Buccaneers’ Chris Godwin Reveals How Team Got Motivated After League Game Against Kansas City Chiefs

Published 02/25/2021, 12:33 PM EST
Jan 3, 2021; Tampa, Florida, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Chris Godwin (14) is congratulated by running back Leonard Fournette (28) and wide receiver Mike Evans (13) after scoring a touchdown against the Atlanta Falcons during the first quarter at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports


The Tampa Bay Buccaneers defied the odds this past season. After finishing the regular season with a wildcard position, the Buccaneers bested 4 excellent teams to win the Super Bowl. It was a fantastic win for the team, especially after their mediocre performance during the regular season. Chris Godwin revealed how their road to the title came to be.

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Buccaneers’ Chris Godwin spoke to Rich Eisen recently. He was asked whether there was any moment in the regular season that sparked the team’s form toward the tail end of their season.

While Godwin couldn’t pinpoint one moment, he thinks the game against the Chiefs in the regular season was crucial to their season.

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He said, “I don’t know if there was one specific moment. But I would say like right around that time period was when I would say things started to click.

“We had, at that point, our backs up against the wall. I think you made a good point in that first Chiefs game, they got up on us really fast.” 

Feb 7, 2020; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) moves under center near the goalline against the Kansas City Chiefs during the second quarter of Super Bowl LV at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Godwin added that Buccaneers‘ teams in the past would have thrown in the towel. The pressure of the circumstances would have proven to be too much for them. However, the Buccaneers rallied and tried to bounce back during the game.

Godwin noted that the team showed incredible courage fighting back against the Chiefs, who at the time were defending champions.

“And the Bucs teams of the past would’ve laid down, and just like, ‘Dang, they got us this time, they’re just a better team’. But the fight that we had in that game to come back and have a chance to really put ourselves in position to win that game at the end versus the defense who were champions.”

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Godwin said that the game against the Chiefs sparked confidence among the Buccaneers. The lack of experience the players had playing with each other had been a real detriment.

But after their encounter with the Chiefs, the Buccaneers began to take every game very seriously, like it was a playoff game and their season was on the line.

“I think that gave us a lot of confidence that we needed as a team that had been together for the first year really trying to put it all together.

“Then you have the bye week, and then you have Atlanta, where we started off slow again. But at that point it’s literally like we’re playing for our playoff lives.” 

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He added, “We treated that game and the rest of them as playoff games. If that’s the mentality you have, then it literally feels like winner-go-home for you, and we had to approach it that way.”

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers ended the regular season on a winning streak. They translated that winning streak into the Playoffs.

They qualified for the Playoffs through the wildcard round where they defeated Washington. After that, the Buccaneers went on to defeat contending teams like the Saints, Packers, and then the Chiefs in the Super Bowl.

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy is an NBA & NFL journalist for EssentiallySports, before which he worked at BusinessWorld magazine. He has been a fan of Basketball for over 10 years now, since Shaquille O’Neal was a Phoenix Suns player. During his time at Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts, he started a sports magazine for the college called the Overtime Tribune and hosted the Overtime Tribune Podcast until he graduated.

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