The 2019-20 NFL season will end with Tom Brady hosting Patrick Mahomes in Super Bowl LV. You couldn’t have scripted it any better.
Brady Beats Rodgers
Aaron Rodgers is the $1.03 favourite to win the 2020-21 Regular Season MVP, but Tom Brady is the quarterback advancing through to Super Bowl LV. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers flew out of the blocks to take a 21-10 lead into halftime and eventually beat the Green Bay Packers 28-23.
While Brady ended up on top following an excellent first half, it was a different story in the second:
This is the 2nd time Tom Brady has ever thrown an interception on 3 straight drives in a single game (reg or post).
The other was October 28, 2001, when he threw an INT on each of New England's final 4 drives in a 31-20 loss in Denver.
— Stats By STATS (@StatsBySTATS) January 24, 2021
Brady had attempted 392 passes since throwing his last interception on the road. Three picks in three successive drives gave the Packers their best chance at a comeback, however, they managed just six points on the back of Brady’s blunders. To make matters worse, a questionable decision to take a field goal while down eight late in the game cost the Packers any chance at having the final say.
4th and goal at the 8. Trailing by 8 with 2:12 to play. If you kick a FG you still have to stop Tampa and score a TD. You take away the two point necessity but you still have to stop them and score a TD. I don’t see the downside to going for it on 4th down??
— Tony Dungy (@TonyDungy) January 24, 2021
Matt LaFleur took the ball from the hands of the NFL MVP eight yards from the line and handed it to the greatest quarter back ever. The GOAT took care of the rest. Brady, in his first season as a Buccaneer, will play in his 10th Super Bowl at home in Tampa Bay, Florida.
Chiefs Join Bucs
It was fun while it lasted, but the Buffalo Bills’ Super Bowl fairytale has finished up a chapter short. The Kansas City Chiefs haven’t been at their best. Their 7-9 record against the spread highlights how close a lot of their games were throughout the NFL regular season. But under the bright lights and when it matters most, Andy Reid and Patrick Mahomes made sure to get the job done in emphatic fashion.
An early 9-0 lead gave life to the idea of an upset. It didn’t last long, though.
21 unanswered Chiefs points blew the score out to 21-9 shortly before halftime. Yet another dodgy decision to kick a field goal raised more questions about NFL coaches understanding and using analytics as the Bills opted to turn a 12-point deficit into nine points. You’re not beating the Chiefs by going up in three’s. And that, quite frankly, was that.
The Bills needed to be aggressive, take risks, force the Chiefs into making rash decisions.
It didn’t happen.
Kansas City went about their business to secure the 38-24 win and will now prepare to play Brady and the Buccaneers in Tampa Bay.
NFL Super Bowl LV Odds
Buccaneers v Chiefs.
Tom Brady v Patrick Mahomes.
Brady vs Mahomes.
🔥 First Super Bowl ever between the last 2 QB champions.
🔥 Brady could be the first starting QB to win a Super Bowl in both conferences.
🔥 Mahomes could be the first back-to-back champ since Brady.
Can’t get any better than this. pic.twitter.com/N78jxD6YIG
— StatMuse (@statmuse) January 25, 2021
Could you script this any better?
Perhaps another Brady ring is in your script? The Buccaneers have opened as $2.42 and +3 underdogs for Super Bowl LV.
That’s good news for the Chiefs faithful.
Favourites have covered at 53.8% in the Super Bowl while going 36-18 straight up. The Chiefs themselves beat the San Franciso 49ers as -2 favourites this time last year.