The NFL has crowned their champion, and a familiar face once again finds himself alone at the top of the football world, just in a different uniform than many expected.
Tom Brady captured his seventh Super Bowl title as his Tampa Bay Buccaneers defeated Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs 31-9.
The game was not nearly as close as many thought it would be leading up to it. The Buccaneers’ defense had all of the necessary requirements to stop the high-powered Kansas City offense. On the other side of the ball, everyone knew that Tom Brady and the Buccaneers’ offense would hold up their side of the bargain, as the hall of fame quarterback was his usual efficient self.
Kansas City started the game well, forcing a three and out of Tom Brady and the Buccaneers, and opening the scoring with a 49-yard field goal by Harrison Butker, which led to a 3-0 lead.
Things were all downhill from there for the Chiefs. Tom Brady and the Buccaneers fired back with an eight-play, 75-yard touchdown drive that saw tight end and longtime Brady partner, Rob Gronkowski, catch his first of two touchdowns to take a 7-3 lead. Tampa Bay never let go of the lead after that point.
The Chief’s offensive struggles were something that many football fans had never seen before, but Todd Bowles’s defense was up to the task. They held superstar Patrick Mahomes to just 249 yards on a whopping 49 attempts, and never even let the Chiefs find the end zone.
The Kansas City’s defense showed some adjustments in the second half, holding the Buccaneers to just 10 points, but their offense just could not get anything going at all.
At the end of the day, the Kansas City effort just wasn’t enough. Throughout the whole game they were plagued with penalties and offensive inefficiency, and ultimately Tom Brady walked away with his seventh Super Bowl ring, more than any NFL franchise, and his fifth Super Bowl MVP award.
Everyone knows that the Super Bowl is much more than just a game, though. It is a cultural phenomenon that sees just about everyone stop what they are doing and tune in, despite the fact that they are not fans of either team. For those people, the highlights of the game come in the form of the halftime show and the millions of dollars put into the commercials.
This year, the halftime show was performed by The Weekend, who put on a show for the 25,000 people in the stands, along with the 30,000 cardboard cut-outs that were in attendance, as well.
This year the commercials were not as memorable, but there were some highlights. Drake from State Farm, Beevis and Butthead, and a Wayne’s World reunion featuring Cardi B were some of the highlights during the breaks.
With the NFL season reaching its conclusion, it will be a long 178-day wait for NFL fans until the Steelers take on the Cowboys in the hall of fame game in Canton, Ohio.