The Tampa Bay Buccaneers were victorious in the Super Bowl LV at the Raymond James Stadium by a score of 31-9 against last year's champions, the Kansas City Chiefs and their superstar quarterback Patrick Mahomes, deemed as the player who will succeed Tom Brady one day.
Tom Brady has won his 7th Super Bowl, at age 43, in his first year with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and made history by being part of the first team to appear in a Super Bowl in its home stadium - all these accomplished amid the ongoing pandemic.
This is Tampa Bay's second title win, and it concludes an NFL season in a very unique way, with Super Bowl LV set in front of a crowd of nearly 25,000 and an estimate 30,000 cardboard cutouts of fans.
Brady has won his 7th Super Bowl this time, which is a remarkable feat for any football player. That total is more than any NFL team - his former team the New England Patriots and the Pittsburgh Steelers each have six. This was his 10th Super Bowl appearance, also the most of all time.
Brady said when he was asked how to rank his most recent victory, "I'm not making any comparisons. Being down here and experiencing it with this group of guys is -- every year is amazing, and this team is world champions forever. You can't take it away from us. Thank you guys. Thank you all."
For the fifth time in his career, Brady was named the Super Bowl MVP and he's the only player to win the award that many times. His performance this Sunday was superb, completing 21 out of 29 passes for 201 yards for three touchdowns and had no interceptions.
Two of those touchdowns were to tight end Rob Gronkowski, who came out of retirement after playing with the Patriots to reunite with Brady.
Throughout their years together, the Brady-Gronkowski tandem has made 14 touchdown receptions in the post-season, the most by a quarterback/receiver duo of all time, besting Joe Montana and Jerry Rice.
After the game, Brady and Gronkowski said they are not retiring, though the latter will be a free agent.
Their 68-year-old head coach Bruce Arians, who became the oldest head coach to win a Super Bowl, is sticking around, too. He said, "This really belongs to our coaching staff and our players. This is your trophy. I didn't do a damn thing. You guys won this game, alright? You came together as a band of brothers and you made it happen. So proud of all of you."
As for Patrick Mahomes, it was a rough day for last season's Super Bowl MVP. He threw two interceptions, was sacked three times and had no touchdowns. Other than that, the Kansas City Chiefs may have had an early 3-0 lead but couldn't get going, and also accumulated 120 penalty yards.
Mahomes said, "Obviously I didn't play the way I wanted to play. What else can you say? All you can do is leave everything you have on the field, and I feel like the guys did that. They were the better team today. They beat us pretty good, the worst that I think I have been beaten in a long time."
And that concludes the Super Bowl LV.
If you're already looking forward to next year's Super Bowl, then it will be held at the SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California on February 6, 2022.