Tremendous Bowl 2021 winners and losers, plus Tom Brady smashes Tremendous Bowl information and Mahomes’ mother calls out refs


After watching what will definitely go down as the very best Tremendous Bowl ever (at the very least in accordance with Buccaneers followers), I am again along with your Monday e-newsletter, which is mildly stunning, as a result of the day after the Tremendous Bowl is just about the quantity in the future of the yr to skip work.

I used to be going to skip work, however then I assumed the least I might do is present up and undergo the motions, which is form what it felt just like the Chiefs did final night time throughout their 31-9 loss to Tampa Bay. Thank God there was a streaker to maintain issues spicy within the second half, as a result of the Chiefs positively did not do something assist hold us all entertained (For those who missed the streaker, you’ll be able to see video together with Kevin Harlan’s nice name by clicking right here).  

My favourite factor about this Tremendous Bowl wasn’t even the sport, it was how many individuals in Boston hate-watched Tom Brady. In accordance to preliminary experiences, the Tremendous Bowl scored a 57.6 TV score in Boston, which is insane when you think about that Boston topped the score in Tampa (52.3). Boston positively has a love-hate relationship with Tom Brady and I am guessing about half the individuals who had been watching love him and the opposite half hate him.  

Talking of Brady, he’ll positively be returning subsequent yr and so will Bruce Arians and it appears like Rob Gronkowski is coming again too. Principally, it sounds just like the Buccaneers are going to attempt to hold the band collectively for yet another run. With that in thoughts, let’s get to as we speak’s rundown. As all the time, here is your day by day reminder to inform all your mates to join the e-newsletter. All you need to do is click on right here after which share the hyperlink

1. In the present day’s Present: Tremendous Bowl LV winners and losers

 

For me, the very best a part of the Tremendous Bowl yearly is certainly the half the place I keep up till 3 a.m. after the sport so I can file a podcast with Will Brinson and Ryan Wilson. I used to be totally anticipating Wilson to point out as much as the podcast with a giant head because the Buccaneers had been his preseason decide to win the Tremendous Bowl, however that did not occur, and I am guessing that is as a result of he backed out on them by selecting the Chiefs to win on the day of the sport. Wilson, that is why you all the time depart with the lady you delivered to the dance. You do not dump them and swap to a different staff hours earlier than the Tremendous Bowl!

Anyway, as we have carried out all season, we handed out our weekly winners and losers for the Tremendous Bowl. I am not going to spoil issues right here, however I’m going to say that for our winners this week, none of us picked any Chiefs gamers.

Ryan Wilson

  • Winner: Tom Brady. Not solely is he good-looking, wealthy and married to a supermodel, however he additionally now has seven Tremendous Bowl titles to his title. Generally, life is not truthful, except you are Tom Brady, then it all the time in some way finally ends up understanding in your favor, however I will cease speaking about him now, as a result of we’ll be speaking about Tom Brady quite a bit as we speak and I do not need anybody to get burnt out on Brady earlier than we’re even by way of the primary a part of the rundown.  
  • Loser: Chiefs pass-catchers. If there’s one group of receivers within the NFL that is virtually all the time dependable, it is the receivers for the Chiefs. Nevertheless, they’d a completely ugly night time in Tampa Bay. It isn’t simply that they had been dropping balls, however they had been dropping them in key conditions. Tyreek Hill, Travis Kelce and Darrel Williams all had ugly drops within the recreation. 

Will Brinson

  • Winner: Bruce Arians. There are going to be a variety of biscuits eaten in Tampa as we speak and that is as a result of Arians’ well-known “no risk-it, no biscuit” philosophy lastly paid off with a Tremendous Bowl win. After going 7-9 with Jameis Winston, Arians and Jason Licht made the daring choice to usher in Tom Brady and that call paid off with a Tremendous Bowl win.  
  • Loser: Patrick Mahomes. For those who watched the sport, why Mahomes is the loser right here. It isn’t essentially as a result of he was unhealthy, it is as a result of he needed to play behind a makeshift offensive line in opposition to among the best move rushes in soccer. It is a miracle that Mahomes made it out of the sport alive. 

John Breech

  • Winner: Jason Licht. Each level that was scored by the Buccaneers within the Tremendous Bowl was scored by somebody who wasn’t EVEN ON THE TEAM 11 months in the past, which makes Licht straight accountable for this win. The Buccaneers basic supervisor went out and acquired Tom Brady, Rob Gronkowski, Leonard Fournette, Antonio Brown and Ryan Succop and people 5 guys mixed for all 31 factors. I feel Buccaneers followers are lastly now going to forgive him for buying and selling as much as seize a kicker within the 2016 draft.  
  • Loser: Andy Reid. It isn’t usually you see Andy Reid get completely out-coached, however that is what occurred within the Tremendous Bowl. Not solely did the Chiefs offense look out of sync all night time, however Reid by no means appeared to regulate to something that Tampa Bay was doing. 

Not solely did we record our winners and losers, however we additionally recapped the sport. If you wish to hear — and also you positively ought to — you’ll be able to click on right here

2. Tom Brady wins his fifth Tremendous Bowl MVP

In an NFL season the place nothing was regular, it virtually feels bizarre that the season resulted in probably the most regular means attainable: With Tom Brady profitable one other Tremendous Bowl.

At this level in his profession, I am beginning to suppose Brady ought to simply play for a special staff every year and see if he can cause them to a Tremendous Bowl win. The person is out of challenges. Throughout Tampa Bay’s 31-9 win over the Chiefs, Brady was so good within the first half that he principally acquired to sit down again within the second half and watch his protection end off the win. The 43-year-old was named Tremendous Bowl MVP after throwing for 201 yards and three touchdowns. It marked the fifth time Brady has been named MVP of the sport, which is extraordinarily spectacular when you think about that just one different quarterback in NFL historical past has even been named MVP thrice (Joe Montana). 

If Brady’s newest win did something, it cemented his standing because the Biggest of All Time (GOAT). He is now the GOAT of GOATs. To unseat Brady, somebody goes to must win eight Tremendous Bowls and that is so tough to think about that I am getting dizzy simply enthusiastic about it. 

If you wish to know the way unhealthy Brady wished to win this recreation, simply think about this: The person stayed up till 11 p.m. within the week main as much as the Tremendous Bowl simply so he might ship out textual content messages to his teammates that mentioned “We WILL win.” Brady normally goes to mattress round 8:30 p.m., so if he is staying up till 11, he is critical about profitable. 

You additionally know he is critical about profitable when he begins utilizing inappropriate phrases on the sector and apparently he did that within the Tremendous Bowl. After the sport, Chiefs security Tyrann Mathieu mentioned Brady known as him “one thing I will not repeat.”

In fact, Brady is a identified trash-talker, in order that should not be too stunning. Brady can also be identified for profitable Tremendous Bowls. As a matter of reality, Brady has been so dominant in Tremendous Bowls that he now holds practically each file {that a} quarterback can maintain. Here is a take a look at each file Brady owns

  • Tremendous Bowl wins — 7
  • Tremendous Bowl appearances — 10
  • Tremendous Bowl MVPs — 5
  • Profession Tremendous Bowl TD passes — 21
  • Profession Tremendous Bowl passing yards — 3,039
  • A long time with a Tremendous Bowl win — 3
  • Oldest quarterback to win a Tremendous Bowl — 43 years, 188 days
  • Tremendous Bowl completions — 277
  • Tremendous Bowl makes an attempt — 421
  • Tremendous Bowl game-winning drives — 6
  • Three-plus passing landing video games — 4
  • 300-yard video games — 4
  • Solely QB to win a Tremendous Bowl with each an AFC staff and an NFC staff

He additionally holds a number of single-game information that you simply can try by clicking right here. The underside line is that the Brady is the very best there’s, the very best there was and the very best there ever shall be. Brady’s seven Tremendous Bowl wins means he now has greater than any FRANCHISE within the NFL. With Sunday’s win, he moved previous the Patriots and Steelers, who each have six. 

3. Tremendous Bowl information that fell on Sunday night time

It is onerous to maintain monitor of all of the information that had been damaged on Tremendous Bowl Sunday, however the excellent news for you is that I do know somebody who is aware of somebody who retains monitor of the sort of stuff. Though it would look like Tom Brady was the one individual setting information within the Tremendous Bowl, that really wasn’t the case, so let’s check out a number of different Tremendous Bowl and postseason information that fell. 

  • Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski linked for 2 touchdowns and have now mixed for 14 of their postseason careers, which is probably the most of any duo in playoff historical past (They’d been tied with Joe Montana and Jerry Rice, who mixed for 12). 
  • Rob Gronkowski turned the primary participant in Tremendous Bowl historical past to attain the primary two touchdowns of a Tremendous Bowl. Gronk additionally joined Jerry Rice (XXIV, XXIX) as the one gamers ever with two or extra receiving touchdowns in a number of Tremendous Bowls.
  • With the 2 landing catches, Rob Gronkowski now has 5 for his Tremendous Bowl profession, which is the second-most all-time behind solely Jerry Rice. Gronk can also be the one participant ever to have a reception in 5 completely different Tremendous Bowls. 
  • Tom Brady threw a primary quarter landing move for the primary time in his Tremendous Bowl profession. 
  • The Buccaneers turned the primary staff in NFL historical past to win a Tremendous Bowl at dwelling. 
  • Tremendous Bowl LV marked the primary time in Patrick Mahomes’ profession that the Chiefs did not rating a single landing and it additionally marked the primary time in Mahomes’ profession that he misplaced by multiple rating. The sport was additionally the primary time the Chiefs did not rating double-digit factors since Mahomes turned the starter. 
  • Patrick Mahomes did not throw a TD move in opposition to the Buccaneers, marking the primary time since Week 4 of the 2019 season that he did not throw a TD move. 
  • Patrick Mahomes has solely misplaced two playoff video games in his profession and so they had been each to Tom Brady. 
  • The Buccaneers are the primary staff in NFL historical past to attain 30 or extra factors in 4 completely different video games throughout a single postseason. 
  • The Buccaneers playoff run included wins over three former Tremendous Bowl MVPs and so they beat all three in consecutive weeks (Drew Brees, Aaron Rodgers, Patrick Mahomes). 
  • The Buccaneers had been the primary wild-card staff to the win the Tremendous Bowl because the Packers did it in 2010. They had been additionally simply the fourth staff seeded fifth or decrease to win the Tremendous Bowl since 1990. 
  • The Chiefs turned simply the third staff in Tremendous Bowl historical past to fail to attain a landing within the huge recreation, becoming a member of the Rams (Tremendous Bowl LIII) and Dolphins (Tremendous Bowl VI).
  • The Chiefs beat the Buccaneers within the common season, however misplaced within the Tremendous Bowl, which implies AFC groups at the moment are 0-5 when going for a season-sweep. 
  • Bruce Arians turned the oldest coach ever to win a Tremendous Bowl (68 years, 127 days), topping the file that was as soon as held by Invoice Belichick.
  • Jason Pierre-Paul has by no means misplaced within the playoffs and is now 8-0 after the win. His first Tremendous Bowl win got here within the 2011 season in opposition to Tom Brady and his newest win got here with Brady. 
  • Leonard Fournette turned simply the third participant in NFL historical past to attain a landing in 4 completely different playoff video games throughout a single postseason. Fournette joined Larry Fitzgerald (2008) and Terrell Davis (1997). 
  • The Chiefs had been hit with 120 penalty yards, which was the third-highest whole in Tremendous Bowl historical past. 
  • Within the craziest stat ever, the Chiefs received the coin toss, which implies the coin toss winner has now misplaced seven straight Tremendous Bowls. 

Tremendous Bowl LV might need been a blowout, however as you’ll be able to see, there have been loads of information and milestones that also fell on Sunday. 

4. How the Tremendous Bowl was received

Though Tom Brady was named MVP of the sport, he positively wasn’t the large cause why the Buccaneers had been in a position to upset the Chiefs on Sunday. The Buccaneers received this recreation as a result of defensive coordinator Todd Bowles created a recreation plan that completely shut down Patrick Mahomes and the high-octane Chiefs offense. 

After Mahomes threw for 462 yards in opposition to the Buccaneers in Week 12, it did not look like that Tampa Bay would be capable to sluggish him down, however that is precisely what the Buccaneers did. Not solely did they hold Chiefs out of the tip zone for the primary time in Mahomes’ profession, however in addition they held Kansas Metropolis to underneath 10 factors, which had by no means been carried out to them since Mahomes turned the starter. 

So how do you shut down the Chiefs? 

  • Stress: This recreation was received up entrance with gamers like Shaq Barrett, Jason Pierre-Paul, Vita Vea, Ndamukong Suh and Steve McClendon, who put heavy stress on Mahomes the whole recreation and the explanation it labored is as a result of the Buccaneers had been in a position to placed on the stress with out blitzing. Not solely was Mahomes sacked thrice, however he was pressured on 29 of 56 dropbacks, which was probably the most of any QB in NFL historical past. 
  • Chiefs stars could not get open: When you will get stress on the opposing quarterback with out blitzing, which means you’ll be able to drop extra guys again in protection and that is precisely what the Buccaneers did. For practically the whole night time, each Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce had been double-covered any time they ran a route. Because of that reality, here is what was taking place to the Chiefs on each play: Mahomes would drop again, then instantly get pressured and when that occurs, he likes to go to Hill or Kelce, however they only weren’t getting open. Mahomes tried to get different receivers concerned, but it surely simply wasn’t working as he went 5 of 15 for 17 yards throwing to the mixture of Darrel Williams, Byron Pringle and Mecole Hardman. The Chiefs had been additionally suffering from some uncharacteristic drops, however a number of of these occurred as a result of the receivers had been so effectively coated. 

For a deeper dive into how the Buccaneers had been in a position to pull off their defensive masterpiece, you should definitely click on right here

If different NFL groups are considering that Bowles simply uncovered the Chiefs and that there’s now a blueprint for beating Kansas Metropolis, that is most likely not the case. The one means this recreation plan works is in case you have a few of the finest pass-rushers within the NFL and though the Buccaneers have that, most groups do not. 

5. Tremendous Bowl refs get known as out by Chiefs star and Patrick Mahomes’ mother

There have been so many penalties known as in opposition to the Chiefs on this recreation that at one level, I used to be beginning to suppose that the officers had made a secret pact to not throw any flags on the Buccaneers. That being mentioned, the Chiefs acquired completely destroyed on Sunday and I do not suppose officiating is what led to their loss. Nevertheless, there are lots of people who would disagree with that and two of these persons are Chiefs star Chris Jones and Patrick Mahomes’ mother, Randi. 

  • Mahomes’ mother: Sooner or later within the fourth quarter, Randi jumped on Twitter and let everybody know the way she felt concerning the officiating, “If you need to have the ref in your staff is that basically profitable!” Randi additionally made positive to tag Gisele in her tweet, which you can try by clicking right here
  • Chris Jones complains: Though some Chiefs gamers refused to pin any blame on the officiating crew, Jones wasn’t one among them. The Chiefs star did not sound thrilled about all of the penalties that had been known as, “I used to be very shocked [at all the penalties]” Jones mentioned, by way of Professional Soccer Discuss. “That is the Tremendous Bowl. Often you let the blokes play, particularly within the largest recreation of the yr. Penalties can change the sport.”

If it appeared just like the Chiefs had been hit with a variety of penalties on Sunday, that is as a result of they had been. The Chiefs had been flagged eight instances for 95 yards within the first half, which set the Tremendous Bowl file for many penalty yards in a primary half. The 95 yards was additionally probably the most penalty yardage that any staff was hit with in the course of the first half of any NFL recreation this yr. For the sport, the Chiefs had been hit with 120 penalty yards, which was the third-most in Tremendous Bowl historical past. 

The Chiefs misplaced as a result of their offense could not transfer the ball in opposition to Tampa Bay’s protection, however the penalties positively did not assist.

6. Prepare for an offseason of QB drama

 

Now that the Tremendous Bowl is over, which means the NFL offseason is formally right here and I’ve to say, I hope you are prepared for loopy, as a result of I feel issues are going to get loopy. There’s been a variety of quarterback drama happening over the previous two weeks and it acquired even wilder over the previous 24 hours with experiences over the weekend about 4 completely different quarterbacks. 

With that in thoughts, let’s try the most recent information: 

The general level right here is that you must most likely buckle your self in now as a result of it may be a wild offseason. 

7. The Kicker!

Since Tremendous Bowl LV ended up turning right into a blowout, most individuals most likely aren’t going to recollect it as an important recreation, however I am not most individuals. I’m going to recollect it as an important recreation and that is as a result of it was an important recreation FOR KICKERS. 

As a matter of reality, this might need been the very best mixed Tremendous Bowl kicking efficiency ever. Not solely did Harrison Butker turn out to be the primary kicker in Tremendous Bowl historical past to make two discipline objectives of 49 yards or extra within the huge recreation (49, 52), however Ryan Succop additionally joined Butker within the file guide. The Buccaneers kicker hit a 52-yarder in opposition to the Chiefs, which implies Tremendous Bowl LV is now the one Tremendous Bowl in historical past the place each groups made a discipline aim of fifty or extra yards. As loopy as that sounds, it had by no means been carried out earlier than. 

As a matter of reality, earlier than Sunday, there had solely been 5 discipline objectives of fifty or extra yards ever made within the Tremendous Bowl. Additionally, since they each hit a kick from 52 yards away, Succop and Butker at the moment are tied for the third longest discipline aim in Tremendous Bowl historical past behind solely former Payments kicker Steve Christie (54) and former Rams kicker Greg Zuerlein (53). 

Do not ask me concerning the punting from the sport although, as a result of I do not need to discuss concerning the punting. I need to finish this article on a contented be aware. 

Lastly, though the season is over, this article will nonetheless be coming to you day by day for the whole offseason, so remember to test your e mail inbox each week day. 





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