Junior Reporter: Super Bowl LV

February 5, 2021

Junior Reporter Neel N. is back to share his thoughts on this year’s Super Bowl. Check out what he has to say about the game and who he predicts will win!

By Neel N.

New—pandemic plagued—season, yet a surprisingly predictable outcome. Super Bowl LV will have it all—the GOAT vs arguably the most talented quarterback in the game, the first team ever to play a Super Bowl in their hometown, the chance for the first back-to-back champs since 2003, and a man on a mission to have more Super Bowl wins than any NFL team. No matter what happens, February 7th, 2021 will be a night to remember.

Patrick Mahomes
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The Kansas City Chiefs have been nearly impossible to beat, losing just one game since November 2019 with star quarterback Patrick Mahomes in the lineup. The Chiefs had no trouble making it this far, beating most of their opponents easily and locking up the No. 1 seed in the American Football Conference (AFC) with a week to spare. Patrick Mahomes completely turned the franchise around, leading them to their first Super Bowl victory in fifty years, and winning Most Valuable Player (MVP) in the process. Mahomes has been able to put up record numbers in his three years as starter, largely due to his star receivers, Travis Kelce and Tyreek Hill. The team’s defense, however, has been another story. It hasn’t been a great season and to win this, players must keep their offense rolling and put pressure on Brady. Last time they applied pressure, he threw two picks. All in all, they’re a scary team to face and take their rightful place as the Super Bowl favorite.

Tom Brady
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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers took a much more difficult route here. The team wrote headlines in the off season, when the GOAT, Tom Brady, decided to leave New England (where he won six Super Bowls) and start afresh. It’s been an up-and-down season, but the Buccaneers have now won seven straight games, including big wins against the Packers and Saints, who were the National Football Conference (NFC)’s top two teams. They’ll be the first team to play a Super Bowl at home, and hope to be the first to win at home too. The Buccaneers’ offense has been inconsistent, but if they’re at their best, they’ll be hard to stop. Their defense has been on fire, sacking Green Bay five times. To win the game, the Buccaneers should limit turnovers, establish a run game, and prevent the big gains. These are the reasons they lost in week twelve. If the Bucs keep playing well, they’ll be a tough team to beat.

There’s plenty of history to be made at the Super Bowl this year. The Kansas City Chiefs are aiming to become the first team to win back-to-back Super Bowls since Tom Brady’s Patriots did it back in 2004. Meanwhile, Brady is hoping to have more rings than every NFL team. He’ll also become the oldest player ever to play in a Super Bowl. Finally, Sarah Taylor will be the first woman to referee a Super Bowl game. There’s a lot to play for in Super Bowl LV.

No matter who wins the big game, it’ll certainly be a night you won’t forget, for many reasons. Despite the fact that the Chiefs have been nearly unbeatable, I think the Buccaneers have the talent and determination to overcome them. I’m predicting they win in an upset, 35-31, taking Super Bowl LV.