Does anyone really believe Tampa Bay can win this game?
Since a 32-25 loss to Tennessee in November 2019, Kansas City has lost two games. One loss was to the Raiders, and the other was in week 17 of the 2020 season when Patrick Mahomes sat out because the Chiefs earned a playoff first-round bye.
The Chiefs were able to hold off the best Browns team in 25 years with a backup quarterback for most of the second half after Mahomes exited the Divisional Round game with a concussion after 20 days in a row not playing a snap. Against the Bills, seven days after his concussion and lingering foot injury, Mahomes led Kansas City after trailing 9-0 on a 38-6 run against the hottest team in the NFL. The Bills were one DeAndre Hopkins “Hail Mary” away from coming into Sunday’s game on a 12-game winning streak, and were the only hope left at bringing down the defending super bowl champions.
Led by the top quarterback in the game, and two of the top five receiving threats in Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce, the Chiefs have been unstoppable for three consecutive years. The Buccaneers are led by a volatile, young secondary who have more than their fair share of work cut out for them in preparing for the big game. Kelce set an all-time receiving record in 2020 for a tight end with over 1,400 yards, further solidifying his case for the Hall of Fame down the road.
On Nov. 29, 2020, Tampa Bay and Kansas City met in Tampa in a game where Tyreek Hill totaled over 200 receiving yards in the first quarter after 75-yard and 44-yard touchdowns, respectively. Kansas City began the game leading 17-0 and went on to win 27-24. Mahomes had 462 passing yards, three touchdowns and 37 completions while dominating the time of possession at nearly 37 minutes.
On Feb. 7, the Chiefs will be crowned back-to-back Super Bowl Champions, the first to do so since the Patriots won Super Bowl’s 38 and 39 led by none other than Tom Brady. The Chiefs would be the ninth franchise to repeat as Super Bowl Champions putting them in elite company.