Tampa Bay Buccaneers defeat Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LV


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Alexander Ortiz, Editor In Chief

On Super Bowl Sunday in 2021, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers defeated the Kansas City Chiefs 31-9. The Super Bowl was also hosted in Tampa Bay this year. Both defenses looked strong throughout the course of the game, but the Bucs were able to prevail against QB Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs. This loss ended up being Mahomes’ first double-digit loss in NFL History. 

Quarterback Tom Brady was Mahomes’ counterpart in the matchup, with who he had to face manning the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Brady is a former Six-Time Super Bowl champion for the New England Patriots. He chose to sign with the Buccaneers over the 2020 offseason. Brady also ended up reunited with TE Rob Gronkowski, who was received in a trade from the Patriots. Gronkowski (Gronk) announced he would come out of retirement to play with the Buccaneers, as both players were able to engineer the offense. 

Brady went on to collect his 7th Super Bowl Title, throwing three touchdowns for 201 yards. Two of the touchdowns Brady threw were to Gronk. Gronkowski went on to have 6 receptions for 67 yards to go with his pair of touchdowns. The duo went on breaking a record, recording their 13th and 14th touchdown receptions in the postseason, breaking a record that was previously held by NFL Hall of Famers Joe Montana and Jerry Rice. Tom Brady was also announced Super Bowl MVP, recording his 5th Super Bowl MVP. 

As for the Kansas City Chiefs, it was a struggle for them offensively and defensively for them to stay alive throughout the game. Patrick Mahomes went on throwing 270 passing yards but recorded two interceptions. TE Travis Kelce had 10 receptions for 133 yards, with his longest reception being for 33 yards. Kicker Harrison Butker went a perfect three-for-three in field goal opportunities for the Chiefs. 

Overall, both teams put up a great fight with one team prevailing over the other. There were so many different storylines for how the outcome of the game could have resulted, but it was quite the historic run for Tom Brady. Brady has another season on his contract, so it will be something to keep an eye on for Brady to take the Buccaneers to a second-consecutive Super Bowl. 

For the Kansas City Chiefs, there is a lot of potential for this team to make another appearance in the near future to more Super Bowls. Kansas City locked up QB Patrick Mahomes to a 10-year contract, well worth over $400 million. If he is able to perform the way he has played for the past few seasons, we could see this same matchup potentially the same time a year from now today.