The Tampa Bay Buccaneers won Super Bowl 55 after stunning the Kansas City Chiefs with a 31-9 win at home. Tom Brady came away with the seventh Super Bowl ring of his career in his 10th career Super Bowl.
Now that it’s all over, many questions arise. How did the Chiefs lose this game? Is Tom Brady the G.O.A.T? Is the Chiefs’ dynasty in trouble? What about the Buccaneers’ future?
The NFL is only getting more competitive next year with teams like the Buffalo Bills, Cleveland Browns, Los Angeles Rams, and Green Bay Packers close to creating Super Bowl-caliber teams.
How did the Chiefs lose?
In short, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ defense (which kept the Chiefs without a touchdown), Tom Brady, and some bad officiating.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ defense was electric in this game. We knew coming in that they had the best rushing defense in the league and one of the best defensive lines, and it showed.
They made Patrick Mahomes run for a record 497 yards while trying to scramble away.
Their defense came away with three sacks for 27 yards, five tackles for loss, nine passes defended, and 10 quarterback hits. Mahomes was never able to see a clean pocket, and they contained him to throw for 270 yards, zero touchdowns, and personally turn the ball over three times.
On the other hand, Tom Brady fired away for 201 yards, three touchdowns, and zero turnovers. He connected with Rob Gronkowski, who came out of retirement this season to join Brady, twice in the endzone, and his favorite, Antonio Brown, once before halftime.
Leonard Fournette and Ronald Jones Jr. stepped up big time for their offense. They combined for 28 carries, 150 yards, and one touchdown, with Leonard Fournette leading the charge.
Many discrepancies in the game came from the officiating. The Kansas City Chiefs were penalized 11 times for 120 total yards, while the Bucs just four times for 39 yards. It’s not always balanced, but calls like unsportsmanlike conduct, lining up in the neutral zone, and defensive holding frequented all too often for the Chiefs defense.
This was the first game in Patrick Mahomes’ professional career that he was beaten by double-digit points.
Now, onto the more important questions.
Is Tom Brady the G.O.A.T?
Not only is Tom Brady the greatest of all time in the NFL, but it’s also undebatable.
Tom Brady is the winningest and most dominant player in his position. In short, he won six Super Bowls in nine appearances with the New England Patriots and created the most dominant dynasty in NFL history.
Flash forward to today, he joined the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and assembled an elite NFL team with additions like Rob Gronkowski, Antonio Brown, Leonard Fournette, Tristin Wirfs, and Antoine Winfield.
He led the Buccaneers to win the Super Bowl in his first season with the team.
Back in New England, they missed the playoffs for the first time since 2008 with a losing record. They have done that only one other time in the past twenty seasons.
The Tom Brady effect can turn a team from a losing record (Bucs were 7-9 in 2019) to win the Super Bowl in as little as one season. So, yes, he is the G.O.A.T and it should be an easy argument.
Is the Chiefs’ dynasty in trouble?
No! Are you kidding me? The Chiefs have been to the playoffs for the past six seasons and won the Super Bowl just last season in 2020.
Let’s break it down.
The Chiefs are hurting in terms of cap space. They are projected to be over the allowed cap space by $12 million.
Here are some starters that the Chiefs could lose to free agency in 2021 – Sammy Watkins (WR), Daniel Sorenson (SS), Bashaud Breeland (CB), Damien Wilson (OLB), Demarcus Robinson (WR), and Austin Reiter (C).
In 2022 the Chiefs are not out of the woods. They will have to negotiate with guys like Tyrann Mathieu, Eric Fischer, and Damien Williams.
The Chiefs have all their draft picks for 2021. While they are not positionally gifted for the first couple of rounds, they should be able to add depth to their strong roster.
More importantly, the Chiefs have the best quarterback in the NFL locked up until 2032. Patrick Mahomes and Andy Reid are the biggest pieces the Chiefs will be able to keep. Plus, their supporting cast of Travis Kelce, Tyreek Hill, and Chris Jones will be around for a while.
While their team did not win the Super Bowl this season, they still made it back, and have good odds to be back again for years to come.
Are the Buccaneers in trouble?
Not even close! As long as Tom Brady sticks around, the Buccaneers aren’t going anywhere except for deep into the playoffs.
The Buccaneers have a whopping $38 million in cap space this offseason. However, they have a lot of guys that need to get paid this offseason.
Here are some of the important players the Buccaneers need to bring back – Shaquil Barrett (LB), Lavonte David (LB), Rob Gronkowski (TE), Ndamukong Suh (DT), Leonard Fournette (RB), Antonio Brown (WR), and Chris Godwin (WR).
Luckily for the Buccaneers, wide receiver, Mike Evans, is willing to decrease part of his five year- $82 million contract to “keep the team together,” per B/R Gridiron.
Are the Buccaneers in trouble? Heck no! If anything the Buccaneers are just beginning. Tom Brady is just one year into this new chapter of his career. He’s shown his ability, not only to continuously play quarterback at an elite level, but to recruit and attract players to come to Tampa Bay.
This offseason will be interesting for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and we know how well they can draft. Last season, they drafted two of the best rookies in the NFL in Tristan Wirfs and Antoine Winfield Jr. They will have the last pick in the draft and have every pick besides their sixth-round pick.