The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are Super Bowl Champions. They also became the first team in NFL history to host a Super Bowl and win a Super Bowl in their own stadium as they beat the Kansas City Chiefs emphatically by a score of 31-9 on Sunday. The Bucs won in a lopsided game by dominating on both sides of the ball from start to finish while Tom Brady won MVP by throwing for three touchdowns. But arguably the most important part of the game was the Bucs’ defense, holding the Chiefs without a touchdown in the contest.
It was a complete team effort on the defensive of the ball to contribute in making the Bucs Super Bowl Champions. Here are the most impressive players from Super Bowl LV.
OLB Shaq Barrett
The key to the Bucs winning the game was getting a four-man pass rush on Patrick Mahomes, and no one got a better rush in the game than Shaq Barrett. He delivered on the high expectations that many had for him facing a backup offensive tackle. The pressure started early on and Barrett kept it throughout the whole game while forcing many errant throws and recording a sack along the way.
LB Devin White
White has loved playing in these big games as he’s continued to be one of the driving forces for the Bucs’ defense and you could see him make his mark, going full speed to make a play. Arguably, you could say White’s trash talk with the team was his best contribution as no one on the Bucs’ defense was more vocal than him. He ended the game first on the team in total tackles once again with 12, while also leading the defense with two tackles for loss. White ultimately finished the game near the end of regulation with an interception to close out the Bucs’ Super Bowl win.
LB Lavonte David
David made his presence in multiple areas for the Bucs, including breaking up two passes from Mahomes. Not many thought the Bucs’ defense would be able to stop the Chiefs from scoring a touchdown in the entire game, and that doesn’t happen without the leadership of David. There was a great blitz David made in the middle of the third quarter that led to an Antoine Winfield Jr. interception.
S Antoine Winfield Jr.
The first player to get an interception for the defense on the night, Winfield did much more than just his interception in the second half. Not only was he an important factor in why the Chiefs didn’t connect much on deep passes down the field, but Winfield also tied for the team lead with two pass breakups, recording 6 tackles as well. The interception he made was an athletic diving catch that had the entire sideline exuberated and helped set up a field goal on the next drive. Winfield was penalized for taunting Tyreek Hill after the Bucs stopped the Chiefs on a late fourth down play, but we’ll say that was his competitive nature getting caught up in the moment. When you’re up by that much and ready to win the Super Bowl, its tough not to get a little cocky.
S Mike Edwards
The pick for Winfield doesn’t happen without Edwards’ play. Labeled a ballhawk by Bruce Arians, Edwards had his hand in a number of plays tonight, making things difficult for the Kansas City offense. Edwards batted a Mahomes’ pass at least seven or eight yards back, leading to the interception. A major difference that went the Bucs’ way in this game was the coverage they had on the Chiefs’ skill players. The Bucs had more safeties back to help shut down the big play and Tyreek Hill’s ability. They executed their plan well.
DT Ndamukong Suh
We don’t know what the future holds yet for Ndakumong Suh, but what a swan song to go out on if this is indeed his last game. Suh finally won the Super Bowl after a long career that includes losing in the Super Bowl two years ago to his now teammate Tom Brady. This time around, Suh was a huge reason why the Bucs continued to cause a ton of issues for the opposing offensive line while making Mahomes throw the ball away when he didn’t want to. Suh led the team with 1.5 sacks and had a great game from start to finish.
Honorable Mention: CB Carlton Davis III