Buccaneers and Chiefs moving on to Super Bowl LV


Graphic by Brennan Arcement

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the defending Super Bowl Champions, the Kansas City Chiefs, have secured their spots in Super Bowl LV after winning their National Football Conference and American Football Conference Championship games on Sunday. 

The Buccaneers won their game against the Green Bay Packers 31-26. The Buccaneers held their lead throughout the game, though it was contested by the Packers at different points throughout. 

The Buccaneers scored a touchdown in their opening drive, which went unanswered by the Packers until the end of the first quarter. The first quarter ended with a score tied at seven. 

The second quarter began with another touchdown by the Buccaneers, then a field goal by the Packers, making the score 14-10. 

In the Buccaneers’ next drive, they ended with punting the ball to the Packers for their last drive of the half. The drive ended with a pass from Aaron Rodgers meant for Allen Lazard being intercepted by the Buccaneers’ Sean Murphy-Bunting. 

With less than 30 seconds left to the half, Tom Brady and the Buccaneers’ offense worked their way to the endzone for a touchdown, putting them up 21-10 at halftime. 

The Packers began their opening drive of the second half with a fumble, which was recovered by the Buccaneers’ Devin White, who was able to get the ball to the Packers 8-yard line. 

The Buccaneers’ offense, now looking to expand their lead, only had to go eight yards to get another touchdown, bringing the score to 28-10. 

The Packers looked to close that gap by scoring a touchdown in the following drive. The touchdown was followed by the Packers’ Adrian Amos intercepting Brady’s pass meant for Mike Evans. Following that play, the Packers were able to score a touchdown closing the score gap further to 28-23.

The Packers’ Jaire Alexander was able to intercept Brady’s pass to Evans; however, nothing resulted from it, since in the drive following the Packers were unable to score and punted the ball. The same type of scenario happened again when Alexander intercepted another pass from Brady to Evans in the next drive, then ended with the Packers punting again. 

Both teams made field goals and brought the score to 31-26. In the Buccaneers’ final possession of the game, they went to convert a 3rd down, which if it had gone differently could have brought the game in favor of the Packers. 

It was 3rd and 4 at Tampa Bay’s 37-yard line and Brady was attempting to pass the ball to Tyler Johnson, but a defensive pass interference penalty was called on Packers’ Kevin King, which helped to seal the Buccaneers’ win. 

The Chiefs won their game against the Buffalo Bills 38-24 to secure their spot in the Super Bowl. 

The Bills started off with the lead after a field goal and a touchdown, but that lead did not last long. In the Chiefs’ drive following the touchdown, they answered with one of their own bringing the score to 9-7. 

The Bills had to punt the ball at the end of their drive. With the Chiefs back in possession of the ball, they were able to claim the lead with a touchdown and maintain it for the remainder of the game. 

The Chiefs were able to score another touchdown, and the Bills got a field goal, making the halftime score 21-12. 

The Chiefs opened the second half with a field goal, which was followed in the next drive by a Bills’ field goal. The Chiefs extended their lead with a touchdown by Travis Kelce. 

In the following drive, a pass from Josh Allen to Cole Beasley was intercepted by the Chiefs’ Tyrann Mathieu. The interception led to another Kansas City touchdown bringing the score to 38-15. 

The Bills were able to score a touchdown and field goal, but it was not enough to catch up to the Chiefs. 

The Chiefs and Buccaneers will compete in Super Bowl LV on Feb. 7 at 5:30 p.m. on CBS. This will also be the first time in Super Bowl history that one of the teams will be playing in their home stadium. The Super Bowl will be played in Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida.