Last year saw a big fourth quarter comeback by the Kansas City Chiefs for Patrick Mahomes to win his first Super Bowl. In Super Bowl 55, Mahomes and company couldn’t pull off the same magic. Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers continued their red-hot stretch of the second half of the season, dominating the Chiefs by a final score of 31-9.
The Chiefs did seem to get the shaft in the first half on a couple of penalties that were called on their defense. However, the key moment of the game came near the end of the first half. After kicking a field goal to make it a 14-6 game with a little over a minute to go in the first half, the Chiefs got a bit greedy and started calling timeouts to try to get the ball back. It backfired, as the Buccaneers moved the chains and finished the half with a touchdown to extend the lead to 15 points.
Then, mid-way through the second half, Mahomes was intercepted against a defense that completely out-matched the Chiefs from start to finish:
We always like to check if any former Browns earned a Super Bowl ring, but the Buccaneers actually had zero players on their roster who were former Browns. Former Browns QB Drew Stanton (2018-2019), OL Earl Watford (2018), and K Greg Joseph (2018) were on the Buccaneers’ practice squad, but it is usually at the team’s discretion whether those guys receive rings or not. Head coach Bruce Arians, defensive coordinator Todd Bowles, running backs coach Todd McNair, and specialists coach Chris Boniol all spent time with Cleveland.
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