nationalBrady, Buccaneers to host Mahomes-led Chiefs as first-ever team to compete for Super Bowl in home stadium
Brady, Buccaneers to host Mahomes-led Chiefs as first-ever team to compete for Super Bowl in home stadium

Brady, Buccaneers to host Mahomes-led Chiefs as first-ever team to compete for Super Bowl in home stadium

The Super Bowl LV matchup is set as the NFC Champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers will be the first team in NFL history to compete in a Super Bowl in its home stadium in the franchise’s first Super Bowl appearance since 2003. Future Hall of Fame quarterback Tom Brady, 43, will be the oldest player to compete in a Super Bowl and will do so against the AFC Champion and defending world champion Kansas City Chiefs at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 7, at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa Bay, Florida.

For the Buccaneers, the road to Super Bowl LV ran through Lambeau Field, the freezing-cold home of the Green Bay Packers and likely league MVP quarterback Aaron Rodgers. Tampa Bay, who played and won each of its three conference postseason games on the road, got off to an early start and never trailed against the Packers. The Bucs overcame three interceptions in consecutive second-half possessions from Brady and held off a late charge from Green Bay to secure the 31-26 victory.

Before their bout against Green Bay, the Buccaneers knocked off the Washington Football Team 31-23 over Wild Card Weekend and followed that up with a 30-20 triumph in the Divisional Round against Drew Brees the New Orleans Saints in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

In the AFC, the path to Super Bowl LV started and ended at Arrowhead Stadium, home of the Chiefs. The AFC’s top seed started its postseason at home against the Cleveland Browns in the Divisional Round. Mahomes and the Chiefs took a commanding 19-3 lead into the third quarter but needed to fend off the Browns after Mahomes exited the game with 7:44 left in the third quarter after taking a hard hit near midfield.

Kansas City held on to win 22-17 thanks to late heroics from backup quarterback Chad Henne, but Mahomes was placed in the concussion protocol, which cast doubt on his availability for the AFC Championship game. Ultimately, the 25-year-old superstar signal-caller cleared the league’s protocols and led his team to a 38-24 win at home over the Josh Allen-led Buffalo Bills.

So far this postseason, Brady has connected on 60-of-109 pass attempts (55-percent completion rate) for 860 yards to go with 7 passing touchdowns against 3 interceptions — all against the Packers. Brady also became the oldest player to ever score on a rushing touchdown in the postseason on a late, 1-yard sneak at the Saints.

Meanwhile, Mahomes has completed 50-of-68 pass attempts for a 73.5-percent completion rate to go with 580 yards and 4 touchdown passes against zero interceptions. In his most recent outing against the Bills, Mahomes posted a 95.8 QBR.

The teams previously matched up in Raymond James Stadium during Week 12 of the regular season. In that game, the Chiefs outlasted the Buccaneers in a 27-24 win. In that game, Mahomes finished 37-of-49 with 462 passing yards and 3 touchdowns while Brady went 27-of-41 with 345 yards, 3 touchdowns, and 2 interceptions.

The Chiefs are -3 favorites according to Caesars Sportsbook by William Hill, which marks Brady’s second time as a Super Bowl underdog in his 10th trip to the NFL’s biggest stage. This year’s Super Bowl will be broadcast live on CBS and The Weeknd will perform at the half. Both teams must stay at their home facilities until two days before the Super Bowl and there will be no media days due to the COVID-19 virus. For more sports coverage, click here.

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