A Game That Will Go Down in History

Written by Anna Cristofano

Super Bowl LV may go down as one of the most iconic and chaotic Super Bowl games in history. On Friday, February 7, in Tampa Florida, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Kansas City Chiefs faced off for the national victory.

The game was a huge moment for many players, including Tampa Bay’s new quarterback Tom Brady, who was recently traded by the New England Patriots and was aiming to win his 7th Super Bowl ring to hold the title for most ever Super Bowls won by a player. 

Tom Brady holding the Lombardi Trophy after winning Super Bowl LV on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Feb 7, 2021; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) hoists the Vince Lombardi Trophy after defeating the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LV at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports (Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports)

During the first half of the game, the Chiefs were flagged with 11 penalties and 120 yards while the Buccaneers only committed 4 for 39 yards.

While Tom Brady may have been trying to prove a point on his new team, Patrick Mahommes, quarterback for the Kansas City Chiefs, was just as determined to secure the win. Mahommes was challenged throughout the game while being pressured on 29 out of 56 dropbacks, making it a new Super Bowl record. Meanwhile Brady was only pressured  4 times out of 30 attempts, which is considered the least amount of pressure in any Super Bowl game.

The halftime show was yet another remarkable aspect in this crazy game. The Weeknd made his Super Bowl debut with his performance of his hit songs all while wearing a bedazzled red jacket.

By halftime the differences in stats between both team’s quarterbacks were outstanding;

Tom Brady: 16-for-20, 240 yards, 3 TD ;Patrick Mahommes: 9-for-9, 67 yards.

Throughout the game, Mahommes gave up two interceptions, the second being in the end zone that was picked off by Laonte David. The final play of the third quarter, with the Buc’s entering the red zone, resulted in a bad snap that went over Brady’s head and gave the Chiefs an opportunity to try for a field goal. Ryan Succop was able to make the 52 yard kick with less than three minutes left in the quarter. At the end of the third quarter, the score was 31-9 in the Buccaneers’ favor.

When the end of the game rolled around, with 5 minutes and 3 seconds left, a fan ran onto the field, forcing officials to stop the play. “One of the great runs of the night, I will say that,” CBS play-by-play announcer Jim Nantz said before the network cut to a commercial break. 

Fan dodging officials after running onto the field during the 4th quarter.

The game ended 31-9, favoring the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and making them the winners of the 2021 Super Bowl LV. Securing another win, Tom Brady can rest easy. “How ’bout that!” Brady said as he lifted the Lombardi Trophy for the seventh time.