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Latinos Fred Warner, Isiah Pacheco clash in Super Bowl

LB Fred Warner of the 49ers and RB Isiah Pacheco of the Chiefs - Image Credit: Los Angeles Times

The following article was recently published on OurEsquina by Ángel Cantú – Latinos Fred Warner, Isiah Pacheco clash in Super Bowl

Warner hopes to deny Pacheco yards

The Super Bowl rallies families to their couches with great food on hand. Super Bowl LVIII will bring celebrity icons like Taylor Swift and Usher. While the Swifties have raised the excitement for Super Bowl LVIII, Latino superstars Fred Warner and Isiah Pacheco seek to erupt for their respective teams.

Who will take home the Vice Lombardi Trophy? – Image Credit: NFL

This year’s matchup is a rematch from Super Bowl LIV in 2020. The Chiefs outdueled the 49ers 31-20, sealing Patrick Mahomes and Andy Reid’s first Super Bowl title. They’ll meet once again Sunday in Las Vegas at Allegiant Stadium.

Pacheco, 24, was a junior at Rutgers when the Chiefs beat the Niners. However for Fred Warner, the scars are still fresh as his defense conceded a 10-point advantage in the fourth quarter.

Pacheco is a key to Chiefs’ offense

Nonetheless, the 49ers aim to avenge their loss and stop the Chiefs from being the first team to win consecutive Super Bowls since the New England Patriots accomplished the feat in 2005. They’ll first have to stop Pacheco, who is having an elite sophomore campaign.

Isiah Pacheco of the Chiefs – Image Credit: NFL/Twitter

Pacheco, who has Puerto Rican roots from his father Julio, had career highs in many rushing categories. In 14 games, Pacheco rushed for 935 yards and ran for seven touchdowns. Although he wasn’t in the All-Pro conversations, the seventh-round pick in the 2022 draft averaged 66.8 rushing yards per game, and 4.6 rushing yards per attempt.

The Vineland, N.J., native was one of Mahomes’ favorite targets. He caught 44 passes for 244 yards. Pacheco picked up two receiving touchdowns as well.

In Super Bowl LVII, Pacheco scored a 1-yard touchdown in the third quarter to ignite the Chiefs’ epic come-from-behind win against the Philadelphia Eagles. He finished as the Chiefs’ leading rusher with 76 yards.

As the reigning Super Bowl champion sprints between the A and B gaps, he will have a 6-foot-3 linebacker at his heels eager to rack up tackles for losses.

Fred Warner anchors 49ers defense

Fred Warner, a three-time Pro Bowler, and the 49ers defense match up well against Pacheco. San Francisco has allowed the third least rushing yards in the NFL this season.

Fred Warner of the 49ers – Image Credit: NFL

The Mexican American linebacker led the team with 132 combined tackles. He also had a career high four interceptions. The San Marcos, Calif., native was a NFL First-Team All-Pro for the third time in his career. Indicative for his exceptional play in 2023.

The Niners were one win away from joining the Chiefs in Super Bowl LVII. However San Francisco defense was worn out since they were down to their third and fourth string quarterbacks. As a result, they gave up 148 rushing yards to Jalen Hurts and Philadelphia’s running backs.

Now healthy and with an established Brock Purdy, Warner and his defense hope to halt the Chiefs offense. They hope to earn their sixth Super Bowl win, and the first since Super Bowl 29.

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