What began as 32 groups was whittled right down to 14, and now there are simply two squads vying for one trophy in Tremendous Bowl 55.
Even with a couple of coronavirus breakouts reaching NFL squads all year long, the league navigated fairly robust waters and is gearing up for what needs to be a stunning finale pitting well-aged Tom Brady and the Buccaneers vs. the Chiefs and Patrick Mahomes.
Cease us when you’ve heard this earlier than: Brady is making a Tremendous Bowl look — his tenth, the truth is. However this time, the uniform can be completely different; he is making his first look as Tampa Bay QB. It is a rematch a couple of years within the making, with Brady and the Pats knocking off Mahomes and the upstart Chiefs within the AFC championship sport in the course of the 2018 season.
Mahomes coach Andy Reid and KC would rebound properly. They broke via and received the Tremendous Bowl final yr, defeating the 49ers in a really entertaining sport. Now, the younger NFL master-passer has an opportunity to precise candy revenge on this yr’s Tremendous Bowl, earn his second ring and forestall Brady from successful his seventh.
Here is what it’s essential to find out about Tremendous Bowl 55:
Who’s within the Tremendous Bowl 2021?
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Kansas Metropolis Chiefs
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are defending their house turf towards the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs within the much-awaited playoff rematch between Tom Brady and Patrick Mahomes.
This marks the primary time the Buccaneers are within the Tremendous Bowl since 2003 (the 2002 season), when the Jon Gruden-led Bucs beat the Oakland Raiders in Tremendous Bowl 37. For perspective, Gruden was 39 years younger when he received that Tremendous Bowl because the Buccaneers’ head man. Brady may have an opportunity to win the 2021 sport at 43.
After all, that is the second consecutive look for the a lot youthful Mahomes and the Chiefs, and Mahomes himself is making historical past because the youngest quarterback in NFL historical past to start out two Tremendous Bowls. Not unhealthy.
When & the place is Tremendous Bowl 55?
- Date: Sunday, Feb. 7
- Kickoff time: 6:30 p.m. ET (unofficial)
- TV community: CBS
- Location: Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Fla.
The Buccaneers are vying for a Lombardi Trophy for the primary time since 2003, and so they’ll have the ability to sleep in their very own beds as they put together: The Bucs are enjoying of their house stadium, Raymond James Stadium, in Tampa, Fla.
Given its heat local weather, Florida is a well-liked state for Tremendous Bowl showdowns: Final yr, Exhausting Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens hosted Tremendous Bowl 54.
Tremendous Bowl 55 odds, line, unfold
- Opening unfold: Kansas Metropolis Chiefs -3
- Moneyline: Kansas Metropolis Chiefs -180; Tampa Bay Buccaneers +160
- Over/beneath: 57.5
The Chiefs open as field-goal favorites over the Buccaneers. Vegas additionally expects this sport to be high-scoring, with an over/beneath sitting barely under 60 factors. Relying on who’s and is not out there for either side, count on the numbers to maneuver over the approaching two weeks.
What number of instances have the Buccaneers been to the Tremendous Bowl?
The Buccaneers can be making simply their second look within the massive sport. The final time they visited the Tremendous Bowl, they received it on Jan. 26, 2003.
The Bucs, led by quarterback Brad Johnson and the famed Tampa 2 protection, blew the doorways off the Raiders 48-21. The franchise is making its first look with Tom Brady throwing passes.
What number of instances have the Chiefs been to the Tremendous Bowl?
The Chiefs are making their fourth Tremendous Bowl look and have a 2-1 file in prior video games. They misplaced Tremendous Bowl 1 to the Inexperienced Bay Packers 35-10, after which returned in Tremendous Bowl 4 in 1970, successful all of it towards the favored Minnesota Vikings.
That may be their final Tremendous Bowl look till 2020, once they defeated the 49ers 31-20 in Tremendous Bowl 54.