Ayyyeee… What’s Goodie Everyone. So I got some tea and it involves The Superbowl LV.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat the Kansas City Chiefs, 31 to 9, on Sunday night at Raymond James Stadium in Super Bowl LV.
Tom Brady, with three touchdown passes, bested Patrick Mahomes in a quarterback matchup and Brady had help from tight end Rob Gronkowski, his former Patriots teammate who came out of retirement to rejoin Brady in Tampa. Gronkowski caught two first half touchdown passes from Brady as the Buccaneers sprinted to a 21 to 6 halftime lead and never looked back. Brady also threw a touchdown pass to wide receiver Antonio Brown in a 21-for-29, 201 yard passing performance. He won his fifth Super Bowl MVP award.
Brady and the Buccaneers defeated three legendary quarterbacks in succession: the New Orleans Saints’ Drew Brees, the Green Bay Packers’ Aaron Rodgers and Mahomes.
The NFL pushed onward and managed to play the 269th and final game of its season on time. It came during a pleasant Florida evening before a crowd of 24,835 fans, including about 7,500 vaccinated healthcare workers who attended as guests of the league. There also were 30,000 cardboard cutouts of fans that made the stands appear even more filled. The Chiefs failed in their bid to become the NFL’s first repeat champions since Brady’s Patriots in the 2003 and 2004 seasons.
Mahomes was under pressure and threw two interceptions while completing only 26 of 49 passes for 270 yards. The Chiefs couldn’t reach the end zone and never resembled the team that dominated the NFL over the past two seasons. The Chiefs struggled through a first half in which they committed numerous gaffes, including eight penalties for 95 yards, and failed to safeguard Mahomes from the Buccaneers pass rush. He was forced to scramble from the pocket regularly while playing behind a patchwork, injury depleted offensive line and managed only 67 first half passing yards. The Kansas City defense had a goal line stand in the second quarter to keep the game temporarily tight. A gadget play pass by the Buccaneers thrown to offensive lineman Joe Haeg, who lined up as an eligible receiver, didn’t work, and tailback Ronald Jones II was stopped on a fourth down carry from the 1 yard line. Brady and some Buccaneers players signaled touchdown, and Arians tried an instant replay challenge that failed.
A 29 yard punt by the Chiefs Tommy Townsend set up the Buccaneers at the Kansas City 38 yard line. Their drive was extended first when an interception was negated by a defensive holding penalty, then when the Chiefs lined up offside on a successful field goal. Brady found Gronkowski for a 17 yard touchdown on the next play.Brady and the Buccaneers rushed down the field, aided by two pass interference calls against the Chiefs. Brady’s one yard touchdown pass to Brown six seconds before halftime made it 21 to 6. Brown was another Brady influenced addition to the roster, signed at Brady’s urging when Arians dropped his objection just before the expiration of Brown’s eight game suspension by the NFL for violating its personal conduct policy.