FIRE THE CANNONS!

Nearly a year ago, Tom Brady came to Tampa Bay to make history and help the Buccaneers win Super Bowl LV, becoming the first NFL team to host and win a world championship in its home stadium.

Mission accomplished – in more ways than one.

The Bucs defeated the defending Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs 31-9 in Tampa to win the second Super Bowl in franchise history, while Brady won his NFL-record seventh Super Bowl. Brady also becomes the first quarterback in NFL history to lead a team from the AFC and the NFC to a Super Bowl championship.

The Bucs rattled off eight straight wins since losing to the Chiefs, 27-24, in Week 12, and got revenge in a big on Sunday.

Brady, who was named the Super Bowl MVP for a record fifth time, was sensational in the first half, completing 16-of-20 passes for 140 yards and three touchdowns, including two to tight end Rob Gronkowski to build a 21-6 lead at halftime. Gronkowski had five catches for 42 yards and two TDs after two quarters, and finished with five catches for 67 yards.

Gronkowski now has 14 carer postseason touchdowns – all thrown by Brady – and the two have more scoring connections than any other QB-receiver duo.

Bucs OLB Shaquil Barrett and Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes

Bucs OLB Shaquil Barrett and Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

Brady would finish the game completing 21-of-29 passes for 201 yards and three touchdowns.

Brady out-dueled Kansas City’s Patrick Mahomes, who was playing behind a make-shift offensive line due to the injury to left tackle Eric Fisher in the AFC Championship Game. Tampa Bay defensive coordinator Todd Bowles dialed up a healthy dose of Cover 2, which prevented Mahomes from making big plays downfield, as he did back in Week 12.

The fact that the high-powered Chiefs offense was held without a touchdown for the first time all season was the story of the game.

Mahomes was pressured all night and completed just 9-of-19 passes for 67 yards in the first half. In the second half, Mahomes was sacked by outside linebacker Shaquil Barrett, who had several pressures, along with defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, who had a solo sack and shared a sack with outside linebacker Cam Gill.

Mahomes threw two second half interceptions – first on a pass that was deflected by safety Mike Edwards and picked off by safety Antoine Winfield, Jr. and then on a pass that was deflected and intercepted by linebacker Devin White, who had a game-high 12 tackles, in the end zone on Mahomes’ final pass attempt.

Mahomes finished completing 26-of-49 passing for 270 yards with two interceptions, as Tampa Bay’s pass rush and coverage was smothering.

Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce had 10 catches for 133 yards but was was held out of the end zone, while wide receiver Tyreek Hill, who had 269 yards and three touchdowns in Kansas City’s 27-24 win in Week 12, had a pedestrian night and was held to 73 yards on seven catches.

Bucs running back Leonard Fournette led the way for a punishing ground attack and rushed for 89 yards on 16 carries (5.6 avg.), including a 27-yard touchdown to increase Tampa Bay’s lead to 28-6. Ronald Jones II added 61 yards on 12 carries (5.0 avg.) to help the Bucs pound the Chiefs into submission.

Kansas City and Tampa Bay exchanged 52-yard field goals to make the score 31-9 heading into the fourth quarter, which was scoreless.

Bucs DT Ndamukong Suh

Bucs DT Ndamukong Suh – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

Tampa Bay ends the season 15-5, which is the second-best finish in franchise history behind the 2002 Super Bowl champion team, which finished 15-4. The Bucs also won eight consecutive games to finish the season, with their last loss coming back on November 29th to the Chiefs, 27-24.

Including its Super Bowl LV win, Tampa Bay finished the 2020 season with a 6-3 home record at Raymond James Stadium.

The Bucs could enter the 2021 season as the NFC favorites for Super Bowl LVI in Los Angeles, and will certainly be favorites to win the NFC South division as Brady and head coach Bruce Arians have said they intend to return next year.

The Bucs’ win in Super Bowl LV ends an incredible run over the past year of Tampa Bay area sports with the Lightning winning the Stanley Cup and the Rays making it to the World Series.

In its quest to repeat as Super Bowl champions, the Bucs will have several key personnel questions to address in the coming weeks as wide receivers Chris Godwin and Brown, Gronkowski, Barrett, Suh, kicker Ryan Succop, and running backs Fournette and LeSean McCoy among others are slated to become unrestricted free agents in March.

Tampa Bay’s 2021 NFL Draft position has been finalized, as the Bucs will have the 32nd overall pick in the first round.

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About the Author: Scott Reynolds

Scott Reynolds is in his 25th year of covering the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the vice president, publisher and senior Bucs beat writer for PewterReport.com. Author of the popular SR's Fab 5 column on Fridays, Reynolds oversees web development and forges marketing partnerships for PewterReport.com in addition to his editorial duties. A graduate of Kansas State University in 1995, Reynolds spent six years giving back to the community as the defensive line coach for his sons' Pop Warner team, the South Pasco Predators. Reynolds can be reached at: sr@pewterreport.com
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thewbacca
4 months ago

World Champs!!!!!

seat26
4 months ago

I am in shock. I thought the Bucs would win, but I never dreamed our defense would hold Mahomes from scoring a single TD? What a crazy game. I have to give Licht the credit. He did the impossible. He took a young team and added a few guys that were gray on the temples and he won a championship. It is hard to believe we were 5-11 just two yrs ago. And how about BA’s 95 yr old mother in the stands? I will never doubt old guys again. I am ecstatic.

sherb
4 months ago

lets fucking go! this is just the most unbelievable season of my lifetime and so happy for the vets like Evans, Lavonte, even Cam Brate

Alldaway 2.0
4 months ago

Congrats Bruce Arians, Bowles, Licht, Brady, the players and the organization.
This team always had the talent but they needed focused leadership.
Super Bowl champs.

BucRy
4 months ago

Let’s gooooooooooooo!!!!!!

43 Is Only Old in Human Years
4 months ago

Because I like the abuse, does anyone else realize that all touchdowns were scored by people that weren’t on the team last year, in fact all points were scored by people who weren’t on the team? In fact that all touchdowns were scored by players not under contract for next year. It was fun watch the Patraneers this season but I never felt they were my team.

Captain Sly
Reply to  43 Is Only Old in Human Years
4 months ago

All the turnovers were made by players Licht drafted. Your point is moot!

4girls
Reply to  Captain Sly
4 months ago

So were the offensive line. (Draft and FA.) And it was BA’s offense, with Leftwich calling the plays for offense and Bowles for the D. Double moot point.

Knightrider79
Reply to  43 Is Only Old in Human Years
4 months ago

Does it matter? They’re on our team now and we won the game. Our defense really played lights out

^^mtn^^
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Reply to  43 Is Only Old in Human Years
4 months ago

Sorry you feel that way. Shame.

4girls
Reply to  43 Is Only Old in Human Years
4 months ago

So, would you rather we never sign another free agent? Or just sign ones that don’t actually help the team win?

Tunnelvizn
Reply to  43 Is Only Old in Human Years
4 months ago

Patroneens : How many TDs did the vaunted KC offense score ? Yes, I’m sure that Brady was playing CB .

Tunnelvizn
Reply to  Tunnelvizn
4 months ago

A TD and FG wins this game !!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Brady ?

Dave
Reply to  43 Is Only Old in Human Years
4 months ago

So if this was never your team, why say anything?To be a troll. To try and get the attention off the win, and onto you? Go wallow in your sorrow with BS, because the rest of us Bucs fans don’t really care if this was your team or not

IDGABuc
Reply to  Dave
2 months ago

Agreed! I was just looking back through old posts to try to find a specific comment and I finally realized BS is really gone when I saw your comment! The Bucs winning it all is the best, but not having to see that idiot’s posts may be a close second. I almost feel bad I told him off the last time I commented on BS’s BS. Almost..

gcolerick
Reply to  43 Is Only Old in Human Years
4 months ago

Thats because they weren’t your team. If they were your team you would not be posting such trivial shite.

SenileSenior
Reply to  43 Is Only Old in Human Years
4 months ago

This is the first post I have seen from you. I don’t think you are much of a Buccaneer fan so you don’t get that much joy out of our SUPER BOWL win. Too bad.
Just thought I’d ask. How did Brad Johnson, Joe Jurevicious, Keenan McCardell, Simeon Rice and Keyshaun Johnson make it to the Buccaneers 2002 roster?
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Go Bucs!!!! WORLD CHAMPIONS!!

Alldaway 2.0
4 months ago

JPP, Suh, Winfield, Shaq, Davis, David, D. White, etc they came to play tonight.
I am proud of this team overall.

chefboho
4 months ago

Total domination from start to finish. The defense was out of control tonight. Ate Mahommes for lunch. What a year, what a turn around. Brady and the Bucs best mahommes, Rodgers, and brees with three games on the road. The whole team played as one. They’re unbeatable when playing that way! Go Bucs!!!

pinkstob
4 months ago

I been waiting on this day! When everyone on this site can rejoice as one! Enjoy it my fellow Bucs fans!!

bucballer
Reply to  pinkstob
4 months ago

Yes Pink! Rejoice Buc fans! CoVid, Politics, and a home game SuperBowl! A very memorable and historical season. A team effort, indeed!

scubog
Reply to  pinkstob
4 months ago

Hope we can get together at Training Camp in a few months. One of the things I missed the most in this insane year.

Buc76
4 months ago

I said 34 to 15. Even better that I thought!!!

Knightrider79
4 months ago

This is a great day to be a Bucs fan, and it’s a great day to be a fan of Tampa Bay sports in general. I am so happy for this team and for our community. The long weight is over and we’re world champs!!!!

cgmaster27
4 months ago

What an incredible game. The entire gameplan offensively and defensively was fantastic. Byron leftwich called a fantastic game tonight. Crazy what happems with play action on first down. The second half they were jist bludgeoning them. Tampa was the far superior team im the trenches on both sides. Brady did all he had to, get a big early lead, and close em out. That front four for tampa was simply amazing tonight. If mahommes isnt the qb, they have like 6 sacks tonight. Thats the best defensive performance ive ever seen. And most of those guys are coming back. Congrats… Read more »

MikeJ813
4 months ago

LFGGGGG! Not sleeping tonight! Been a long ass road but we here PR family we did it!

fl0nase
4 months ago

Playoff Leonard looking like Alstott! That game was total domination by the end but it was death by slow suffocation. I kept waiting for KC’s adjustment but they just didn’t have one. White outstanding, Gronk outstanding, just an amazing performance by the entire team. This victory may be on par with the 2003 win in terms of sheer domination.
KC doesn’t score a TD in the Super bowl? Nobody takes that bet before tonight.
World Champs for the 2nd time.

ScottC543
4 months ago

I freaking love it!!!!! Absolute and total dominance from start to finish.

Chiefs dynasty, my ass.

Let the Bucs dynasty talk start tonight.

Tunnelvizn
Reply to  ScottC543
4 months ago

How many TDs did KC score tonight ????
I have not had and answer on this board or the internet .
Seems like a simple answer .

Tunnelvizn
Reply to  Tunnelvizn
4 months ago

“tompa”
Bay

Tunnelvizn
Reply to  Tunnelvizn
4 months ago

Aircraft back at MCI

Tunnelvizn
Reply to  Tunnelvizn
4 months ago

Are youre fucking kidding me ? Scott Van Pelt (of all people) answers the question . 0

SenileSenior
Reply to  Tunnelvizn
4 months ago

none = null = nada = zero
Ha ha! 😘😍🤩🙄🤣😅😁😂🤔☺

bucballer
Reply to  ScottC543
4 months ago

I hear u Scott. I was a little pissed these last two weeks as many kept comparing Mahomes with Brady. Well, now Brady is a 7 time World Champ and a 5 time SuperBowl MVP! There is no comparison. Mahomes is a great young talent. Fact. But, he is no Tom Brady! Fact.

Horse
4 months ago

So fun to watch; just like the last Super Bowl in 2002! So happy for the Buccaneer organization. It’s been a long time since the first one and now we have the second one let’s keep the dream alive! Go Bucs!

e
e
4 months ago

After all of these years… The mountaintop. Hope you got to see it Macabee…

SenileSenior
Reply to  e
4 months ago

Amen!

SaskBucs
4 months ago

Hahahahaha … so happy right now! What a season, what an easy win! One of the rare times I can enjoy my cockiness! Anyone paying attention should have known the Bucs were the toughest out in this league! Tom barely had a sweat! Congrats to all the players, coaches, and fans here that believed ! Let’s run it back !!!

Spitfire
4 months ago

I said it, as much as everyone thought the Chiefs are impossible to contain and are capable of scoring at will, there’s also a good chance that we score 42 and we hold them to 17. That’s basically what happened but even better. I knew everyone was under appreciating what our Dline was gonna do to their weak Oline. I had faith and I knew they could do it if they did their best and they freakin did it… They freakin did it!!! World Champs! I never lost faith! I never lost hope! I believed the entire time and I… Read more »

Spitfire
Reply to  Spitfire
4 months ago

I knew the Chiefs walked in basically thinking they had already won and wanted the trophy handed to them before the game even started and the national media did the same. That wasn’t the plan, they aren’t who they thought they were. I knew our boys were gonna give it their all to prove the world wrong and they did it! Absolutely incredible and possibly one of the greatest and possibly one of the most convincing wins in Super Bowl History! At Home! A record that can never be broken and only ever matched! It’s incredible!!!!!!!!!

bucballer
4 months ago

Congrats to the fans! We have sat through some absolute shit shows in previous seasons. This SuperBowl win was so special to so many people for many reasons. I’m so proud to be a Buc fan! Thank u Bucs for a dream season and another SuperBowl Championship! Tampa is Title Town!

PewterHeart
4 months ago

Pinch me

thewbacca
4 months ago

Pick number 32!

KhanRada
4 months ago

Thank you Buc players. I’ve been waiting for this since we last won our last Superbowl. I was 8 when the Buccaneers won their first. I’ve been watching the buccaneers since I was 6 years old. I don’t live in Tampa, Florida I live in Texas and I dislike the Cowboys. I literary choose the buccaneers out of a vending maching with NFL team mini helmets because of my dislike for the Cowboys plus I wanted a NFL team.. I said “Whatever comes out of the this vending machine will be my team.” Then a Buccaneers helmet came out. Pure… Read more »

bucballer
Reply to  KhanRada
4 months ago

Hey Khan, as a fan since 1976 we r happy to have u as a fan, however u found the Bucs! This was just an amazing season! A historical season indeed. Go Bucs! World Champs!

SaskBucs
4 months ago

What a glorious feeling. Congrats Bucs and all us fans! What a great night. I don’t remember how I felt in 02, other than happy the team I wanted to win ..won. I was a new fan and thats a long time ago… but what a weird feeling now! It doesn’t feel real. Wow just wow. What a dominant team …easy favorite if guys come back for next season! Go Bucs!

SenileSenior
4 months ago

🍹🍻 Here’s to Victory Monday! This one will last for a whole year. 🥂🍺🍷☕🍼🥤

jongruden
4 months ago

Dream come true winning a super bowl in Tampa I never thought I would live long enough to ever see something like that, truly amazing