Super Bowl LV: Buccaneers Win Second Super Bowl, Brady Wins Seventh


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Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady and his daughter Vivian hold up the Vince Lombardi trophy as they celebrate the Buccaneers’ win over the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LV.

Football legend Tom Brady led the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to their second Super Bowl win in franchise history, beating the Kansas City Chiefs in their home stadium 31-9 on Feb. 7.

Brady was awarded the game’s MVP as well as his seventh Super Bowl ring. The Buccaneers received their second Vince Lombardi Trophy after winning in the 2002-03 season.

Going into the game, many people expected the Buccaneers to win because of Brady’s history as a football player. Prior to this season, he played for 20 years with the New England Patriots, earning six Super Bowl wins during his tenure. 

“Brady just has so much experience being in these big games and going into his tenth Super Bowl,” senior and varsity football player Maxwell Gatti said. “I think he was so calm under pressure, and he was able to handle the situation that he was in, making it super easy to dominate the playing field.”

Brady made several touchdowns during the game, including two to his longtime friend and tight end Rob Gronkowski, who was also on the New England Patriots and won several Super Bowls alongside Brady. 

“There’s a lot to be said for trust between a quarterback and who he’s throwing to,” assistant principal and Green Bay Packers fan Jennifer Ochsner said. “Brady and Gronkowski have quite the connection, and Gronkowski came through with really big plays.”

While Brady and the Buccaneers were able to score points in the end-zone, it was not all the same for Kansas City . The Chiefs were unable to score any touchdowns the entire night, which contributed to a scoreless fourth quarter by either team.

“It was a bad feeling in that locker room after the game,” quarterback Patrick Mahomes II said in a statement to ESPN a day after the Chiefs’ loss. “You don’t want to have that feeling again.”

Mahomes was unable to connect with several players, such as wide receiver Tyreek Hill or tight end Travis Kelce. Additionally, the Chiefs were missing their starting offensive tackles due to injuries. 

“The Buccaneers’ defense really took advantage of the Chiefs’ backups, and they pressured Mahomes so much throughout the game,” Gatti said. “He had no time to throw and he was constantly running for his life.”

The loss was among the worst of Mahomes’ career. However, he expressed confidence that the team will make a comeback in the years ahead. 

“It’s not the end of something. It’s going to be another chapter where we’re going to have to continue to drive to make ourselves better so we’re back in that game,” Mahomes said in the same ESPN statement. 

Aside from the game, viewers were able to watch new commercials from companies such as General Motors, T-Mobile and Cheetos. 

“There was an M&Ms one that I thought was cute,” Ochsner said. “Everyone is capitalizing on the ‘This has been a tough year for everyone, and let’s come together,’ which certainly is appropriate for the time.”

Regardless of who won or lost, many viewers said they enjoyed the halftime performance featuring The Weeknd. 

“The Weeknd did a good job performing, and I think it’s another aspect of the game that people who are not football fans can look forward to,” Gatti said.

Several people concluded that the Super Bowl plays a large role in their lives. It invokes a deeper message beyond the sport itself. 

“It’s definitely a fun outlet. My love for the Packers goes back many generations, so it’s something that we always look forward to,” Ochsner said.