Super Bowl LV : Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs Kansas City Chiefs Prediction and Analysis

Published 02/06/2021, 11:31 PM EST
Dec 26, 2020; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) drops back to pass against the Detroit Lions during the second quarter at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports


This is it, after a long and arduous wait, we are just 24 hours away from this year’s Super Bowl LV. It’s going to be a showdown between two titans. Tampa Bay Buccaneers get ready to become the first NFL team in the league’s history to host a Super Bowl game on home soil. Buccaneers’ fans will give Patrick Mahomes and the rest of the Kansas City Chiefs players a tough time at the Raymond James Stadium on Sunday night.

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Both teams impressed in their respective conference finals a couple of weeks ago. There are no major injuries for the home team but the Chiefs have a few players on their defense who’ve been ruled out from tomorrow’s game in Tampa Bay.

Here’s a detailed look at both teams, along with injury updates and AFC Championship Game predictions.

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Tom Brady-led Tampa Bay Buccaneers gear up for season finale on home turf

Bruce Arians’ Tampa Bay Buccaneers have outdone expectations over the course of the 2020 NFL season. The NFC South franchise are back in the Super Bowl after an 18-year gap. With quarterback Tom Brady in inspired form and surrounded by some star-studded offensive weapons, they have all the required tools to beat the Chiefs in Super Bowl LV.

Brady already has 860 passing yards and 7 passing touchdowns in the post-season. He will be reunited with former New England Patriots teammate Antonio Brown who missed the NFC Championship game with an injury. Apart from that, Brady can bank upon a wide array of offensive talent on the roster including Mike Evans, Chris Godwin, Scott Miller, Tyler Johnson.

Both tight ends, Rob Gronkowski and Cameron Brate are fit and in contention to feature for the Buccaneers this weekend. But coach Arians will know that his defense will play a huge role if they want to beat the Chiefs in the Super Bowl.

Ndamukong Suh, Shaquil Barrett, Tristan Whirfs have all waited for this moment. Let’s hope they do enough to silence Patrick Mahomes and Co. and become the first team to win a Lombardi Trophy in front of home fans.

Can Kansas City Chiefs defend their Super Bowl title this weekend?

Despite suffering a concussion in the Divisional Round Playoff win against Cleveland Browns, Patrick Mahomes was cleared to participate in the AFC Championship game against Buffalo Bills two weeks ago. He put in a stellar display, throwing for 325 yards with 3 passing TDs as the Chiefs won by a 28-34 margin at the Arrowhead.

Mahomes will hope to repeat a similar display as the visitors fight hard in their quest to retain the Super Bowl title. WRs Tyreek Hill and Sammy Watkins will play a big role in the season finale tomorrow. So will TE Travis Kelce and RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire. But once again, it’s going to be the Chiefs defense coached by DC Steve Spagnuolo who will be in the limelight on Sunday night.

Coach Reid will have to figure out a way to spot the notorious ‘trick plays’ employed by the Buccaneers in order to prevent a rampage. This is not going to be an easy task for Chris Jones, Frank Clark, Demarcus Robinson, and the others. They will need to be at their best to stop this free-flowing Buccaneers offense led by commander-in-chief Tom Brady.

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs Kansas City Chiefs Update

Tampa Bay – Questionable

WR Antonio Brown – Knee

TE Cameron Brate – Back

Kansas City –Out

LT Eric Fisher – Achilles

LB Willie Gay Jr. – Ankle

Questionable

WR Sammy Watkins – Calf

Buccaneers vs Chiefs Prediction

Tampa Bay Buccaneers 30 – 35 Kansas City Chiefs

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Jan 24, 2021; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) yells before the AFC Championship Game against the Buffalo Bills at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Every once in a while, there comes a time when a living legend has to call time on his career. He passes on the torch to the next pioneer who is going to replace him. The Buccaneers vs Chiefs game is going to be a similar scenario. Mahomes has never beaten Brady in the playoffs.

But that is going to change on Sunday night. The Chiefs talisman and his trusted teammates have what it takes to defend their title. Tom Brady has been around for far too long. There’s a new deputy in town and he will make sure to seal a win with a kiss.

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Daniel Arambur is an NFL writer and content strategist for EssentiallySports.With more than 1,000 articles, he is one of the senior writers in the NFL cohort at ES. A mass media graduate from the University of Mumbai, Daniel has found the perfect blend of vocation and passion in the sports content niche.

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