TAMPA BAY, Florida - On Sunday, Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers had a relatively easy time beating Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs 31 to 9 in Super Bowl 55.
Brady threw two touchdown passes to old friend Rob Gronkowski and one to good pal Antonio Brown, and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat Patrick Mahomes and Kansas City 31-9 on their home field in Super Bowl 55 on Sunday.
The GOAT earned his fifth Super Bowl MVP award and extended his Super Bowl titles' record in his 10th appearance, his first without Patriots coach Bill Belichick. The 43-year-old Brady broke his own mark for oldest player to win a Super Bowl and joined Hall of Famer Peyton Manning as the only quarterbacks to win one with multiple franchises.
Antoine Winfield Jr. reacts after an interception in the third quarter. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
The Chiefs beat themselves as much as the Buccaneers beat them.
Bashaud Breeland's defensive holding penalty was the first big mistake. It helped the Buccaneers march downfield on a 75-yard drive that Tom Brady finished with a touchdown pass to old Patriots teammate Rob Gronkowski.
Two series later, the Chiefs had an interception by Tyrann Mathieu wiped out by Chavarius Ward's holding penalty. When they held the Buccaneers to a field goal, Antonio Hamilton and Mecole Hardman were lined up offsides, giving Tampa Bay a fresh set of down. Brady again finished the drive with a TD pass to Gronkowski.
Finally, Breeland put an exclamation mark on his dreadful half when got called for pass interference on Mike Evans, who had beaten him deep in the final minute.
When Mathieu got called for interfering with Evans in the end zone, Brady hit Antonio Brown on the next play with 6 seconds left to give Tampa Bay a 21-6 lead at halftime.
The Weeknd performs during the Pepsi Super Bowl LV Halftime Show at Raymond James Stadium on February 07, 2021 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
A streaker wearing a hot-pink onesie eluded security and slid into the end zone with 5:03 left in the game. Mahomes and Kansas City's high-powered offense never got that far against Tampa's ferocious defense.
The half time show featured The Weeknd. He kicked off his 14-minute set in his signature red blazer and sunglasses, directing his robotic ensemble and singing "Call Out My Name." He came to life ten minutes into the performance when he and dozens of his dancers hit the field to perform the explosive hit "Blinding Lights," giving off flash mob vibes.
President Joe Biden spoke with troops in Afghanistan and on a US Navy supercarrier on Super Bowl Sunday. Biden called into watch parties in Kabul and on the USS Nimitz.
Amanda Gorman, the young poet who captivated audiences at inauguration, recited an original poem at the Super Bowl honoring the military, nurses and teachers fighting amid the COVID-19 pandemic.