The Tampa Bay Buccaneers defeated the Kansas City Chiefs in dominant fashion at Super Bowl LV.
Despite coming into the outing as three-point underdogs, Tom Brady and Co. took control early and never looked back.
Tampa Bay’s incredible performance from start to finish prompted many to ask: why was this group so good? As it turns out, having the greatest quarterback to ever play the game on your side lends your side a bit of confidence.
After the game, Bucs running back Leonard Fournette revealed that Brady had sent him and the rest of their teammates a very simple 5-word text message in the lead-up to the Super Bowl.
That message: “We will win this game.”
Brady led the way for his squad, finishing with 201 passing yards and three touchdowns on 21-of-29 pass completions. Fournette was similarly effective, earning 89 rushing yards and a touchdown on 16 carries.
But it wasn’t just an offensive effort. Tampa Bay dominated on the defensive side of the ball as well.
Linebacker Devin White amassed eight total tackles and a pick, while defensive end Ndamukong Suh earned 1.5 sacks and linebacker Shaquil Barrett chipped in a sack of his own. When it was all said and done, Chiefs quarterback Mahomes was pressured on 29 of his 56 dropbacks — the most of any passer in Super Bowl history.
Mahomes ultimately finished with 270 yards and two interceptions on 26-of-49 passing, and his QBR of 49.9 was the second worst of his pro career.
Despite the rough showing, Mahomes handled the loss with dignity and grace.
“They were the better team today,” he said. “They beat us pretty good, the worst I think I’ve been beaten in a long time.
“They took away our deep stuff. They took away the sidelines and they did a good job of rallying to the football and making tackles. We weren’t executing early, had a few miscues. Guys weren’t on the same page. Credit to them. They played a heck of a game defensively and offensively to beat us.”
His mom, however? Not so much.