Tom Brady sealed his place within the pantheon of America’s best sporting icons on Sunday, successful a file seventh Super Bowl because the Tampa Bay Buccaneers routed the error-strewn Kansas City Chiefs 31-9.
The 43-year-old Brady — who turned the oldest man to play within the Super Bowl — etched one other exceptional chapter in his 21-year profession because the Buccaneers shattered the Chiefs’ goals of back-to-back NFL championships.
Brady, who solely joined the Buccaneers final 12 months after twenty years with the New England Patriots, delivered a classic show with three touchdowns, 21 from 29 completions and no interceptions at Tampa’s Raymond James Stadium.
But it was a depressing evening for the Chiefs and quarterback Patrick Mahomes, seen by many because the likeliest pretender to Brady’s throne.
Mahomes, 25, was roughed up repeatedly by a relentless Buccaneers protection, sacked thrice and intercepted twice, failing to register a landing because the Chiefs’ vaunted offense failed to hearth.
Instead, the evening belonged to the Buccaneers and Brady, who added one other unimaginable feat to his intensive catalogue of achievements by main his new franchise to the Vince Lombardi trophy after a tumultuous season performed beneath the shadow of the Covid-19 pandemic.
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The anticipated Super Bowl basic by no means materialized because the Buccaneers dominated to race right into a 21-6 first half lead with two touchdowns from Brady’s previous Patriots team-mate Rob Gronkwowski and a 3rd from Antonio Brown.
Running again Leonard Fournette rushed for a fourth early within the third quarter because the Bucs comfortably closed out a win that noticed head coach Bruce Arians develop into the oldest head coach to win a Super Bowl.
The Chiefs have been left ruing a disastrously indisciplined first half show that noticed them repeatedly hand over penalties that price 95 yards.
The Chiefs have been by no means within the recreation after taking the lead with a 49-yard Harrison Butker discipline aim, with the Bucs protection pressuring Mahomes from the outset.
The Buccaneers lastly sparked into life on their third drive as Brady cleverly started various play, utilizing Fournette to decide up a fast first down earlier than hitting receiver Brown for a 16-yard acquire.
An additional lengthy acquire from Cameron Brate and a Fournette rush put the Buccaneers deep in Chiefs territory, and Brady picked out an unmarked Gronkowski to put the Bucs 7-3 up after Ryan Succop’s additional level.
After one other Chiefs punt, the Bucs have been quickly again threatening the pink zone. This time nevertheless Kansas City pulled off an enormous goal-line stand to deny operating again Ronald Jones from one yard.
The Chiefs have been unable to make that second depend, nevertheless, and have been compelled to punt away on fourth down. Another expensive penalty made the punt even longer and left the Bucs in good discipline place.
The Chiefs seemed to have snaffled an interception off a deflected Brady cross however once more one other holding penalty let the Bucs off the hook.
It acquired worse for the Chiefs quickly afterward when one other penalty, this time for an infraction on the line of scrimmage, turned a Succop discipline aim try right into a Bucs first down.
On the following drive, Brady discovered Gronkowski ultimately zone as soon as extra to make it 14-3. With the Chiefs once more settling for a discipline aim on their subsequent possession, the Bucs regained the ball main 14-6 with a minute remaining within the half.
Yet once more penalties proved to be the Chiefs’ nemesis. A 34-yard cross try from Brady to Evans earned a flag after Bashaud Breeland tripped Mike Evans.
Another holding penalty, this time in opposition to Tyrann Mathieu, left the Buccaneers on the one-yard line with 13 seconds left.
This time Brady arrowed a bullet cross by way of a crowd of defenders to discover Brown for a landing and a 21-6 lead.
The Chiefs rallied early within the second half, with rookie operating again Clyde Edwards Helaire producing two lengthy carries take Kansas City into Bucs territory.
The Bucs protection once more shut down Mahomes passing choices although, leaving Butker to lower the lead to 21-9 with a discipline aim.
Tampa Bay’s offense picked up the place it had left off within the first half, with Brady’s 25-yard completion to Gronkowski establishing good discipline place.
From there Fournette discovered house on the surface and accelerated away from the Chiefs protection for a 27-yard gallop into the top zone. Succop’s kick made it 28-9 and the Bucs have been cruising.
It acquired worse for the Chiefs on the following possession, when Mahomes was sacked by Shaq Barrett earlier than tossing an interception on the following play, security Antoine Winfield with the decide.
Another Buccaneers discipline aim from Succop made it 31-9 heading into the fourth quarter, and the sport ended because the Bucs grabbed one other interception.
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