Super Bowl LV

Vincent Cavaniola, Sportswriter

January 29, 2021: Super Bowl LV is set to take place Sunday, February 7, 2021

at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa Bay, Florida. It’ll be an exciting matchup as the Kansas City Chiefs are looking to go back to back and Tom Brady is looking for his 7th ring – except this time, he’ll be in a Tampa Bay Buccaneers uniform. This will be the first time in NFL history that a team competing in the Super Bowl will play at their home field.

The Chiefs have multiple offensive and defensive threats on their squad including Tyreek Hill, Patrick Mahomes, Travis Kelce, and Chris Jones. Patrick Mahomes is arguably the best quarterback in the league and Tyreek Hill is arguably the fastest player in the league, so that duo is scary offensively. As for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, they also have a solid defense and multiple effective pass catchers. Those effective pass catchers are Mike Evans, Rob Gronkowski, and Chris Godwin. Tom Brady has been very successful with those 3 teammates and hopes to continue the success for the big game. 

It wasn’t easy for both of these teams to make it to the final round as the Chiefs had to defeat the Cleveland Browns and the Buffalo Bills to get to where they are now. The Buccaneers had to face the Washington Football Team, the New Orleans Saints, and the Green Bay Packers; they defeated all 3 of those teams.

Eric Church and Jazmine Sullivan will perform the National Anthem before the game and The Weeknd will be performing during halftime this year, as the NFL always gets a popular artist to perform every year. I’m sure many people are also looking forward to the new commercials that premiere throughout the game. 

For those wondering if there will be fans in attendance at the Super Bowl, the answer is: yes, there will be. 22,000 fans will be allowed to attend the Super Bowl this year with COVID-19 still affecting the world. 7,500 of those 22,000 fans will be vaccinated health care workers that the NFL invited for free. The other 14,500 fans will be random people who purchased tickets. 

This past 2020 NFL season was certainly unforgettable as many teams played better than most expected, some players having incredible seasons stat wise and NFL rookies proving themselves. Not many people – including myself – did not expect the Cleveland Browns to make the playoffs or the Washington Football Team to make the postseason. Derrick Henry of the Tennessee Titans had 2,000 rushing yards this past season, which doesn’t happen very often, and Stefon Diggs led the league in receptions and receiving yards with his new team: the Buffalo Bills. As for NFL rookies Justin Jefferson of the Minnesota Vikings and Justin Herbert of the Los Angeles Chargers, both had amazing rookie seasons and both seem to have very bright futures it seems. 

For my Super Bowl prediction, I got Tom Brady and the Bucs taking down the Chiefs in a close/intense game. I say the Bucs will win 27-21 at their home stadium. I’m really looking forward to this upcoming Sunday to see who takes home the Lombardi trophy.