The Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ ferocious defense earned them the second, and for Tom Brady the seventh, Super Bowl title. In a fantastic display on both ends of the field, they would dismantle one of the best attacks in the past several years, Kansas City Chiefs, 31-9.
Bucs’ Defense Takes Over
Do you remember Week 12 and how Patrick Mahomes threw 462 yards in Chiefs’ win over the Bucs, 27-24? Do you remember that one? Just a few do. And after tonight’s match, that number will be cut in half, because Bucs and Brady won when it mattered.
Even though KC had more yards from the scrimmage in this game as well, they were completely outplayed by the Bucs’ defense, with Mahomes constantly running away from the same and throwing the ball from an awkward position.
The 2018 MVP didn’t have a single touchdown pass, and we haven’t seen that in a while. He was intercepted twice in this match, while throwing 270 yards and being sacked three times for 27 negative yards. Mahomes completed 26 of his 49 passing attempts.
Many would say that this happened because Chiefs didn’t have their starting OLs, Eric Fisher and Mitchell Schwartz, but even with these two involved, it is highly questionable what would happen.
Ndamukong Suh had 1.5 sacks, Shaquil Barrett added one, and Cam Gill had half. Antoine Winfield Jr. picked Mahomes, in the third, and Devin White had one more, with the whole defensive team having a perfect night, not just these guys who are mentioned here.
Tampa’s defensive coordinator Todd Bowles, who didn’t have a nice episode as a head coach of the New York Jets, needs to be credited for this one, and we are pretty sure that Bowles might find himself another head-coaching job.
Brady… and the Bunch
If you noticed, throughout the entire season, we here at VegasOdds.com called Tampa Bay’s offense (and the whole team sometimes) as Brady and the bunch. Last night, his bunch was in the middle of attention. When saying “his,” we mean on those players who landed in Florida because of him – Rob Gronkowski, Antonio Brown, and Leonard Fournette.
All of them had one TD, while Brady himself threw three. The legendary QB won his fifth Super Bowl MVP, although we strongly believe that the honor should end up in Leonard Fournette’s hands.
The prolific rusher had 89 yards on the ground with one 27-yard TD, which sealed the game, and also caught 46 yards. Fournette exploded in the finish, after having a mediocre first part of the season.
Rob Gronkowski had two touchdown catches, proving that his bond with Brady is unbreakable, regardless of the environment. Gronk is one of the best tight ends ever in clutch situations, and we had the honor of seeing him once again displaying magic.
And what to say about Antonio Brown. The prodigal son of football revived his career with this win, finally reaching the Super Bowl he couldn’t while playing for the Steelers. AB too, had a massive contribution in Tampa’s quest, regaining his old form over the past two months. All that was crowned with a TD in the finish of the first half.
And the one who made all of this possible was Brady… Just Brady.