Brady leads Buccaneers to Super Bowl glory
Star quarterback Tom Brady has further elevated his status as one of the greatest sportsmen of all time, leading the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to an upset 31-9 win over the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl 55 on Monday morning (Australian time).
Brady won a historic seventh Super Bowl, giving him more rings than any other team or player in NFL history having won his previous six titles with the New England Patriots.
He and the defence helped lead the Buccaneers to a 31-9 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LV at Raymond James Stadium to win their second Lombardi Trophy in franchise history.
Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs couldn't even score a touchdown against the stout Buccaneers defence, meaning they were unable to become the the first team to win back-to-back Super Bowls since the New England Patriots did so in the 2003 and 2004 seasons.
Brady also made history with his fifth MVP award, becoming the only player with five. Joe Montana is second with three.
"This team is world champions forever, you can't take it away from us," Brady said after the game.
When asked if he would return next season, he added: "We're coming back."
Rob Gronkowski, who followed Brady to the Buccaneers after a year out of the game in 2019 was on the end of two laser like touchdown passes from his long time team mate in the opening half, helping his team to an early lead.
In a match that was billed as a changing of the guard between Brady and young Chiefs star Patrick Mahomes, the veteran quarterback was lethal as he efficiently picked apart the Chiefs' defense. He completed 10 of 13 passes for 90 yards with three touchdowns in the first half, two to Gronkowski and one to Brown with less than a minute to go until halftime.
In the third quarter, Brady completed just 4 of 6 attempts for 55 yards, but his 25-yard completion to Gronkowski in the third quarter set up a 27-yard Leonard Fournette touchdown a play later.
While Tampa Bay's young and tenacious defense battered Mahomes, the Buccaneers' offensive line kept Brady nearly unscathed in the pocket. Chiefs defensive end Frank Clark recorded the only sack of Brady, coming in the first quarter.
Though younger superstar quarterbacks are on the cusp of taking over the league, Brady defied the trend during the regular season, and he didn't stop until he captured his seventh Super Bowl ring in his new home stadium surrounded by fans who embraced the quarterback as their own in a performance for the ages.
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