Tom Brady claimed a 7th Super Bowl ring as the legendary quarterback led the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to a resounding 31-9 win over the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LV on Sunday.
The game, held at Tampa Bay’s own Raymond James Stadium, was also historic in being the first Super Bowl in which a team was playing in their own stadium. They also became the first wildcard team to win a Super Bowl since the Green Bay Packers 10 years ago.
In doing so, Brady joined Peyton Manning as only the second quarterback to win a Super Bowl with two different teams. The victory also means that Brady now, incredibly, has more Super Bowl wins to his name than any franchise (his former team and the Pittsburgh Steelers both having had six wins).
It was a familiar tale for followers of the Super Bowl as Brady threw two touchdown passes to tight end Rob Gronkowski (who became the first player to make at least one catch in five Super Bowls), who had come out of retirement to renew his partnership with Brady this season.
After Kansas City opened the scoring with a field goal, the Bucs were soon in the ascendancy, with Gronkowski scoring two touchdowns in the first half. Brady and Gronkowski have connected for a record five passing touchdowns in Super Bowls.
Along with Gronkowski, there were also touchdowns for wide receiver Antonio Brown and running back Leonard Fournette. All three players were recruited for the Bucs at the behest of Brady.
It was also a fantastic defensive display from the Bucs, as they applied heavy pressure to Chiefs’ quarterback Patrick Mahomes, with him being sacked three times, intercepted twice and held out of the end zone.
After 20 years at the New England Patriots, few anticipated Brady being able to replicate his success in Tampa Bay.
It was losing to the Chiefs in week 12 of the regular season that proved the catalyst for the Bucs, as they finished with four wins, before going on to beat three division winners (all on the road) to reach the Super Bowl for just the second time in their history.
So can the Bucs make a successful defense of their title next season? Brady, at the age of 43, still has a year of his two-year deal with Tampa Bay remaining. Gronkowski has already pledged his return next season, as has head coach Bruce Arians.
The 68-year-old Arians became the oldest head coach to win a Super Bowl after coming out of retirement himself to take charge of the Bucs.
Kansas City have already been made the early favorites in futures betting for next year’s Super Bowl, but who’s to say that the Bucs can’t continue to prove the doubters wrong next season?
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