Tom Brady named Super Bowl MVP for record fifth time as he celebrates seventh Super Bowl ring with Tampa Bay Buccaneers team-mates on home turf at Raymond James Stadium.
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Tom Brady banished any lingering questions over his ‘best-ever’ status as he clinched a seventh ring and steered the underdog Tampa Bay Buccaneers to their second Super Bowl championship on Sunday.
Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs had no answer to the Bucs as they failed to score a single touchdown in a 31-9 defeat at Raymond James Stadium.
This was billed as the NFL showpiece between verteran Brady and his heir apparent Mahomes, but the former postponed the changing of the guard with a dominant display on home turf in Tampa.
Brady twice connected with Rob Gronkowski and once with Antonio Brown to put the Buccaneers 21-6 up by half-time as the Chiefs paid for indiscipline.
Leonard Fournette then banished any remaining hopes in the Chiefs camp with a 27-yard rush to the end zone to put Bruce Arians’ men 28-9 clear in the third quarter.
Instead of laying down a marker in his individual battle with Brady, Mahomes, who had never previously suffered a defeat by more than one score, only saw the gulf to the Bucs quarterback grow wider as the Chiefs suffered a blowout.
Brady becomes the first player to win seven NFL championships, five Super Bowl MVP awards and is now the oldest player to appear in the NFL showpiece. His connections with Gronkowski also made for a record 14th touchdown between any duo in NFL post-season history.
The Chiefs were bidding to become just the ninth team to put together back-to-back championship runs but Andy Reid’s side never looked likely to rubber-stamp their status as pre-game favourites.
Mahomes scrapped until the very last and despite some moments of brilliance, it did not come together for a Chiefs side who were outclassed in most departments.