Buccaneers dominate Chiefs in Super Bowl LV
Updated: May 28
Tampa--The Tampa Bay Buccaneers cruised to their second Super Bowl title with a 31-9 victory over the defending champion Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday night at Tampa's Raymond James Stadium-- giving QB Tom Brady a historic 7th career Super Bowl title.
While many expected a highly competitive offensive game, the Tampa defense came with a great gameplan that was executed to near perfection. With four of Kansas City's starting offensive linemen out, the Bucs' defensive line was able to get tremendous pressure on Patrick Mahomes almost every play, making it difficult to establish any offensive rhythm. The Tampa secondary also didn't let any of the Chiefs' stars get behind them in coverage, which limited the big plays that Kansas City is so used to having.
Kansas City would open the scoring with a field goal in the first quarter, but that lead would evaporate quickly. Brady found Rob Gronkowski for a touchdown on the ensuing drive. The pair later connected again on a well-designed screen pass to make it a 14-3 game. The Chiefs would make it a 14-6 game but allow Tampa to score another touchdown in less than a minute to end the half.
Kansas City needed a score to open the second half, and a Harrison Butker 52 yard field goal couldn't have been what they had in mind. Still, it cut the lead to 12 points and gave the defense a chance to seize momentum. However, Leonard Fournette would cap the next Tampa drive with a 27 yard TD run to pad the lead. Mahomes' pass on the following drive was tipped and intercepted, giving Tampa great field position at the KC 45 yard line. Just a few minutes later, Ryan Succop--a former Chief-- would drill a field goal to put an early nail in the coffin.
The Chiefs had one more chance to score with the game basically over, but Tampa linebacker Devin White intercepted Mahomes in the endzone.
Brady was named the game's MVP after throwing three touchdown passes. It was his fifth time receiving the award in 10 Super Bowl appearances.
Travis Kelce had the biggest night among Chiefs players with 133 receiving yards on 10 catches.