Complete performance from Buccaneers brings Brady his 7th ring
Long story short, Tom Brady is now officially the greatest winner in modern day team sports after claiming his 7th Super Bowl ring last night in Tampa Bay. They said he was a system quarterback that would never be able to win without Bill Belichek. He came to Tampa Bay, turned the franchise around and brought them the ultimate prize in football in just one season, taking down Brees, Rodgers and Mahomes in the process.
Final Score at Super Bowl LV, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 31-9 Kansas City Chiefs
All season long Brady has continued to say that this Bucs team "still haven't played a perfect game yet" well they came as close to a perfect game as you can in the biggest game in football and denied Mahomes and the Chiefs back to back crowns.
A 43 year old vs a 25 year old, on paper this game was seen largely as a passing of the torch from Brady to Mahomes but instead the old dog showed he still has a few tricks and that anyone who wants to win a Super Bowl still has to go through him. Brady was phenomenal basically from start to finish, completing 21 of his 29 passes for 201 yards and three touchdowns.
One of the key moves made by the Buccaneers after acquiring Brady was convincing Rob Gronkowski to come out of retirement and run things back with his old buddy from New England and after having just two completions in the previous three playoff games, Brady looked to Gronk in all the big moments. The tight end had six receptions for 67 yards including two first half touchdowns. It seemed like Brady had forgotten about Gronk and so did opposing defenders but it turned out to be a set up for the big man to step up in all the crucial plays of the game and deliver as per usual.
In the process Brady & Gronkowski become the greatest quarterback-pass catcher tandem in NFL Playoff history with 14 hook ups, eclipsing the previous record of 12 set by 49ers greats Joe Montana and Jerry Rice. The first touchdown was also the first time in Brady's Super Bowl career that he scored a td in the first quarter.
The defenses of Kansas City and Tampa Bay had both put in huge performances over the past couple of weeks but it was the Bucs' that held up on the big stage. The Chiefs gave up 11 penalties in total which cost 120 yards. This included a penalty that lost them an interception on 3rd down and then a false start which gave the Bucs a first down as they were about to kick a field goal, which gave Brady a third chance to score and he did not blow the chance as he connected with Gronkowski in the end zone. Then after reducing the lead to eight with under a minute to go in the half, two pass interference calls allowed the Tampa to get up the field and Brady eventually found Antonio Brown with short pass to give the Buccaneers a 21-6 half time lead.
The Chiefs scored another field goal on the opening play of the second half but then gave up another touchdown on the following play as Leonard Fournette ran in to make it 28-9 and the Bucs defense then took complete control. They dominated the Chiefs offensive line which was somewhat of question mark heading into the game after they lost left tackle Eric Fisher in the AFC Championship which meant three players were playing out of position and it proved crucial.
The Bucs defense have been amazing throughout the playoffs and after hustling and harrying Aaron Rodgers they did the same to Patrick Mahomes and restriced him to just 270 yards of offense (he averages above 300 in his career) while also restricting Tyreek Hill to just 73 yards (he had over 100 receiving yards in previous two playoff games). They did not allow a single touchdown and forced three sacks on Mahomes. The defense was no doubt MVP of the game, although it ultimately went to Tom Brady, of course.
The Chiefs never quite looked themselves in Tampa with Mahomes clearly not at 100% but credit must be given to the Buccaneers for that. They had Kansas City's number and they inflicted the first double digit defeat of Patrick Mahomes young career.
It may not have been the classic we were all hoping for but this Championship will forever be remembered as the greatest of all time officially crowning himself as the greatest winner in modern day team sports. Brady is not done yet and unfortunately for the rest of the league he is coming back for at least one more season.
The 43 year old now how more Super Bowls than any franchise in the league, the Buccaneers have their 2nd Super Bowl and Brady shows no sign of stopping, the Chiefs will bounce back from this humbling defeat but last night once again proved true that you never back against the GOAT.