Bucs sail away with Super Bowl title

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Raymond James Stadium home of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Eric Cropper, Staff Writer

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers blew out the Kansas City Chiefs 31-9 in Super Bowl LV. Buccaneers’ Quarterback Tom Brady was crowned Super Bowl MVP for his efforts in leading Tampa to the title. Brady passed for 201 yards and threw three touchdown passes en route to the victory.

Brady’s first touchdown came on a short pass to Rob Gronkowski who was able to find the end zone bringing the score to 7-3. This touchdown pass was Tom Brady’s first touchdown drive in the first quarter in a Super Bowl. Brady’s second touchdown pass came with about six minutes left in the second quarter. Throwing a bullet to the back of the end zone finding Gronk once again. Brady’s third touchdown of the first half came with only 10 seconds left in the half when Brady fired a bullet to former Steelers receiver Antonio Brown to take the Bucs to half time with a 21-6 lead.

While Tom Brady was truly fantastic in this Super Bowl, the Buccaneers defense was the true x-factor to their win. The Chiefs came into this Super Bowl expected to win and as the number one passing offense in the NFL. However the Buccaneers defense held the Chiefs to only nine points stopping the Chiefs from scoring a single touchdown.

Chiefs Quarterback Patrick Mahomes had an atrocious night throwing two interceptions and completing just 26 of his 49 passes. The Bucs defensive line showed out, consistently bringing pressure and ultimately sacking Mahomes three times.

The only real bright spot for the Chiefs offense was all pro tight end Travis Kelce who caught ten passes for 133 yards, but had his share of costly drops.

The defensive dominance came from Buccaneers defensive coordinator Todd Bowles who after the game said “The biggest thing was to cover up the receivers and make them hold the ball.” As well as “Mixing up the coverages.”

Another storyline in this year’s Super Bowl was “Playoff Lenny.” Leonard Fournette, the Buccaneers running back was a former first round pick deemed a bust by many. He was cut earlier in the season by the Jacksonville Jaguars before being signed by Tampa. He has come up in a big way for the Bucs in the playoffs. Against the Chiefs he rushed for 89 yards over 16 carries including a 27 yard touchdown run.

After the game when asked about “Playoff Lenny” and his performance in the playoffs Fournette said “They’ve been keeping me fresh.” When he was with Jacksonville he had about 200 more carries compared to this season in Tampa.

While there was some skepticism of the future of Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians and whether he would retire after this Super Bowl win, after the game he emphatically disproved these rumors, declaring “I’m coming back and trying to get two.” Also stating “This football team. I love these guys.”

While this year’s Super Bowl was a lot of fun, Chiefs safety Tyrann Mathieu did not seem to enjoy his Super Bowl Sunday. After giving up a touchdown to Antonio Brown, Mathieu got rough with Brown leading to Tom Brady chasing him down and the two exchanged words.

Throughout the first half Brady and Mathieu chirped back and forth with Mathieu eventually pointing a finger in Brady’s face. Mathieu’s trash talk was not enough because the Chiefs secondary which he was a part of, was picked apart by Brady and the Bucs all Sunday night.

The game ended with a score that nobody expected. It was a game full of trash talk, good defense, deep bombs, hard nosed old fashioned football, and ended with Brady and the Bucs on top.  It was Tom Brady’s tenth appearance and his seventh Super Bowl win. Brady’s long list of achievements and mind blowing statistics will continue to grow, and during the post game celebration, Brady let the world know “Were coming back.”