Tom Brady steered the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to a snug 31-9 victory over the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs to increase his document for Tremendous Bowl wins to seven.
In his first season after a glittering 20-year stint with the New England Patriots, the evergreen quarterback helped Tampa Bay change into the primary group to play a Tremendous Bowl in their very own stadium.
And regardless of enjoying Kansas Metropolis and their dynamic younger quarterback Patrick Mahomes, who got here in as favourites, Brady threw three landing passes to forestall the Chiefs turning into the primary back-to-back NFL champions since Brady and the Patriots within the 2004 season.
At 43 years and 188 days, Brady grew to become the oldest participant to play within the greatest recreation in US sport, extending his document for Tremendous Bowl appearances to 10 and becoming a member of Peyton Manning as the one quarterback to win Tremendous Bowls with two completely different groups.
Already broadly thought of the best NFL participant of all time, Brady determined to go away New England within the low season for a brand new problem and was lured to Tampa Bay, whose solely earlier Tremendous Bowl win got here within the 2002 season.
He reportedly advised the Bucs he wished them to usher in former Patriots team-mates Rob Gronkowski and Antonio Brown, in addition to Leonard Fournette, and the trio shared Tampa Bay’s 4 touchdowns as they eased dwelling after main 21-6 at half-time.
Whereas the Chiefs got here into the post-season as the highest seed within the AFC Convention, Tampa Bay had been the NFC’s sixth seed and have become the primary wildcard group to win a Tremendous Bowl for the reason that Inexperienced Bay Packers 10 years in the past after a outstanding play-off run.
After shedding to the Chiefs in week 12, the Bucs completed the common season with 4 wins earlier than beating three division winners – on the highway – to succeed in the title decider for simply the second time.
Brady proves some extent
Whereas at New England, Brady shaped the NFL’s most profitable quarterback-coach partnership with Invoice Belichick, and when he left, some felt that Belichick deserved extra of the credit score, that Brady would get ‘came upon’ with out him.
However the Patriots endured their first shedding season since 2000 – the yr earlier than Brady grew to become their beginning QB – whereas Brady has received one other Tremendous Bowl, with a group he joined throughout a pandemic, after a closely disrupted low season with no pre-season video games.
It was additionally a group that, earlier than this season, had not received a play-off recreation since profitable Tremendous Bowl 37. That they had not reached the post-season in any respect since 2007.
However Brady recognised they had been regularly constructing a aggressive roster. That they had a stable defence that might shield him within the pocket and two of the NFL’s greatest receivers in Mike Evans and Chris Godwin.
Throughout Tremendous Bowl week, coach Bruce Arians mentioned Brady was “the lacking piece”. For good measure, they lured Gronkowski out of retirement, gave Brown one other likelihood and picked up free agent Fournette.
All have come to the fore because the Bucs ramped up for an unlikely run on the Tremendous Bowl and after Kansas Metropolis opened the scoring with a subject aim, Brady discovered Brown twice on the following drive earlier than sending tight finish Gronkowski over with a display screen move.
The pair mixed to devastating impact at New England earlier than Gronkowski retired after profitable Tremendous Bowl 53 with Brady and the Patriots. The 31-year-old had a quick stint in WWE and tv throughout his day trip. However after easing again into the rigours of the NFL with seven touchdowns throughout the common season, he caught a 17-yard strike by Brady for his second of Tremendous Bowl 55.
The Chiefs lastly obtained some offence going to answer with a subject aim however left 64 seconds for Tampa Bay to attain earlier than the half, and Brady accomplished a 71-yard drive by discovering Brown in the long run zone.
Kansas Metropolis rallied firstly of the second half and reduce the deficit with one other subject aim, however the Bucs continued to dominate on either side of the ball, stifling the NFL’s greatest offence.
And Brady discovered Gronkowski for an additional large play earlier than Fournette burst by for a 27-yard landing to seal a victory which many dreamed of in Tampa when Brady got here aboard, however few would have thought was doable.
Extra to observe.