Never bet against the GOAT (Greatest of All-Time). For now, he’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady. Someday it might be Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes. But not that day at Super Bowl LV, as the Tampa Bay Bucs underdog destroyed defending champions Chiefs by 31-9 in a game that looked like it was over in the first half.
A stifling Tampa Bay defense kept Mahomes running his entire life for much of the game, as Tampa Bay defensive coordinator Todd Bowles crafted an offensive defense that threw Mahomes out of his game. It wasn’t pretty and Kansas City had no answers. It was an unexpected blast from the defending champions, and as CBS announcer Jim Nantz noted, a lot of people were probably disappointed that the game turned into a rout.
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Worse yet, the Kansas City Chiefs’ defense was cut out by wily veteran Brady, who threw 3 touchdown passes in the first half and hit the accelerator in the second to stifle any hope of a comeback.
Brady won his 7th Super Bowl ring, a mark that may never be surpassed. He now holds the record for most Super Bowl wins by any player in the National Football League, having previously won 6 rings for New England. Tampa Bay won its second Super Bowl title as a franchise, its first since 2002-03.
For Brady, the victory may have been particularly sweet. He left his longtime home in New England to become a free agent, choosing Tampa Bay as his vehicle to give him the best chance in another ring.
At 43, he’s a former quarterback, but his health has kept him on par with the game’s younger generation. He finished the game 21-29 for 201 yards with three touchdowns and none. interception, sporting a 125.8 quarterback rating.
Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians became the oldest head coach to win a Super Bowl at 68. The Arians briefly retreated to the TV booth, but returned because he had missed the camraderie of a football locker room.
Mahomes, an NFL MVP and looking to become the first quarterback to win in his first two Super Bowl appearances, looked very deadly. He didn’t cross the 100-yard mark until the third quarter and racked up most of his stats in the trash after his team fell behind.