The Kansas City Chiefs and Tampa Bay Buccaneers are set to face off for the second time this season in Super Bowl 55, and this game could feature some impressive quarterback play. Reigning Super Bowl MVP Patrick Mahomes torched the Bucs with arguably his best passing performance of the year in Week 12 and will look to replicate those numbers on the final stage. Will he dominate Tampa Bay again, or will the opposition have a game plan to slow him down?
Mahomes threw for a season-high 462 yards and three touchdowns against the Bucs during the regular season a large chunk of his production was thanks to Tyreek Hill. Hill amassed a ridiculous 13 receptions for 269 yards and three scores in the matchup and Tampa Bay failed miserably when trying to stop him with man coverage. The Chiefs should have a completely healthy receiving corps for round two, which bodes well for Mahomes’ production in the rematch.
Here, we’ll track how Mahomes performs throughout the game.
Update: 4th quarter
Mahomes’ season and Super Bowl came to an end on his second interception late in the fourth quarter. The superstar quarterback could never get comfortable inside the pocket, thanks to the Bucs’ defense getting pressure all night. Mahomes was 26-of-49 for 270 yards and two interceptions. He also added 33 rushing yards, which was second on the Chiefs.
Update: After 3rd quarter
This game has not been one of Mahomes’ better performances that we’ve known to see from him. The gunslinger is currently 14-of-28 for 114 yards, zero touchdowns, and an interception. If Kansas City wants to have any chance of comeback it falls on Mahomes’ shoulders.
Update: 6:20 3rd quarter
After leading the Chiefs down the field to start the third quarter for a field goal, Mahomes got the ball back towards the midway point. With his team down double-digit points, he tried to hit Tyreek Hill for a first-down, but the ball went off of his hands and into the hands of Antoine Winfield Jr. for an interception. It was the first interception that Mahomes has thrown since Dec. 27 against the Atlanta Falcons.
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The rookie Antoine Winfield Jr. intercepts Mahomes. Bucs ball.pic.twitter.com/gW4HsgqYJE
Just like the entire Chiefs’ offense, Mahomes has not looked in sync nor comfortable in the pocket, thanks to the Bucs’ defensive line. The superstar quarterback has not been able to go down the field like he did in Week 12. Mahomes is 9-of-19 for 67 and leads the team with 34 rushing yards.
Update: After 1st quarter
Unlike their first meeting in Week 12, where Patrick Mahomes was tossing the ball around the field. To their credit, the Buccaneers’ defense has done a good job of not allowing any big plays in the passing game. Mahomes is 2-of-8 for nine yards, to go along with a team-high 24 rushing yards.