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Last night, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers won Super Bowl 2021, beating the Kansas City Chiefs 31-9 at the Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. This was the Buccaneers’ second Super Bowl win, and they also made National Football League (NFL) history in several ways.
The game was dynamic, yet the Chiefs couldn’t quite complete some of their plays against the Buccaneers. If you want to relive last night’s excitement or didn’t get the chance to watch, here are some highlights.
The game itself
Poor performance from Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes
The Buccaneers’ defensive line put immense pressure on the Chiefs’ quarterback Patrick Mahomes and his receivers. Mahomes is known to be skillful and indeed made some good passes last night, but his receivers dropped the ball (figuratively and literally) multiple times. In one play, Mahomes threw the ball to wide receiver Byron Pringle, but it fell incomplete just outside of the end zone.
Mahomes also made another pass to running back Darrel Williams, but Buccaneers inside linebacker Devin White knocked the ball and Mahome’s pass again fell incomplete. Although Mahomes clearly tried his best, he and his offense fell short against the Buccaneers.
Bucs quarterback Tom Brady made history
The Buccaneers surpassed some people’s expectations and made NFL history with their win on Sunday night. They also became the first team to win a Super Bowl game in their home stadium. Additionally, Buccaneers’ Quarterback Tom Brady received his seventh Lombardi Trophy, which is two more trophies than any football player in NFL history.
Brady completed 21 of 29 passes for 201 yards and three touchdowns, with the help of tight end Rob Gronkowski and wide receiver Antonio Brown. Brady also scored a remarkable passer rating of 125.8 and won his fifth Super Bowl Most Valuable Player award.
“America the Beautiful”
H.E.R. opened the 2021 Super Bowl by performing “America the Beautiful.” The R&B artist’s most recent project is her single “Damage,” which was released in October 2020. H.E.R. was recently nominated for a Golden Globe for her song “Fight for You,” which appears in the recently released movie Judas and the Black Messiah. H.E.R also was featured on Jazmine Sullivan’s song “Girl Like Me” which was released on January 6.
The national anthem
Speaking of Jazmine Sullivan: Super Bowl 2021 included the game’s first-ever national anthem duet with Jazmine Sullivan and Eric Church. Sullivan’s most recent album, Heaux Tales, was released on January 8. Church will be releasing three country albums, Heart, &, Soul, in April.
The first-ever Super Bowl poem
Amanda Gorman, who performed her poetry at President Joe Biden’s inauguration, recited the first-ever Super Bowl poem. Gorman’s poem was highly praised, just like her inauguration speech.
The halftime show
The Weeknd was this year’s Super Bowl halftime show performer. He performed his biggest hits such as “Starboy,” “Can’t Feel My Face,” and newer songs from his 2020 album After Hours. His performance was a hit, and his fashion choices and the camera work during his performances quickly became a meme.
What was your favorite Super Bowl moment? Sound off in the comments!