Unmissable event on the American calendar, the most watched sporting event in the world outside the FIFA World Cup ended Sunday in Florida with the victory of Tampa Bay. The team won the second Super Bowl in its history by dethroning Kansas City (31-9), and quarterback Tom Brady entered a little more into American football legend with a 7th coronation in ten finals.
The Buccaneers, already winners in 2003, were the very first team to play a Super Bowl at home, at Raymond James Stadium, filled with some 25,000 spectators allowed to attend this planetary event, despite the Covid-19 pandemic which is rife in the United States.
Most were logically committed to their cause, but all bowed to the exceptional performance of Brady, who accumulates records of all kinds at 43 and has shown that he is still not satisfied.
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The quarterback, who many mistakenly thought that the pantagruelic record, built for twenty years in the jersey of the New England Patriots (six coronations), could not grow bigger with Tampa Bay, managed three touchdowns on the throws in the first period that killed all suspense, facing the Chiefs never entered their game.
His arm, which never trembled, found Rob Gronkowski twice in the first and second quarters. And Patriots fans, who did not qualify for the play-offs this season, to see, certainly depressed in front of their television, that the connection still worked wonderfully between the quarterback and the receiver who had offered them three Super Bowls (2015 , 2017, 2019). Just before the break, he punished the Kansas City players, authors of an eighth penalty (95 yards in total), by sending the leather into the hands of Antonio Brown to accentuate the lead of his team (21 -6).
Highly deterrent Florida defense
Opposite, Patrick Mahomes, 18 years his junior, called to follow in his footsteps on the road to a Pantheon of which only Brady holds the keys, was unable to find the solution in the face of an extremely dissuasive Florida defense. His rare shots hitting their mark only brought the Chiefs close enough to register three shots on goal.
After halftime, whose show was provided by pop singer The Weeknd, the Super Bowl light continued to blind Kansas City and its quarterback, intercepted in the 3rd quarter just after Leonard Fournette scored in the race the 4th touchdown of the Buccaneers (28-9).
Last year, the Chiefs were led by ten points at the start of the last quarter before Mahomes managed to reverse the situation (31-20). This time there was no comeback, his “desperado” throws never hit the mark in the money-time and he was intercepted a second time.
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