. Do you know who they beat in that Super Bowl? Yeah, it was the San Francisco 49ers back in Super Bowl 54. The Chiefs were also wearing their red jerseys in that game.

I’m also here to tell you that while the above trends are a lot of fun, they shouldn’t be used as rationale for locking in any bets. This is a fun, obscure trend. The color of the jersey being worn has nothing to do with how the two teams will perform on the field. If you want some non-obscure trends/data to help you make some picks, check out my SBD formula’s pick for the game in our 49ers vs Chiefs odds, or my guy Sascha’s early Super Bowl picks. There will be plenty more picks/data/info to come as we near closer to Super Bowl Sunday (February 11, 2024).

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