Tom Brady is more than a dream to some football fans.
Brady is more than a nightmare to some football fans.
Brady took his talents to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the offseason during a pandemic; the only other teams out of the 30 NFL teams interested in the free-agent were the San Diego Chargers.
Brady led the Buccaneers to their second Super Bowl title in franchise history after a 31-9 dismantling of the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LV. Brady has won his seventh Super Bowl on his tenth trip. Brady now has more than every franchise in the NFL.
“I am proud of all the guys, proud of all the coaches, the effort we put in,” Brady said. “We knew we were playing a great football team tonight. If you want to get this far, you want to get the job done.”
The Chiefs were known for comeback wins with Patrick Mahomes at quarterback in several games. However, Brady took a 21-6 lead into the locker-room while “The Weeknd” had the football field all to himself for the halftime show.
For the first half as a whole, Brady finished 16-of-20 for 140 yards and three touchdowns, completing 80 percent of his passes. He ended the game 21-of-29 for 201 yards and three touchdowns with no turnovers.
In the second half, the Buccaneers’ defense help Brady count, not one, not two, not three to his seventh ring. The Chiefs’ offense was shockingly non-existent.
Tampa Bay’s defense was all over Mahomes. The Bucs totaled three sacks and eight quarterback hits, making life crazy for the young defending champion. Moreover, He was running for his life on a bad toe.
Mahomes was under constant pressure that the Chiefs were held without a touchdown for the first time in his career. And with a final margin of victory for the Bucs being 22 points, the Chiefs suffered their first loss by double-digits under Mahomes’ at quarterback.
“When you are playing a good defense like that, you have to be on the same page as the offense, and we weren’t today,” Mahomes said. “That’s why we played so bad.”
According to ESPN Stats & Info, Brady was pressured on 9.5% of dropbacks in the first half, while Mahomes was pressured on 57% of dropbacks.
Brady will get the fanfare; however, when you dissect the game, the MVP was the Buccaneers’ defensive line. It was a dominant mismatch at the line of scrimmage. Defensive Coordinator Todd Bowles was able to pressure Mahomes with a four-person defensive line; in addition, the Chiefs were missing three starters on the offensive line. Chiefs’ offensive was physically over matched when Jason Pierre Paul, Lavonte David, and Devin White added a layer of pressure. White finished as the Bucs’ leading tackler, with 12 tackles (eight solo), two for loss, and an interception.
“You will be remembered in this organization as a world champion,” Buccaneers linebacker David said. “That is something no one will forget; it is an honor, Tom talks about that. People will honor you; people will honor your family.”
Mahomes was pressured 29 times, the most in Super Bowl history. Buccaneers were able to look at their defensive game plan against the chiefs in the week 12 loss, learning what did not work. The game plan was new; key players were missing, Mahomes was not healthy, Brady made no mistakes, a near perfect recipe for a Super Bowl win.
A dream for Buccaneers fans. A nightmare for Chiefs fans.