Super Bowl LV Preview

In-depth look at this years Super Bowl

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Anthony Rubek, Sports Editor

After months of nonstop action, we have finally reached the climax of the season: Super Bowl LV. After starting the playoffs with 14 teams, it is down to just two teams battling it out to hoist the Lombardi trophy. While I may have been a dismal 0-2 last week, I, just like my pick, plan to end the season with a bang.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (11-5) vs. Kansas City Chiefs (14-2) (Sunday, CBS, 5:30 PM CT)

Super Bowl LV is a matchup between the fifth seeded Buccaneers and the first seeded Chiefs. Tampa Bay narrowly escaped the Packers, beating them 31-26 in the NFC Championship game. The Bucs were up 28-10 early in the third quarter but struggled for the rest of the game. Tom Brady had an unsteady game, throwing for three touchdowns and three interceptions. The Bucs defense stepped up big time, holding the Packers to just six points after the Brady picks. Linebacker Devin White was all over the field, registering 15 tackles, six more than any other player in the game. Cornerback Sean Murphy-Bunting extended his streak of three straight games with an interception as well. Kansas City took care of business against the Bills, winning 38-24. Patrick Mahomes had a great game, thanks in part to Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce, who combined for 290 of Mahomes 325 yards. While receiver Mecole Hardman had a muffed punt in the first quarter which resulted in a Bills touchdown, he later made up for it by catching a touchdown. There are a lot of intriguing matchups in this game with one being how Kelce fares against Bucs linebackers like White and Lavonte David. Kelce has feasted in these playoff games, dominating the short passing game. In just his second year, White has proven himself as one of the best linebackers in the game while David has been a borderline All-Pro the last seven years. Buccaneers corner Carlton Davis must have a better game guarding Hill than the first game between the two teams or the Kelce-Bucs matchup won’t even matter. Davis has been great against receivers this year except for Hill who had a whopping 13 catches for 269 yards and three touchdowns. As for Tampas offense, I think their running game will have a great game. The Chiefs defense has allowed over 100 rushing yards in every game this playoffs and the Bucs have guys like Leonard Fournette, who has really upped his game in the postseason and Ronald Jones, who after suffering multiple minor injuries, has gotten a free week of rest. With the Super Bowl being played in Tampa, the Buccaneers will be the first team ever to play a Super Bowl in their home stadium. However, due to COVID, there will only be about 22,000 people allowed in the stadium which holds capacity of about 66,000 people. The two teams met earlier in the season in week 12 where after the Chiefs jumped out to a 17-0 lead, the Bucs almost pulled the comeback off but ended up falling short 27-24. I see this game being as close as the one before with Mahomes outplaying one the greatest to ever do it.

My Pick: Chiefs 41 Buccaneers 35

The season finale of the 101st NFL season is going to be a great one.