TAMPA, Fla. — Quarterback Tom Brady won his seventh NFL title Sunday, leading the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to a 31-9 victory over the defending-champion Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LV at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla.
Brady, who was named the Super Bowl MVP, won his first six titles with the New England Patriots before joining the Buccaneers last year.
Tom Brady and Buccaneers defeat Chiefs to win Super Bowl LV
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers defended their home field to win Super Bowl LV, beating the Kansas City Chiefs 31-9.
Quarterback Tom Brady, the Super Bowl MVP, won his seventh ring, his first since leaving the New England Patriots last year, by throwing for 201 yards and three touchdowns. Leonard Fournette rushed for 89 yards and a score and Ronald Jones added 61 more yards.
Defensive coordinator Todd Bowles’ group executed a masterful performance, limiting quarterback Patrick Mahomes to 270 passing yards and completing 53% of his passes. He also had two passes intercepted.
Buccaneers 31, Chiefs 9: Fan interrupts game late in fourth quarter
Play stopped momentarily in the fourth quarter as a fan got onto the field and ran around before being tackled by security. He was wearing a pink shirt with black shorts and green shoes, and outran a few security guards before being tackled in the end zone.
Buccaneers 31, Chiefs 9: Patrick Mahomes can’t convert on fourth down
For two plays, Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes scrambled around as if he was a virtual character in the Madden video game. For two plays, his passes fell incomplete, the last on fourth down, which gifted the Tampa Bay Buccaneers the ball near their end zone. The Chiefs’ offense has been put in check by Bucs defensive coordinator Todd Bowles and his scheme.
Mahomes has completed only 15 passes for 131 yards. He has been flustered by pressure, unable to consistently find receiver Tyreek Hill on deep shots. Tight end Travis Kelce, who leads the team with 72 receiving yards, has caught passes only on underneath routes, nothing of true impact.
End of third quarter: Buccaneers 31, Chiefs 9
It won’t be impossible, but it’s definitely an uphill battle.
The Kansas City Chiefs are 15 minutes away from relinquishing the Lombardi Trophy, trailing the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 31-9. The normally high-powered offense has yet to score a touchdown. But if they score quickly, along with a few defensive stops or turnovers, things could change quickly.
Buccaneers 31, Chiefs 9: Ryan Succop kicks 52-yard field goal
Buccaneers kicker Ryan Succop converted a 52-yard field goal to give Tampa Bay a 31-9 late in the third quarter.
Tom Brady misfired on a pass to the end zone, Chris Godwin failed to secure both feet in bounds on a touch catch, and Tampa Bay lost a bunch of yardage on a snap that sailed over Brady’s head. Count that drive as a win for the Chiefs, whose offense needs to score touchdowns quickly in order to make the game competitive.
Buccaneers 28, Chiefs 9: Patrick Mahomes throws interception
The meltdown continues.
On third down, Patrick Mahomes escaped pressure outside the pocket and heaved a pass toward the middle of the field, which Buccaneers safety Antoine Winfield intercepted. Tampa Bay now has the ball just past midfield with six minutes left to play in the third quarter.
Rob Gronkowski’s girlfriend Camille Kostek predicted his two TDs on Friday
Rob Gronkowski’s girlfriend Camille Kostek predicted the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ big game two days before Super Bowl LV.
Working as a guest correspondent for “Entertainment Tonight,” the model and TV host called her shot in regard to her boyfriend’s Super Bowl performance:
“I’m predicting two touchdown passes from Tom [Brady] this game.”
Of course, the Brady-to-Gronk connection has been quite successful over the years, in New England and now in Tampa. But Gronk only had one two-touchdown game this season, so Kostek was going out on a bit of a limb.
But he scored on an 8-yard pass in the first quarter and a 17-yard pass in the second to help the Buccaneers take a 21-6 halftime lead.
Kostek took a victory lap on Twitter.
Buccaneers 28, Chiefs 9: Leonard Fournette extends Tampa Bay’s lead
Leonard Fournette scampered untouched though a gaping hole in the Chiefs’ defense for a 27-yard touchdown, widening the Buccaneers’ lead to 28-9 in the third quarter.
Tom Brady again connected with Rob Gronkowski for a 25-yard completion that extended the Bucs’ drive, which lasted for only six plays and covered 74 yards. The Chiefs’ hope for becoming back-to-back Super Bowl champions seems to be dwindling.
Buccaneers 21, Chiefs 9: Harrison Butker kicks his third field goal
The Chief’s first drive out of halftime that started nicely ended with a 52-yard field goal from Harrison Butker, whittling Tampa Bay’s lead to 21-9.
Running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire contributed chunk rushes for 26 yards and 10 yards. But again, the Buccaneers’ defense stood firm.
Halftime: Buccaneers lead Chiefs 21-6 after Antonio Brown’s TD
Todd Bowles for Super Bowl MVP?
The Buccaneers defensive coordinator learned from his unit’s mishaps in their November matchup with the Chiefs, and they have responded with a stout showing in the first half.
The Buccaneers lead 21-6 after quarterback Tom Brady tossed two touchdown passes to Rob Gronkowski and one-yard touchdown to receiver Antonio Brown with just six seconds remaining in the half.
But make no mistake, they are in front because of the defense.
Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes has completed only nine passes for 67 yards, and Kansas City has 124 yards of total offense through two quarters. When these two teams met in Week 12, Mahomes threw for 359 yards in the first half alone.
Penalties have hurt the Chiefs, including two pass interference calls in the waning seconds of the second quarter that led to the last touchdown. Safety Tyrann Mathieu let his frustration show after the last score, which led to a brief skirmish on the field before the teams entered the locker room at halftime.
Buccaneers 14, Chiefs 6: Another field goal for Kansas City
Kansas City narrowed the deficit to 14-6 after kicker Harrison Butker connected on a 34-yard field goal.
Tampa Bay’s defense blitzed quarterback Patrick Mahomes on third down in the red zone to force him to throw the ball away. The Chief’s offense is still in a rut. Mahomes has completed only nine passes for 67 yards.
Watch Amanda Gorman honor wounded warriors and frontline workers with Super Bowl poem
The 22-year-old L.A. native performed a poem celebrating the contributions of the game’s three honorary captains: educator Trimaine Davis, nurse manager Suzie Dorner and Marine Corps. veteran James Martin.
Gorman, who has announced plans to run for president in 2036 as soon as she’s eligible, recently signed with talent agency IMG Models. Her upcoming titles “The Hill We Climb: Poems,” “Change Sings: A Children’s Anthem” and a special edition of her inauguration poem have all shot to the top of Amazon’s bestsellers list.
Buccaneers 14, Chiefs 3: Rob Gronkowski scores another TD
Tampa Bay extended its lead after Tom Brady connected again with Rob Gronkowski on a 17-yard touchdown pass.
Penalties negated an interception by Chiefs safety Tyrann Mathieu and a defensive stand that would have limited the Buccaneers to a field-goal attempt. Kansas City punter Tommy Townsend gifted Tampa Bay with a short field after shanking a punt for only 29 yards near his end zone.
Top photos from Super Bowl LV
Here are some of the best images from Super Bowl LV.
Buccaneers 7, Chiefs 3: Ronald Jones stuffed at goal line on fourth down
Kansas City’s defense denied Tampa Bay a touchdown on a goal-line stand from the one-yard line in the middle of the second quarter.
Coach Bruce Arians challenged the official call that running back Ronald Jones did not break the plane on fourth down but was unsuccessful.
Earlier, the Chiefs allowed the Buccaneers to march from the 30-yard line, a drive that included a 31-yard completion from Tom Brady to receiver Mike Evans. Tampa Bay is running the ball effectively, averaging 4.9 yards per carry.
End of first quarter: Buccaneers 7, Chiefs 3
The defenses established themselves in the first quarter until Tampa Bay scored a late red-zone touchdown to lead 7-3 after the first 15 minutes.
Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes has yet to find a rhythm, and has completed two of eight passes for nine yards and a 39.6 quarterback rating. He has 24 yards rushing in three carries. Tom Brady has completed six passes on seven attempts for 50 yards and a touchdown.
Buccaneers 7, Chiefs 3: Tom Brady connects with Rob Gonkowski for TD
Tom Brady threw an eight-yard touchdown pass to tight end Rob Gronkowski to give the Buccaneers a 7-3 lead late in the first quarter.
It capped off a 75-yard, eight play drive where Tampa Bay gained consistent yardage, including chunk plays of 16 yards, 15 yards and 11 yards.
Chiefs 3, Buccaneers 0 (first quarter)
Harrison Butker split the uprights on a 49-yard field goal for the game’s first score, giving the Chiefs a 3-0 lead.
It capped a 31-yard, eight-play drive that took up just over three minutes.
Chiefs vs. Buccaneers scoreless in first quarter
Two drives each, two punts.
Super Bowl LV has started off slow, with both offenses in the feeling-out stage. The Buccaneers initially showed life on their second drive, but a pitch reverse negated some momentum, and they were forced to punt again after Chiefs defensive lineman Frank Clark tackled Tom Brady for a six-yard loss.
Jazmine Sullivan and Eric Church perform Super Bowl LV national anthem
Grammy nominees Jazmine Sullivan and Eric Church collaborated to sing the national anthem prior to the kickoff of Super Bowl LV.
The performance started with a brief guitar intro by Church, who also sang the first verse by himself. With a slow, shuffling tempo, that portion of the song lasted 35 seconds.
Sullivan took over for the second verse, which lasted another 30 seconds.
From “the rockets red glare” forward, the two performers sang together, with Sullivan handling a lot of the big notes.
By the time the singers finished holding out the word “free” for 12 seconds and the song was over, 2 minutes and 23 seconds had elapsed. Earlier in the week, the over/under for the length of the anthem was set at 2 minutes, so anyone who took the “over” is a happy bettor right now.
Both performers did an excellent job, with no obvious flubbing of the words or hitting sour notes. None of the players or coaches shown on the CBS broadcast took a knee or raised a fist during the anthem.
Chiefs win the coin toss, defer to second half
The Kansas City Chiefs won the pregame coin toss after team captain Travis Kelce called heads.
The Chiefs deferred, which means the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will receive the opening kickoff.
The game is underway.
Chiefs and Buccaneers take the field
With kickoff less than 20 minutes away, the Kansas City Chiefs and Tampa Bay Buccaneers have taken the field at Raymond James Stadium.
Tom Brady is looking to win his seventh Super Bowl title today while Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes is looking to guide Kansas City to its second straight title.
Tampa got a little bit louder/positive crowd reaction during their introduction (in my opinion), which ain’t surprising. Seems like they’ll be able to feel the home-field advantage. pic.twitter.com/wFM06ArMzF— Emmanuel Morgan (@_EmmanuelMorgan) February 7, 2021
Chiefs and Buccaneers inactives for Super Bowl LV
A look at the roster players who will not be in uniform tonight for Super Bowl LV.
Kansas City Chiefs
CB BoPete Keyes
RB Darwin Thompson
TE Ricky Seals-Jones
DE Tim Ward
DT Khalen Saunders
QB Matt Moore
CB Chris Lammons
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
QB Ryan Griffin
QB Drew Stanton
WR Justin Watson
RB Ke’Shawn Vaughn
TE Antony Auclair
DL Khalil Davis
DL Jeremiah Ledbetter
KCBS legend Jim Hill is treating Super Bowl LV like any other Sunday. Well, almost
For millions of viewers, the Super Bowl is the biggest and most anticipated sporting event of the year.
But for Jim Hill, the elder statesman of local TV sports coverage, it’s just another Sunday.
That becomes clear when the veteran KCBS sportscaster is asked how many Super Bowls he’s covered in his career.
“Gee, I don’t know,” Hill said in a phone interview earlier this week, after a long pause to consider the question. “I would say it goes back to 1985, maybe? I don’t really count. A lot of people like to go over the experiences they’ve had. I’ve covered large stuff, and I’d rather spend time covering as opposed to counting. I just like to go out and do it.”
Child remains in critical condition after car crash involving Chiefs’ Britt Reid
Some players and coaches have started to head onto the field for pregame stretches ahead of Super Bowl LV. Kickoff is scheduled for 3:30 PST.
One coach who will not be there is Kansas City Chiefs outside linebackers coach Britt Reid, son of coach Andy Reid, who did not make the trip because of his involvement in a vehicle crash Thursday night that left a 5-year-old girl with life-threatening injuries.
A family member who created a GoFundMe page that has generated more than $212,000 said the girl, Ariel, was still in critical condition.
Much of the focus this weekend has been on the matchup between the Chiefs and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the story surrounding the incident continues to develop.
What if there’s a tie? Here are the overtime rules
Super Bowl LI was looking like a blowout.
The Atlanta Falcons led the New England Patriots 28-3 midway through the third quarter before Tom Brady led the Patriots on an improbable comeback that resulted in something that had never happened before and hasn’t happened since.
A Super Bowl tied at the end of regulation.
We know how that one ended — Brady marched the Patriots down the field on the first possession of overtime and James White ran two yards into the end zone for the game-winning touchdown.
‘This didn’t end well’: The year I assigned Leon Uris to cover the L.A. Super Bowl
As we watch Super Bowl LV, there will be an assumption that we will get giddy about Super Bowl LVI, where some team will play against Tom Brady. For the 2022 game, Brady will wear orthopedic shoes with Velcro and spikes. Nike will buy TV ads in senior-viewing time slots.
The truth is, in Los Angeles, we probably will be more fascinated than giddy. The Super Bowl will be returning to our backyard, but for many L.A. sports fans, the game triggers some cranky memories.
It does for me.
The Raiders and Rams left Los Angeles after the 1994 season. The Rams found Valhalla in St. Louis, near a giant arch that wasn’t a McDonald’s restaurant. The Raiders found theirs in beautiful downtown Oakland. No accounting for taste. Los Angeles never felt jilted. More amused and relieved. Bye-bye, Georgia Frontiere. See ya, Al Davis. Don’t let the door hit you in the ...
Prediction: Chiefs will batter Tom Brady and Bucs in Super Bowl LV blowout
In an abomination spanning more than two decades, this Super Bowl prediction column has been wrong about XV times.
Sixteen out of 21 years, I have picked the wrong team. Eleven consecutive years, I struck out. Three straight times I picked the Buffalo Bills.
I have been wrong on so many occasions, gamblers have actually emailed me during Super Bowl week to ask for a preview of my pick so they could bet the other team.
As annual Super Bowl prediction columns go, you’re reading the worst of all time, the WOAT.
However, during all these years, there is one thing I have gotten right, and it involves the GOAT.
Secret to stopping Patrick Mahomes? Bucs might want to copy Chargers’ strategy
Everyone has a game plan ahead of their matchup with the Kansas City Chiefs.
Once it’s put into motion, though, the creativity and sheer speed of the reigning Super Bowl champions’ offense typically unravels that strategy.
“I’m not paid to be a defensive coordinator,” Chiefs receiver Tyreek Hill said, chuckling, when asked about how other teams scheme against them. “That’s above my pay grade.”
One defensive coordinator who’s experienced consistent success against the Chiefs is Gus Bradley, who recently joined the Las Vegas Raiders after four seasons with the Chargers.
Patrick Mahomes vs. Tom Brady Super Bowl LV matchup a clash of NFL eras
An NFL season that looked as if it might never happen is ending in a way we might never see again.
More than a Lombardi Trophy is up for grabs in Super Bowl LV on Sunday. This is about a clash of eras, with the Lord of the Rings — Brady has a record six of them — looking to keep the greatest threat to the crown at bay.
So monumental is the quarterback matchup in this game that CBS analyst Tony Romo had to reach outside the sport for an apt analogy to describe the showdown at the most important position on the field. He turned to the NBA.
How to make the best nachos for the Super Bowl
When it’s a sports game night, an awards show night, a fun movie night or any other occasion that guarantees your attention will be trained on a television screen rather than on what’s on the plate in front of you, it’s nachos for dinner in our house. Easy to throw together quickly, it’s basically a salad of chips and toppings, the ideal food to snack on when your attention span is limited.
When my partner and I lived in New York, we’d spend at least three Sunday nights a month at one sports bar in our Upper Manhattan neighborhood. I always got the burger and he the nachos. These nachos were made of freshly fried chips topped with a free-flowing cheese sauce that definitely had Velveeta in it and a generous ladleful of chili, accompanied by the usual suspects of sour cream, salsa and guacamole. In between sips of beer and transfixed gazes on the bright screens overhead, these nachos were the perfect bar food.
How Todd McNair and Ronald Jones connected in Tampa Bay
Before the Tampa Bay Buccaneers hired him two years ago, Todd McNair wondered if he would ever again coach in college football or the NFL.
The former USC running backs coach had not worked in the industry since 2010, and he remains enmeshed in a defamation lawsuit against the NCAA that has spanned nearly 10 years.
That situation, though, was far from his mind this week.
“It’s out there,” he said of the lawsuit during a telephone interview, “but I’ve got a Super Bowl to win.”
California’s next COVID-19 peril: Super Bowl as superspreader event. Can we learn from past?
In normal times, the Super Bowl is one of the country’s premier social occasions — bringing enthusiasts and nonfans alike together for hours of football-fueled festivities.
But in the era of COVID-19, officials and experts say Sunday’s game poses a tremendous risk, and that widespread large watch parties could imperil California’s precarious emergence from the worst wave of the pandemic.
“Don’t fumble this. We’re almost there,” said Dr. Mark Ghaly, California’s health and human services secretary. “Let’s keep our guard up a little bit longer.”
Will the pandemic take the fun out of Super Bowl LV? Advertisers are cautious
Former ad executive Donny Deutsch knows the power of an effective Super Bowl commercial.
In 2011, Deutsch’s New York-based agency delivered a spot showing a kid in a Darth Vader costume exerting his powers (with the help of his father’s keyless ignition control) over a Volkswagen Passat. The entertaining minute received plenty of free airtime and online shares after the game.
But if Deutsch were still in the ad business and advising clients about Super Bowl LV, his advice would be: Stay away. He believes the public is still emotionally raw over a year filled with a pandemic, social justice protests and an ugly election campaign that was capped with a jaw-dropping attack on the Capitol by pro-Trump rioters.
Before he was ‘Big Red,’ Andy Reid lived the big life with his friends in L.A.
Andy Reid’s childhood friends from his time growing up in Los Angeles share old stories about the Kansas City Chiefs coach.
Ted Pallas has an autograph from Kansas City Chiefs coach Andy Reid, a sort of signature he takes everywhere he goes. It’s an inch-long, diagonal scar just above the bridge of his nose — a different kind of Lombardi Trophy from their childhood in the Los Angeles neighborhood near John Marshall High.
“When we were 8 years old, we were horsing around in the bedroom of my house, and we lived maybe six doors apart from each other,” said Pallas, who now lives in Del Mar. “We’re screwing around, he picks me up, throws me across the room, and I hit the corner of my desk.”
In the NFL, that (mostly) gentle giant is Andy Reid, a legendary coach who one day will be enshrined in Canton.
Tom Brady lifted Buccaneers just by being Tom Brady
After a failed drive in the third quarter of an October “Thursday Night Football” game against the Chicago Bears, Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady walked off the sideline, took off his helmet and hurled profanities at his offensive linemen.
On third-and-27, Brady misfired on a pass to receiver Mike Evans, took a hit from linebacker Khalil Mack and the referees called a holding penalty. It personified what Fox announcer Troy Aikman called “an ugly possession.” Still, despite the slew of mistakes, the Buccaneers lost by only one point.
Three months later, as Tampa Bay’s performance sharpened, the Buccaneers are now one win from becoming Super Bowl champions at their home stadium. And the same offensive line that bore the brunt of Brady’s ire is now thanking him for changing their direction.
Here are the 2021 Super Bowl commercials with celebrity cameos (so far)
For Super Bowl LV fans who have little interest in the actual game and care more about its commercials, you’ve come to the right place.
After a year disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic, even the big-game commercials are going to be a little different this year. Legacy advertisers such as PepsiCo, Coca-Cola, Hyundai and Budweiser have opted out of advertising during Sunday’s game, pouring their cash into philanthropic efforts instead of splashy ad campaigns. But that left plenty of airtime for newcomers to the Super Bowl ad blitz.
One thing is certain: The stars are still coming out to play.
Fully represented this year as usual: the celebrity cameos that make the ads conversation starters — or occasionally a questionable move in the star’s career.
Roger Kingdom aims to get Buccaneers over last hurdle for a Super Bowl title
The Super Bowl features a few players fast enough to leave smoldering scorch marks on the Raymond James Stadium grass — among them receivers Tyreek Hill and Mecole Hardman of Kansas City, and Scotty Miller of Tampa Bay. They’re the kind of talent that leave evaluators slapping their foreheads and staring at their stopwatches in disbelief.
The speed and conditioning coach for the Buccaneers is Olympian Roger Kingdom, who was on Arians’ Arizona Cardinals staff and followed him to Tampa.
Kingdom, 58, won the gold medal in the 110-meter hurdles at the Summer Games in Los Angeles in 1984, and again four years later in Seoul.
LeSean McCoy and Le’Veon Bell don’t mind watching the Super Bowl from the bench
Had their respective teams made the Super Bowl in 2017, Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back LeSean McCoy and Kansas City Chiefs running back Le’Veon Bell would have been featured heavily in the offensive game plan.
But on Sunday, both will take a minimal role, as they have all season. And they are fine with that, they said.
Gone are the days when Bell and McCoy both rushed for more than 1,000 yards and were selected to the Pro Bowl for the Pittsburgh Steelers and Buffalo Bills, respectively, four years ago. Instead the two this season served as mentors to younger players.
Bell, 28, rushed for 328 yards and two touchdowns in 11 regular-season games for the Chiefs. McCoy, 32, rushed for just 31 yards in 10 games. In the NFC championship against the Green Bay Packers, McCoy played only one offensive snap.
No feuding. No fireworks. No fun. Super Bowl Week has become Super Bowl Weak
Welcome to Super Bowl Weak.
The quarterbacks admire each other. The coaches relate to each other. Insults are countered by shrugs. Barbs are met with blessings. Bulletin boards are empty. Nobody is guaranteeing anything, all of which guarantees one thing.
This has been the worst week in the Super Bowl’s 55-year history.
There’s no feuding, no fireworks, no fun.
For a variety of reasons — mostly pandemic related — Super Bowl LV has become Super Bowl ZZ.
Admit it, some of you didn’t even remember the game was Sunday. Or maybe you had no idea who’s playing other than it’s Tom Brady against somebody.