Even at 43 years old, Tom Brady managed to put on arguably his best Super Bowl performance of his career as he led the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to a 31-9 win against Patrick Mahomes’ Kansas City Chiefs.
In what was considered by many to be the greatest quarterback matchup in Super Bowl history, Brady bested Mahomes in dominating fashion, tossing three touchdowns and throwing for more than 200 yards in his team’s home stadium.
Brady finally led a first-quarter touchdown drive for the first time in his career, breaking a streak that had lasted throughout his first nine Super Bowl appearances during his tenure as quarterback of the New England Patriots.
He connected with former Patriots teammate Rob Gronkowski to give the Buccaneers a 7-3 lead in the first quarter, and Tampa Bay never looked back in their pursuit of their first championship since the 2002 season.
Brady would hit Gronkowski for one more touchdown in the first half, and find Antonio Brown in the third quarter for his third touchdown pass of the night, all while Mahomes and the Chiefs’ offense struggled to even progress down the field.
Kansas City’s offense compiled just three field goals on the night, with an interception with under two minutes to go sealing the deal and sending Tampa Bay’s fans into a frenzy.
Mahomes and the Chiefs kept an unfortunate streak going, failing to become the first team since Brady’s 2004 Patriots to pull off a Super Bowl repeat.
Meanwhile, with the win, Brady collected his seventh Super Bowl ring, and earned Super Bowl MVP honors for the fifth time in his career in the process.
He passed both the Patriots and the Pittsburgh Steelers in all-time Super Bowl wins, and likely solidified his status as both the NFL’s greatest quarterback of all time, and the league’s greatest player of all time.