What started out as 32 teams was reduced to 14, and now there are only two squads competing for a trophy in Super Bowl 55.
Even with some coronavirus outbreaks hitting NFL squads throughout the year, the league navigated some pretty rough waters and is preparing for what should be a dazzling finale that pits Tom Brady and the Buccaneers against the Chiefs and Patrick Mahomes.
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Stop us if you’ve heard this before: Brady is making a Super Bowl appearance, his 10th, in fact. But this time, the uniform will be different; is making his first appearance as a Tampa Bay quarterback. This is a rematch that has been brewing a few years ago, with Brady and the Pats defeating Mahomes and the upstart Chiefs in the AFC championship game during the 2018 season.
Mahomes’ coach Andy Reid and KC would bounce back very well. They broke through and won the Super Bowl last year, defeating the 49ers in a highly entertaining game. Now, the NFL’s young master passer has a chance to get sweet revenge in this year’s Super Bowl, win his second ring and prevent Brady from winning the seventh.
Here’s what you need to know about Super Bowl 55:
Who’s in the 2021 Super Bowl?
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Kansas City Chiefs
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are defending their own turf against the Kansas City Chiefs in the long-awaited playoff rematch between Tom Brady and Patrick Mahomes.
This is the first time the Buccaneers are in the Super Bowl since 2003 (the 2002 season), when the Bucs led by Jon Gruden beat the Oakland Raiders in Super Bowl 37. In perspective, Gruden was 39 when he won that Super. Bowl. like the boss of the Buccaneers. Brady will have a chance to win the 2021 game at age 43.
Of course, this is the second straight appearance for the much younger Mahomes and Chiefs, and Mahomes himself is making history as the youngest quarterback in NFL history to start two Super Bowls. Not bad.
When and where is Super Bowl 55?
- Date: Sunday February 7
- Start time: 6:30 pm ET (unofficial)
- Television network: CBS
- Location: Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida.
The Buccaneers are competing for a Lombardi Trophy for the first time since 2003, and they will be able to sleep in their own beds as they prepare: The Bucs are playing at their home stadium, Raymond James Stadium, in Tampa, Florida.
Given its warm climate, Florida is a popular state for Super Bowl matchups: Last year, Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens hosted Super Bowl 54.
Super Bowl 55 odds, line, spread
- Opening propagation: Kansas City Chiefs -3
- Money line: Kansas City Chiefs -180; Tampa Bay Buccaneers +160
- Below: 57.5
The Chiefs open as field goal favorites over the Buccaneers. Vegas also expects this game to be high scoring, with an over / under sitting slightly under 60 points. Depending on who is and who is not available to both parties, expect the numbers to move in the next two weeks.
How many times have the Buccaneers been to the Super Bowl?
The Buccaneers will make their second appearance in the big game. The last time they visited the Super Bowl, they won it on January 26, 2003.
The Bucs, led by quarterback Brad Johnson and the famous Tampa 2 defense, blew the Raiders’ doors 48-21. The franchise is making its first appearance with Tom Brady throwing passes.
How many times have the Chiefs been to the Super Bowl?
The Chiefs are making their fourth Super Bowl appearance and are 2-1 in previous games. They lost Super Bowl 1 to the Green Bay Packers 35-10, and then came back in Super Bowl 4 in 1970, winning all against the favorite Minnesota Vikings.
That would be their last Super Bowl appearance until 2020, when they defeated the 49ers 31-20 in Super Bowl 54.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.