Super Bowl LV: Kansas City Chiefs Making History for All the Wrong Reasons With Penalties

Published 02/07/2021, 9:32 PM EST
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’ Tom Brady clashes with Kansas City Chiefs’ Tyrann Mathieu after Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ Antonio Brown scores their third touchdown REUTERS/Brian Snyder


Super Bowl LV has not got according to plan for the Kansas City Chiefs so far. The Chiefs ended the first half down 21-6 and currently trail the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 31-9.

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While Tom Brady and the Buccaneers offense has been on fire, they have been largely helped by the shortcomings of a battered Chiefs defense.

The Chiefs have been atrocious as stopping the Buccaneers offense. Mentally and physically, the Chiefs defense have been thoroughly outplayed. Penalty, on penalty, the Chiefs defense have handed the Buccaneers multiple first downs.

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And to say that the Kansas City Chiefs defense is digging it’s own grave is not a stretch.

Most penalty yards in a quarter of Super Bowl history

According to EliasSports the total penalty yards conceded by the Chiefs in the second quarter is the most in a single quarter in Super Bowl history. 

The Chiefs conceded 90 penalty yards in the second quarter of the game versus the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. That’s almost the length of the entire football field that the game is being played on. 

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In fact, the 90 penalty yards conceded by the Chiefs in the Super Bowl is the most by any team in a quarter of any game since 2018. The last time a team was hit harder by penalties were the Raiders in week 1 of 2018 when they ended up conceding a whopping 110 penalty yards in the second quarter of the game.

Chiefs offense struggling as well

The Chiefs offense has struggled as well. The deadly trio of Patrick Mahomes, Travis Kelce, and Tyreek Hill have failed to live up to the billing.

Mahomes, who has been sensational all season, has managed less than 100 passing yards so far with. Mahomes is yet to get a passing touchdown as well. In terms of rushing the ball as well, the Chiefs have failed to do much.

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While they have amassed over a 100 rushing yards, it’s failed to add up to much given that they’ve failed to score on the ground as well.

Down by more than 3 plays, the Chiefs have a lot of work to do with only a quarter of football left in Super Bowl LV.

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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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