Raymond James Stadium, home of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, became the first stadium to see its tenant win the Super Bowl on their own turf. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.
Super Bowl LV in Tampa Sunday night was another stellar performance from Tom Brady, who won MVP and his seventh Super Bowl ring, and led the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to their first championship since 2002 in a 31-9 win over the Kansas City Chiefs.
As the first team to ever host (and win) the big game at their home stadium, the Buccaneers got off to a slow start, with two quick punts to start the game, before the Chiefs got a field goal on their second drive.
On the next Buccaneers drive, Brady led a four-minute drive which finished in a 8-yard touchdown pass to former New England Patriots teammate, tight end Rob Gronkowski.
The Chiefs punted on their next drive, and the Buccaneers appeared poised to add to the lead, with the ball inside the 2-yard-line on second and goal. Three plays later, and the Chiefs had made an impressive stand to keep the Buccaneers out of the endzone.
However, the Buccaneers did get touchdowns on their next two drives, first on another pass to Gronkowski – a 17-yard play made possible after an offside penalty against the Chiefs on a field goal attempt gave the Bucs a new set of downs – and a 1-yard pass to resurgent wide receiver Antonio Brown.
The Chiefs were able to get a field goal between the two Bucs touchdowns, but last year’s Super Bowl MVP Patrick Mahomes went into halftime down 21-6.
A field goal by the Chiefs seemed to be making the game competitive again, but a 27-yard Leonard Fournette touchdown run nullified those hopes, and the Buccaneers picked off Mahomes on the following Chiefs drive.
The Buccaneers added a field goal, and the Chiefs’ next two drives ended on downs, before their final play of the game, which was a Mahomes pass tipped in the air and intercepted by Buccaneers linebacker Devin White to seal the Tampa Bay win.
Tom Brady was named Super Bowl LV MVP, the fifth of his career, throwing for 201 yards and 3 touchdowns on 21/29 passing. His counterpart, Mahomes, finished 26/49 for 270 yards, and 2 interceptions, and ran for 33 yards, most of which came in the first half.
Fournette churned out 89 yards and a touchdown on the ground, leading all rushers, and grabbed 4 passes for 46 yards. The two other touchdown receivers (Gronkowski and Brown) combined for 11 receptions for 89 yards and 3 touchdowns.
White, who made the game-sealing interception, also led all tacklers with 12, and finished with 2 tackles for loss. The Bucs defensive front pestered Mahomes all night, sacking the 2018 NFL MVP 3 times and forcing him to consistently move out of the pocket.
After this win for Brady, the seventh of his storied career, the dominance is un-matched by any quarterback who has gone before him.