New England Patriots

Feb 4, 2021; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) celebrates with tight end Rob Gronkowski (87) after a touchdown during the second quarter against the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LV at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

By Ty Anderson,

It took just one season for Tom Brady to bring the previously irrelevant Tampa Bay Buccaneers back to the top of the NFL mountain, as the 43-year-old quarterback won his matchup with Patrick Mahomes and tossed three touchdowns in a 31-9 Super Bowl LV win over the Kansas City Chiefs at Raymond James Stadium.

On the turf for his unparalleled 10th Super Bowl appearance, Brady began his evening with a pair scores to old friend Rob Gronkowski, with an eight-yard and 17-yard touchdown to give Tampa Bay a 14-3 lead.

The Chiefs then countered with a field goal, and with field goals never a recipe to beat Brady, the Buccaneers took a 21-6 lead into the first half behind an Antonio Brown score with just seconds remaining in the quarter.

This drive was really given second life thanks to a K.C. timeout and then an unsuccessful third-down stop, too, which only helped Brady further dissect the hapless Chiefs defense. The drive even featured Brady getting in the face of Chiefs safety Tyrann Mathieu after Mathieu tried challenging him and getting in his face prior to Brown’s score.

In other words, the Chiefs did everything you’re not supposed to do when going against Brady.

Settling for another field goal to begin the second half, the Chiefs were thrown against the wall with a 10-point burst from the Bucs, with a 27-yard Leonard Fournette rush and a 52-yard make from Ryan Succop.

The Chiefs, meanwhile, entered the fourth quarter with just nine points (zero touchdowns) to their name, and were unable to find the endzone at any point during their must-win fourth quarter.

Tampa Bay’s defense proved to be the difference makers in this one, as they took advantage of an undermanned Kanas City offensive line and made life impossibly difficult for Mahomes from start to finish. With almost no time on his side, the all-world talent constantly dropped out of the pocket in an attempt to scramble out of danger and was horrendous on third down with the Bucs bringing pressure.

It led to what was Mahomes’ worst effort to date, with a 26-for-49 line with 270 yards and two interceptions, the last of which came with the Chiefs looking for a garbage-time touchdown.

With the win, the Bucs captured their first Super Bowl championship since Super Bowl XXXVII over the Raiders.

It also denied the Chiefs back-to-back championships, meaning that no team has gone back-to-back in the NFL since Brady and the Patriots did it with victories in Super Bowl XXXVIII and Super Bowl XXXIX.

Ty Anderson is a writer and columnist for Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries. Yell at him on Twitter: @_TyAnderson.