Death, taxes and Tom Brady winning the Super Bowl.
On Sunday, Brady played in his 10th Super Bowl appearance — the most ever by a player and is just one trip short of tying the team record set by the New England Patriots.
The star quarterback made the most of it as he completed 21-of-29 passes for 201 yards and three touchdowns to lead Tampa Bay to a dominating 31-9 victory Sunday night over the Kansas City Chiefs — the 2020 Super Bowl champs.
With the victory, Brady is a seven-time Super Bowl champion and it appears he’s not done yet either. After being named Super Bowl MVP, the 43-year-old told the crowd that he’s coming back.
Most Super Bowl Wins in NFL History:
Tom Brady – 7
Steelers – 6
Patriots – 6
Cowboys – 5
49ers – 5
— NFL Research (@NFLResearch) February 8, 2021
So lucky to have witnessed 7 Super Bowl wins by the 🐐 Tom Brady pic.twitter.com/eRkapWB55z
— GOAT (@7RingsTommy) February 11, 2021
While Brady was rolling on offense, it was the Tampa Bay defense that stole the show as the Buccaneers stifled Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs all night. Mahomes was running for his life on nearly every play and the Chiefs failed to score a touchdown for the first time all season. The former NFL MVP threw for just 270 yards, had no touchdowns and had two interceptions.
It was a brilliant game plan from defensive coordinator Todd Bowles whose team bounced back after giving up a bunch of points and yards in a Week 12 loss to the Chiefs. The Bucs’ defense held the Chiefs to just 350 yards — 200 yards less than the previous meeting — and pressured the Chiefs offense all night long. It didn’t help either that the Chiefs were without starting offensive tackles Eric Fisher and Mitchell Schwartz.
While many thought Brady was making a huge mistake when he left the Patriots — for a team that hadn’t been to the postseason in 13 years and hadn’t won a playoff game in nearly two decades — the veteran knew what he was doing.
Three seven-time Super bowl winner personally recruited tight end Rob Gronkowski, wide receiver Antonio Brown and running back Leonard Fournette. Fittingly, all three players scored touchdowns in this Super Bowl.
“It’s great to see big-time players making big-time plays,” Brady said after the game. “Just love what they did, what they added to the team. Gronk is an unbelievable player, teammate, talent, work ethic, commitment. And AB is just — since he got here, he’s done everything the right way. So impressed by him.”
Notes: Tampa Bay is the first team ever to play and win the Super Bowl in their home stadium. They also became just the fourth team in NFL history to win a Super Bowl as a wild-card team.