Super Bowl 55 Final Score Predictions
Our writers pick their winners and give their Super Bowl 55 final score predictions in what could be a classic battle for this year's Lombardi Trophy.
By James Pike
It’s here ladies and gentlemen. Super Bowl weekend!! The season finale of the NFL is just around the corner, and it is the most exciting time of year for football fans across the globe.
Obviously, this year’s big game will be very different to what we have seen in years past. Not just in the stadium for the select few fans in attendance, but for the millions watching at home. The global Coronavirus pandemic will change how people watch the biggest spectacle in sports, as fans won’t get the chance to meet up with friends and family to watch this time around, yet the game itself is set to be one of the most exciting in recent memory.
It is the NFL’s present against the NFL’s future as Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers face off against Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs in what is no doubt going to be a battle for the ages.
These two teams faced off early this year with the Chiefs coming out on top 27-24, however this isn’t just some regular season game. This is the Super Bowl, more importantly this is Tom Brady in the Super Bowl. Can Brady cement his legacy and claim his seventh ring, or will Mahomes, Andy Reid and co be too much for even the greatest quarterback to ever play the game to overcome?
Well, some of our writers had their say as to who they believe will win the biggest game in all of sport.
I will start the proceedings with my very own predictions, and everyone of our followers, feel free to join in on the action and let us know your thoughts on all of our social media platforms!!
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Without any further delay, here are our Super Bowl 55 predictions:
As I mentioned above, this could be one of the best Super Bowls in years as we have two teams who are very capable on both sides of the football. Of course, we have to look at the Kansas City Chiefs as the favourites in this matchup. They came out on top when they faced off earlier in the season, and the team is pretty much at full strength going into Sunday.
Patrick Mahomes continues to establish himself as the best quarterback of this generation, and Andy Reid is one of the most inventive and intuitive head coaches in all of football. If you look back through the history of the Super Bowl many of the games have come down to gutsy play calls that turn the tide, and no coach in the league is ballsier than Andy Reid.
Travis Kelce is the difference maker here. While Tyreek Hill can be kept in check with double coverage and the Bucs have a dominant run defense there isn’t a single player in the world who can cover Kelce one on one. He is a mismatch nightmare who Tampa Bay somehow has to find an answer for. The odds truly seem stacked in the Chiefs favour, but one thing every football fan has learned in the past 20 years is that you should never EVER count out Tom Brady. Especially in the Super Bowl.
This is arguably Brady’s best ever supporting cast in the big game, with Mike Evans, Chris Godwin and Antonio Brown forging one of the most deadly receiving corps Brady has ever had. Rob Gronkowski isn’t the unstoppable force he once was, but he is more than capable of pulling down a big catch when he is called upon. The main reason the Buccaneers should not be underestimated in this game though is their defense. They step up and make plays when it matters most, and that is the sign of a great defense.
This should be a hotly contested game with two great quarterbacks, coaches and teams going head-to-head for the title. As much as I want to believe that the Buccaneers have what it takes to dethrone the Chiefs Kingdom; I don’t think it will be enough. You have to play a perfect game to stand a chance against the Chiefs, and even then, it might not be enough. It will be close, but Kansas City’s dynasty is just beginning, and the rest of the league have a lot of work to do to overthrow them.
Prediction: Kansas City Chiefs 34 - 27 Tampa Bay Buccaneers
I don’t think this will be as close as a lot of people are predicting. It’s always hard to back against Tom Brady in the Super Bowl but I just can’t look past Kansas City for this one. Even if both sides play at their best, the Chiefs wind up as the winners, and with a team full of big game players I expect them to turn up and put on a show. Mahomes is on another planet and seems to somehow up his game even more when it really matters, and I think he’ll do the same here. Brady will play well, but it won’t be enough.
Prediction: Kansas City Chiefs 34 - 21 Tampa Bay Buccaneers
2021: the year that a swashbuckling Patrick Mahomes II and a born-again Tom Brady commandeer that silly boat at Raymond James and sail it off into the great unknown. I’m struggling even to care who wins, honestly. After 2020, winning a ring seems a smidge trite. I’m sure it will change when the confetti comes down, but for the moment I’m happy to lie back and let the football swell over me.
With a patchwork O-line and Vea, Barrett and Pierre-Paul all looking to put down roots in the backfield, Pat could be having ‘Nam flashbacks for years. But if anyone can overcome that, it’s a suddenly conservative (and I say that in the best possible way – this turf toe might be the best thing that ever happened to him) Mahomes and his cadre of pass catchers. The Chiefs put in the most dominant four quarters all year vs the Bills – I think they’ll carry enough over and have enough new wrinkles in the playbook to edge it. 38 -31 Chiefs
Prediction: Kansas City Chiefs 38 - 31 Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The Chiefs are electric and have their weapons, that is well documented, but I think the game could come down to that patchwork Chiefs O-line vs Ndamukong Suh, Jason Pierre-Paul and Shaquil Barrett. (Not to mention Antoine Winfield, Devin White and Lavonte David crashing down on Todd Bowles' inside blitz packages).
Kansas have looked fallible and may struggle if they fall into an early hole – there are only so many times a team can saunter back into games like they have done, and Brady is all-in. It just feels as though a seventh ring with a second team to cement his legacy as the greatest ever, is meant to be.
The Chiefs won’t be able to move the ball on the ground and the pass rush will cause problems for Mahomes due to the starters missing in protection as mentioned. White, David and Winfield are going to be flying around at the second level and they could be the trio that manages to keep the shackles on Travis Kelce.
Brady plays a safe and solid game and the Chiefs run out of time in the fourth quarter for a Bucs win.
Prediction: Kansas City Chiefs 24 - 34 Tampa Bay Buccaneers
I think the Bucs win 30-27, I don’t think the Chiefs secondary can keep up with all the Bucs receivers. I also think Fournette will lead the game in total yards. I think the Bucs will get ahead early and it’ll be too much for the Chiefs to get back.
Prediction: Kansas City Chiefs 27 - 30 Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Super Bowl prediction - The Tampa offense's key will be picking up the secondary blitzes from Kansas City. If they diagnose quickly, Brady will get chances for big plays. On the other hand, Mahomes will need to be at his best when the play breaks down. Bucs will pressure him in the pocket. Tyrann Mathieu and Antoine Winfield must play stellar games.
Limiting mistakes, playing great red zone defense will decide this one. And whichever quarterback makes the deciding plays. Winner: Kansas City, score 33-27
Prediction: Kansas City Chiefs 33 - 27 Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Kansas City Chiefs 38 - 27 Tampa Bay Buccaneers
On Sunday night in Tampa Bay, it will be the Kansas City defense that show up. Chris Jones will take advantage of the dodgy right guard (Aaron Stinnie) and pressure Brady into making some bad throws. Bad throws that Tyrann Matthieu will be all over in the secondary. Steve Spagnuolo gets the better of Tom Brady once again in a Super Bowl and helps him Chiefs get off to a great start.
On the other hand, the Tampa Bay defense can do nothing to cover all the weapons at Patrick Mahomes’ disposal. Travis Kelce goes for over 100 yards and two scores as he wins Super Bowl MVP. The Kansas City dynasty begins and Mahomes sends Tom Brady off into the sunset.
Prediction: Kansas City Chiefs 38 - 27 Tampa Bay Buccaneers
There you have it Folks. The Gridiron Xtra team have spoken. With the exception of Brosnan and Matthews most are expecting a Chiefs win.
Do the Bucs stand a chance against the Empire of the Chiefs? Or will Patrick Mahomes and co become just another Chapter in Tom Brady's story of the greatest of all time? Let us know what you think on Twitter @GridironXtra and Facebook