Super Bowl 55 Game Recap
Kansas City defeated Tampa Bay 27-24 back in week 12. Find out who won the rematch in Tampa Bay.
Chris Ransom Last Updated: February 7, 2021.
Game Recap: TAMPA BAY-Patrick Mahomes finally earned his playoff rematch with Tom Brady. The defending Super Bowl Champion Mahomes, has a chance to get even with Brady who defeated him in the 2019 AFC Championship game. Mahomes is 2-0 in his last two regular season games versus Tom Brady.
Tampa Bay was held to a three and out on their first drive. Kansas City's defense stepped up.
Tampa Bay's defense defended well against the pass on the first drive. Patrick Mahomes scrambled for a first down on third down to get a third down conversion. Tampa Bay continued to defend well following the first down setting up a third and eight. Mahomes overthrew MeCole Hardman on third down. Tampa Bay brought great pressure with Devin White lining up as an edge rusher to blitz Mahomes on third down along with Shaquille Barrett.
Kansas City's defense continued to keep Tampa Bays in check following a 13-yard run by running back Ronald Jones to start the drive. Tom Brady began Super Bowl 55 0/2 on third down conversions. Tampa Bay punted it back to Kansas City despite bleeding some clock.
Kansas City got first downs on their second drive. Even though Tampa Bay's defense brought good coverage, quarterback Patrick Mahomes still made plays on the drive thanks to his legs even with a depleted offensive ine. An offsides penalty gave Kansas Ciry a free play thanks to Jason Pierre-Paul who jumped early against left tackle Mike Remmers. Antoine Winfield Jr. made a deflection to prevent a touchdown.
Kansas City got a first down thanks to the offsides penalty by Pierre-Paul. Patrick Mahomes has 4 straight incompletions after starting this game 1/1 with a 3-yard completion. Tampa Bay stopped Kansas Ciy for a loss of two thanks to Devin White. White's tackle for a loss set up a third and eleven. Mahomes attempted to throw it to the end zone with White breathing down his neck. Tyreek Hill nearly caught that play as Mahomes deserves some props for getting out of that jam. Tampa Bay deserves more props though for making the defensive stop and holding Kansas City to a field goal. Harrison Butker gave Kansas City a 3-0 lead.
All of Tampa Bay's offensive yards have came from running the football. Leonard Fournette got the ball on three consecutive plays before getting Tampa Bay's first third down conversion of the game. Tom Brady called a play action pass. A defensive holding penalty by Bashaud Breeland allowed Tom Brady to get a free first down. Tom Brady threw a first down to Antonio Brown. Brown got by Charvarius Ward on the play. Brady went with a second consecutive play action pass, this one was a screen pass to tight end Cameron Brate. This time Leonard Fournette ran for a first down.
Tampa Bay entered the red zone. Tom Brady threw a pass to Antonio Brown who stiff armed one of the Kansas Chiefs cornerbacks. Tom Brady is 3/3 on this drive. Tom Brady has never had a first quarter touchdown in the Super Bowl. Tom Brady threw a touchdown pass to Rob Gronkowski. Tom Brady had an excellent drive. Tom Brady began this game 6/7 with 50 passing yards and 1 passing touchdown.
Jason Pierre-Paul tipped a pass. Mahomes now with his sixth consecutive incompletion following his first completion. Travis Kelce made a catch, but Lavonte David made the tackle. Patrick Mahomes would have to deal with a third and four situation to begin the second quarter. Tampa Bay led 7-3 after one quarter of play.
Darrell Williams dropped a pass and only tried to catch it with one hand. Tampa Bay made the stop. Kansas City opted to punt it on fourth and four.
Chris Jones had an unecessary roughness penalty. That gave Tampa Bay an automatic first down. Ronald Jones made some nice runs on this drive. Tom Brady threw a great completion to Mike Evans. That 31-yard play set up a first and goal for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Brady called a timeout on first and goal when his team had all the momentum. Tampa Bay gave the ball to Ronald Jones to run some clock. Tom Brady attempted to throw a passing touchdown to their swing offensive tackle Joel Haeg. Kansas City broke up the pass. Kansas City made the defensive stop on third and goal. Tampa Bay chose to go for it on fourth down. Vita Vea came in at fullback. Kansas City made a goal line stand, even though it looked like Tampa Bay may have gotten a rushing touchdown on fourth and goal. Tampa Bay challenged the call on the play, and the call stood, so the Buccaneers lost their second timeout and only have one challenge left for the rest of Super Bowl 55.
Could Patrick Mahomes put together a 99-yard drive? He had 10:50 left in the first half with Kansas City getting the ball to start the second half. Mahomes threw a first down to Tyreek Hill. That play by Hill allowed Kansas City to avoid a safety. Mahomes underthrew a pass to MeCole Hardman. Mahomes got pressured thanks to a horrible, suspect, second team offensive line. Travis Kelce dropped the pass on third down. Kansas City punted it back to Tampa Bay. Kansas City had to redo the punt on fourth down as the Chiefs only punted the ball 29 yards.
Charvarius Ward had a defensive holding penalty. This negated an interception by Tyrann Mathieu, also known as the "Honey Badger". Tom Brady struggled on third and five. An offsides penalty on fourth and five when Tampa Bay kicked the field goal gave Tampa Bay a free first down.
Tampa Bay got four first downs by penalties thanks to Kansas City's defense. A defensive holding penalty was declined thanks to Tom Brady throwing his second touchdown pass of Super Bowl 55 to Rob Gronkowski. Tampa Bay led 14-3.
Patrick Mahomes put everything together on this next drive. Mahomes threw 3 first downs to begin this drive. Mahomes ran for a first down. Mahomes took it to the two minute warning. Patrick Mahomes threw a short pass to Tyreek Hill. Shaquille Barrett pressured Mahomes on third down. Harrison Butker made the field goal. Tampa Bay led 14-6.
Tom Brady rallied Tampa Bay on a quick drive. Tom Brady threw a touchdown pass to wide receiver Antonio Brown. Tampa Bay led 21-6 at halftime.
The Weeknd had the best halftime show since Bruce Springsteen sung at Raymond James Stadium in 2009. However, I'm pissed that Tampa Bay doesn't let their singers sing on the teams damn boat. That pirate ship would make a great prop stage for your singer.
Kansas City got the ball to start the second half. Kansas City gained 26-yard yards of offense thanks to rookie running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire who won a National Championship at LSU a year ago. Kansas City's 2020 first round pick gave Kansas City momentum. Travis Kece caught an 8 pass from Mahomes. Clyde Edwards-Helaire ran for another first down. Darrell Williams ran it again and that run put the Chiefs in field goal range. Tampa Bay adjusted defensively and held Kansas City to a field goal. Tampa Bay led 21-9.
Tom Brady threw a first down to Rob Gronkowski. Rob Gronkowski has 6 receptions, 68 receiving yards, and 2 receiving touchdowns. Leonard Fournette got a rushing touchdown. Tampa Bay led 28-9.
Antoine Winfield Jr. picked off Patrick Mahomes. Tampa Bay got the ball back.
Ronald Jones ran for a first down on third and one. Chris Godwin caught it, but he was out of bounds. That set up another third and ten for Tom Brady. Tom Brady fumbled it on third down, but luckily Tampa Bay recovered the ball. Ryan Succop made the 52-yard field goal. Tampa Bay led 31-9.
Carlton Davis III had a defensive holding penalty. Mahomes lobbed it deep, but couldn't connect. Tampa Bay led 31-9 after three quarters of play. This is the first game where Patrick Mahomes had 0 touchdowns through three quarters of play.
Patrick Mahomes threw a first down to Travis Kelce. Devin White stopped Clyde Edwards-Helaire. Mahomes escaped the pocket and avoided the sack on third down. Tampa Bay swarmed Mahomes on fourth down. Tampa Bay continued to keep Mahomes, this passing game, and the legs of 15 out of the end zone.
Tampa Bay ran some clock. They could not score on their next drive.
Patrick Mahomes threw a first down to Travis Kelce. Tampa Bay sacked Mahomes on second and eighteen. Kansas City got another first down. I heard Mahomes yell Alien in the huddle. That didn't matter as Tampa Bay forced an incompletion. Patrick Mahomes is 0/8 when throwing on third down conversions in Super Bowl 55. Mahomes finally got a third down conversion to connect with Tyreek Hill. Mahomes threw a completion back to Hill.
A holding penalty pushed Kansas City back ten yards. Costly penalties and poor offensive line play by these backups. Tampa Bay with another defensive stop on fourth and ten.
Tampa Bay could not score again. Tampa Bay punted it back to Kansas City.
Carlton Davis III was limping late in the fourth quarter. Tampa Bay adjusted and set up a fourth and three. Kansas City got their first fourth down conversion of the game with Carlton Davis III making the tackle. Tampa Bay led 31-9 at the two minute warning.
Devin White intercepted Patrick Mahomes. Devin White had 9 solo tackles, 4 assisted tackles, 13 total tackles, 2 tackles for a loss, 2 quarterback hurries, and 1 interception to prevent a touchdown. You can honestly argue that Devin White is more deserving of Super Bowl MVP than Tom Brady since Kansas City's explosive offense had 0 touchdowns for the entire game.
Tampa Bay won Super Bowl 55 in their own stadium. The final score was 31 to 9 after a scoreless fourth quarter which included a fan running onto the field.
Tom Brady won Super Bowl MVP. Brady got his fifth Super Bowl MVP in his career after going 21/29 with 201 passing yards, 3 passing touchdowns, and no interceptions. Brady now won his seventh Super Bowl and his fifth Super Bowl MVP. Tom Brady now has more Super Bowls than any team in NFL history.
Brady may have been MVP. Devin White was more deserving of the cover photo. Last year Mahomes won MVP, but Damien Williams had the best performance in Super Bowl 54 resulting in Williams getting a cover photo. It's too soon to remind Chiefs fans that Williams opted out of this season.
1. Kansas City Chiefs 16-3-0
5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers 15-5-0
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