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The New England Patriots congratulated the “greatest of all time” Tom Brady after he became a Super Bowl champion for the seventh time in his career as he led the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to victory against Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs at the Raymond James Stadium.
New England tweeted: “Congratulations to the greatest of all time” and they added in a follow-up tweet: “And Gronk, be careful with that trophy…”
A four-time Super Bowl MVP, Brady becomes only the second QB ever after Hall of Famer Peyton Manning (Indianapolis Colts and Denver Broncos) to win the big game with two different franchises.
The 43-year-old had won all of his previous six Super Bowls with the New England Patriots and breaks his own record to become the oldest winning QB in an NFL championship game.
His latest triumph came at the age of 41 and six months when the Patriots defeated the Los Angeles Rams 13-3 in 2019.
Against the Chiefs, Brady threw for three touchdowns – all of which came in the first half – with the first two to Rob Gronkowski, the two becoming the first duo in NFL history to combine for more than 12 post-season TDs (now 14).
Tampa Bay couldn’t get their offense going and their defense shot themselves with a series of cheap first-half fouls with Harrison Butker – who opened the scoring with a field goal – their only scorer all game.
He converted from 49 yards in the first quarter and 34 in the second and and then managed a 52-yarder shortly after the intermission.
But the Bucs got back in the end zone to make it a three-score game with Brady handing off to Leonard Fournette, who ran 27 yards for Tampa Bay’s fourth TD of the night with 7:45 left of the third quarter.
And the score ended 31-9 as Tampa Bay won just their second ever Super Bowl after their 2003 success.
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