Super bowl LV preview

Alex Buettgen ’22

The 2020 NFL season is on the brink of ending and the final game, the Super Bowl, is expected to be one for the ages. The teams competing in this year’s big game are the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who will be the only team to ever play the Super Bowl in their home stadium, and the electrifying Kansas City Chiefs. This battle between two great quarterbacks and their high powered offensive attacks is expected to be one of the most high-scoring affairs in Super Bowl history. 

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are entering their 2nd-ever Super Bowl appearance. Their only other was in 2002 when they stomped the Oakland Raiders. This season, the Buccaneers were 14-5 behind the arm of their quarterback, longtime New England Patriot and widely considered the best quarterback ever, Tom Brady. Brady has led this high powered attack all season, and the 43 year old has been fairly efficient, tossing 40 touchdowns throughout the regular season. Brady has a bunch of weapons to throw to. Pro Bowl receivers Mike Evans and Chris Godwin lead the way and others like Rob Gronkowski, Ronald Jones, Leonard Fournette, and Antonio Brown have been efficient in helping out Brady.  The Bucs defense will face a tall task, stopping the mighty Chiefs’ offense, a task many teams have failed to accomplish.

The Kansas City Chiefs are hoping to win back-to-back Super Bowls, and it is very possible. Behind the arm of their superstar quarterback Patrick Mahomes, the Chiefs have cruised to a 16-2 record. The high-flying offense has been unstoppable and the defense has looked opportunistic. The Chiefs faced the Bucs in Week 12 of this season and pulled out a 27-24 victory and seem primed to do it again. Tyreek Hill, MeCole Hardman, and Travis Kelce have been key for Mahomes and with these weapons, the Chiefs could do some nuclear levels of damage on the subpar defensive backs they will be facing this Sunday. 

This should be a very exciting and high-scoring game that I, for one, cannot wait to watch!