TAMPA (WNCN ) – Tom Brady and Robert Gronkowski renewed a familiar connection as the tight end hauled in Tampa Bay’s first two touchdowns as the Buccaneers romped Kansas City, 31-9, in Super Bowl LV.
The Tampa Bay defense made the entire evening tough for Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes. He completed only 26-0f-49 passes for 270 yards. Kansas City’s offense was unable to find the end zone. Its only scores came in the form of three field goals — two of which were 49 yards or longer.
The Chiefs were the first on the board, but Brady and Gronkowski had the Buccaneers ahead 14-6 less than 9 minutes into the second quarter. They added a third touchdown — a 1-yard throw to Antonio Brown — after getting possession with just over a minute left.
Harrison Butker’s third field goal cut Kansas City’s deficit to 21-9 early in the second half, but Leonard Fournette answered back shortly after with a 27-yard dash to the end zone.
Below are the live updates as the game unfolded.
4Q – 0:00 – Tampa Bay 31, Kansas City 9: Brady takes a few knees. He wins a seventh Super Bowl by a 31-9 margin over the Kansas City Chiefs. It’s the second title in franchise history for Tampa Bay.
4Q – 4:06 – Tampa Bay 31, Kansas City 9: Another Kansas City drive and another Tampa Bay stop. Mahomes was sacked on a first-and-20, setting the Chiefs back, then was unable to find an open man on fourth-and-10. Tampa Bay takes over and can run down the clock.
4Q – 13:32 – Tampa Bay 31, Kansas City 9: Kansas City stopped the bleeding a bit by holding the Bucs to a field goal — a 52-yard make by Ryan Succop. The ensuing drive saw the Chiefs get down to Tampa’s 12. Mahomes, who hasn’t completed a third-down pass all evening, missed Byron Pringle after a lot of scrambling. Then, on fourth down, as he was falling, Mahomes’ pass was blocked down before it could reach Darrel Williams, who was on the goal line.
3Q – 7:45 – Tampa Bay 28, Kansas City 9: Brady and Gronkowski picked up where they left off in the first half. Gronk hauled in a catch for 25 yards to set up Fournette for a 27-yard touchdown run to give the Bucs a firm grip on the game.
3Q – 11:31 – Tampa Bay 21, Kansas City 9: The Chiefs had to settle for a field goal for a third time — this one being a 52-yard make by Butker. They opened their drive with a 26-yard run by Clyde Edwards-Helaire, but Mahomes couldn’t find an open man on third-and-7 from Tampa’s 34.
HALFTIME – Tampa Bay 21, Kansas City 6: Two pass interference penalties against Kansas City helped the Bucs score another touchdown in the last 64 seconds. Brady hit Brown from a yard out to widen Tampa’s lead with just 10 seconds until halftime. The Chiefs called a timeout with 44 seconds left after a Leonard Fournette run that they’d probably like back.
2Q – 1:04 – Tampa Bay 14, Kansas City 6: Mahomes appeared to be in a groove for the first time in the game. That was until Shaquil Barrett chased him down on third down, forcing him to throw the ball out of bounds. Butker came on and hit a 34-yard field goal.
2Q – 6:05 – Tampa Bay 14, Kansas City 3: Gronk! Again! Tyann Mathieu intercepted a twice-tipped pass, but the Bucs were bailed out by a holding penalty. Another penalty — this one for offside on the Chiefs — gave Tampa another set of downs. They turned this one into a touchdown when Brady hit Gronkowski along the right for 17 yards.
2Q – 11:42 – Tampa Bay 7, Kansas City 3: Brady and Tampa were taking what they wanted from Kansas City’s defense, but the Chiefs recover to make a goal-line stop. Mike Evans made a 31-yard catch over the middle to carry the Bucs all the way to the 6. They ran the ball twice and threw it once from inside the 5, but couldn’t score and turned the ball over on downs.
1Q – 0:37 – Tampa Bay 7, Kansas City 3: Well, this seems a bit familiar. Brady hit Robert Gronkowski on a screen for an 8-yard touchdown to give Tampa Bay the lead. Brady had a 17-yard pass to Antonio Brown and a 15 yarder to Cameron Brate on the eight-play, 75-yard drive.
1Q – 5:10 – Kansas City 3, Tampa Bay 0: Frank Clark sacked Brady to force another Bucs punt. Kansas City started at its 43 and worked its way through Buccaneer territory before stalling out at the 31. On third-and-11, Mahomes almost connected with Tyreek Hill in the end zone, but the Chiefs got on the board thanks to a 49-yard field goal by Harrison Butker.
1Q – 11:21 – Kansas City 0, Tampa Bay 0: Tampa went three-and-out on its first possession. Mahomes ran for a third-down conversion but slightly overthrew a pass on a third-and-8. Kansas City punts away for a touchback. The Bucs will start at their 20 with 11:21 left in the first quarter.
1Q – 15:00 – Kansas City 0, Tampa Bay 0: Kansas City won the coin toss and will defer. Kickoff is next!
6:30 p.m. Poet Amanda Gorman, who read at President Joe Biden’s inauguration, honored the pandemic’s frontline workers during pregame.
6:25 p.m. – Kickoff is just around the corner!