The NFL’s biggest stage was set, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers took on the defending Champions the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LV on Sunday, February 7th, 2021, in Tampa Bay, FL at Raymond James Stadium which so happened to be home of the Buccaneers. For the first time in the NFL’s history a participant of the Super Bowl had an advantage, and that advantage was playing in front of a home crowd. The Buccaneers became the first team to reach the Super Bowl the same year their home stadium held the venue.
The defending champs the Chiefs opened up the game as a three point favorite according to the Las Vegas Sportsbook. Patrick Mahomes, star quarterback of the Chiefs and last year’s Super Bowl MVP, looked to repeat that accomplishment by leading his team to back to back Super Bowl championships. This last occurred 17 years ago by a team named the New England Patriots and a man named Tom Brady. The 2003-04 Patriots won back to back titles. This was Tom Brady’s tenth Super Bowl appearance, and for the first time in his career, he would be the underdog.
The game started off with Brady and the Bucs receiving the game’s first possession. They went three and out bringing out the defending champs to set the tone and put Brady behind early. A few punts later and exchanges of possession, the Chiefs took an early lead scoring the game’s first points when kicker Harrison Butker made a 49-yard field goal putting the game 3-0 in favor of the Chiefs. From that point on, it was game on for Brady, and he did not look back — scoring 21 points in the first quarter, scoring 3 out of his next four offensive drives. The score at the end of the first half was 21-6 Buccaneers.
The game continued to go the Buccaneers way in more ways than one. They were dominant on both sides of the ball especially the defensive side. They held Kansas City’s high powered offense to only 9 points, and Mahomes and the Chiefs became one of very few to not score an offensive touchdown, or a touchdown of any sorts, in Super Bowl history.
Brady was not the only thing that beat the Chiefs — the Chiefs beat the Chiefs, by committing 11 penalties for 120 yards, with a majority of them coming of defense.
The final score sat at 31-9, and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers were Champions once more. Tom Brady won his 7th championship — more than any other franchise in the NFL. The Patriots and the Pittsburg Steelers both have 6. Winning once more at age 43, Brady has cemented his legacy as the Greatest of All Time.
- Nick Gilbert / HLGU Vanguard / February 2021