Super Bowl LV Preview

Patrick Mahomes vs Tom Brady

Jordan Ziegler, Writer

Super Bowl LV will be played Sunday February 7th at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa Bay Florida. The 55th edition of the Super Bowl will feature the NFC champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who will be taking on the AFC champion Kansas City chiefs. 


The Buccaneers are appearing in only their second ever Super Bowl, however the only previous one they played in they did win. The Bucs are led by veteran quarterback Tom Brady, who is appearing in his 10th Super Bowl and has won 6. Brady signed with the Bucs this offseason after spending 20 seasons with the New England Patriots. There were many speculations that Brady was too old to compete and that this was a bad signing, but those speculations were obviously wrong. The Buccaneers finished the season with an 11-5 record, just sneaking in as a wild card team. Then they proceeded to win 3 road playoff games, 2 of which came against Drew Brees and Aaron Rodgers, who are sure fire Hall of Famers. The Bucs’ surprising run through the playoffs was not just led by Brady however, as Tampa Bay features one of the best receiving corps in the league. Mike Evans and Chris Godwin are the big name stars that rack up the most touchdowns for this Bucs team and offseason signing Antonio Brown has also helped propel the Buccaneers to the Super Bowl. Running back Leonard Fornette, who is also new to the team this year, found his form late in the season just like the Bucs defense that helped get Tampa Bay into the big game.


The Kansas City Chiefs, however, are in a very different situation. The Chiefs won the Super Bowl last year over the 49ers and are looking to defend their title again this year in Tampa. Kansas City is led by superstar quarterback Patrick Mahomes, who is playing in his second Super Bowl in only his third season as a starter. Mahomes suffered an injury in the divisional round of the playoffs that almost resulted in an early exit for the 14-2 Chiefs. Questions and doubts surrounded Mahomes’s health going into the AFC championship, but those were quickly answered as the Chiefs smacked the Bills all game long. Their offense is stacked with talent, receivers like Tyreek Hill and Mecole Hardman are some of the fastest players to ever step on the field. The Chiefs also sport running backs Le’veon Bell, Clyde Edwards-Helaire, and Damien Williams. The combination of this three-headed monster makes the Kansas City backfield one of the best in the league. If this wasn’t enough talent, they also have one of the best tight ends in the league in Travis Kelce. Kelce has still yet to be stopped by any team this year and he probably is not planning on slowing down in the Super Bowl. The Chiefs’ defense is one of the best in the league as well, making this team one of the most talented to ever step on a football field. 


Super Bowl LV is shaping up to be one of the all time greats, and the Buccaneers are already making history as the first team to ever play a Super Bowl in their home stadium. The quarterback matchup between Brady and Mahomes should be a treat for the limited attendance of 22,000 fans to watch. The Weekend and poet Amanda Gorman will perform at halftime. In a season that has been so chaotic and unpredictable, one thing everyone can count on is that this year’s edition of the big game will be fun to watch.