Super Bowl LV Recap


Credits to Mark J. Rebilas (USA Today Sports)

Connor Toronto

The football season has come and gone once again. While the world yearns for some sort of normalcy during the COVID-19 pandemic, the football world has been greeted with a sight all too familiar. Tom Brady has once again won the Super Bowl, this time with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, beating the favored Kansas City Chiefs.

Many predicted the Super Bowl to be between these two teams, such as Tony Romo in the week twelve Chiefs-Buccaneers matchup of the regular season in which the Chiefs had beaten the Buccaneers 27-24. Not many could have expected the outcome of the greatest show in sports since the Buccaneers took the lead late in the first quarter and never looked back. In a decisive Buccaneers win of 31-9, the Tom Brady-led Buccaneers would earn Tampa Bay fans their second Lombardi Trophy.

To earn his seventh Super Bowl ring, Tom Brady and the Buccaneers’ offense would continue to fire on all cylinders after defeating the Green Bay Packers in a close 31-26 NFC championship victory. While no wide receiver would catch for more than 100 yards, the Buccaneers reaped the benefits of many errors and penalties committed by the Chiefs defense. Tight end Rob Gronkowski led all Tampa Bay receivers with 67 total yards receiving and two receiving touchdowns, while the rushing game from Leonard Fournette and Ronald Jones led to a combined 145 total yards on the ground, as well as one touchdown.

Many are left to speculate: what exactly went wrong for Kansas City? Their offense had been a juggernaut all throughout the season. Their defense, while never truly elite, had been serviceable throughout the regular season and the postseason. Some have even called Steve Spagnuolo’s role as the Chiefs defensive coordinator the easiest job on the planet. As soon as the Chiefs arrived at their second Super Bowl in two years, the team had fallen apart. A battered and bruised offensive line left quarterback Patrick Mahomes running for his life, taking a total of three sacks on the day. The elite defense of the Buccaneers made passing a nightmare for the young quarterback on top of this, grabbing two interceptions off of Mahomes, and allowing no touchdowns.

While tight end Travis Kelce did have 133 receiving yards, the rest of the Kansas City offense had little to no fighting power left after putting on a show in the AFC championship against the Buffalo Bills. The young quarterback had made miracle throw after miracle throw in the Super Bowl—but to no avail. Rookie running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire had been held to 64 yards rushing and no other running back would break double-digit yards on the ground besides quarterback Patrick Mahomes himself (33 yards).

While the offense had a lot of trouble getting the show started, the defense would fail to hold back the Buccaneers explosive offense. Despite having a very successful fourth-down stand on the Chiefs’ own one-yard line, the Chiefs allowed 21 first-half points and ten in the second half. While their play itself didn’t necessarily end their Super Bowl run, the Chiefs could not stop fouling the Buccaneer’s offense. The Chiefs finished the game with 11 total penalties, totaling 120 yards given to the Buccaneers, which could have easily been the difference-maker on many scoring drives.

Since his first start as the Kansas City Chiefs quarterback, Patrick Mahomes has never lost an NFL football game by more than one possession, until Super Bowl LV that is. In a game that Mahomes claimed to be “the worst… [he’s] been beaten in a long time.” The hopes of a dynasty for Kansas City fans are put off for another year, as the Lombardi trophy once again finds residence in the streets of Tampa Bay.