By Lindsay Jones
Pro Football Writers of America
DAVIE — Overnight thunderstorms forced the Kansas City Chiefs to relocate their final day of preparation for Super Bowl LIV from Hard Rock Stadium back to the Baptist Health Training Facility at Nova Southeastern University, where the team practiced all week.
Players wore their game uniforms – red jerseys, emblazoned with official Super Bowl LIV logos, and white pants – for a 27-minute dress rehearsal for Sunday’s game against the San Francisco 49ers.
Will Smith’s song “Welcome to Miami” started playing as quarterback Patrick Mahomes took the first snap, and players danced through nearly the entire session that head coach Andy Reid calls a “mock game” as they went through at least a dozen plays Reid expects to call during the game. This matches the team’s typical schedule for the morning before a game.
“They’re loose, to a point. They know the job at hand against a real good football team, but at the same time, we try to let our personalities show,” Reid said. “That’s been an emphasis, and I don’t expect them to stop doing that now.”
Players, coaches and other team employees, including owner Clark Hunt, gathered for an official team photo before heading back to the team hotel in Aventura. Charter planes carrying other team employees and the players’ families arrived on Friday, and Reid cleared players’ schedules in the afternoon so they could enjoy time with loved ones.
“I hope they get off their feet a little bit and enjoy their families, and then really focus in, get yourself going in the right direction,” Reid said.