When the Tampa Bay Buccaneers hosted the Kansas City Chiefs in week 12 of the regular season, the Buccaneers lost 27-24. Being on a new team with a distant and informal offseason, Tom Brady and his new receiving targets did not have the proper amount of time to grow chemistry. The Buccaneers showed flashes of what they could be, but it was still fairly inconsistent even through the season’s 12th week. Brady finished his day completing 27-of-41 passing attempts for 345 yards, three touchdowns, and two interceptions. That week 12 loss set the Buccaneers back to 7-5 with their playoff hopes uncertain.
Playing the last game of an NFL season is nothing new to Brady, as he entered his 10th Super Bowl. The one difference for Brady, he led the Buccaneers into the NFL’s biggest game, having left the New England Patriots following 20 seasons with the franchise.
As the Buccaneers saw the clock expire in the fourth quarter of Super Bowl LV, the ultimate destination had been reached; the Buccaneers were Super Bowl champions beating the Chiefs 31-9. As Brady walked up to the podium to hoist the coveted Lombardi Trophy, he was announced as the Super Bowl MVP. Brady led the NFL in all-time Super Bowl MVP awards with four coming into tonight’s game and left Super Bowl LV with his fifth award. Joe Montana previously held the record with three until Super Bowl LI in 2017, when Brady broke that tie.
With all of the success that Brady has seen over the years, one feat he had yet to accomplish was scoring a touchdown in the first quarter of a Super Bowl. With 37 seconds remaining, Brady connected with Rob Gronkowski on the eight-yard pass for a touchdown. Brady finished his 10th Super Bowl passing for 21-29, 201 yards, and three TDs. Five Super Bowl MVPs in 10 Super Bowls, with seven total wins, has to secure him as the greatest quarterback in the history of the NFL.