The Kansas City Chiefs and the San Francisco 49ers announced on Monday they’ll be wearing their home and road uniforms, respectively, during Super Bowl LVIII, which takes place at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas on Feb. 11 (6:30 p.m. on CBS).
The Chiefs are 2-1 in the Super Bowl while wearing red helmets, red jerseys and white pants, including wins over the Minnesota Vikings in Super Bowl IV and 49ers in Super Bowl LIV and a loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Super Bowl LV.
San Francisco is also 2-1 in the Super Bowl while wearing gold helmets, white jerseys and white pants, including victories over the Cincinnati Bengals in Super Bowl XVI and Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XXIV and the aforementioned loss to Kansas City.
At first glance, this year’s matchup appears to be a visual replica of Super Bowl LIV. However, the 49ers have since updated their jerseys to include their beloved Saloon font below the collar and three stripes on the sleeves instead of two.
Meanwhile, the Chiefs have since added a patch in honor of late minority owner Norma Knobel Hunt, the widow of team founder Lamar Hunt who passed away in June. It will appear on the right shoulder below the Super Bowl logo patch.
This has caused a pileup, of sorts, on Kansas City’s jerseys, which also have a patch for Lamar Hunt on the left shoulder. So much so that the captaincy patches that are added for the postseason have been moved from the right to left shoulder.
The Chiefs and 49ers have met a total of eight times wearing these uniform combinations, with Kansas City winning six straight. The last time San Francisco won a game in the series while wearing white jerseys was on Dec. 26, 1982.
However, one thing that may work in the 49ers’ favor is that 16 of the last 19 Super Bowls were won by the team wearing white jerseys. That includes last year, which saw the Chiefs defeat the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl LVII while wearing white jerseys over red pants.