CAN MAHOMES REWRITE HISTORY?
Tonight, Patrick Mahomes will aim to become just the second starting quarterback in NFL history to win two Super Bowls in his first four seasons.
Standing in his way? The man that did it first.
Since Brady won his second ring, only two other quarterbacks have won a Super Bowl as a starting quarterback and had the opportunity to win another during their first four years in the NFL: Kurt Warner of the St. Louis Rams and Seattle Seahawks’ Russell Wilson.
On both occasions, their dreams were shattered by Brady and the all-conquering Patriots.
WILL TYREEK HILL BE THE DIFFERENCE?
Since that defeat to the Chiefs, Tom Brady and the Buccaneers have won seven straight games – including the 31-26 win in Green Bay two weeks ago – to advance to the Super Bowl.
After 20 years in New England, Brady wasted no time in bringing success to Tampa and the Buccaneers will become the first team in NFL history to play a Super Bowl in their own stadium.
When Brady steps out onto the field at Raymond James Stadium tonight, Brady will have played in 18% of all Super Bowls.
A NEW HOPE
TOM BRADY VS PATRICK MAHOMES
Tom Brady is the only quarterback to beat Patrick Mahomes in the playoffs, as the New England Patriots won the 2018 AFC Championship by defeating the Chiefs.
The duo have met four times overall and split them two and two, with Mahomes triumphing in Tampa in Week 12 of this regular season.
That contest finished 27-24 as Kansas City dominated from the start before the Buccaneers came back.
Who will come out on top tonight?
HERE WE GO
This is it.
Travis Kelce vs Rob Gronkowski, Tyreek Hill vs Mike Evans, Andy Reid vs Bruce Arians, and a clash of two defences filled will playmakers.
Oh and Patrick Mahomes taking on the GOAT, Tom Brady.
Super Bowl LV is finally here.
Good evening and welcome to The Independent‘s live coverage of Super Bowl 55 where the Tampa Bay Buccaneers face the Kansas City Chiefs in Tampa Bay, Florida.
Quarterback Tom Brady is aiming for a record-extending seventh win in American football’s biggest game but a first with Tampa after swapping New England for Florida in the offseason. An underdog run through the NFC play-offs has seen the Bucs go on the road to defeat the Washington Football Team and the New Orleans Saints before beating the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Championship game a fortnight ago. They now return home for a historic first – no team has ever played a Super Bowl in their home stadium as Tampa do tonight.
They face Kansas City after the reigning champions bested all before them on their way to the number one seed in the AFC. They now return for a shot at defending the crown they won for a first time in 50 years a year ago. Patrick Mahomes has again been the star turn for KC, showcasing why he is widely regarded as the best QB in the game. If he succeeds tonight he’ll become the first to retain the Vince Lombardi trophy since Brady did so back in 2005 with the Patriots.
It’s not all about the quarterbacks either, with the likes of Travis Kelce, Tyreek Hill, Mike Evans and Chris Godwin all starring in a season like no other. Don’t discount the two defences too, with both teams possessing difference makers on both sides of the ball.
Follow all the action from Raymond James Stadium, including the world famous half-time show, throughout the night here.