It wasn’t an epic game, and the much touted clash of the Titans never materialized as Tom Brady led the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to a 31-9 Super Bowl win over Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs. He sealed his 7th win.
Brady also won his 5th most valuable player award.
Brady set records as the oldest quarterback in a Super Bowl and winning it:
One commentator offered the snippet that Brady had the best winning percentage and had joined the franchise with the worst percentage and helped them win the Super Bowl.
Tampa Bay is the first team ever to both play and win the Super Bowl in their home stadium.
Brady also has the record for the Super Bowl appearances:
The score was lopsided and it was so in part because Mahomes and some other team mates were injured, but also because the Buccaneers were strong and efficient on offence and defence, the latter especially in the second half, when they added to their half time 21-6 score early then sealed the defence by allowing just 3 points from a field goal. It was the first time Mahomes had lost by double digits. But, that left the Chiefs with an unenviable place amongst teams that didn’t score a touch down at a Super Bowl:
Lots of records went by the way:
He wins on age grounds:
We had an invader on the field. The official broadcasters cut away from that, but nowadays that doesn’t mean it’s not caught for posterity:
It was strangely COVID-appropriate, with a stadium looking full, but with cut outs of fans, each costing US$100 for those who wanted their images there:
The Buccaneers should be celebrated, also, for diversity on many levels, including the oldest winning coach, at 63, black coaches and women coaches:
The NFL also had a first with a woman official for the game, Sarah Thomas.
The commercials and the half-time show will have their fans and detractors, but I liked most of that: