The GOAT Gets Another Ring

On February 7th, Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers blew out the Kansas City Chiefs 31-9 to get their second Super Bowl in team history. More importantly, Tom Brady got his seventh Super Bowl Ring, which is more than a lot of entire NFL teams. Brady has also achieved ten Super Bowl appearances, which is second highest in NFL history. He also has more Super Bowl appearances than 31 of the 32 NFL teams. First is the team he used to play for, the New England Patriots, with 11 appearances. Brady had 10 of those for him. A single man has more appearances than basically all teams in their history. Brady has only been playing a little more than 20 years. Some teams have been here for 100 years.

Brady finished with 209 passing yards on 21/29 passing with 3 touchdowns. Rob Gronkowski was Brady’s leading receiver with 6 catches for 67 yards and 2 touchdowns. Leonard Fournette led all rushers with 16 carries for 89 yards and a touchdown.

Tom Brady is 43 years old and is still performing practically flawlessly in the biggest game on the biggest stage. A lot of people thought that he wouldn’t come close to where he is now. He was on a new team, new coach, new plays; he had a lot to get used to, yet showed no signs of imperfection. The only thing he is showing is that he can contend.

“We’re coming back,” said Brady, “Everyone knows that.”

That should scare the rest of the league. Everyone knows what Brady can do. He has done it for 22 years and isn’t showing any signs of stopping. Going into the game, the Buccaneers had a lot going against them. They had perhaps the greatest of the new generation in Patrick Mahomes, the fastest player in the NFL in Tyreek Hill, one of the greatest tight ends of all time in Travis Kelce, one of the best defenses in the league, and even had the spread going against them at -3. However, Tom Brady made it look like any other day in the office. 

Mahomes finished with 270 yards on 26/49 passing with 2 interceptions. Mahomes was pressured all game by the Buccaneers defensive line – he didn’t have a chance to breathe. Defensive coordinator Todd Bowles abandoned the blitz basically all game and set a Super Bowl record in pressures with 29 on Mahomes.

Kansas City’s leading receiver was Travis Kelce with 10 catches on 133 yards. The rookie out of LSU, Clyde Edwards-Helaire, led all Chiefs rushers with 9 carries and 64 yards. 

This won’t be the last time we hear these two teams make an impact on the NFL, it could be far from over. The GOAT might get another ring on his finger.