At long last, after hours of fanfare and pageantry, Super Bowl 2021 kicked off at Raymond James Stadium on Sunday night.
Defense reined early, including a three-and-out by Tom Brady and the Buccaneers to begin the game, but the Chiefs took the lead on their second possession.
After Patrick Mahomes’ two shots at the end zone came up empty, Harrison Butker booted a 49-yard field goal to give the Chiefs a 3-0 lead with 5:10 left in the first quarter.
Brady and the Buccaneers then shook off their rough start to answer on the very next drive. Brady hit Antonio Brown and Cameron Brate for chunk gains, followed by a big run from Leonard Fournette.
Brady eventually found his old favorite, tight end Rob Gronkowski, for an 8-yard touchdown pass on a play-action screen to go up 7-3. Brady finished the quarter 6-of-7 passing for 50 yards while Mahomes was just 2-for-8 for nine yards.
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