In the the host Super Bowl LV, city of Tampa, the hometown Bucs pulled an upset defeating the Chiefs 31-9. It was their free agent 43, year old QB, Tom Brady that led they way throwing 3 TD passes without a pick.
For sure, the Bucs defense deserves credit as well for holding the Chiefs to just 9 points. Not allowing Mahomes & Co. a single TD was worth a standing ovation alone. Kudos to Todd Bowles former Jets Head Coach and current Defensive Coordinator of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
The first points were scored until, with about 5 minutes to play in the 1st quarter, KC kicked a 49 year FG to take a 3-0 lead. That was the only time they led in the NFL's biggest game.
Just before the end of the 1st quarter, Brady connected with his former and favorite New England TE, Rob Gronkowski on a 8 yard TD pass to take a 7-3 lead.
In the 2nd quarter, Tampa got down to the KC 2 and didn't score. First Tampa recovered their own fumble and then on 4th and 1, J.Haeg and V.Vea reported in as eligible. R.Jones ran to the KC 1 for no gain. Tampa challenged the spot of the goal line ruling, and the play was Upheld giving the Chiefs the ball at their own 1 yard line.
In the 4th quarter, Mahomes is 24 for 46 for 255 yards without a TD pass and a INT. He's been sacked twice, Brady once. Meanwhile, Brady at 43, has the better stats; 21 for 29 for 201 yards with 3 TD passes and 0 picks. Gronk is the Bucs leading receiver with 6 catches for 67 yards with 2 TDs.
Bucs were able to run the ball effectively to eat clock in the 2nd half which is something the Browns should of done, but instead passed the ball too often in their 22-17 defeat vs. KC.
With about 6 minutes before the half, Tampa made a 40 yard field goal which was nullified by a penalty, on KC; defensive offside, 5 yards which was enforced at KC 22, automatic 1st down. That lead to Brady's 17 yard TD pass to Gronkowski, his 2nd TD catch of the Super Bowl.
It's going Tampa's way thus far thanks in part to too many KC penalties at crucial times. A few plays prior to Gronk's 2nd TD catch, Brady had thrown a pick, but another KC penalty spared the Bucs from turning the ball over. It's 14-3 Tampa.
With less than 2 minutes before the half, KC's Butker kicked a 34 yard field goal making it a 14-6 game.
With just 10 seconds before halftime, Brady threw his third TD pass of the game, a 1 yard TD pass to Antonio Brown giving the Bucs a surprising 21-6 lead at halftime.
KC scored first in the 2nd half, another field goal. Butker hit on a 52 FG making it a 21-9 game. Bucs answered right back with less than 8 to play in the 3rd quarter. Fournette ran 27 yards for a TD making it 28-9.
On the following KC drive, Mahomes was sacked for the first time and with 6:30 to play in the 3rd quarter, Mahomes deep pass intended for Tyreek Hill was intercepted at the 45. That turnover led to a Tampa 52 yard field goal making it 31-9 Bucs.
The game may have ended early, when with 13:43 to play in the game, Mahomes pass to Williams was incomplete. KC went for on 4th & 9 from the TB 11 rather then kick a field goal.
On KC's last drive with about 2 minutes to play Mahomes threw his 2nd pick. That was it. It ended 31-9. The 3 point underdog Bucs pulled a big upset and Tom Brady wins his 7th ring and 5th SB MVP; that's truly amazing.