NFL quarterback legend Tom Brady earned MVP honours at Tremendous Bowl LV with a classic efficiency as he led his Tampa Bay Buccaneers over the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs 31-19.
Brady, 43, threw for 201 yards whereas finishing 21-of-29 passes with three touchdowns on Sunday to win his seventh Tremendous Bowl title and fifth MVP award – two information unlikely to ever be damaged.
“They’re all particular, it’s been a tremendous yr,” Brady mentioned of his report variety of championships. “Simply actually happy with all the blokes, happy with all of the coaches, the hassle we put in tonight. If you wish to get this far you’ve obtained to get the job completed. We did it.”
The seven Tremendous Bowl championships for Brady are two greater than any participant in NFL historical past and yet one more than any total NFL franchise.
The Bucs’ victory already was beginning to come to mild within the first half. Brady threw his second landing move to outdated good friend Rob Gronkowski by the halfway level of the second quarter for a 14-3 lead. He added one other TD move to Antonio Brown simply earlier than halftime.
“Huge-time gamers making big-time performs,” Brady mentioned. “Love what they added to the staff. Gronk is an unbelievable participant, team-mate, expertise, chief.”
The Buccaneers had not reached the playoffs since 2007 and had not received a postseason recreation because the 2002 title season.
Brady broke his personal mark for oldest participant to win a Tremendous Bowl and joined Corridor of Famer Peyton Manning as the one quarterback to win one with a number of franchises.
He knew what to do from there. His methodical and error-free second half mirrored his season-long efficiency for a franchise that obtained every thing they may have ever hoped from the newcomer.
“He’s a winner, man,” Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians mentioned in a post-game interview. “That’s all you may say. He introduced a profitable mentality to a extremely proficient soccer staff that didn’t know find out how to win.”
‘Saved religion in us’
Some puzzled if he might win all of it once more at age 43. The way in which Brady noticed it, 20 years of expertise over 301 regular-season video games and 44 play off video games provided him the information to navigate the unknowns on the NFL’s greatest stage.
Brady handed for simply 61 yards after halftime, throwing simply 9 instances, whereas finishing 5 of these passes. He labored on the clock as a lot, if no more than, the Chiefs’ defence within the second half.
The Buccaneers ran the ball 19 instances after halftime and the defence introduced it house from there.
“He saved religion in us this complete season,” mentioned Tampa Bay operating again Leonard Fournette, who ran the ball 16 instances for 89 yards and a landing. “He’s the GOAT [greatest of all time]. I’ll inform my youngsters I performed with that man. He’s the best.”
Kansas Metropolis quarterback Patrick Mahomes promised to come back again stronger after the Chiefs have been manhandled by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
“Clearly I didn’t play the way in which I needed to play,” Mahomes mentioned. “What else are you able to say? All you are able to do is go away every thing you could have on the sphere. I really feel like the blokes did that… They beat us fairly good, the worst I’ve been overwhelmed in a very long time.
“Clearly it hurts proper now. It hurts lots. However we’re going to proceed to get higher.”
Stunningly, it was simpler than any of Brady’s earlier Tremendous Bowl victories, which got here by a mean margin of 5 factors. Mahomes misplaced by double digits for the primary time in his four-year profession.
The Buccaneers (15-5) took their second NFL title and first in 18 years as the primary staff to play the large recreation at house, capping an uncommon and difficult season performed via the novel coronavirus.
Mahomes and the Chiefs (16-3) did not grow to be the primary repeat champions since Brady’s Patriots in 2003-04.
“I didn’t see it coming in any respect,” Chiefs coach Andy Reid mentioned. “I assumed we have been going to come back in and play these guys similar to we’ve been enjoying groups, and it didn’t occur that approach. I give them credit score on that.”
‘I’m coming again’
The NFL accomplished its 269-game season on time with none cancellations, a outstanding accomplishment that required practically a million COVID-19 exams for gamers and staff personnel.
Due to the virus, solely 25,000 mask-wearing followers attended, together with 7,500 vaccinated healthcare employees given free tickets by the NFL. About 30,000 cardboard cutouts made the stadium look full.
The hotter local weather in Florida suited Brady completely. He handed NBA nice Michael Jordan in championships and it doesn’t appear he is able to decelerate. He already mentioned he would possibly play previous age 45.
“I’m coming again,” Brady mentioned with a smile.