The Kansas City Chiefs lost Super Bowl 55 to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers by a final score of 31-9. Patrick Mahomes and Co. failed to score a touchdown, something ESPN personality Stephen A. Smith couldn’t believe happened.
On Monday’s edition of ESPN’s “First Take,” Stephen A. Smith went off on the Chiefs for their putrid play against Tom Brady and the Buccaneers.
The Buccaneers handed Patrick Mahomes the worst loss of his career
Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs only scored three field goals in Super Bowl 55. The former MVP completed 26 of 49 passes for 270 yards. Mahomes was picked off twice and sacked three times for 27 yards.
Both of Mahomes’ playoffs losses have come against Tom Brady. The Buccaneers handed the gunslinger the worst loss of his career, as the Chiefs’ 22-point defeat is the most points Mahomes has lost by since being named the starter in KC.
Brady was named the MVP of the Super Bowl, but many believe Buccaneers defensive coordinator Todd Bowles was the real MVP. To prevent Mahomes and the Chiefs from scoring a touchdown is simply mindboggling.
No one is surprised that the Buccaneers defeated the Chiefs since Tampa Bay has the greatest quarterback of all-time in Tom Brady. What pundits can’t wrap their heads around is how awful Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs looked.
ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith picked the Chiefs to win the Super Bowl. The veteran basketball and football pundit didn’t hold back in his criticism of Kansas City the day after the big game.
Stephen A. Smith says the Chiefs “got their ass kicked”
Stephen A. Smith says he was “shocked” by how dominant the Buccaneers looked against the Chiefs. The New York native also admitted that the Chiefs need to look themselves in the mirror after getting their “ass kicked.”
“I was shocked. I was absolutely shocked,” Smith said. “Listen, I picked the Chiefs to win this game. I knew that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers would score over 30. I knew they’d find a way to put up points because I wasn’t enamored with Kansas City’s defense. But I certainly didn’t expect Tampa Bay’s defense to do what they did. To get pressure on Patrick Mahomes, to pressure him on 32.7% of his snaps, to sit up there and watch him scrambling for his life…I’m shocked because even with all of that being said, even with trouble on your offensive line, to be held to nine points, for the Kansas City Chiefs offense to not even get in the end zone one time, it was an absolute positive beatdown. They got their ass kicked. Period. I didn’t expect that at all.”
The Chiefs got punked by the Buccaneers. They weren’t prepared on either side of the ball. Tampa Bay’s coaching staff and players deserve a lot of credit for making Kansas City’s offense look human for once.
Unlike his partner Max Kellerman, Stephen A. Smith never gave up on Tom Brady. However, not even he expected the GOAT to pull off this big of an upset over Patrick Mahomes, who is universally recognized as the best quarterback in the NFL right now.
The Chiefs need to use all of their 2021 draft picks on offensive linemen
The Chiefs need to use all of their 2021 draft picks on offensive linemen. Patrick Mahomes ran for his life against the Buccaneers and had zero time to survey the field and find an open target to throw to.
Multiple reports have stated that Mahomes will undergo surgery this offseason to address his toe turf injury. The Chiefs have to make sure they protect their franchise player by getting him a more sturdy offensive line.