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NFL Super Bowl: Tom Brady leads Tampa to victory over Chiefs

The 43-year-old, who picked up a record seventh championship ring, was named as the Super Bowl's most valuable player after a game in which he threw three touchdown passes.

 Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) holds the Vince Lombardi trophy following the NFL Super Bowl 55 football game against the Kansas City Chiefs

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady holds the Vince Lombardi trophy

Veteran quarterback Tom Brady led the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to a Super Bowl victory over the Kansas City Chiefs, beating the Western Conference champions 31-9.

The 43-year-old, who picked up a record seventh championship ring, was named as the Super Bowl's most valuable player after a game in which he threw three touchdowns.

The ex-New England Patriots star broke a tie he had held with three members of Vince Lombardi's great Green Bay Packers teams of the 1960s.

They include Fuzzy Thurston and Hall of Famers Herb Adderley and Forrest Gregg.

The Buccaneers' victory brought the curtain down on a challenging season for the NFL during which fans were kept outside the stadiums owing to the coronavirus pandemic.

Tampa were playing on their home field in Florida — the first Super Bowl team to do so — in front of a reduced crowd of 25,000 people.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady celebrates during the fourth quarter against the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LV

Tampa became the first ever Super Bowl side to play on home soil

The 55th NFL championship had been branded as a battle between Brady, one of the all-time NFL greats, and his heir apparent, the Chiefs' Patrick Mahomes.

The 25-year-old is widely regarded as the best quarterback in the game today.

But in the end it was no contest as the Bucs’ rampaging defense harassed Mahomes the entire night as the Chiefs Super Bowl title defense came to a jarring end.

Brady, appearing in his 10th Super Bowl, completed 21 of 29 passes for 201 yards.

In the opening half, he and Tampa tight end Rob Gronkowski hooked up on eight- and 17-yard touchdowns.

Brady also made the Chiefs pay dearly for some undisciplined play connecting with Antonio Brown for a touchdown strike with six seconds left in the half after pass interference and unsportsmanlike penalties put the ball on Chiefs’ one yard line. 

Meanwhile, Mahomes and the Chiefs explosive attack could not get in gear with scoring limited to a pair of Harrison Butker field goals to go into the intermission down 21-6.

The Chiefs struck first in the second half as Butker booted another field goal.

But the Buccaneers would hit back with a Leonard Fournette 27-yard touchdown run and a Ryan Succop field goal to cruise into the fourth quarter with a 31-9 lead.

jf/aw (AP, Reuters)