Very little went right for the Kansas City Chiefs in this game. If you told anyone before the games that the Chiefs wouldn’t even score a touchdown, well, they probably would have scoffed in your face. They went down swinging and didn’t give up on each other, but in the end, it wasn’t enough to pull out a victory.
Credit to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, they had a great gameplan on both sides of the ball and executed it to perfection. In the end, they were able to claim a 31-9 victory over Kansas City.
Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Chiefs Wire Game Ball: QB Patrick Mahomes
Cheap Harrison Butker Jersey Rookie of the Game: RB Cheap Clyde Edwards-Helaire Jersey
Cheap Casey Wiegmann Jersey Veteran of the Game: LB Cheap Damien Wilson Jersey
Cheap Otis Taylor Jersey Play of the Game: LB Damien Wilson’s second-quarter fourth-and-goal stop.
Wesley Roesch Stat of the Game: 11 penalties for 120 yards.
Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images
The start to this game felt pretty even-keeled. Both defenses managed to shut out the opposing offenses the first time around. It looked like it was going to be a fairly tight game, but things quickly spiraled out of control for Kansas City.
The run defense really only looked good at one point during this game and that was the fourth-down goal-line stand. There were numerous runs of double-digit yardage moving the sticks for the Buccaneers. That made things way-too-easy for Tom Brady because the defense really had to key in on the run game. It opened up the play-action passing game and had the Chiefs defense playing on their heels for the majority of the game.
Brady knows how to find a defensive weakness and exploit it better than any quarterback in the game right now. He did that with the Chiefs, moving the sticks three times throwing the ball to Leonard Fournette matched up with Cheap Ben Niemann Jersey in coverage. It has long been the biggest weakness for Kansas City, but few teams have exploited it this season. Brady did.
The offensive line was overmatched basically the entire game. Cheap Patrick Mahomes Jersey made them look better than they were at times, working his way out of pressure on a number of occasions. In the final stat-sheet, they only surrendered 3 sacks, but it probably should have been ten. Really, Shaq Barrett was just defeating the blocks from Cheap Andrew Wylie Jersey and Cheap Mike Remmers Jersey far too quickly. It didn’t allow for Mahomes to scan the field and for the deep and intermediate routes to develop. He was basically on the run immediately after the ball was snapped on every play.
Penalties were a massive problem defensively and as soon as the officials started calling them, the team started playing very tentatively. By the time they seemed to get their mojo back, the Bucs could simply lean on the run game.
The coaching could have been much better in this game for the Chiefs. On defense, they had no answer for Rob Gronkowski and the running back group. On offense, they struggled to get any sort of rhythm going because of the offensive line play. There weren’t many adjustments made and they probably could have gone to a no-huddle offense much sooner.
Mahomes deserves just so much credit for his performance. Box-score watchers will play it off as if he didn’t have a good game, but he was truly remarkable. He did so much to try and will this team to victory, there was just too much adversity to overcome. He was throwing prayers up while being tackled to the ground and nearly making them happen.
How the Chiefs manage to bounce back from this Super Bowl loss in 2021 will tell us a lot about their future. They can rise to the occasion and use this loss to motivate the team to future success or they can continue to spiral. They get to choose how they respond to it.
Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports
The 2021 NFL offseason is here for the Chiefs. That means it’s general manager Brett Veach’s time to shine. He’ll begin to enact his plans ahead of free agency and the 2021 NFL draft in order to construct the best possible team for next season. After watching Super Bowl LV, I’d suggest he start on the offensive and defensive line.