It’s all settled. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are the best team in the NFL at the moment, and they have rings to prove it.
Despite being the underdogs entering the Super Bowl LV matchup against the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday night, the Bucs delivered a dominant performance that saw them blow out the defending champs with a 31-9 win.
The biggest credit for their memorable victory goes to Bucs quarterback Tom Brady and their defense.
Brady had a dialed-in game in which he completed 21 out of 29 passes attempted and didn’t turn the ball over while throwing for three touchdowns. Two of those scores went to his pal Rob Gronkowski, with whom he already won three Super Bowls during their time together with the New England Patriots.
“Great to see big-time players making big-time plays,” said Brady after the game. “Just love what they did, what they added to the team. Gronk is an unbelievable player, teammate, talent, work ethic, commitment.”
Tampa Bay’s defense, on the other hand, managed to shut down the league’s most feared attack almost completely. They constantly pressured quarterback Patrick Mahomes, intercepting him twice and sacking him three times. Also, the Chiefs managed to produce just 350 yards of total offense while failing to score a single touchdown.
“They took away our deep stuff,” said Mahomes. “They took away the sidelines, and they did a good job of rallying to the football and making tackles.”
At the age of 25, Mahomes will definitely have at least a few more chances to come back to the Super Bowl and come out on the winning end again.
The 43-year-old Brady, on the other hand, is putting the finishing touches on his legacy and removing all doubts that he is the greatest to ever play the game.