Opinion: Buccaneers' Super Bowl 55 win might top list of Tom Brady's most impressive championship runs

Written by on February 8, 2021


SportsPulse: Tom Brady does it once more, this time dethroning Patrick Mahomes and the defending champs to win Tampa’s second Tremendous Bowl and his document seventh. USA TODAY

TAMPA, Fla. — Mission achieved.

Eleven months after he shocked the sports activities world by leaving the New England Patriots in free company and signing with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Tom Brady lived as much as all the expectations heaped on him.

Sunday, in Tremendous Bowl 55, taking part in within the stadium that he now calls house and internet hosting the group that many projected because the league’s subsequent dynasty, Brady led the Buccaneers to a 31-9 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs.

For the 43-year-old Brady, it was a outstanding seventh Tremendous Bowl victory and his second within the final three years. In the meantime, the Buccaneers snapped an 18-year drought and gained the second Tremendous Bowl in franchise historical past. 

Tossing three landing passes (all within the first half), Brady took home MVP honors for the fifth time in his storied career. 

Within the days main as much as the Tremendous Bowl, Brady stated each one in every of his earlier victories carried particular which means for various causes, and that he didn’t like to check them due to that. However whether or not he desires to check or not, this victory for Tampa Bay simply would possibly prime the record of his most spectacular championship runs due to all of the obstacles he encountered this season.

New environment, new teammates and coaches. New strategies and philosophies, a brand new language after 20 years in the identical offense, and — because of COVID-19, not a single offseason apply or preseason recreation to assist ease the transition.

However Brady, who turns into solely the second quarterback in NFL historical past to win a Tremendous Bowl as a starter for 2 totally different groups, emerged victorious as a result of regardless of all of the change round him, he didn’t change. 

One of the crucial vital traits Brady realized in New England needs to be the significance of persistence, self-discipline and consistency. Every unit, every participant was charged with merely specializing in doing his job and discovering methods to excellent his craft, and if that’s the case, enchancment would come. 

A dedication to every saved the Patriots grounded and centered regardless of gradual begins, and it paved the best way for them to peak on the proper time so that they performed their finest down the stretch of the season, then carried that momentum into so many deep postseason runs. 

So it was becoming that the identical sort of method to the season paved the best way for Brady to win Tremendous Bowl No. 7 in 12 months 1 along with his new group. 

He didn’t flinch when the Bucs reached the halfway level of the season with their star-studded offense trying disjointed and aimless. He knew that persistence, and a focus to element and a dedication to exhausting work would see them by way of. He knew he and offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich merely needed to maintain tinkering, maintain speaking and trying to find that perfect steadiness that will mix the Bucs’ aggressive tendencies with the rhythmic offensive movement that Brady discovered most comfy through the first 19 seasons of his profession. 

A willingness shared by Bruce Arians, Leftwich and Brady to discover a compromise proved invaluable for Tampa, as a result of because the Bucs continued to therapeutic massage and higher perceive one another and study new methods of doing issues, the success adopted.

Tampa exited its Week 13 bye with its offense reborn, and its protection formidable as ever, and ripped off 4 straight victories to cap the common season. They prolonged that win streak to seven video games together with the postseason march to the Tremendous Bowl. 

Sunday evening, the Buccaneers wanted the identical affected person method. They opened the sport with a pair of three-and-outs, however ultimately discovered their offensive weapon. 

Leftwich received the run recreation going, and that opened issues up for the play-action passing assault, opening issues up downfield, and from there, he continued to combine issues: quick passes, misdirection, extra run performs, and the offense clicked.

It was classic Brady, connecting with Rob Gronkowski all through the primary half and twice for landing passes. (The duo’s 13th and 14th postseason scores broke the document beforehand held by Joe Montana and Jerry Rice).

And in one other acquainted ingredient for a Brady Tremendous Bowl victory, he had the backing of a robust protection. All of these championship performances in New England featured excellent defensive performances. Solely twice did the Patriots give up 300 yards or extra in a Tremendous Bowl, they usually all the time gained on third downs. 

On Sunday, Tampa Bay adopted an analogous script. Todd Bowles’ unit saved the strain on Patrick Mahomes, victimizing a Chiefs line with out each beginning offensive tackles, and denied Kansas Metropolis on 10 of 13 third downs. 

A Chiefs offense that had averaged 30 factors per recreation within the postseason and 29.6 per recreation within the common season mustered simply 9 factors, and Mahomes, who boasts a 108.7 profession passer score, posted a career-low score of 45.2 Sunday evening.

Th effectiveness on offense and the dominance of Tampa’s protection mixed to provide Brady one thing else he had by no means garnered: a blowout victory in a Tremendous Bowl. Till Sunday evening’s 22-point margin, his groups had gained by three, three, three, 4, six and 10 factors in Tremendous Bowls. 

However the efficiency of a Buccaneers offense that boasted a wealth of expertise, and the ferocity of Tampa’s protection overwhelmed the Chiefs and gave the G.O.A.T his second of glory as soon as once more.

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