The big game

Christian Welton

On Sunday, Feb. 7, both teams strapped up and got ready to start kickoff at 5:30 pm.

    The Chiefs won the coin toss but elected to receive the ball in the second half.  The Buccaneers started with the ball but unsuccessfully gained a good amount of yards.

    The ball then went to the Chiefs; they initially looked pretty strong, being the first team to score with a field goal. However, the tables soon turned.

    The Buccaneers’ first touchdown pass was to tight end Rob Gronkowski for eight yards.  This was the 13th postseason touchdown pass from Tom Brady to Rob Gronkowski, setting a new record, which Joe Montana and Jerry Rice previously shared. It was also the first time in Tom Brady’s ten super bowl appearances that he threw a touchdown in the first quarter.

    The next scoring drive was another Brady to Gronkowski touchdown pass for 17 yards.  The Buccaneers lead was then increased to 14-3.

    The Chiefs then drove the ball up the field but ended their drive in another field goal.

   The Buccaneers then gained another touchdown, a one-yard pass to Antonio Brown with six seconds left in the first half.

    Some say that penalties heavily aided the Buccaneers.  In the first half, the Chiefs were penalized eight times for 95 yards.  That’s the most penalties called on any team in one half in any game of the 2020-2021 season.  The Buccaneers were only flagged for one 5 yard penalty.  At halftime, the Buccaneers led the Chiefs 21-6.

    In the second half, the Chiefs started with the ball; they gained 47 yards and were forced to kick another field goal for 52 yards.

    Then the Buccaneers received the ball again.  They came in swinging with a six-play, 74-yard drive, with a 27-yard touchdown run by Leonard Fournette.

    The Chiefs then began another drive, but the drive was cut short when Antione Winfield Jr. of the Bucs intercepted the football at the 45-yard line.

    The Buccaneers only gained 11 yards on their drive, but due to the interception field position, they were able to kick a 52-yard field goal, increasing their lead to 31-9.

    That was the game’s final score because both teams were unsuccessful in scoring on a drive from that point on.

    The final nail in the coffin happened with 1:33 left in the game when Devin White of the Buccaneers incepted the football from the Chiefs.

    Brady then kneeled the football three times for the Bucs, and the game clock ran out, ending the game at 31-9.

    Brady had completed 21 out of 29 passes for 201 yards and three touchdowns, winning his seventh Super Bowl title as an NFL quarterback – that’s more Superbowls than any team has ever won.  Tom Brady won the Super Bowl Most Valuable Player Award for a fifth time in his career with his impressive stats.

   The Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes finished the day with 26 out of 49 passes for 270 yards, no touchdowns, and two interceptions.

   Out of 110 Super Bowl teams, Kansas City became just the third to finish the game without scoring a touchdown.

    Tom Brady walked away from that game as the oldest quarterback to win a Superbowl, age 43. He plans to continue playing until he’s 45 and will even consider playing past that age.

    That’s it! The Super Bowl is over, and therefore the NFL season is over.  The players must now work hard during the offseason to ensure it will be the best they ever play next season.