By Earl Heath, Contributing Sports Writer
The more things change the more they stay the same. Patrick Mahomes is the up and coming quarterback who has wooed the NFL. He and his Kansas City teammates claimed last year’s Super Bowl title in his second full year as a starter.
This year they took on a 43-year old Tom Brady who played in his tenth Super Bowl game and Tampa Bay a team they beat during the regular season 27-24.
Sunday however was the time to play for all the marbles as the ageless one appeared in control from early on as they rolled to a 31-9 win. That makes Brady the oldest quarterback to win a Super Bowl.
He completed 21 of 29 passes for 209 yards and three scores.
The win gave Brady his seventh SB win, more than any player and any team in league history.
After a Chiefs first quarter field goal the ageless one drove his team 75 yards in eight plays connecting with Rob Gronkowski for an eight-yard touchdown.
In the second quarter it was Brady again leading a short 38-yard drive hitting Gronk on a 17-yard TD pass.
It was the fifth Super Bowl TD catch the 31-year-old Gronk and the 14th post-season touchdown for the pair, an NFL record.
“You never know who’s going to get the ball who’s going to make plays in the game,” said Gronk. “We have so much talent on this team.”
Gronk finished the day with 6 catches for 67 yards. He had 45 catches for 623 yards and 7 touchdowns during the season.
It was Lenard Fournette (89 yards) and Ronald Jones II of USC (61 yards) who led the ground attack and help control time of possession 31:23 to 28:37.
A Bucs drive was extended during a field goal attempt as the Chiefs were called for off-side on 4th and 5.
It was a theme during the day as six Kansas City penalties resulted in a Bucs first downs. A pass interference call against the Chiefs was part of a 5 play 75-yard drive.
Jaydon Mickens of Dorsey High returned the kick-offs for 75 yards giving him a 25-yard average per return.
Brady hit Antonio Brown on a one-yard pass that gave the home team a 21-6 lead at half.
“It’s great to see big time players make big time plays,” said Brady. “I just love the way they’ve added (Gronk and Brown) to the team.”
It was a well executed game plan put together by Bucs defensive coordinator Todd Bowles. They put so much pressure on Mahomes he never got in a rhythm. He was pressured a record 29 times. He surpassed Buffalos Jim Kelly’s 25 in Super Bowl XXVI.
He was chased so much according to NextGen Stats he was calculated as running for 497 yards ‘behind’ the line of scrimmage.
Last year’s Super Bowl MVP completed just 26 of 49 passes for 270 yards with two interceptions, giving him a 52.3- passer rating. It was the first time he has suffered a double- digit loss as pro.
Devin White led the defense with 12 tackles 8 solo and he had an interception at the goal line. He appeared to be the only player to slow down the Chiefs Greg Kelce.
“I think he (Bowles) got tired of hearing hoe unstoppable they were,” said Bucs head coach Bruce Arians. “I thought he came up with a fantastic plan, just keep them in front of us and tackle.”
Before this season the Bucs had the worst won-lost record of the four Major League sports team. But this post season they became the first NFL team to score 30 points in all four post season games.At the age of 68 Arians became the oldest coach to win a Super Bowl.
“It feels amazing, it’s tremendous,” Gronk told WEEI radio. “It’s just an unbelievable story. The first team to go to a Super Bowl in its hometown. It’s so surreal.”