Patrick Mahomes has proven to be a problem for every secondary he's faced since returning from his midseason knee injury. The reigning MVP has carved up all comers, in the air and on the ground, from New England's stifling secondary to Tennessee's ferocious front seven.
"I wouldn't expect him to shy away from anything," Sherman told NFL Network's Deion Sanders at Super Bowl LIV Opening Night. "They've got some of the most dynamic playmakers in this league, they got a ton of speed. He's got a ton of arm talent. He can get the ball wherever he wants it, when he wants it. He can move around the pocket. We got to find a way to get that solved. They have a great offense and obviously a ton of playmakers. That's why they're here, that's why they made it to the show."
Super Bowl LIV will feature just the fourth Lombardi matchup between the career passer rating leader and the league's top-ranked defense that season; only once before has that quarterback (Chiefs legend Len Dawson) won the big game. It will also be the fifth Super Bowl meeting of a former league MVP and the No. 1 pass defense; Tom Brady (XLIX) and Ken Stabler (XI) won those matchups, while Peyton Manning (XLVIII) and Kurt Warner (XLIII) did not.
Sherman wasn't the only member of this matchup eager to test it out on the field.
"Richard Sherman, I respect your game, man," Chiefs receiver Tyreek Hill added. "Thank you for locking down all of the receivers. You're truly a G.O.A.T., man. And I really hope we can jersey swap at the game. Much respect to you. Stay healthy, stay humble and keep grinding, baby. I can't wait for the matchup."
Added Mahomes of the 49ers, "They're good everywhere. They play off each other. They know the scheme, they do it well. So for us, it's about going through the game plan and executing when coach (Andy Reid) calls 'em."