By Matteo Venieri
Boston University News Service
On Sunday, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers defeated the Kansas City Chiefs with a victory of 31-9 in front of 7,500 health care workers at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa Bay, Florida.
After scoring the first three points of the game with a field goal, the Chiefs failed to keep up with the Buccaneers.
Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady picked apart the Chiefs’ defense with over 72% of completions and three touchdowns.
On defense, the Buccaneers’ front seven constantly suffocated Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes. Mahomes continued to struggle against the Buccaneers’ strategies; he was sacked three times and threw two costly interceptions.
After the early deficit, Tampa scored three touchdowns in the following four drives. Former Patriots and current Buccaneers teammates, tight end Rob Gronkowski scored two touchdowns, while wide receiver Antonio Brown, scored one touchdown.
Tampa Bay ended the first half leading 21-6.
The Chiefs’ recent playoff history suggested that no lead is ever safe against the team. However, the defending champions only scored three more points the rest of the game.
Buccaneers safety Antoine Winfield Jr. and linebacker Devin White picked off Mahomes once, with the rest of the defense forcing two turnover on downs in the fourth quarter. For last year’s MVP of the league, this was the first game of Mahomes’ career with a double-digit loss.
After transferring to a new team in a season so deeply affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, Brady defeated the odds and added his seventh trophy to his collection.
Brady, 43, now has seven rings in 10 Super Bowl appearances, solely eclipsing franchises like the Patriots and the Steelers.
Brady promised Buccaneers fans that they will be back to the Super Bowl again next year. History suggests that it would be risky to bet against him.