Ponce de Leon proclaimed to discover a fountain of youth in Florida, and Tom Brady seems to have discovered that very same pool of water. In his first yr with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Brady led Tampa Bay to its second-ever Super Bowl title, and seventh in his distinguished profession.
And he did it at his residence stadium in south Florida on Sunday night time.
Brady led the Buccaneers to a 31-9 win over the Kansas City Chiefs at Raymond James Stadium in Super Bowl LV. Tampa Bay made historical past by changing into the primary staff to ever play a Super Bowl in its residence stadium, and made much more historical past by successful the sport.
Tampa Bay is now 2-0 in Super Bowl video games, including to the title from its 2002 season. Kansas City is now 2-2 within the large recreation—shedding in Super Bowl I and successful Super Bowls 50 years aside within the fourth and 54th video games.
Sunday night time’s recreation was pitted because the legendary quarterback towards the up-and-comer, and all the things went the best way of the 43-year-old veteran. Brady, enjoying in his tenth Super Bowl, received his seventh title in his tenth look. Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes was searching for back-to-back Super Bowl titles, however the Buccaneers protection was simply an excessive amount of.
Brady accomplished 21-of-29 passes for 201 yards and three touchdowns, most of it within the first half. More importantly, the Buccaneers held the potent Chiefs offense to simply three area targets in your entire recreation, and so they stored Patrick Mahomes scrambling all night time and searching fairly confused.
Mahomes had received 25 of his final 26 begins. He had by no means misplaced by double digits as an NFL starter, and he had solely misplaced one playoff recreation as a starter—that was to the Brady-led New England Patriots in January of 2019 within the AFC Championship.
Mahomes handed for 266 yards, however accomplished simply 25-of-48 passes and had no touchdowns with two interceptions.
Brady cements his legacy within the NFL much more than it was earlier than. He has extra playoff wins (34), extra Super Bowl titles (7) and nearly each playoff passing report identified within the NFL report books.
Here’s how the sport acquired to a lopsided Buccaneers victory Sunday night time in Super Bowl LV.
The Chiefs received the opening toss and elected to defer their selection, resulting in a kickoff to to the Buccaneers. It was the Eleventh-consecutive Super Bowl the place the staff successful the coin toss deferred their choice.
The groups traded punts within the first quarter as each defenses held the opposing offenses in test. The Chiefs broke by means of with a drive that ended with a 49-yard Harrison Butker area objective, however the Buccaneers responded with an eight-play, 75-yard drive that was capped by Brady tossing an 8-yard landing go to Rob Gronkowski, who was Brady’s former teammate in New England. The Buccaneers led, 7-3, on the finish of the primary quarter.
The landing go from Brady to Gronkowski broke an NFL postseason report of a passer-catcher duo, previously held by Hall of Fame gamers Joe Montana and Jerry Rice.
Tampa Bay pressured a Kansas City punt, and Brady engineered a drive that acquired the Buccaneers to a 4th-and-goal, however the Chiefs protection stopped Ronald Jones simply wanting the objective line, giving Kansas City the ball at their very own 1.
Tampa Bay’s Ryan Succop drilled a 40-yard area objective, however Kansas City’s Antonio hamilton was known as for an offside on the 4th-and-5, which gave the Buccaneers a primary down. On the subsequent play, Brady discovered Gronkowski once more—this time for a 17-yard landing and 14-3 lead with 6:11 to play within the second quarter.
Butker made a 34-yard area objective to slice Tampa Bay’s result in 14-6 with a couple of minute remaining within the first half, and that is the place the rating stood at halftime.
Brady drove his staff down the sphere once more and drew a go interference in the long run zone with 10 seconds to go. Brady threw a dart to Antonio Brown on the subsequent play for a 1-yard landing go to present the Buccaneers a 21-6 halftime lead.
Kansas City had 5 defensive penalties for 72 yards within the first half, along with the one penalty for 5 yards on the one particular groups play.
In the primary half, Mahomes accomplished simply 9-of-19 passes for 67 yards whereas Brady was 16-of-20 for 140 yards and three touchdowns. When the groups performed in Tampa 10 weeks earlier within the common season, Mahomes handed for greater than 200 yards and a pair of touchdowns in simply the primary quarter.
Kansas City acquired the ball to open the second half, however settled for one more Butker area objective. The Buccaneers did not want a lot time to cowl 74 yards in simply six performs, capped by a 27-yard landing run by Leonard Fournette. The Bucs took a convincing 28-9 lead with simply greater than 1 / 4 and a half to play.
Mahomes threw an interception on the subsequent drive, and Tampa Bay cashed in with a Succop area objective to take a 31-9 lead.
The Chiefs marched down into the pink zone late within the recreation, however a Mahomes go deflected into the air and was intercepted by Buccaneers linebacker Devin White.