That night when Tom Brady won his second Super Bowl as a member of the New England Patriots – February 1, 2004 — with a win over the Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl XXXVIII, Patrick Mahomes was the eight-year-old son of a Major League Baseball pitcher.
The game will be the first and last of the back-to-back Lombardi Trophies for the Patriots when any NFL team has a chance to repeat as World Champions. And now, it’s a chance for Kansas City chiefs and mahomes to dig their names into the record books. And the one who stands in the way is Eggless Brady, who switched teams to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but found his way to the NFL’s final showcase at age 43.
Throw in a Calvade of the stars of the team playing on their home ground for the first time in Super Bowl history and the storyline for Super Bowl LV when he plays at Ryan James Stadium on Sunday night (6:30 pm, CBS). There will be no shortage. In Tampa.
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On the FOXBet.com sportsbook, Kansas City is established as a 3 and point favorite and a -175 on the money line. (A $ 175 win over Kansas City would require a $ 175 wager. On a lump win the Buccaneers are +150 – a $ 100 wager would win $ 150 on a Perfect Tampa win.) The over-under total is 56 ½ points . .
Tampa Bay leads this season with an 11–8 lead while Kansas City reaches the Super Bowl with an 8–10 record. In the playoffs, Tampa leads 2–1 against the spread while Kansas City is 1–1 against No. At the over / under number, Tampa saw 11 of 19 games. Nine out of 18 of the half of Kansas City games were over post numbers.
Over the last 10 years, the favorite 4-6 is the same as the winner. The final team to cover the spread and still lose the game was the Arizona Cardinals, a seven-point underdog in Super Bowl XLVIII and a 27–23 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers. Ironically, the game was in Tampa.
This is the Super Bowl’s second trip to Tampa, defeating the Oakland Raiders 48–21 in Super Bowl XXXVII in 2003. Kansas City is making its fourth appearance, losing the opening competition to Green Bay, but is followed by a shocking upset. Minnesota’s 12-point run in Super Bowl IV. Last year, the Mahomes led the fourth-quarter rally by defeating San Francisco 31–20 at the Super Bowl LIV in Miami.
This will be the second meeting between the two teams since Thanksgiving. In the first game, the Mahomes threw Tyreke Hill for 462 yards and three touchdowns in a 27–24 win at Raymond James Stadium.
Kansas City will be the fifth AFC team to attempt a two-game sweep of an NFC opponent in the Super Bowl era. The last four teams are 0–4 – Buffalo in 1990 (Giants) and 1993 (Cowboys), Tennessee (Rams) in 1999 and Brady-led Patriots (Giants) in 2007.
Story to watch
The Mahomes and Chiefs have gone 25–2 in 27 games since November 27, 2019. One of those losses was to the Chargers in Week 17 when each major Kansas City offense and defensive starter was rested by Andy Reid to prepare for the playoffs. They have done it all the way through, but the main formulas use Mahomes and Chief Offense to change a tempo to a level that no other offense in the game can even dream of a match. In the AFC Championship game, the dominant defense disappointed Buffalo quarterback Josh Allen with a different defensive look, which snatched Allen’s running ability and shut down Stephen Diggs. Against Brady and the Bucs, the challenge will be different as the 43-year-old is a strictly pocket pass.
But one area that could be exposed on the defense of Kansas City may be in the middle of the field. Tampa’s Rob Gronkowski pitched six catches and 106 yards in the first meeting against the Chiefs. Chris Godwin ran a one-ton slot route for a nine-catch, 97-yard performance.
Tampa’s defense could get a leg up with the loss of offensive Eric Fisher, who clinched his Akilis tendon in a win over the Bills. It is possible that Kansas City could make three offensive starts along the offensive line – which is troublesome against Jason Pierre-Paul, Devon White, and a Tampa defense that did its best in the post-season.
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