There were a lot of takeaways from Super Bowl 55. Tom Brady won his seventh ring; the Tampa Bay Buccaneers‘ defense shut down the Kansas City Chiefs‘ high-powered offense, and the Chiefs’ poor offensive line play forced Patrick Mahomes to run for his life the entire game. However, another one of the game’s bigger storylines was the trash talk that took place between Brady and Tyrann Mathieu. In fact, Mathieu continued to trash Brady after the game in a since-deleted tweet.
Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers dominated the Kansas City Chiefs in the Super Bowl
Many people said that this game would be a passing of the torch from Tom Brady to Patrick Mahomes. Brady, though, ended up keeping that torch for himself.
The Buccaneers got off to a hot start as Brady found Rob Gronkowski in the end zone twice in the first half to take a 14-3 lead. Then, after another Chiefs’ field goal, Brady found Antonio Brown for a TD pass late in the second quarter to give Tampa Bay a 21-6 halftime lead.
Some fans then thought that the Chiefs, like they have in the past, would then have a 20-point third or fourth quarter to make it a close game in the second half. That never happened, though, as the Buccaneers kept the Chiefs out of the end zone the entire game, which ultimately led to a 31-9 shellacking of KC.
The win was Brady’s seventh Super Bowl title, and he won his fifth Super Bowl MVP award after throwing for 201 yards and three touchdowns on 21-of-29 passing.
His counterpart, Patrick Mahomes, still played well, but the Buccaneers sacked him three times and hit him eight times. His lack of a solid offensive line led to him throwing for 270 yards, no touchdowns, and two interceptions.
Tyrann Mathieu and Tom Brady got into it during the Super Bowl
In the first half of the game, Chiefs All-Pro defensive back Tyrann Mathieu thought he intercepted Tom Brady. A penalty called on the Chiefs, though, took it away. This was then before the refs called Mathieu for pass interference at the end of the first half, which led to Brady’s touchdown pass to Antonio Brown. The TD pass to Brown was also completed on Mathieu.
Mathieu and Brady then exchanged words after the score, which led to officials calling Mathieu for unsportsmanlike conduct.
After the game, Mathieu then revealed how much Brady’s trash talk shocked him.
“I thought I played as hard as I can today,” Mathieu said after the loss, according to USA Today. “Listen, Tom Brady’s a great quarterback. I never really saw that side of Tom Brady, to be honest. But whatever. No comment. It’s over with. I’m done with it.”
This wasn’t all he said, though.
Tyrann Mathieu continued to talk trash on social media
After the Chiefs’ loss, Mathieu continued to discuss his and Brady’s quarrel on Twitter.
“He called me something I won’t repeat but yeah I’ll let all the media throw me under the bus as if I did something or said something to him,” Mathieu said in a since-deleted tweet, according to USA Today. “Go back to my previous games against TB12 I showed him nothing but respect. Look at my interviews about him… I show grace.”
Well, that makes everyone want to know what Brady said even more now. Brady seems like a nice, humble guy off the field, but he is probably much different when he’s on the football field, especially in a Super Bowl. So, it would be interesting to know what the GOAT says when he talks trash. Maybe, it will eventually come out in a TB12 documentary 10 to 20 years down the line.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Kansas City Chiefs could very well play in the Super Bowl again next season. If they do, it will be interesting to see if the Tom Brady-Tyrann Mathieu rivalry continues.
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