Winning 31-9, Tom Brady has just earned his seventh championship, passing Michael Jordan for most rings won by a single athlete. In a season like no other, the Buccaneers held a record-setting Kansas City Chiefs’ offense to just nine points.
Kansas City struggled on offense all night due to their starting tackles being sidelined with injuries. Patrick Mahomes had to scramble for his life on seemingly every play as the Buccaneers defenders were always in the backfield.
Led by Jason Pierre Paul and Shaquil Barrett, the Buccaneers’ defense came to play after giving up 500 yards the first time these two teams met.
Early on, the Chiefs had to settle for field goals as the Buccaneers scored touchdowns. The speedy Tyreek Hill was also kept in check all night as he was smothered by the secondary. Passes were overthrown or flat out dropped and their offense never seemed to be in sync.
They were looking to become the first team to win back-to-back titles since the 2003-2004 Patriots, but their offense never got going.
With two touchdown passes to Rob Gronkowski, Tampa’s offense got hot and never cooled off. Brady finished the game with three touchdowns and completed 21 of 29 passes. He also walks away from this game being named the most valuable player for a record fifth time.
Not only is this the second title in franchise history for Tampa Bay, but they had an impressive regular season performance after finishing previous seasons with the worst winning percentage in league history.
The Buccaneers also became the first team to win a Super Bowl at home and this came after winning three consecutive games on the road. This team had to defeat the likes of Drew Brees and Aaron Rodgers to get to this point.
With the addition of playmakers like Antonio Brown, Leonard Fournette, and Gronkowski, the team won their last four regular season games and scored at least 30 points in every one of their playoff games.
Fournette, who was cut by the Jacksonville Jaguars earlier this season, had a rushing touchdown and 89 yards in his Super Bowl debut.
This double digit loss will be the first of Mahomes’ young career. He drops to 0-2 when facing Brady in the postseason. This is the fewest points the Chiefs have scored with him as the starter.
At the age of 43, retirement seems to be out of the question for Brady as he plans to return for another season.