Super Bowl LV Game Capsule Jan 25, 2021 20:40:46 GMT -8
Post by Monika on Jan 25, 2021 20:40:46 GMT -8
Kansas City Chiefs vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
What: Super Bowl LV (55) - the defending champion Kansas City Chiefs take on Tom Brady (in his 10th Super Bowl appearance) and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers
When: Sunday, February 7, 3:30 p.m. (PST).
Where: Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida.
Chiefs Media: WDAF-FM 106.5 (106.5 The Wolf).
Buccaneers Media: WTXB 97.9 FM (98 Rock).
National Media: CBS, ESPN Radio.
2019 Head to Head: November 29 - Chiefs 27, Buccaneers (H) 24.
National Anthem Performer: Eric Church.
Super Bowl Poetry Recital: Amanda Gorman.
Halftime Show Performer: The Weeknd.
Note: The Buccaneers are the first team in NFL history to play the Super Bowl in their own home stadium.
Logo Photo Credits: Logo compiled by David and specific helmet Logos are licensed by the Chiefs, Buccaneers and the NFL.
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The Chiefs finished the regular season 14-2 overall, 6-2 at home, 8-0 on the road, 4-2 in the AFC West, 10-2 in the AFC, and 4-0 in inter-conference play. In the playoffs, the Chiefs are 2-0 overall. Kansas City is coming off a 38-24 home win against the Buffalo Bills in the AFC Championship on January 24. During the regular season, they averaged 29.6 points per game (T-4th in NFL) and allowed 22.6 points per game (11th). The Chiefs finished the regular season first in the AFC West.
The Buccaneers finished the regular season 11-5 overall, 5-3 at home, 6-2 on the road, 6-0 in the NFC South, 8-4 in the NFC, and 3-1 in inter-conference play. In the playoffs, the Buccaneers are 3-0 overall. Tampa Bay is coming off a 31-26 road win against the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Championship on January 24. During the regular season, they averaged 30.8 points per game (3rd in NFL) and allowed 22.2 points per game (8th). The Buccaneers finished the regular season second in the NFC South.
BREAKDOWN (Final Regular Season Stats, (Rank out of 32 teams)
Total Yards per Game - Chiefs 415.8 (1st); Buccaneers 384.1 (7th)
Pass Yards per Game - Chiefs 303.4 (1st); Buccaneers 289.1 (2th)
Rush Yards per Game - Chiefs 112.4 (16th); Buccaneers 94.9 (28th)
3rd Down Conversions - Chiefs 49.0% (3rd); Buccaneers 43.5% (11th)
4th Down Conversions - Chiefs 56.3% (T-18th); Buccaneers 57.1% (T-14th)
Red Zone % - Chiefs 61.0% (14th); Buccaneers 68.9% (7th)
Total Sacks - Chiefs 54.0 (3rd); Buccaneers 48.0 (4th)
Interceptions - Chiefs 16 (T-5th); Buccaneers 15 (T-7th)
Top Storylines of Super Bowl LV
SCtoC NFL Analyst, spiderfan counts down the top four storylines of this season's Super Bowl.
4. Can the Buccaneers stop Tyreek Hill?
In the first match up Chiefs WR Tyreek Hill completely dominated and had it not been for the lead that the gave the Chiefs, he probably would have broken the single game receiving record. Will Buccaneers DC Todd Bowles adjust his defense to stop Hill? Will Hill beat those adjustments? And how will those adjustments affect the game overall? The game itself will answer those questions, but I think by the 3rd quarter we will know.
3. Brady vs Mahomes
This may seem like an obvious choice, but how can it not be? You've got the 2 best QBs in the NFL currently (and probably ever) playing against one another in the Super Bowl in what is likely the last time these 2 play each other barring a rematch next year. Mahomes played fantastic last time they played each other and Brady played less than fantastic.
Speaking of Brady playing less than fantastic he had 2 INTs in the previous match up, although that was before he developed the chemistry with his receivers that he has now. The Chiefs also had a key fumble which kept the Buccaneers in the game. They always say it is important to win the turnover battle, and considering both teams have high powered offenses that score a lot, keeping turnovers at a minimum will be an absolute must for both teams.
1. Chiefs O-line vs Bucs D-line
The biggest storyline of Super Bowl 55 may seem like an uninteresting one, but hear me out. The Chiefs are missing multiple starting tackles. The Bucs D-line is completely on fire having possibly sent multiple future HoF QBs into retirement. Despite Mahomes' obvious greatness, if he is under pressure and getting hit, the better chance the Bucs have at winning. If the Chiefs O-line holds up? The Buccaneers offense are gonna be the ones under pressure.
Kansas City Chiefs
Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes. (Photo by David Eulitt/Getty Images)
This depth chart is taken from the Kansas City Chiefs official website. This information may be subject change due to injuries, COVID-19 protocols or coaches' decisions. This depth chart is solely meant to aid in following the game.
CHIEFS ROAD TO THE SUPER BOWL
Week 1: Thr., Sept. 10 - Houston Texans (W 34-20)
Week 2: Sun., Sept. 20 - at Los Angeles Chargers (W 23-20 OT)
Week 3: Mon., Sept. 27 - at Baltimore Ravens (W 34-20)
Week 4: Mon., Oct. 5 - New England Patriots (W 26-10)
Week 5: Sun., Oct. 11 - Las Vegas Raiders (L 32-40)
Week 6: Mon., Oct. 19 - at Buffalo Bills (W 26-17)
Week 7: Sun., Oct. 25 - at Denver Broncos (W 43-16)
Week 8: Sun., Nov. 1 - New York Jets (W 35-9)
Week 9: Sun., Nov. 8 - Carolina Panthers (W 33-31)
Week 10: BYE
Week 11: Sun., Nov. 22 - at Las Vegas Raiders (W 35-31)
Week 12: Sun., Nov. 29 - at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (W 27-24)
Week 13: Sun., Dec. 6 - Denver Broncos (W 22-16)
Week 14: Sun., Dec. 13 - at Miami Dolphins (W 33-27)
Week 15: Sun., Dec. 20 - at New Orleans Saints (W 32-19)
Week 16: Sun., Dec. 27 - Atlanta Falcons (W 17-14)
Week 17: Sun., Jan. 3 - Los Angeles Chargers (L 21-38)
Wild Card Round: BYE
Divisional Round: Sun., Jan. 17 - Cleveland Browns (W 22-17)
Conference Championship: Sun., Jan. 24 - Buffalo Bills (W 38-24)
Super Bowl LV: Sun., Feb. 7 - vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 3:30 p.m. (PST)
STATISTICAL LEADERS (Regular Season)
Passing - Patrick Mahomes 390/588, 4,760 yds, 38 TD, 6 int
Rushing - Clyde Edwards-Helaire 181 rush, 803 yds, 4 TD; Patrick Mahomes 62 rush, 308 yds, 2 TD
Receiving - Travis Kelce 105 rec, 1,416 yds, 11 TD; Tyreek Hill 87 rec, 1,276 yds, 15 TD
Total Tackles - Daniel Sorenson 91, Anthony Hitchens 78, Damien Wilson 73
Sacks - Chris Jones 7.5, Frank Clark 6, Alex Okafor 3
Interceptions - Tyrann Mathieu 6, Jarius Sneed 3, Daniel Sorenson 3
Fumble Recoveries - Ben Niemann 2, four with 1
KR Return Ave - Rashad Fenton 29.7 yds
KO Return TDs - none
PR Return Ave - Mecole Hardman 7.0
PR Return TDs - Mecole Hardman 1
Kicking - Harrison Butker 48/54 PAT; 25/27 FG, Long 58
Punting - Tommy Townsend 52 punt, 45.0 ave, 20 punts inside opp. 20
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Buccaneers QB Tom Brady. (Photo via Sky Sports)
This depth chart is taken from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' official website. This information may be subject change due to injuries, COVID-19 protocols or coaches' decisions. This depth chart is solely meant to aid in following the game.
BUCCANEERS ROAD TO THE SUPER BOWL
Week 1: Sun., Sept. 13 - at New Orleans Saints (L 23-34)
Week 2: Sun., Sept. 20 - Carolina Panthers (W 31-17)
Week 3: Sun., Sept. 27 - at Denver Broncos (W 28-10)
Week 4: Sun., Oct. 4 - Los Angeles Chargers (W 38-31)
Week 5: Thr., Oct. 8 - at Chicago Bears (W 30-19)
Week 6: Sun., Oct. 18 - Green Bay Packers (W 38-10)
Week 7: Sun., Oct. 25 - at Las Vegas Raiders (W 45-20)
Week 8: Mon., Nov. 2 - at New York Giants (W 25-23)
Week 9: Sun., Nov. 8 - New Orleans Saints (L 3-38)
Week 10: Sun., Nov. 15 - at Carolina Panthers (W 46-23)
Week 11: Mon., Nov. 23 - Los Angeles Rams (L 24-27)
Week 12: Sun., Nov. 29 - Kansas City Chiefs (L 24-27)
Week 13: BYE
Week 14: Sun., Dec. 13 - Minnesota Vikings (W 26-14)
Week 15: Sun., Dec. 20 - at Atlanta Falcons (W 31-27)
Week 16: Sat., Dec. 26 - at Detroit Lions (W 47-7)
Week 17: Sun., Jan. 3 - Atlanta Falcons (W 44-27)
Wild Card Round: Sat., Jan. 9 - at Washington Football Team (W 31-23)
Divisional Round: Sun., Jan. 17 - at New Orleans Saints (W 30-20)
Conference Championship: Sun., Jan. 24 - at Green Bay Packers (W 31-26)
Super Bowl LV: Sun., Feb. 7 - vs. Kansas City Chiefs, 3:30 p.m. (PST)
STATISTICAL LEADERS (Regular Season)
Passing - Tom Brady 401-610, 4,633 yds, 40 TD, 12 int
Rushing - Ronald Jones III 192 rush, 978 yds, 7 TD; Leonard Fournette 97 rush, 367 yds, 6 TD
Receiving - Mike Evans 70 rec, 1,006 yds, 13 TD; Chris Godwin 65 yds, 840 yds, 7 TD
Total Tackles - Devin White 140, Lavonte David 117, Antoine Winfield Jr. 94
Sacks - Jason Pierre-Paul 9.5, Devin White 9, Shaquill Barrett 8
Interceptions - Carlton Davis 4, three with 2
Fumble Recoveries - Lavonte David 2, Jason Pierre-Paul 2, six with 1
KR Return Ave - Jaydon Mickens 24.3
KO Return TDs - none
PR Return Ave - Jaydon Mickens 6.2
PR Return TDs - none
Kicking - Ryan Succop 52/57 PAT; 28/31 FG, long of 50
Punting - Bradley Pinion 55 punt, 45.2 ave, 19 punts inside opp. 20.
Fun Facts Related to Super Bowl LV
Chris Godwin 2020 alternative game jersey. (Photos by Bannock )
-When Tom Brady signed with the Buccaneers during the offseason, WR Chris Godwin had worn the number 12 jersey; the same number which Brady had worn with the New England Patriots for 20 seasons. Reportedly, Brady asked Godwin to give up the number in exchange for, among other things, the promise that Brady would get Godwin and the Bucs to the Super Bowl. Godwin switched to number 14 and Brady took 12, and the Buccaneers are in the Super Bowl. (Godwin's jersey pictured above).
-Regarding the above ... Brad Johnson was the starting quarterback for the Buccaneers when they won Super Bowl XXXVII while wearing the number 14. If the Bucs win this Super Bowl, Godwin will have worn both numbers for the team of the QBs who won the Super Bowl for the Bucs.
-The Chiefs participated in the first-ever Super Bowl on January 15, 1967. At the time the term Super Bowl had not been termed. It was then called the AFL-NFL World Championship Game. Later it would be retroactively be referred to as Super Bowl I. The Chiefs lost the game to the Green Bay Packers, 35-10. The game was held at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.
-The Chiefs are the first team to win a Super Bowl after having lost it in their first attempt. They defeated the Minnesota Vikings, 23-7, in Super Bowl IV on January 10, 1971 at Tulane Stadium in New Orleans, Louisiana.
-The AFC Championship trophy is named after Lamar Hunt, an American Football League pioneer and Chiefs owner who led the team to Super Bowls I and IV. The Chiefs have won the Lamar Hunt Trophy during the past two seasons.
-This game features two of the NFL's best tight ends of the last 10 years; Travis Kelce of the Chiefs and Rob Gronkowski of the Buccaneers.
-Patrick Mahomes of the Chiefs is the first NFL QB to lead his team to the Super Bowl twice while being 25 years old or younger.
-The is the first time in Super Bowl history that the winning quarterbacks of the previous two Super Bowls have met. Tom Brady led the New England Patriots to a 13-3 win over the Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl LIII, while Patrick Mahomes led the Chiefs to a 31-20 win over the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl LIV.
-In the 55 years of the Super Bowl, The Buccaneers are the first team to ever play the game in their home stadium. As the league alternates the home team every other year between the AFC and NFC, the NFC are considered the home team. The Bucs compete in the NFC South which, upon both accounts, literally makes the Buccaneers the home team in this Super Bowl.
-Tom Brady, who signed as a free agent with the Buccaneers over the offseason after 20 seasons with the New England Patriots, will be appearing in his 10th Super Bowl as a starting quarterback.
-The Buccaneers, who joined the league in 1976, lost their first 26 games (0-14 in 1976 and 2-14 in 1977). They made it to the NFC Championship Game in 1979. They fell to the Los Angeles Rams in the unusual score of 9-0.
-Buccaneers 43-year-old QB Tom Brady was just 325 days old when the Buccaneers played their first ever game.
-Tom Brady's 4,633 passing yards with the Buccaneers this season are the fifth most in his 21-year career.
-Following the Buccaneers won Super Bowl XXXVII, ABC premiered the Jimmy Kimmel Show. On his show which aired on January 26 of this year, Kimmel noted his 18th anniversary of the show. That debut show featured an interview with Super Bowl XXXVII MVP, Dexter Jackson, a CB for the Buccaneers.
-Over 7,000 COVID-19 vaccinated healthcare workers have been honored by being invited to attend the game. Raymond James Stadium, which has about a 65,000 capacity for regular games, will feature roughly just 22,000 fans in the stands in Super Bowl LV.
-As the Bucs are the home team, they were offered the choice of which uniforms to wear in this Super Bowl. They will where their white jerseys with pewter pants. The Chiefs will wear their red jerseys with white pants.
-Amanda Gorman, who recited her poem entitled The Hill We Climb at the January 20, 2021 inauguration of U.S. President Joe Biden, will recite a new poem to honor three Americans — Los Angeles educator Trimaine Davis, Florida nurse manager Suzie Dorner and Pittsburgh-based James Martin, a Marine veteran who volunteers with the Wounded Warrior Project and who has taken in local kids facing issues at home — for their work during the coronavirus pandemic. The three have also been named honorary captains for the Super Bowl by the NFL.
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Earlier This Season
Chiefs 27, Buccaneers 24
The Chiefs and Buccaneers met in week 12 (November 29) at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa. Chiefs receiver Tyreek Hill amassed 203 receiving yards in the first quarter as Kansas City took an early 17-0 lead. The Bucs regrouped, and even staged a late rally, but the Chiefs were eventually able to run out the clock and pull off the three-point road victory. The statistical leaders from the game appear below:
Chiefs: Patrick Mahomes 37/49, 462 yds, 3 TD; Clyde Edwards-Helaire 11 rush, 37 yds; Tyureek Hill 13 rec, 269 yds, 3 TD; Daniel Sorenson 7 tot tkl; two with .5 sck; Tyrann Mathiew int; Harrison Butker 3/3 PAT, 2/2 FG.
Buccaneers: Tom Brady 27/41, 345 yds, 3 TD, 2 int; Ronald Jones III 9 rush, 66 yds; Rob Gronkowski 6 rec, 106 yds; Devin White 12 tot tkl; two with 1 sck; none with int; Ryan Succop 3/3 PAT, 1/1 FG.
Chiefs and Buccaneers Super Bowl Histories
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Super Bowl I: Jan. 15, 1967 - vs. Green Bay Packers (L 10-35). MVP: Bart Starr, QB, Packers
Super Bowl IV: Jan. 11, 1970 - vs. Minnesota Vikings (W 23-7). MVP: Len Dawson, QB, Chiefs
Super Bowl LIV: Feb. 2, 2020 - vs. San Francisco 49ers (W 31-10). MVP: Patrick Mahomes, QB, Chiefs
Super Bowl XXXVII : January 26, 2003 - vs. Oakland Raiders (W 48-21). MVP: Dexter Jackson, CB, Buccaneers
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