Super Bowl LV: Chiefs Goal Line Stop Versus Tampa Bay Buccaneers Was Historic in Every Sense

Published 02/07/2021, 8:07 PM EST
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


Super Bowl LV is off and running. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have stifled the Kansas City Chiefs offense throughout the first half. And their offense has been trying to make the most of that so far.

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Tom Brady and the Buccaneers got the lead in the first quarter of the game with a Tom Brady touchdown pass to Rob Gronkowski. And they had the chance to extend their lead even further in the second quarter.

At the Chiefs 1-yard-line, the Buccaneers lined up to run the ball for their second touchdown of the game. But what followed was a historic goal line stop by the Chiefs defense.

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An anomaly in Super Bowl history

A 1-yard goal line stop is not something you expect to see often. But going by the numbers over the years, it’s not something too unusal when it comes to the Super Bowl.

Leonard Fournette’s rushing attempt was the fourth rush on 4th-and-Goal in NFL history. But the Chiefs goal line stop against the Buccaneers was the third such attempt to be stopped on its tracks.

According to ESPN Stats & Info, the only one time that a player has been able to rush and score from such a position was Emmitt Smith back in Super Bowl 28.

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Feb 7, 2020; Tampa, FL, USA; NFL line judge Sarah Thomas (53) motions for Kansas City Chiefs players to move back during the second quarter of Super Bowl LV against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

For the Chiefs as well, the goal line stop was their first of the season. Teams were 9-for-9 when going for it on 4th-and-1 against the Chiefs this season, including the playoffs.

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The Chiefs have particularly been poor in the redzone this season. Ranking 32nd in the league for redzone defense, this aspect of the game has been their most glaring drawback.

With the second half now set to commence, the Buccaneers lead the Chiefs 21-6. With the Chiefs yet to get a touchdown, they’ll have to rely on their defense to stop the Bucs on their tracks to avoid letting this game go out of their hands.

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Shivayan Roy

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Shivayan Roy is currently an NFL writer at EssentiallySports. After completing his Masters Diploma in Journalism from the Asian College of Journalism, Roy functioned as a reporter for Goal.com and extensively covered the FIFA U-17 World Cup.

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