Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs entered Super Bowl 55 with an opportunity to secure their second straight championship. However, Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers stepped up with an impressive performance to deny that outcome. Following the contest, Mahomes aired out his honest reaction after the loss.
Buccaneers dominate Chiefs in Super Bowl 55
In the days ahead of Super Bowl 55, the hype around the contest centered on the star quarterback matchup.
Things quickly turned into a lopsided affair as it was the Buccaneers defense that created havoc for Patrick Mahomes. The former Super Bowl MVP struggled to move the offense down the field due to the constant pressure and coverage down the field.
Mahomes was pressured a Super Bowl-record 29 times, which came from a pass rush of four or fewer defenders, according to ESPN Stats & Info. The Buccaneers’ defensive front dominated the Chiefs’ offensive line that struggled without four starters they had to begin the campaign.
The 25-year-old completed 26-of-49 passes for 270 yards and two interceptions and held a 49.9 quarterback rating, the second-lowest of his career. Meanwhile, Tom Brady played with much ease completing 21-of-29 passes for 201 yards and three touchdowns.
Following the loss, Mahomes aired out his honest feelings about his team’s performance.
Patrick Mahomes airs honest admission after Super Bowl 55 loss
Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs fell well short of earning their second straight Super Bowl win.
Mahomes faced constant pressure in the pocket throughout the game, while their defense had no answer to slow down the Buccaneers’ balanced offensive attack. Following the Super Bowl 55 loss, the star quarterback tipped his hat to Tampa Bay’s performance. (H/T ESPN)
“They were the better team today,” Mahomes said. “They beat us pretty good, the worst I think I’ve been beaten in a long time.
“They took away our deep stuff. They took away the sidelines and they did a good job of rallying to the football and making tackles. We weren’t executing early, had a few miscues. Guys weren’t on the same page. Credit to them. They played a heck of a game defensively and offensively to beat us.”
The Buccaneers’ defensive game plan proved to be the difference as Mahomes couldn’t throw the ball down the field. Much of which came due to having a defender consistently in his face. Things only worsened as the game wore on, with the 25-year-old having to use his legs on seemingly every dropback to keep the play alive.
All that led to Mahomes suffering the first double-digit loss of his NFL career. It also marked his first NFL game that he failed to throw a touchdown pass. With the crushing defeat now behind them, the Chiefs will look to shift things ahead.
Kansas City still hold bright future ahead
The sting from the Super Bowl 55 loss for Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs will linger throughout the offseason, but it shouldn’t damper their long-term future.
Kansas City stumbled on the grandest stage, but the franchise remains the gold standard in the AFC. Mahomes has yet to enter the physical prime of his career, which may mean his best football could lie ahead.
The Super Bowl loss will shift things a bit on the roster for the Chiefs this upcoming offseason, but the team possesses a strong core group to build around. There is plenty to learn from the loss, which could provide a pivotal moment for Mahomes and the Chiefs to grow and improve.
Beyond that, it’s a motivating factor for Kansas City to get back to that stage again and get back atop the mountain.