Brady leads Buccaneers to Tremendous Bowl victory on the house discipline
© Reuters. Super Bowl LV – Tampa Bay Buccaneers v Kansas City Chiefs
By Amy Tennery
TAMPA, Fla. (Reuters) – Tom Brady threw three touchdowns as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat the Kansas City Chief 31-9 to win the Super Bowl on Sunday. This gave the evergreen 43-year-old quarterback a record-breaking seventh championship ring.
Brady's antiquated performance that earned him the Most Valuable Player Award lifted the curtain on what is perhaps the most challenging season the NFL has had to navigate due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The pandemic kept the stadiums mostly empty throughout the season, and restrictions limited Super Bowl attendance to 25,000 spectators spread out among 30,000 joyful cardboard clippings.
As the pandemic reined in America's biggest sports party, the show went on as planned and again Brady, who appeared in his 10th Super Bowl, was the star to complete 21 of 29 passes for 201 yards.
The NFL championship game was hyped up as a fight between Brady, recognized as the greatest quarterback of all time, and fellow Chiefs colleague Patrick Mahomes, 25, who is now widely regarded as the best in the game.
But in the end it wasn't a competition as the Bucs Mahomes' rampaging defense pestered Mahomes all night as the Chiefs Super Bowl title defense came to a harrowing end.
As the only team that played a Super Bowl on their home field, the Buccaneers took the opportunity.
In the first half, it was the Brady and Rob Gronkowski Show when the former New England Patriots met on eight and 17 yard touchdowns.
Brady also made the Chiefs pay dearly for an undisciplined game that linked up with Antonio Brown for a touchdown hit. Six seconds before the end of the pass and unsportsmanlike penalties, the ball was placed on the Chiefs one-yard line.
Meanwhile, Mahomes and the Chiefs' explosive attack could not get under way as goals were limited to two field goals from Harrison Butker to kick off the break at 21-6.
The Chiefs scored the first goal in the second half when Butker scored another field goal, but the Buccaneers struck back with a 27-yard touchdown run from Leonard Fournette and a field goal from Ryan Succop to win by a 31 : 9 to get into the fourth quarter.
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