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Will NFL honor Kobe Bryant, crash victims?

MIAMI – Answering questions seemed like a fitting way to spend Monday afternoon before asking a slew of them at Super Bowl Opening Night to the 49ers and Kansas City Chiefs. Here is what fans asked on my Instagram and Twitter handles for a Super Bowl LIV mailbag:

Do you think what John Lynch has accomplished this year will give him a Hall of Fame bump? (@4GenSFFanFam)

It certainly can’t hurt, even if his candidacy is as a stud player. Lynch is in Year 3 as general manager of an impressively built Super Bowl team, he’s a seven-time finalist and Saturday’s vote will happen in Florida. It’s the same state he forged his Hall of Fame credentials as a fierce, savvy hitter for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1993-2003) before playing four final years with the Denver Broncos. Of the 15 modern-era finalists, none has been a finalist more than Lynch. Other safeties in the mix are Steve Atwater, LeRoy Butler and Troy Polamalu, the latter of whom drew Tom Brady’s heavy endorsement Monday.

Will the 49ers wear Kobe’s 24 on their helmets? (@pescado39)

I’d imagine the NFL will have a moment of silence, as it did at the Pro Bowl, to pay respect to the victims of Sunday’s helicopter crash that killed NBA legend Kobe Bryant, his daughter, Gianna, and seven others. As for a No. 24 on a 49ers’ helmet, cornerback K’Waun Williams wears that jersey number. If the 49ers announce otherwise, I’ll let you (and all of you) know.

Best matchup on the field? ( @pennington_42)

Nick Bosa vs. Patrick Mahomes. The 49ers’ need their young superstar to chase down the Chiefs’ young superstar. If defenses still win championships, the 49ers need theirs to shut down the reigning MVP who produced five touchdowns in five drives before halftime last season against a Bosa-less 49ers.

Do you think this game leans on Jimmy G more? (@artsyjuan_)

That’s likely, although I do think the 49ers still try deploy a run-heavy attack. At least until the Chiefs prove capable of stopping it, which the Vikings and the Packers did not do in the NFC playoffs. And unless they need to play catch up faster if Mahomes is slinging TDs. Jimmy Garoppolo can do whatever is asked (see: four-touchdown output in Dec. 8 shootout in New Orleans).

When they win the Super Bowl, can you mail me a newspaper? (@jess_maz14)

Ah, the beauty of print newspapers, a wonderful memento for $1.50 that can be framed for eternity. I’d imagine we’ll have to print a few more than usual for such demands.



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