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Super Bowl 2021: Tom Brady wins seventh title as Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat Kansas City Chiefs

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Tom Brady steered the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to a comfortable 31-9 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs to extend his record for Super Bowl wins to seven.

In his first season after a glittering 20-year spell with the New England Patriots, the evergreen quarterback helped Tampa Bay become the first team to play a Super Bowl in their own stadium.

And despite facing Kansas City and their dynamic young quarterback Patrick Mahomes, who came in as favourites, Brady threw three touchdown passes to prevent the Chiefs becoming the first back-to-back NFL champions since Brady and the Patriots in the 2004 season.

At 43 years and 188 days, Brady became the oldest player to play in the biggest game in US sport, extending his record for Super Bowl appearances to 10 and joining Peyton Manning as the only quarterbacks to win Super Bowls with two different teams.

Already widely considered the greatest NFL player of all time, Brady decided to leave New England in the off-season for a new challenge and was lured to Tampa Bay, whose only previous Super Bowl win came in the 2002 season.

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He reportedly urged the Bucs to bring in former Patriots team-mates Rob Gronkowski and Antonio Brown, as well as Leonard Fournette, and the trio shared Tampa Bay's four touchdowns as they eased home in Super Bowl 55 after leading 21-6 at half-time.

While the Chiefs came into the post-season as the top seed in the AFC Conference, Tampa Bay were the NFC's fifth seed and became the first wildcard team to win a Super Bowl since the Green Bay Packers 10 years ago after a remarkable play-off run.

After losing to the Chiefs in week 12, the Bucs finished the regular season with four wins before beating three division winners – all on the road – to reach the title decider for just the second time.

Remarkably, Brady now has more Super Bowl wins than any single NFL franchise and was named the big game's Most Valuable Player for a record-extending fifth time.

"I'm so proud of all of these guys," he said. "We had a rough November but Bruce Arians (head coach) had all of the confidence in us and we came together at the right time.

"I'm not making any comparisons. Coming down here and playing with this group of guys is amazing."

Brady proves a point

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Rob Gronkowski and Tom Brady celebrate winning Super Bowl 55Gronkowski and Brady celebrate in front of a crowd of 25,000 at the Raymond James Stadium, which included 7,500 vaccinated healthcare workers

While at New England, Brady formed the NFL's most successful quarterback-coach partnership with Bill Belichick, and when he left, some felt that Belichick deserved more of the credit, that Brady would get 'found out' without him.

But the Patriots endured their first losing season since 2000 – the year before Brady became their starting QB – while Brady has won another Super Bowl, with a team he joined during a pandemic, after a heavily disrupted off-season with no pre-season games.

It was also a team that, before this season, had not won a play-off game since winning Super Bowl 37. They had not reached the post-season at all since 2007.

But Brady recognised they were gradually building a competitive roster. They had a solid offensive line that would protect him in the pocket and two of the NFL's best receivers in Mike Evans and Chris Godwin.

During Super Bowl week, coach Bruce Arians said Brady was "the missing piece". For good measure, they brought Gronkowski out of retirement, gave Brown another chance and picked up free agent Fournette.

All came to the fore as the Bucs ramped up for an unlikely run at the Super Bowl and after Kansas City opened the scoring with a field goal, Brady found Brown twice on the next drive before sending tight end Gronkowski over with a screen pass.

The pair combined to devastating effect at New England before Gronkowski retired after winning Super Bowl 53 with Brady and the Patriots. The 31-year-old had brief stints in WWE and television during his time out. But after easing back into the rigours of the NFL with seven touchdowns during the regular season, he caught a 17-yard strike by Brady for his second of Super Bowl 55.

The Chiefs finally got some offence going to reply with a field goal, 61 seconds from half-time, and just as they did in the NFC Championship game against the Packers, Tampa Bay claimed a crucial score right before the half as Brady completed a 71-yard drive by finding Brown in the end zone.

Kansas City rallied at the start of the second half and cut the deficit with another field goal, but the Bucs continued to dominate on both sides of the ball, stifling the NFL's best offence.

Brady found Gronkowski for another big play before Fournette burst through for a 27-yard touchdown to seal a victory which many dreamed of in Tampa when Brady came aboard, but few would have thought was possible.

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Osi Umenyiora, two-time Super Bowl champion and former New York Giants defensive end:

"Tom Brady should be the first player in history to be in the Hall of Fame while he's still playing. What this man has done this year is almost beyond belief, almost beyond words. I cannot describe the level of difficulty, what it took for this man to do what he's done.

"Every single year this guy's been doubted, every single year this man rises to the top like a phoenix. This guy is the greatest professional athlete we have seen in history, and this goes for any sport. And I'm not just saying that to be hyperbolic. What this guy is doing in the quarterback position – the hardest position to play in sports – winning over and over again… my hat's off to this guy."

Jason Bell, former Houston Texans cornerback:

"It's all because of Brady's focus, his attention to detail. He came into the league as an underdog and he's never let it go. It drives him every single day."

On the manner of Kansas City's defeat: "This defeat is humbling for the Chiefs, no doubt. They're going to want to get the taste of this out of their mouth. This was a terrible performance and I didn't like the way they reacted to adversity, the way they were talking to each other when they got down wasn't right. They'll have to bounce back next season."

Chiefs overawed in Tampa

Patrick Mahomes is tackled during Super Bowl 55Patrick Mahomes threw for 270 yards but finished with two interceptions and was sacked three times

After leading Kansas City to their first Super Bowl win in 50 years, Mahomes was rewarded with a 10-year contract last July, making him the "first half-billion dollar player in sports history".

He had become the youngest player to win the Super Bowl and the NFL MVP award, and the 25-year-old is the most exciting talent of a new era of athletic quarterbacks.

After steering the Chiefs back to the big game, 'the Kid' now had a chance to take on 'the GOAT' in the NFL showpiece. It was the first to feature the quarterbacks who had won the previous two Super Bowls, and two starting QBs who have both won an NFL MVP and Super Bowl MVP.

But Kansas City erred in all three phases of the game – slicing punts on special teams, dropping catches on offence and showing indiscipline on defence. In the first half alone, they were penalised eight times for 95 yards.

After Gronkowski put the Bucs in front, the Chiefs pulled off what seemed a huge goal-line stop to prevent the hosts extending their lead. Then Tyrann Mathieu claimed an interception on Tampa Bay's next drive, only to see it cancelled out by a defensive holding call. And although they forced the Bucs to settle for a field goal, an offside put the ball back in Brady's hands to pick out Gronkowski for his second touchdown.

Despite cutting the score to 14-6 just before the half, two pass interference calls allowed Tampa Bay to march right back downfield and make it a 14-point game with Brown's touchdown before Fournette's third-quarter score proved the decisive blow.

"They were the better team today, they beat us pretty good," said Mahomes. "We didn't end the season the way we wanted, but we'll learn from what went right and what went wrong."

Brady to Gronk, yet again – Super Bowl stats

Tom Brady now has more Super Bowl wins than any NFL franchise, one clear of both the New England Patriots and Pittsburgh Steelers (6)Rob Gronkowski became the first man to make at least one catch in five Super Bowls.Brady and Gronkowski have connected for five passing touchdowns in Super Bowls, passing Joe Montana and Jerry Rice (four) for the most in Super Bowl history.Brady and Gronkowski have combined for more post-season touchdowns than any other quarterback-receiver duo all-time – 14.At 68 years and 127 days, Bruce Arians became the oldest coach to win the Super Bowl.This game saw the largest age gap between quarterbacks in Super Bowl history (18 years and 45 days).

The Weeknd makes most of Covid restrictions

The WeekndThe star performed a medley of eight hits including Starboy and Blinding Lights

Mark Savage, BBC music reporter

The Super Bowl Half-time Show is traditionally built on grand gestures and eye-popping spectacle.

Think about Lady Gaga diving off the roof of Houston's NRG stadium, or Katy Perry riding an animatronic lion, or Diana Ross soaring out of Arizona's Sun Devil Stadium, waving to fans through the open door of a helicopter.

This year was a little different. Canadian R&B star The Weeknd was the interval act and, for the first time in the game's 55-year history, he was largely forced to perform from the stands, rather than the pitch, in compliance with strict coronavirus protocols.

And his 12-minute show was "watched" by thousands of cardboard cut-outs, who bulked out the 25,000 socially-distanced fans.

But the 30-year-old made the most of the restrictions with a gimmick-free show that put the emphasis on his songs.

Read more of Mark's review

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Comment posted by TheFridge, at 03:30 8 FebTheFridge

03:30 8 FebIt’s an awful thing the presentation, the handing over the trophy to the owners who basically steal the glory & rob great moments from the players… Just imagine that in football?21318K

Reply posted by KR, at 03:31 8 FebKR

03:31 8 Febto TheFridge"It’s an awful thing the presentation, the handing over the trophy to the owners who basically steal the glory & rob great moments from the players… Just imagine that in football?"KR replied: Don’t you mean Soccer?47295More replies (45)downC

Comment posted by Chris, at 04:47 8 FebChris

04:47 8 FebIt’s an interesting sport – a mixture of good planning, athletism and brawn. However, the numerous breaks and coaches can make it difficult for us Brits to appreciate, especially when the winning quarter back boasts of being World Champions. Who else plays it?17736M

Reply posted by Matt F, at 04:54 8 FebMatt F

04:54 8 Febto Chris"It’s an interesting sport – a mixture of good planning, athletism and brawn. However, the numerous breaks and coaches can make it difficult for us Brits to appreciate, especially when the winning quarter back boasts of being World Champions. Who else plays it?"Matt F replied: I suppose you answer your own question. Could a team from anywhere else in the world beat the SuperBowl champions? The answer is No. They don’t have the coaches, resources or experience to do it. I guess that makes them the best team in the world. Other sports have multiple professional divisions around the globe. If the best Canadian, Brit or Euro side played them, they would get destroyed.41141More replies (33)downA

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Comment posted by a liberal voice, at 03:56 8 Feba liberal voice

03:56 8 FebLet’s be honest here – the Bucs defence crushed the Chiefs offensive pocket. They won the game for the Buccaneers!14711N

Reply posted by Nigel, at 05:10 8 FebNigel

05:10 8 Febto a liberal voice"Let’s be honest here – the Bucs defence crushed the Chiefs offensive pocket. They won the game for the Buccaneers!"Nigel replied: Truth, great defense always wins!!263More replies (9)downW

Comment posted by wolfcola, at 03:23 8 Febwolfcola

03:23 8 FebAbsolutely unreal. The haters already had no leg to stand on claiming Brady isn’t the GOAT. This just absolutely seals the deal. Took one of the worst franchises in the league and marched them to a Super Bowl championship in ONE SEASON. Genuinely looking forward to hearing how he’s not the best that ever played on social media tomorrow.11213A

Reply posted by Alex Clemence, at 03:32 8 FebAlex Clemence

03:32 8 Febto wolfcola"Absolutely unreal. The haters already had no leg to stand on claiming Brady isn’t the GOAT. This just absolutely seals the deal. Took one of the worst franchises in the league and marched them to a Super Bowl championship in ONE SEASON. Genuinely looking forward to hearing how he’s not the best that ever played on social media tomorrow."Alex Clemence replied: Yeah, yeah, yeah, but where do you stand on Fight Milk?355More replies (17)downT

Comment posted by Trevor Francis Tracksuit, at 03:19 8 FebTrevor Francis Tracksuit

03:19 8 FebChiefs didn’t even score a touchdown with that offence of theirs. Let that sink in. Well played Buccs!756N

Reply posted by Nigel, at 05:27 8 FebNigel

05:27 8 Febto Trevor Francis Tracksuit"Chiefs didn’t even score a touchdown with that offence of theirs. Let that sink in. Well played Buccs!"Nigel replied: Well said! Offense wins games, Defense wins titles – truth!! Let’s go Brownies! heh-heh128More replies (4)downD

Comment posted by DorsetTiger, at 04:00 8 FebDorsetTiger

04:00 8 FebSuper Bowl 2061: Tom Brady wins his 50th Super Bowl at 83 combining to devastating effect with his zimmerframe.717S

Reply posted by Saint Raith, at 07:51 8 FebSaint Raith

07:51 8 Febto DorsetTiger"Super Bowl 2061: Tom Brady wins his 50th Super Bowl at 83 combining to devastating effect with his zimmerframe."Saint Raith replied: I think even Brady would struggle to win another 43 Superbowls in 39 years in this annual event. Mind you, it’s Brady, so anything would be possible.654More replies (4)downR

Comment posted by Ryan, at 06:43 8 FebRyan

06:43 8 FebAwful sport. 5 minutes of play. Adverts. Rinse and repeat.166109A

Reply posted by admiralbee, at 07:11 8 Febadmiralbee

07:11 8 Febto Ryan"Awful sport. 5 minutes of play. Adverts. Rinse and repeat."admiralbee replied: It doesn’t wash well. Discard before the adverts… No need to repeat!3726More replies (24)downF

Comment posted by freddie, at 05:52 8 Febfreddie

05:52 8 FebAmericans claim world championships like Pele claims goals7519A

Reply posted by admiralbee, at 06:33 8 Febadmiralbee

06:33 8 Febto freddie"Americans claim world championships like Pele claims goals"admiralbee replied: Pele had an opposition to score against…855More replies (7)downH

Comment posted by Home TV, at 03:20 8 FebHome TV

03:20 8 FebWhat a performance. So much experience in that Tampa team, Gronk, Brown, Suh, Fournette and of course, the GOAT himself, Tom Brady 🐐 Powerful lesson to anyone, dont let the doubters hold you back.6712T

Reply posted by THE CLUDGIE 77, at 05:33 8 FebTHE CLUDGIE 77

05:33 8 Febto Home TV"What a performance. So much experience in that Tampa team, Gronk, Brown, Suh, Fournette and of course, the GOAT himself, Tom Brady 🐐 Powerful lesson to anyone, dont let the doubters hold you back."THE CLUDGIE 77 replied: Totally agree with you!74More replies (3)downT

Comment posted by THE CLUDGIE 77, at 03:24 8 FebTHE CLUDGIE 77

03:24 8 FebCongratulations to Tampa Bay and Tom Brady.

An incredible victory.

Brady has won more Super Bowls…THAN ANY OF THE FRANCHISES!

Unbelievable!5511O

Reply posted by oli, at 10:19 8 Feboli

10:19 8 Febto THE CLUDGIE 77"Congratulations to Tampa Bay and Tom Brady. An incredible victory.Brady has won more Super Bowls…THAN ANY OF THE FRANCHISES!Unbelievable!"oli replied: Now tied with BB on 7 rings32More replies (1)downA

Comment posted by Anonymoustache, at 03:25 8 FebAnonymoustache

03:25 8 FebTbh was hoping for more of a battle between Brady and Mahomes, but Mahomes was made to look like an amateur by the undisputed GOAT. 7 Super Bowls as an individual is absolutely incredible.5916M

Reply posted by Matt F, at 05:56 8 FebMatt F

05:56 8 Febto Anonymoustache"Tbh was hoping for more of a battle between Brady and Mahomes, but Mahomes was made to look like an amateur by the undisputed GOAT. 7 Super Bowls as an individual is absolutely incredible."Matt F replied: Not sure any QB would have been able to do much under that kind of pressure. Mahomes is definitely a great player, but that Tampa D had him running away the whole game.523More replies (12)downL

Comment posted by Lirrix, at 03:47 8 FebLirrix

03:47 8 FebThe best passing attack
Vs
The best rushing defence

Was always going to be a good match up.

Chiefs couldn’t catch for toffee and their lack of discipline was costly.

Bucs got so much more with Brady.
His experience, knowledge, professionalism, composure and ambition clearly spread around the team like a virus.

Great win!467N

Reply posted by Nigel, at 05:16 8 FebNigel

05:16 8 Febto Lirrix"The best passing attackVsThe best rushing defenceWas always going to be a good match up.Chiefs couldn’t catch for toffee and their lack of discipline was costly.Bucs got so much more with Brady. His experience, knowledge, professionalism, composure and ambition clearly spread around the team like a virus.Great win!"Nigel replied: Yep, congrats Bucs, great game! AFC North gonna rule next year – Browns all the way yeh? lol48More replies (2)downM

Comment posted by Matt F, at 04:33 8 FebMatt F

04:33 8 FebIncoming HYS trolls complaining about how the NFL isn’t British so shouldn’t be reported on blah blah blah. Go back to complaining about how many HYS’s they give to Man Utd or bleating about VAR and let people come here and talk about sport.7033L

Reply posted by Leroy, at 08:41 8 FebLeroy

08:41 8 Febto Matt F"Incoming HYS trolls complaining about how the NFL isn’t British so shouldn’t be reported on blah blah blah. Go back to complaining about how many HYS’s they give to Man Utd or bleating about VAR and let people come here and talk about sport."Leroy replied: Well said169More replies (7)downM

Comment posted by Miffsky, at 03:17 8 FebMiffsky

03:17 8 FebCompletely deserved win for the Bucs. Mahomes was off colour for sure. He will be back, but Brady is the best ever !397F

Reply posted by Fish1987, at 10:11 8 FebFish1987

10:11 8 Febto Miffsky"Completely deserved win for the Bucs. Mahomes was off colour for sure. He will be back, but Brady is the best ever !"Fish1987 replied: Mahomes played pretty well to be fair, he had absolutely zero protection from his offensive line, had to drop back almost every play, and still managed to hit his receivers with some ridiculous passes that they dropped.241More replies (1)downD

Comment posted by Dan Eade, at 03:23 8 FebDan Eade

03:23 8 FebDid not expect this game to be so one-sided. The Bucs defence utterly dominated this game, Mahomes was clearly missing the safety of Eric Fisher. The Tampa Bay front-7 deserve all the credit for this win, but what a great achievement for Brady (who will almost certainly win the SB MVP despite Barrett, White, Gronk and JPP arguably all having a greater claim to it)376G

Reply posted by garypotter, at 10:45 8 Febgarypotter

10:45 8 Febto Dan Eade"Did not expect this game to be so one-sided. The Bucs defence utterly dominated this game, Mahomes was clearly missing the safety of Eric Fisher. The Tampa Bay front-7 deserve all the credit for this win, but what a great achievement for Brady (who will almost certainly win the SB MVP despite Barrett, White, Gronk and JPP arguably all having a greater claim to it)"garypotter replied: well said, the better team won, i feel the Cheifs under rated how well the buccs have been palying. love him or loathe him Tom Brady has the records to prove he is one of the greatest QB
.81W

Comment posted by WWFC_Bayo, at 03:46 8 FebWWFC_Bayo

03:46 8 FebFor anyone struggling to understand the significance of this… imagine if Sheffield Utd signed Ronaldo and went on to win the premier league.4419M

Reply posted by Mi12, at 03:50 8 FebMi12

03:50 8 Febto WWFC_Bayo"For anyone struggling to understand the significance of this… imagine if Sheffield Utd signed Ronaldo and went on to win the premier league."Mi12 replied: As well as 5 other top class players231More replies (11)downB

Comment posted by Brian Storey, at 03:28 8 FebBrian Storey

03:28 8 FebBucs total domination. A couple of flags which you could question, a dodgy toe, but it doesn’t change anything anyway.

Quite a story for the season.308S

Reply posted by SteH11, at 12:15 8 FebSteH11

12:15 8 Febto Brian Storey"Bucs total domination. A couple of flags which you could question, a dodgy toe, but it doesn’t change anything anyway.Quite a story for the season."SteH11 replied: Is no-one gonna comment on the fact that the Americans have a stadium full of people. Yet we’re not allowed to even meet up with a friend in the park.

And they have less deaths per million people than we do….012More replies (4)downB

Comment posted by blogg102, at 06:41 8 Febblogg102

06:41 8 FebYAWN!6748S

Reply posted by SmithMK, at 09:24 8 FebSmithMK

09:24 8 Febto blogg102"YAWN!"SmithMK replied: Spot on. You can hear the psuedo Americans tapping their size 10 boots to the anthem whilst deriding their own countries sports.2533More replies (6)downF

Comment posted by foreverengland, at 03:20 8 Febforeverengland

03:20 8 FebGOAT, no argument2813S

Reply posted by SilverStiletto, at 09:17 8 FebSilverStiletto

09:17 8 Febto foreverengland"GOAT, no argument"SilverStiletto replied: What’s a goat got to do with this sport?69More replies (2)downA

Comment posted by admiralbee, at 06:30 8 Febadmiralbee

06:30 8 FebOdd game, yet to fathom it; still England are doing well in the Global Game in India.
Are Japan still the World baseball champions? Is there an American football World Cup or do they play only amongst themselves? Is there even a national team?2310N

Reply posted by NickInSouthampton, at 09:46 8 FebNickInSouthampton

09:46 8 Febto admiralbee"Odd game, yet to fathom it; still England are doing well in the Global Game in India. Are Japan still the World baseball champions? Is there an American football World Cup or do they play only amongst themselves? Is there even a national team?"NickInSouthampton replied: Cricket is a strange game too ……. play for 5 days, then it rains so just call it a draw and go off for tea and sandwiches83More replies (1)downMore commentsBack to topunknown
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