Behind Brady and a Ferocious Defense, Tampa Bay Buccaneers Win Super Bowl LV

Super Bowl Winning Buccaneers With TB Background

  • The Tampa Bay Buccaneers defeat the Kansas City Chiefs 31-9 at Super Bowl LV.
  • Tom Brady won a record 7th Super Bowl titles and 5th Super Bowl MVP trophy.
  • The Tampa Bay defense shut down Patrick Mahomes to 26-49 passing with zero touchdowns and two interceptions.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers won the second Super Bowl title in franchise history on Sunday night, doing so at their home stadium and as 3-3.5 point betting underdogs in the best NFL betting sites.

Tampa Bay’s defense set the tone for the game, forcing the high-powered Kansas City offense to punt on their first possession and kick a 49-yard field goal in their second possession of the game. With the Chiefs’ offense unable to go off early, The Bucs stayed close in the first quarter. More defense came in the second quarter and Tampa Bay took a 21-6 halftime lead they never relinquished. Teams that trailed by double digits at the half of the Super Bowl are 1-25 all-time. The only team to win? The Patriots led by Tom Brady at Super Bowl LI.

More Super Bowl Titles Than Any NFL Franchise

Brady now has won a total of Seven Super Bowls which is more than what any NFL franchise has. He joins Payton Manning as the only QB to win Super Bowls with two different franchises. But Brady is the only QB to start and win the Super Bowl while playing for the two conferences.

TB12 also won his 5th Super Bowl MVP award, adding to a record he already owns. He now has won more postseason MVP award than LeBron James and only trails Michael Jordan for the most such awards in the history of the NFL, NBA, MLB, and NHL. He also re-set his own record for oldest Super Bowl MVP award winner.

But more than the records that he set on Sunday, Brady’s biggest stamp in the Bucs’ second Super Bowl title was helping them build a winning team. During the season, Brady personally recruited Rob Gronkowski, Antonio Brown, and Leonard Fournette to join him in Tampa Bay. All three scored a touchdown on Sunday for the Bucs.

Many thought Brady took a big risk by leaving the Patriots for a team that had missed the postseason in 13 consecutive seasons and owned the league’s worst winning percentage at .393. But as he said during the Super Bowl MVP presentation, they peaked at the right time. The Bucs won their last four regular season games and won three consecutive playoff games on the road, before becoming the first team to win the Super Bowl at their own stadium.

That Tampa Bay Defense

But while Brady won Super Bowl MVP honors and is getting a lot of attention, it was the fierce Tampa Bay defense that paved the way for Brady to weave his magic. Tampa Bay completely shut down the high-powered Kansas City Offense by keeping them out of the end zone, and limiting them to just nine points on three field goals.

The Bucs defense pressured Mahomes more times than any defense had pressured any quarterback in the history of the Super Bowl. Tampa Bay’s 29 QB pressures was four more than what Jim Kelly faced at Super Bowl XXVI.

Mahomes entered the game completing 70.9% of his passes against the blitz while recording 17 TDs and no interception in those situations.But he missed his first six passes against the Tampa Bay blitz including one interception on Sunday night.

When the game was over, Mahomes finished with 270 yards on 26-49 passing with no touchdowns and two interceptions. He was sacked three times and ran a total of 497 yards before his sacks or passes, the most by any quarterback in any game this season. Prior to Sunday, the las time Mahomes lost a game that he started by more than one possession was on November 19, 2016 when Iowa State beat Texas Tech 66-10.

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Shane Acedera / Author

Shane grew up watching the Magic & Bird rivalry but ended up rooting for Detroit's Bad Boys team in the 1990s NBA. He loves to tell sports stories and has been writing about sports since high school. When Shane isn't busy jotting down his thoughts, he's just chillin' at home with his wife Rocelle and their two dogs named Horry and Fisher. He recently added a new family member, adopting a handsome retired K-9 named Ranger.