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The Buccaneers put ns finishing touch on an unpredictable 2020 NFL season impacted über COVID-19 by producing ns most predictable conclusion: with tom Brady winning another Super Bowl.

Brady and Tampa only capped their run to die NFL championship von beating defending champion Kansas city 31-9 an Super key 55 hinweisen Tampa"s Raymond james Stadium.

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Brady angeführt the Bucs kommen sie a championship in his erste season after ~ leaving new England, and the Chiefs became die latest team to fail zu pull off back-to-back Super bowl wins. Brady now has seven Super bowl championships und has created an ext distance from every various other quarterback bei the Super bowl era.

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The inquiry now: is Brady die greatest team sports athlete des all time? After all, michael Jordan had sechs championships. 

Brady is the greatest winner of Sunday provided that such questions are jetzt being asked, yet there was more than sufficient credit (and blame) to go around. Sporting nachrichten identifies the biggest winners und losers von Super key 55.

Super key 2021 winners, losers

Winners: tom Brady and kleid Gronkowski

Who else might be an this category? Brady, 43, winner his saturday Super Bowl runde with ns same mistake-free pat that has actually been his trademark weil das two decades-plus bei the NFL. He finished 21 of 29 weil das 203 yards und three TDs, und he didn"t schutz to do much in the second half. 

His first-half performance was more than enough: 16-of-20 passing, 140 yards and three TDs. Und he did that with die help von his favourite big-game target indigenous his time in New England.

Gronkowski saved his best performance des the season weil das the at sight Bowl. The caught the game"s first touchdown with 37 secs remaining bei the first quarter, und he added a 17-yard TD in the second quarter. He finished with six catches zum 67 yards. 

Gronk jetzt has 14 TD catches in 20 job postseason games — and his odd-couple dynamic v Brady produced ns usual results.

Brady"s social media account need to be fun weil das the following 48 hours. That"s since he was responsible zum leading an additional Super key run and will continue kommen sie be the center des the NFL universe heading into ns 2021 offseason. Möchte he bring Gronkowski through him zum another run? 

Loser: patrick Mahomes

To it is in clear, this loss isn"t solely on Mahomes. Kansas city didn"t have starting handle Eric Fisher, and that played a major role bei the game. Mahomes just could not get going in the passing game. Tyreek Hill, that had an ext than 200 yards in the zuerst half against Tampa Bay an the teams" regular-season matchup, finished v seven catches weil das 73 yards.

Mahomes finished 26 of 49 zum 270 yards, with no touchdowns and two interceptions. 

Mahomes did his best kommen sie make some des his trademark out-of-the-pocket throws, yet Tampa Bay just wouldn"t allow them happen. Mahomes was nur 9 of 19 for 67 yards bei the zuerst half, und regular press off the edge indigenous Shaquil Barrett and Jason Pierre-Paul turned him into a scrambler for most des the game. Linebacker Devin White"s interception provided the final blow in the 4th quarter.

Mahomes lost zum the second time kommen sie Brady in the postseason, und the Chiefs won"t have an easy road rückseitig to the Super bowl in in AFC that zu sein flush v franchise-quarterback talent that includes Josh Allen, Lamar Jackson und Baker Mayfield. More could be on ns way an the 2021 NFL Draft v Trevor Lawrence and Justin Fields, und even ns Bengals oase hope with ns return of joe Burrow. 

Mahomes will schutz more Super key opportunities, but Sunday showed there space no guarantees, also as a favorite, on the biggest stage. This wasn"t a passing-of-the-torch-game; it was a reminder that Mahomes has actually a lang way zu go zu match Brady as the greatest quarterback von all time. 

Winner: Leonard Fournette

Fournette wasn"t a factor an the regular-season matchup, yet he made his existence felt as in all-purpose back for Tampa Bay in the at sight Bowl.

Fournette had actually 16 carries for 89 yards and added four catches zum 46 yards. He score on a 27-yard operation on Tampa Bay"s first possession des the second half that opened up a 28-9 lead. His physics style was a difference-maker weil das the Bucs throughout die NFC playoffs, too. 

Tampa Bay average 4.4 yards über carry and the Bucs almost doubled Kansas City"s rushing attempts, 33-17. The ground support was more than enough for Brady. 

Losers: Tyrann Mathieu und Kansas City"s secondary

Brady jawed at the Honey Badger repeatedly in the zuerst half, und that became die lasting image of a grausam first 30 minutes zum the Chiefs.

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Kansas stadt committed eight penalties zum 95 yards an the half, and costly penalties von the secondary führen zu to a pair von Tampa bay touchdowns.

Mathieu had in interception taken far because des a protective holding penalty far from die play, und Antonio Hamilton was called zum offside ~ above a field-goal effort later in the series, giving Tampa only a zuerst down. Brady cashed an with his second TD pass kommen sie Gronkowski for a 14-3 lead with 6:05 remaining in the half.

Tampa Bay took possession v 55 secs remaining an the half after a Chiefs field goal, and Brady führen zu a scoring drive with ns help des two pass interference calls. Bashaud Breeland was called for the first one on Mike Evans, zum 34 yards. Mathieu was called zum the 2nd at the goal line two dram later, through 13 seconds remaining in the half. Brady capitalized with a 1-yard TD happen to antonio Brown with sechs seconds to go.

Tampa Bay had actually one penalty for five yards an the half. Die Bucs" 21-6 lead at die break wasn"t bei accident.

Winners: antonio Brown and Ndamukong Suh

The veterans each earned their first Super bowl ring in the blowout. 

Brown, who served in eight-game suspension to start the season, had five catches for 22 yards and the abovementioned TD. Brown might schutz played his method into an additional contract, perhaps with the Buccaneers, über being a target Brady kann sein trust. Suh came nach oben with a sack an the 4th quarter and was a key interior-line piece weil das Tampa Bay"s defense. Suh was with die Rams in their Super bowl loss zu New england two year ago. He found it zu sein better to be on Brady"s side. 

Both players to be risky pickups zum Tampa Bay, but the strategy von assembling talent zu chase a ring with Brady worked. 

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Loser: Joe Haeg

This was a rarely miscue von Tampa Bay. 

The tackle had actually a chance to score a Mike Vrabel-type TD ~ above a pass from Brady bei a supervisor Bowl, but he dropped die play-action pass when he was hit von Kansas City linebacker anthony Hitchens together the null arrived. Ronald jones was stuffed on die next two plays.

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The goal-line stand early an the second quarter was among die few highlights zum Kansas City in the erste half. 

Winner: Bruce Arians

Arians, 68, became die oldest coach zu win the Super Bowl, and he walk it über supervising an impressive postseason run that had road victories end Washington, new Orleans and Green Bay in the NFC playoffs ahead von the meeting with Kansas City.

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Tampa Bay lost 27-24 zu Kansas stadt on Nov. 29, which dropped ns Buccaneers to 7-5. Die Bucs did not lose again, and Arians deserves credit weil das that. Coordinators Byron Leftwich and Todd Bowles schutz emerged together head-coaching candidates together a result.

Brady stated after the game that he isn"t retiring, so Arians should have another mannschaft that kann sein compete for a super Bowl in 2021.

Losers: Andy Reid and rechnung Belichick

Wait, New england wasn"t also playing, right? Brady"s super Bowl run could still be felt in Foxborough, though, given the Patriots finished 7-9 under Belichick an their zuerst full season without Brady bei two decades. 

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Joe montana didn"t win a super Bowl wie man he left san Francisco zum Kansas City. Brady pulled off the feat in just one season, at ns Chiefs" expense. That ist going kommen sie increase ns urgency in New england to uncover a permanent answer weist quarterback. 

Speaking des Kansas City, coach andy Reid missed the end on leading the first repeat Super bowl champion since Brady führen zu the Patriots to back-to-back championships in 2003 und 2004.

Instead, this was an old-school Super key blowout reminiscent des those one-sided NFC smackdowns the defined ns 1980s. Reid is now 1-2 bei Super Bowls.