TAMPA, Fla. – Home cooking, a stingy defense, and of course, more magic from Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski, allowed the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to dethrone the Kansas City Chiefs as Super Bowl champions.
For the second time in franchise history, Tampa Bay is on top of the National Football League thanks to a 31-9 win over the defending champion Chiefs in Super Bowl LV at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa on Sunday.
Tampa Bay made history two weeks ago by becoming the first team in the Super Bowl era to advance to the game in the same year its stadium was the host site, and the Buccaneers sure played like they were in the comforts of home.
Taking advantage of the fact Kansas City was playing without its two starting tackles along the offensive line, a vaunted Buccaneers’ pass rush provided constant pressure on Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes.
As a result, Tampa Bay held Kansas City to no touchdowns and way below its average of 29.6 points per game.
Mahomes finished just 26-of-49 passing for 270 yards, two interceptions and was running for his life seemingly on every play.
After winning Super Bowl titles together for the New England Patriots, Brady and Gronkowski revived their big-game magic for the Buccaneers.
The two hooked up for an 8-yard touchdown pass that gave Tampa Bay a 7-3 lead with 37 seconds left in the first quarter, and then for a 17-yard touchdown pass with 6:05 remaining in the second quarter to give the Buccaneers a 14-3 lead.