Tampa Bay Buccaneers Win Super Bowl 55


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Will Shealy, Editor-in-Chief

On Sunday, February 7th the Tampa Bay Buccaneers defeated the reigning champion Kansas City Chiefs by a score of 31 – 9 to win Super Bowl 55. The game took place in Tampa, Florida as the Buccaneers became the first team to play and win the Super Bowl in their home stadium.
The Buccaneers were led by quarterback Tom Brady, who threw for 201 yards and 3 touchdowns to win his seventh Super Bowl and his fifth Super Bowl MVP. This win gave Brady more Super Bowl wins than any of the 32 NFL Franchises, and has most people declaring him the greatest to ever play the sport.
The Buccaneers also handed Chiefs’ quarterback Patrick Mahomes the first two-score loss of his career. Mahomes is seen by many as the best quarterback in the league and a future great after he won an MVP, Super Bowl, and Super Bowl MVP in his first three seasons.
This game was projected to be a passing of the torch from Brady to Mahomes, but the Buccaneers had other plans as they held Mahomes to only 270 yards passing, zero touchdowns, and caused two interceptions. The Buccaneers defense had Mahomes running for his life as they kept the Chiefs from scoring any touchdowns, something that has not happened since Patrick Mahomes took over as the starting quarterback.
The game also served as redemption for many Buccaneers players. Bucs running back Leonard Fournette was selected fourth overall in the 2017 draft by the Jaguars, but was cut last offseason after not living up to expectations. Fournette signed with the Buccaneers over the summer and got his redemption, rushing for 89 yards and a touchdown in the Super Bowl.
Buccaneers wide receiver Antonio Brown also earned redemption after his antics derailed his career over the last two years. Brown was regarded as one of the best receivers in the league before pulling many stunts that eventually got him traded and cut from two different teams. Brown signed with the Buccaneers over the summer, and he too got redemption as he had five catches for 22 yards and a touchdown.
Despite their defeat, the Kansas City Chiefs are the favorites to win Super Bowl 56, next season. Many fans expect Patrick Mahomes to bounce back from this loss and lead the Chiefs back to the promised land next season, but if this year’s game has taught us anything it’s that you never bet against Tom Brady.