A Review of Super Bowl LV

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Super Bowl 55 concluded Sunday night, and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers emerged victorious over the favored Kansas City Chiefs. Tom Brady earned his 7th ring and, as much as I hate to say it, secured his spot as the greatest football player of all time.

The Buccaneers trampled the Chiefs seemingly unstoppable offense, beating them by 22 with a final score of 31-9 – this was the largest margin of victory since the Seahawks steamrolled the Broncos in Super Bowl 48 by a score of 48-3. The outcome of Super Bowl 55 was extremely unexpected because many others, I included, thought this was going to be a close game to the finish.

It started off alright, though, with a score of 14-6 about to head into halftime. From there, it was all Tampa Bay. An Andy Reid coaching error allowed the Buccaneers to score once more before the half. Running back Leonard Fournette’s touchdown in the 3rd quarter is what pulled the game out of reach. Superstar quarterback for the Chiefs, Patrick Mahomes, tried desperately to carry his team back, but the rest of his team could not hold up. On a late drive in the 4th quarter, a tipped pass was intercepted by Buccaneers linebacker Devin White in the endzone, thus sealing the game for Tampa.

I think a massive factor in this game’s outcome was the Buccaneers coaching staff of Bruce Arians, Bryon Leftwich, and Todd Bowles. It is definitely one of the best coaching performances I have ever seen (aside from Doug Pederson in Super Bowl 52). They surprisingly outcoached Kansas City’s terrific trio of Andy Reid, Eric Bieniemy, and Steve Spagnuolo. The Chiefs looked like they were playing football in August, not February.

Seeing the Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski connection in the endzone, for possibly the last time in the Super Bowl, is something I will never forget. I have probably watched the outro of this game with Tom Brady at mid-field hugging his teammates with the CBS theme music playing 50 times by now. Buccaneers wide receiver, Antonio Brown, is a player that has been through a lot the past two years, so seeing him get a touchdown in the game was very nice to see.

Outside of the actual game being played, I think the commercials and halftime show need a mention. I thoroughly enjoyed The Weeknd’s halftime show performance. While it was concise, I recognize the effort he put into the story that was told and the buildup. Performing from the stands instead of on the field was something very different, but he made it work. The commercials, on the other hand, were a disaster. Most of them were not enjoyable, and throughout the game, I kept wondering when the good ones were coming.

This Super Bowl had only 96.4 million viewers, the lowest since 2007. That is most likely due to many things regarding the pandemic. While it was a very disappointing game, it gave me time to recognize and appreciate the true greatness of Tom Brady.

Overall, I’d give Super Bowl 55 a rating of 6.5/10.