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Here’s how Tom Brady won his 7th title in Buccaneers’ 31-9 victory over Chiefs

Tampa Bay’s defense kept the Chiefs under wraps throughout the game and Tom Brady led an effective offensive attack to earn the Bucs a title.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) congratulates Rob Gronkowski (87) after scoring a touchdown during the first half of the NFL Super Bowl 55 football game against the Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, Feb. 7, 2021, in Tampa, Fla.
Charlie Riedel, Associated Press

The Deseret News is tracking all the big moments during Super Bowl LV, as the Kansas City Chiefs take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. It’s a showdown of marquee quarterbacks, with the Chiefs’ Patrick Mahomes taking on the Bucs’ Tom Brady, who is seeking his seventh Super Bowl ring. Check back for the latest updates.


Tom Brady added to his record number of Super Bowl wins on Sunday, as the 43-year-old led the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to a 31-9 win over the Kansas City Chiefs at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa.

Here are three takeaways from the game:

  • Brady, who earned his fifth Super Bowl MVP honor, was efficient in winning his seventh Super Bowl ring. He completed 21 of 29 passes and threw for 201 yards and three touchdowns — all in the first half — as Brady won a title in his first season in Tampa Bay. Brady’s third touchdown pass, a 1-yarder to Antonio Brown with six seconds until halftime, was particularly huge, as the Buccaneers drove 71 yards in 55 seconds to push their lead to 21-6 at halftime not long after the Chiefs had trimmed the Bucs’ lead to eight points. After Tampa Bay put up just 13 yards on its first two drives, the Bucs scored on five of their next six possessions, including four touchdowns.
  • Penalties hurt Kansas City throughout the game, as the Chiefs finished with 11 penalties for 120 yards. Kansas City had two pass interference penalties on the Buccaneers’ touchdown drive just before halftime, the last one setting up Brown’s touchdown catch. Tampa Bay, meanwhile, was much cleaner, with four penalties for 39 yards.
  • The Tampa Bay defense kept the usually potent Chiefs offense under wraps and out of the end zone. Patrick Mahomes completed just 26 of 49 passes for 270 yards and two interceptions, and the Chiefs were 3 of 13 on third down. Kansas City couldn’t convert on drives that reached Tampa Bay territory, scoring just nine points on six possessions that entered Bucs territory.


1:33, fourth quarter

Tampa Bay 31, Kansas City 9

A third straight Kansas City possession in Tampa Bay territory ends without points, as Patrick Mahomes is intercepted by Devin White in the end zone.


3:56, fourth quarter

Tampa Bay 31, Kansas City 9

Kansas City had another empty possession in Tampa Bay territory. The Chiefs reached the Bucs 27, but a 13-yard sack on a second-and-20 doomed the drive.


13:32, fourth quarter

Tampa Bay 31, Kansas City 9

The Buccaneers defense comes up big again, holding Kansas City scoreless after the Chiefs drove to the Tampa Bay 11. A Patrick Mahomes desperation pass into the end zone on fourth down was dropped as the Kansas City quarterback was under pressure.


2:46, third quarter

Tampa Bay 31, Kansas City 9

The Bucs capitalize on a Chiefs turnover, as Ryan Succop nails a 52-yard field goal. The drive started in Kansas City territory, after Antoine Winfield Jr. intercepted Patrick Mahomes on a tipped pass at the Chiefs 45.


7:45, third quarter

Tampa Bay 28, Kansas City 9

The Buccaneers scored a touchdown on their third straight possession, as Leonard Fournette ripped off a 27-yard touchdown run. Tampa Bay has been efficient, and scored on a six-play, 74-yard drive and now has 268 yards of total offense (averaging 6.5 yards per play).


11:26, third quarter

Tampa Bay 21, Kansas City 9

The Chiefs drove down for a score on the opening drive of the second half, albeit another field goal. This time, Harrison Butker nailed a 52-yard field goal to cap a seven-play, 47-yard drive. Kansas City, though, needs to start turning these drives into touchdowns.


0:06, second quarter

Tampa Bay 21, Kansas City 6

The Buccaneers deliver a big blow, driving 71 yards in five plays to score on a 1-yard touchdown pass to Antonio Brown just before the half. That came after Kansas City had cut the Tampa Bay lead to eight points with just over a minute til the half.

Tom Brady has thrown for 140 yards and three touchdowns. The Chiefs, meanwhile, are self-destructing, with eight penalties for 95 yards. That included two pass interference penalties on the most recent Bucs scoring drive.


1:01, second quarter

Tampa Bay 14, Kansas City 6

The Chiefs chip into the Bucs lead with a 34-yard Harrison Butker field goal. Even though the possession didn’t end with a touchdown, it was needed points for Kansas City after a pair of empty possessions. Tampa Bay keeps getting pressure on Patrick Mahomes, and that led to an incompletion on a third-and-6 that forced the field goal attempt.


6:05, second quarter

Tampa Bay 14, Kansas City 3

The Chiefs looked like they had held Tampa Bay to a field goal, but a costly offsides penalty on the kick gave the Bucs a first down. On the next play, Tom Brady hit Rob Gronkowski for a 17-yard touchdown, and the Bucs have a two-score lead.

Tampa Bay now has more than 100 yards more than Kansas City, 165-64.


10:55, second quarter

Tampa Bay 7, Kansas City 3

The Chiefs come up with a big goal line stand, stuffing Ronald Jones on a fourth-and-goal at the 1. The Bucs looked poised to make it a two-score game after a 31-yard pass to Mike Evans and 15-yard unnecessary roughness penalty on Chris Jones, but Kansas City’s defense made the big first stop of the game.


0:37, first quarter

Tampa Bay 7, Kansas City 3

The Buccaneers strike back, as Tom Brady leads an eight-play, 75-yard drive that is capped by an 8-yard touchdown reception by Rob Gronkowski. Tampa Bay got plays of 16, 15 and 11 yards on back-to-back-to-back plays to move the ball down the field. It’s the 13th postseason touchdown connection between Brady and Gronkowski, the most ever from a QB-receiver combo.


5:10, first quarter

Kansas City 3, Tampa Bay 0

The Chiefs get the first points of the game on a 49-yard Harrison Butker field goal, as the defenses are winning the day so far. The Bucs have been held to 13 yards on their first two possessions, while the Chiefs have just 42 yards, though they marched 31 yards on five plays to set up the field goal.

Frank Clark already has a sack and two tackles for loss for Kansas City.


How to watch

Kansas City Chiefs vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

  • Kickoff: Sunday, Feb. 7, at 4:30 p.m. MST
  • Venue: Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida
  • TV: CBS
  • Livestream: CBSsports.com
  • Radio: Westwood One
  • Last meeting: Chiefs won, 27-24