The forty-three-year-old quarterback entered Sunday’s game with an overall record of six and three at the Super Bowl. After leaving the New England Patriots this past off season, the franchise he spent twenty seasons with, he signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. For most, Brady had already cemented his legacy as one of, if not the greatest football player of all time.
Yes, there is no doubt that Brady was already a lock for the Hall of Fame coming into this game with six super bowl rings. The problem was that there was this big notion that Brady could not win without former Patriots head coach Bill Belichick.
Brady quickly disproved that notion, leading the Tampa Bay team that was 7-9 last season to an 11-5 record this year. As for New England and Bill Belichick, they finished 7-9, missing the playoffs for the first time since 2008.
To be the best you have to beat the best. Tom Brady did just that knocking off Drew Brees’ New Orleans Saints, Aaron Rodgers’ Green Bay Packers in the playoffs and later Patrick Mahomes’ Kansas City Chiefs to win the coveted Lombardi Trophy.
A Super Bowl matchup which featured the last two Super Bowl MVP’s, (Brady in LIII Mahomes in LIV) was predicted to be a close game. However that was not the case.
Kansas City known for their high octane offense lead by Patrick Mahomes, Tyreek Hill, and Travis Kelce three of the most dominant players at their position were not able to pull through.
Although the Chiefs struck first with a field goal to take the lead 3-0, the Buccaneers immediately responded with a Tom Brady touchdown to Rob Gronkowsi. From there Tampa Bay never looked back cruising to a 31-9 win.
Tampa Bay Defensive Coordinator Todd Bowles made it extremely tough for Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes, putting pressure on him nearly every time he dropped back to throw a pass. Whether it was a linebacker or a corner back bringing the pressure, they were able to contain Mahomes who threw two interceptions and completed just fifty three percent of his passes.
Tom Brady was nearly flawless, completing 21/29 attempts with three touchdowns and no interceptions earning Super Bowl MVP for the fifth time in his career.
Overall, Brady has won seven Super Bowl’s in his career, the most out of any player or team. He also became the second quarterback to win Super bowls with two separate franchises joining Peyton Manning.