Tom Brady secured his seventh super bowl ring last night, and his first with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, as they defeated the Kansas City Chiefs 31-9 at Super Bowl LV.
It was a demolition from the Bucs as they put on a show to secure only their second Super Bowl victory. Playing at their home stadium in Tampa proved to give the Bucs the boost they needed to overcome the Chiefs, and their star quarterback, Patrick Mahomes.
It was an edgy start to the game with both teams not able to penetrate either side’s defence, but it was the Chiefs who nearly had the first touchdown of the game, only for the ball to bounce off Tyreek Hill’s helmet in the endzone.
The Chiefs settled for a field goal but that missed opportunity would set the tone for the rest of the game. Brady set the Bucs offense alight, throwing to Rob Gronkowski for the Bucs’ first points of the game with 40 seconds remaining in the first quarter.
The 43-year-old would connect with Gronkowski once again, and later with Antonio Brown- both players he requested be brought into the Bucs from his former team, the New England Patriots.
Leonard Fournette would run in the Bucs fourth touchdown of the game in the final-15, but it was clear by the third quarter that there would be no historic comeback for the Chiefs.
It was a stark contrast to the Kansas City team we have seen during the post and regular season. Their defence was ill-disciplined with multiple penalties leading to big plays from the Bucs which would ultimately decide the game. They were unable to rely on their star-studded offence either, with Travis Kelce and Hill unable to have any real impact on the game.
Credit must go to the Tampa defence however, as they made it impossible for Mahomes to work his magic, sacking him three times and forcing two interceptions resulting in Kansas falling short at the third down throughout the game.
Mahomes will be devastated by the loss, going two-three now against Tom Brady who has now doubt cemented himself as the best quarterback of all time.
Brady has now won more Super Bowl’s individually than any team franchise and makes it seven wins from ten appearances. The stats are staggering, but what is perhaps more staggering is the fact he has single handily turned the Bucs into a championship winning team without any effects on his own individual performance.
Brady, who will now more often than not be referred to as ‘the GOAT’, has written himself further into the history books and you can only sit back and marvel at the level at which he is still playing at 43 years of age.
The Kansas City Chiefs will no doubt bounce back from this painful loss but the way in which they lost the game will inevitably hurt for years to come. For Mahomes, he still has a long way to go to challenge the status of Tom Brady but you can’t imagine it will be long before he is back lifting the Vince Lombardi Trophy.