Run it Back

Shawnee Mission South has been buzzing with red spirit, as we get ready to watch our Kansas City Chiefs, face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, in the Chiefs 4th Super Bowl appearance, and the second straight for KC. Tampa Bay, who acquired Tom Brady, 6 time Super Bowl winner with his time on the Patriots, is going to be the first team in the league’s history to play in their home city for the Super Bowl. The chances of this are slim, 1/32 to be exact, but as strange as 2020/2021 have been, this is no surprise. But let’s take a look on just how we got here.
Patrick Mahomes, who was knocked out of the game in the divisional round after suffering a large blow to the head and neck area, was very questionable to even suit up for the AFC Championship against the Buffalo Bills. Chiefs fans slowly awaited news from local and national outlets to hear an inkling of hope about the star quarterback. Luckily for Kansas City fans, the quarterback was said to be back to practice after clearing the league’s concussion protocol. This was not the news that the Bills Mafia was wanting to hear. With Mahomes back, the Chiefs had the momentum. However, the 1st quarter told a different story. Mahomes with a slow start, as well as the rest of the team, allowed the Bills to put up 9 points in the first quarter. But, Andy Reid is the head coach in charge of this Chiefs team, and if we reference last year, 9 points is virtually nothing. Kansas City had proceeded to put up 21 points in the 2nd quarter, and held onto the lead for the rest of the game, sealing their ticket to the Super Bowl with a 38-24 victory, the 2nd straight Super Bowl appearance for one of the best teams to do it.
Tampa Bay however, had an alternate story. Entering the playoffs as a wildcard, and an underdog in nearly every game except for the Wildcard round, they surprised people everywhere, as they beat the Washington Football Team, the New Orleans Saints, and in the NFC Championship, the NFC Champ favorites, the Green Bay Packers. The Tom Brady charged offense, along with the help of Ronald Jones and Mike Evans, as well as former tight end for Brady in New England, Rob Grownkowski. With Tom Brady at the helm, I expect this matchup to be a Super Bowl to remember.
The 55th edition of the legendary game is coming during one of the strangest times in not only American history, but the history of the world. The pandemic has forced the NFL to only allow 20% of the full capacity that would normally be held at Raymond James Stadium, the home of this year’s game. However, the normal festivities will continue, with pregame interviews, as well as a halftime show performed by The Weeknd.
Overall, I expect a shootout between the 2 teams, but the highlight of the game are the 2 quarterbacks. Brady seeking his 7th ring, and Mahomes looking for his 2nd. Will Mahomes be able to catch up to the G.O.A.T.? Or will Tom remain the legend he has been known as? We find out Sunday, at 5:30 PM, on CBS, with the broadcasters Jim Nantz on the play-by play, and Tony Romo for the color commentary.

Final score prediction: 34-24 Chiefs