Buccaneers’ Antoine Winfield Explains Celebration Aimed at Tyreek Hill During Super Bowl Showdown

Published 02/08/2021, 12:33 PM EST
Feb 7, 2020; Tampa, FL, USA; Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill (10) cannot make a catch on this pass against Tampa Bay Buccaneers strong safety Antoine Winfield Jr. (31) during the first quarter of Super Bowl LV at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports


Antoine Winfield Jr. and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers overcame the odds last night. Going up against the defending champions, the Buccaneers stifled the Kansas City Chiefs to lift the Super Bowl. The Buccaneers’ defense was massive last night, holding the Chiefs to just 9 points, and 0 touchdowns throughout the game.

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In a bit of catharsis from earlier in the season, Antoine Winfield Jr. mocked Tyreek Hill during the game, similar to how Hill did against Tampa Bay. Winfield Jr. threw up a peace sign in Hill’s face and was charged with a taunting foul. However, he seemed content with it, as it was revenge for what Hill had done to him and the Buccaneers during the regular season.

Feb 7, 2020; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers strong safety Antoine Winfield Jr. (31) breaks up a pass intended for Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill (10) during the fourth quarter of Super Bowl LV at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
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He said, “The taunting, it was something I just had to do. When we played them earlier, Hill went off on us. He back-flipped in front of my face and gave me the peace sign. So it was only right that I gave him the peace sign right back to him at this moment. It felt amazing to be able to do that. I’m not even gonna lie.”

Antoine Winfield Jr. gets his revenge on Tyreek Hill

Winfield and the defensive unit of the Buccaneers were absolutely sensational last night. They completely squeezed out the Chiefs’ attack. Patrick Mahomes was rarely able to complete a pass, thanks to the immense pressure they put on him, Travis Kelce, and Hill. It was the worst performance of Patrick Mahomes’ career, who endured just his second playoff loss in his career.

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Given how the regular season encounter between the two teams went, the Buccaneers were looking to get one over on the defending champs. And what better way to do it than to snatch the Lombardi trophy from them on the grandest stage in front of the Buccaneers’ own fans at Raymond James stadium. It was a satisfying win for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

NFL Football – Super Bowl LV – Tampa Bay Buccaneers v Kansas City Chiefs – Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida, U.S. – February 7, 2021 Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ Antoine Winfield Jr. in action REUTERS/Eve Edelheit
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Can the Buccaneers go back-t0-back next season? The Chiefs season this year showed how difficult it is for a team to win consecutive Super Bowl titles. However, the Buccaneers have Tom Brady in their team. And with the GOAT on your side, you have the chance to turn the impossible into reality.

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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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