Tom Brady has led the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to their second Super Bowl title after an extraordinary record-breaking display against the Kansas City Chiefs.
The legendary quarterback won a record-breaking seventh ring in a commanding 31-9 rout of the Chiefs in Super Bowl LV, at the Bucs' Raymond James Stadium home ground.
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Brady - who has now won more Super Bowls (seven) than any other franchise - was fittingly named the game's MVP.
While Brady was outstanding, Tampa Bay's second Super Bowl title was built upon a total team effort.
Tampa's defence was particularly incredible, with the Bucs harassing Chiefs superstar quarterback, Patrick Mahomes all night.
A ferocious pass rush (especially Shaq Barrett) kept Mahomes off balance while the defensive game plan focused on eliminating dangerous receiver Tyreek Hill.
Mahomes, noticeably hobbled by a turf toe injury, finished 26-for-49 with 270 yards and two interceptions.
It took until just before the third quarter for him to amass over 100 yards passing. He spent much of the night scrambling around in the backfield, avoiding sacks, only to chuck wild, but accurate, passes to receivers who then didn’t catch them.
For Kansas City, the reigning Super Bowl champions who went 14-2 this season, the night was a complete meltdown. Bad scheme. Bad performances. Dumb penalties. The Bucs outmuscled and outhustled the Chiefs.
Meanwhile Tampa, the first team to ever play the Super Bowl in its home stadium, was a picture of execution.
After two early punts, the Bucs’ offense began rattling off touchdowns while the Chiefs either punted or settled for field goals.
Brady went 16-of-20 in the first half, the best completion percentage for a half in Super Bowl history. Leonard Fournette (89 yards) and Ronald Jones (61) ground through the Chiefs.
In the first half Brady twice hit his old friend from New England, Rob Gronkowski, for touchdown passes. Another went to Antonio Brown, another old Patriot (at least briefly) to end the half.
Both players became Bucs this season after Brady served as a middleman – both lobbying the team to sign them and recruiting them for another run in the sun to a potential title. Gronk even had to unretire just to play with his old QB. He finished with 67 yards catching in a throwback performance.
Brady cements GOAT legacy
Although there were so many heroes among the Bucs' ranks, it was Brady's record-breaking display that dominated the wash-up.
Many viewers insisted that the 43-year-old's seventh Super Bowl triumph ranks him above the likes of Michael Jordan as arguably America's greatest ever sportsman.
I'm the biggest jordan fan but this is definitely up there. Similar to tigers last masters victory
— MattStopa (@MattStopa) February 8, 2021
This puts him above Jordan as the greatest athlete of our generation.
— David James Hill (@DavidJamesHill) February 8, 2021
Congratulations to the Tampa Bay @Buccaneers on winning #SuperBowl LV. Just a dominant performance in all phases of the game. And there’s no dispute: @TomBrady is truly the greatest of all time. Different team, different coach, same result: excellence, and a 7th ring. Amazing. 🐐
— Ajit Pai (@AjitPai) February 8, 2021
— Shannon Mulaire NBC10 Boston (@ShanNBCBoston) February 8, 2021
Tom Brady has more Super Bowls than every single NFL franchise.
Like it or not he’s the greatest of all-time and it’s not even close.
— 360°FantasyFootball (@360FFB) February 8, 2021
Defensively, coordinator Todd Bowles’ game plan will go down in Super Bowl lore. The Chiefs are one of the most dynamic offenses in league history and the 25-year-old Mahomes is an already legendary playmaker.
Kansas City racked up 456 yards in a 27-24 victory over Tampa earlier in the season. That included 269 yards and three touchdowns from Hill.
This time the Chiefs got nothing easy, scored zero touchdowns and saw Hill be a virtual non-factor. By the end, Bucs defensive backs, who had been abused by Hill during the regular season, were taunting his inefficiency.
The Chiefs loss extends an NFL record run without a repeat champion. No team has won consecutive Super Bowls since the 2003-04 New England Patriots.
The quarterback of that team: Tom Brady. Of course.
with Yahoo Sports US