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WHEN: Sunday, February 7, 2021
KICKOFF: 6:30 p.m. ET
WHERE: Raymond James Stadium
TV: CBS
PLAY-BY-PLAY: Jim Nantz
ANALYST:
Tony Romo
SIDELINE: Tracy Wolfson, Evan Washburn, Jay Feely
RADIO: 98 ROCK 97.9 FM
PLAY-BY-PLAY: Gene Deckerhoff
ANALYST: Dave Moore
SIDLINE: T.J. Rives
SPANISH RADIO: 96.1 FM
PLAY-BY-PLAY: Carlos Bohorquez
ANALYST: Martin Gramatica

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Scott Reynolds: Bucs Beat Chiefs For 2nd Super Bowl Victory

Fire the cannons! The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will make history, winning their second Super Bowl title at home in Raymond James Stadium, beating the defending champion Kansas City Chiefs in a rematch of Week 12. The key for the Bucs offense will be getting to 30 points, as the team is 11-0 in games in which Tampa Bay has scored 30 points or more, including the last six games. Quarterback Tom Brady wins his seventh Super Bowl ring and is the game’s MVP after throwing for over 300 yards and three touchdowns in the victory, which will be the Bucs’ eighth win in a row – a new franchise record.

Bucs OLBs Shaquil Barrett and Jason Pierre-Paul and Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes
Bucs OLBs Shaquil Barrett and Jason Pierre-Paul and Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

Tampa Bay defensive coordinator Todd Bowles has two key players back that were missing in Week 12 in nose tackle Vita Vea and cornerback Jamel Dean. Vea was out with a fractured ankle in the first match-up, but pushed the pocket in his return to action in Green Bay in the NFC Championship Game, which helped outside linebackers Jason Pierre-Paul and Shaquil Barrett combine for five sacks. Look for a similar type of performance against Kansas City.

It will be interesting to see how Bowles deploys Dean, who is the fastest defensive back on the team. Will he draw Tyreek Hill in coverage? For more of my Bucs vs. Chiefs Super Bowl LV preview and my 8 Match-ups To Watch on offense and defense, check out my latest SR’s Fab 5.

Reynolds’ Score Prediction: Buccaneers 34, Chiefs 31
Reynolds’ Season Record: 15-4
Super Bowl MVP Prediction: QB Tom Brady

Mark Cook: Fairytale Season Continues For Bucs

Admit it Bucs fans. While you were hopeful and optimistic, did you really honestly believe the Bucs would be here – at least this year? Sure you knew they would be better than their 7-9 2019 season, but in the Super Bowl? In a pandemic year, with a new quarterback and virtually zero offseason work? Yet here we are and it’s the story only Hollywood would write. Of course in order for it to be a blockbuster movie the Buccaneers need to cap it off with a win. And they will.

We’ve had nearly two weeks now of all the breakdowns and matchup discussion. I’m sure most of you are sick of reading and listening to it and are just ready for the game to kickoff, so I’ll spare you the technical details. The Bucs and Chiefs will go toe to toe for four quarters but in the end the Bucs defense will make one more play than the Chiefs and when the clock strikes zero, the Buccaneers will be on a podium hosting their second Lombardi Trophy.

Enjoy the win Bucs fans, especially those who sat through the losing streak in 2008 that cost Jon Gruden his job, the ones who saw Josh Freeman and Jameis Winston become first round draft picks only to never lead the team to the playoffs, and those fans who suffered through the Lovie Smith and Greg “Toes on the line” Schiano years. For those of you in Raymond James when Winston threw a pick-6 in overtime to finish off the 2019 year with a loss to the Falcons, this one is for you.

Cook’s Score Prediction: Buccaneers 31, Chiefs 26
Cook’s Season Record: 14-5
Super Bowl MVP Prediction: QB Tom Brady

Jon Ledyard: Bucs Prevail In A Walk-Off Super Bowl Win

It’s been a wild season in Tampa Bay, so what’s one more wild finish? The Bucs will have their hands full with the NFL’s best team this season, including a quarterback that no team has found a blueprint to defeat in Patrick Mahomes. But after facing the Chiefs in Week 12, I think the Bucs defense will have a much different plan of attack that includes more two-high coverages and increased attention on Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce. Can the Chiefs other weapons step up?

The Bucs haven’t played their best game yet, and they’ll probably need to on Sunday. I think they do it. With more answers to pressure in their scheme than they had in Week 12, a hot start from Tampa Bay’s offense could put Chiefs defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo’s unit on their heels, especially if the Bucs get aggressive on early downs and increase their play-action from the last meeting. There is still plenty of unexpected shots Tampa Bay can throw at Kansas City, while the Bucs defense continues their opportunistic postseason with a turnover or two.

In the end, this game probably comes down to a play or two, and I’m guessing Tom Brady and Chris Godwin make them. A late fourth quarter drive with the score knotted at 30 brings kicker Ryan Succop onto the field for the game-winning try – and he nails it for a walk-off victory and the Bucs second Super Bowl championship in franchise history.

Ledyard’s Score Prediction: Buccaneers 33, Chiefs 30
Ledyard’s Season Record: 17-2
Super Bowl MVP Prediction: WR Chris Godwin

Matt Matera: Bucs Make Super Bowl History At Home

The Bucs come into their own stadium for Super Bowl LV as underdogs against the Chiefs, and though it seems like Kansas City can look unstoppable at times, they’re not unbeatable. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, you just can’t doubt the GOAT Tom Brady in these situations, especially after already playing them this season. 

Tampa Bay will  need to get home with a four-man pass rush. It worked against Aaron Rodgers, but Patrick Mahomes is another story. He gets the ball out in a blink of an eye, and their wide receivers are more dangerous once they’re out in space with the ball. The Chiefs will be without their starting tackles, so Shaq Barrett and Jason Pierre-Paul can attack all game. I’m more curious to see what the secondary will do as it’s important to implement two safeties for most of the game. They won’t shut out Kansas City, but they have to make them drive down the field rather than allow quick shots.

In order for the Bucs to win it all they’ll need to score at least 30 points. This offense is vastly improved from the last match-up, and that includes Antonio Brown, who’s much more adjusted to his role. The Bucs will try to establish the run, but they have to be ready to change course if it’s taking too long to manifest. The Bucs must exploit the Chiefs over the middle of the field and defeat their linebackers. Whether that’s Rob Gronkowski or even sending Chris Godwin to these areas, someone’s going to have a huge game. Don’t be surprised if Mike Evans scores his third touchdown of the postseason as well. When it comes to big moments, I’m taking Brady each time. The Bucs celebrate a Super Bowl win at home.

Matera’s Score Prediction: Buccaneers 34, Chiefs 31
Matera’s Season Record: 15-4
Super Bowl MVP Prediction: WR Chris Godwin

Taylor Jenkins: Bucs Finish Miracle Season With Super Bowl Victory

they’ll get a second crack at their toughest competition of the season in the Chiefs, after dropping a 27-24 contest to Kansas City in Week 12.I said that the Bucs would have to be at their absolute best to beat the Saints and Packers as they battled their way through a tough NFC playoff bracket, and while they weren’t necessarily perfect, they played high-quality, complimentary football to earn a spot in the big game.

As the Chiefs boast an offensive unit that’s full of speed and rolls out arguably the best receiver, tight end and quarterback in the game, Tampa Bay will once again need a masterful performance. The Bucs will need to deploy two-high looks to try and keep a cap on the aforementioned speed. This will likely leave Tampa Bay’s defense countering with Cover 2 looks in the secondary, leaving a lot of pressure on Lavonte David, Devin White and Sean Murphy-Bunting to slow down Travis Kelce. The biggest advantage the Bucs’ defense will have is the return of defensive tackle Vita Vea coinciding with a patchwork offensive line that the Chiefs will deploy as they will be without both starting tackles due to injury and a starting guard. This will be crucial to not only pressuring Patrick Mahomes, but keeping him contained and away from making plays outside of the pocket. Offensively we know the talent that Tampa Bay has in their own right, but they will have to start consistently and not let themselves fall into a quick hole like the early 17-0 deficit they found themselves in in Week 12, specifically avoiding the consistent third-and-long situations that they were able to overcome against Green Bay. A strong running game will help, but Tampa Bay will also have to avoid repeating past mistakes of staying behind schedule with predictable early-down and inefficient runs. In a game where the Bucs’ offense needs to put up 35 points or more, so the execution will have to be razor sharp.

While the Bucs will enter Ray Jay as the underdogs on Sunday evening, they were the underdogs heading into New Orleans and Green Bay as well. If the Super Bowl has taught us anything in the past it’s that you don’t necessarily have to be the best team, you just have to be the best team that day. And with Tom Brady at the helm and the game being played in the Bucs’ own backyard, I have to pick Tampa Bay grinding out one more upset in this miraculous season

Jenkins’ Score Prediction: Buccaneers 37, Chiefs 34
Jenkins’ Season Record: 14-5
Super Bowl MVP Prediction: QB Tom Brady