Super Bowl 2021

The Super Bowl has been the most important game of every NFL season since 1967 and still is to this day. The Super Bowl is the NFL championship game where two of the best teams in the league compete for the Lombardi Trophy. Only one team from the AFC (American Football Conference) and one team from the NFC (National Football Conference) make it to the Super Bowl out of 32 teams. Every team has to go through 3 games (or two if you are the top team in each conference) and win every single one of them to make it to the Super Bowl.

The two teams that played in the Super Bowl this year were the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Kansas City Chiefs. The last time the Buccaneers won the Super Bowl was in the 2002-2003 season where head coach Jon Gruden and his Buccaneers beat the Oakland Raiders 48-21. The last time the Kansas City Chiefs were in the Super Bowl was just last year when superstar Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs beat the San Francisco 49ers 31-20. Each team had to go through tough competition to get here, but in the end all that matters is winning the championship and hoisting the Lombardi over your head.

Both teams did excellent this year and deserve to be in this game, but how did they get here? In the regular season, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers went 11-5 being second in the NFC South. In the playoffs, they beat the Washington Football Team 31-20 in the Wildcard round. In the Divisional Round, they beat the New Orleans Saints 20-10 in a game that had Bucs fans holding their breath the entire time. In their final playoff game, they matched up against the Green Bay Packers, the best team in the NFC led by MVP quarterback Aaron Rodgers. The Bucs ended up winning 31-26 in a very close one.

The Chiefs on the other hand had been the best team in the AFC with a record of 14 wins and 2 losses. Since they had the best record, they had a bye week for the Wildcard round. That means they don’t need to play the Wildcard round and they start their playoffs in the Divisional round. In the Divisional round, they beat the Browns 22-17. You may be wondering why the score was so low and it was because their superstar QB Patrick Mahomes suffered a concussion after taking a big hit in the 3rd quarter. Luckily, backup Chad Henne led the Chiefs through the fourth quarter and helped them advance to the AFC Championship. Mahomes made his return in the Championship, where they beat QB Josh Allen and his Buffalo Bills 38-24.

The Super Bowl was held at Raymond James Stadium, which is the home stadium of the Buccaneers. If they win they become the first team to win a Super Bowl at their home stadium. The Bucs were off to a hot start leading the Chiefs 21-6 in the first half. The Buccaneers defense had been a huge factor in the first half. The Chiefs had been the #1 offense in the league the whole year and they were held to only 6 points. Tom Brady scored three touchdowns in the first half. Two to his favorite target, tight end Rob Gronkowski, and one to former Steelers superstar wide receiver Antonio Brown. That had been Antonio Brown’s first Super Bowl and his first ever touchdown in the Super Bowl. Meanwhile the Chiefs kicker Harrison Butker had only put up two field goals on the board.

The second half wasn’t any better for the Chiefs. Buccaneers edge rushers Shaquil Barrett and Jason Pierre-Paul being a huge factor pressuring Mahomes almost every play. This is most likely because the Chiefs were missing their two starting tackles Eric Fisher, and star tackle Mitchell Schwartz. With 7:45 left in the 3rd quarter, running back Leonard Fournette put the dagger in the Chiefs after scoring a 27 yard touchdown to go up 28-9. I know it was way too early to call it a “dagger” but with the way the Bucs defense was playing, they would probably be able to stop Mahomes and his offense for a quarter in a half.

That is exactly what the Buccaneers defense did. They kept the Chiefs offense to 9 points and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers became the first team in NFL history to win a Super Bowl at their home field beating the Chiefs 31-9. Tom Brady won Super Bowl MVP. Brady wins his 7th Super Bowl and his 4th Super Bowl MVP in his career. He was a huge factor in helping the Bucs win the Super Bowl and helping them through the regular season.

“Brady Was the missing piece.” said Bruce Arians during the postgame interviews.

Brady went 21-29 passing, 201 passing yards, and 3 touchdowns. Mahomes on the other hand went 26-49 passing, 270 yards, and 0 touchdowns.

“They were the better team. They beat us pretty good>” said Mahomes.

Mahomes had been playing through turf toe the entire game and is expected to have surgery on it.

There were many questions going through my mind after the game. Will the Buccaneers go back to back? Will the Chiefs be the same after this? That is their second Super Bowl win in franchise history. Well deserved win for the Buccaneers.