In the midst of wild celebrations for his historic seventh Super Bowl win, Tom Brady sought out his family for a heartwarming embrace.
The legendary quarterback won a record-breaking seventh ring in a commanding 31-9 rout of the Chiefs in Super Bowl LV, at Tampa Bay's Raymond James Stadium home ground.
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Brady, whose seven individual SB wins are more than any one NFL franchise, was fittingly named the game's MVP.
The 43-year-old embraced his children Vivian, Benjamin and Jack, with Brady even handing the Vince Lombardi trophy to his eight-year-old daughter as he answered questions on field.
Brady said he was proud of the way Tampa Bay had responded to the challenging 2020/2021 season.
“I'm so proud of all these guys down here,” Brady said.
“Everything we had dealt with all year. We had a rough month in November. We had all the confidence in us. The team had a lot of confidence. We came together at the right time.
“I think we knew this was going to happen, didn't we? We ended up playing our best game of the year.
“This team is world champions forever. You can't take it away from us.”
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.
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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.
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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.
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.
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