By: SEAN HANRAHAN
Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have won Super Bowl LV (55) on Sunday, defeating the Kansas City Chiefs 31 to 9. Tom Brady threw for 201 yards and 3 touchdowns, while Patrick Mahomes threw for 270 yards and 2 interceptions.
The Buccaneers powered through the Chiefs defense throughout the game. Tom Brady thrived with play action screen passes while Leonard Fournette and Ronald Jones split the backfield in rushing carries. The defense locked up Kansas City receivers and was led by linebacker Devin White, who had eight tackles and an interception. The scores are two touchdown receptions by Rob Gronkowski, one by Antonio Brown, a rushing touchdown by Leonard Fournette, and a field goal by Ryan Succop.
The Chiefs’ offensive line and defense were to blame for their sellout. Two of their star linemen didn’t play (Eric Fisher and Mitchell Schwartz), resulting in previous MVP winner Patrick Mahomes being rushed by defenders constantly throughout the game. The defense racked up about one hundred yards in penalties. Two defensive pass interference plays were called and both of those drives ended with a Tampa Bay touchdown. Tyreek Hill, the star wide receiver, was locked up all night in double coverage. Kansas City was not able to come up with a touchdown the entire game with the only scores being three field goals by Harrison Butker.
Some fans suspect that the referees were making unfair calls to cause the Chiefs to lose due to the sheer amount of one-sided penalties and the questionability of some of the flags that were thrown, one of which resulted in interception thrown by Brady to not count. This could be due to bias however, as most of the accusations have come from Chiefs fans.
This makes Tom Brady’s tenth super bowl appearance and his seventh win, as well as his fifth Super Bowl MVP. He now has more super bowl wins than any team in franchise history, with the most being six from the Pittsburgh Steelers and New England Patriots. He has proved doubters wrong who called him phrases such as “system quarterback” or “washed” and believed that without New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick he would be a bust in Tampa Bay. However, the previously 7-9 Buccaneers were turned around and went 11-5 in the regular season, while the Patriots ironically went from 12-4 to 7-9.
This is the Buccaneers’ second super bowl appearance and win in franchise history, with their first being in Super Bowl XLIII (43).