Brady shines again, while Chiefs disappoint

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady celebrates after a touchdown during Super Bowl LV against the Kansas City Chiefs on Feb. 7, at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida.

Boh Suh, Staff Writer

My prediction for the Super Bowl was that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers would win the matchup against the Kansas City Chiefs by 31 to 24. The final score was Tampa Bay winning, 31-7, so it was not too bad overall.

What surprised me the most was the Chiefs’ offense. The lowest point total that the Chiefs scored this season was 17 against the Atlanta Falcons in Week 2. There wasn’t a game this season that quarterback Patrick Mahomes failed to throw a touchdown. In fact, the last time Mahomes failed to throw a touchdown in a game was Sept. 29, 2019, against the Detroit Lions.

If someone told me that Mahomes would not throw a touchdown in the Super Bowl, I would have laughed about the prediction. However, that is what happened.

What else went wrong in the Chiefs’ offense? The running game.

The Chiefs’ running game this season was inconsistent. They had a rookie runningback, Clyde Edwards-Helaire, as a lead back and Le’Vebon Bell and Darrell Williams as backups.

Edwards-Helaire had nine carries in the Super Bowl, but in the other games, he did not carry much either (only six other carries in the post season). Bell, who was acquired from the New York Jets, touched the ball twice in the entire post season. He did not even carry any during the Super Bowl.

To be honest, when I heard the news about the Chiefs acquiring Bell, I thought that was an excellent move. Bell wanted to get out of the Jets and the Chiefs really needed a good running game. Even though Bell’s overall stats declined while playing for the Jets, he was a top notch back in 2017. However, for some reason, Bell did not play in the Super Bowl.

The overall result was a nightmare for the Chiefs, so I was not sure how much Bell would have helped, but I believe that the offense would have been more balanced rather than pass-heavy offense.

The Buccaneers defense also deserved a large credit for the win. They brought their best performance to the Super Bowl and locked down Mahomes and the Chiefs’ running game. The Chiefs are not an ordinary team; they were the defending champion. However, the defense gave them the worst offensive performance of the year in the biggest stage.

Last but not least, Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady deserves a large credit for the win. He threw for 201 yards with 3 touchdowns to win his fifth Super Bowl MVP. His completion rate was 72.4%, much higher than his regular season rate of 65.7%. The fact that he did that at age of 43 is unbelievable.

As a Green Bay Packers fan, it was sad to see the Packers lose against the Buccaneers, but there is no doubt about how amazing Brady has been.

f you write a movie script that an old franchise QB leaves his old team to go to a new team to win the Super Bowl the next year, the audience may say that is too unrealistic and cliché. However, that is exactly what happened.

Many sports analysts doubted him. Some experts even predicted that the Buccaneers would lose to the Washington Football Team. However, they kept winning and won the Super Bowl. There are many people out there who do not like Brady, but people cannot ignore his achievements. We should feel fortunate to witness this greatness in our lifetime and cheer for his efforts.