Spinning and One-Sided Scoring

A Super Bowl LV recap–on and off the field.


On the biggest stage of the year, the 14-2 Kansas City Chiefs took on the 11-5 Tampa Bay Buccaneers. With two of the greatest quarterbacks playing in this game, it was hyped up to be one of the best games in Super Bowl history. Super Bowl LV was supposed to be a good one.

It was not.

The first half was unlike most for the Chiefs. After winning the coin toss and deferring, the Chiefs took the field to face Tom Brady. The defense showed up for both teams, and it wasn’t until the end of the first quarter when Kansas City kicked a field goal.Four minutes later, Brady threw his first touchdown. Score 7-3 Tampa Bay.

Second quarter was similar to the first–touchdowns for Tampa Bay and field goals for Kansas City. Brady threw another touchdown in the mid-second quarter. At that point it seemed like the Chiefs were slowly losing a grip. A late field goal to put them down 14-6. Kansas City gave up two huge penalties to make it goal-to go at the 1 yard line. Long story short, Brady threw another touchdown with six seconds left on the clock.

During halftime, the Kansas City coaches and players had to be furious. After winning the Super Bowl last year and the AFC this year, being down 21-6 at half was not a good look.

The Chiefs got the ball to start the second half, but much like the first half, only came up with three points. The Chiefs were very fortunate that kicker Harrison Butker connected from 34, 49, and 52 yards. The next two possessions for the Buccaneers led to a Leonard Fournette touchdown and a Ryan Succop field goal, respectively. At the end of the third quarter, score 31-9 Tampa Bay.

Neither team scored in the fourth quarter. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat the defending champions 31-9.

After the game, the home-town team celebrated, received the Lombardi Trophy and awarded Brady the game MVP.

As stated before, this was a highly hyped game. Based off of this recap, it should be clear it did not live up to the expectations. Two great teams but only one can be the best.

For those of you who are more interested in the non-game related Super Bowl fun, the halftime performance and commercials were both very hit or miss with viewers.

Halftime Show

The halftime performance included spinning and masked dancers who accompanied The Weeknd. He sang top hits such as “Blinding Lights”, “Star Boy”, “The Hills”, “Can’t Feel My Face” and many more. The Weeknd entered with splitting a choir, performed on stage and then took a different approach with close-up singing and dancing. Some people watching loved it, while some got dizzy. There was no guest performer this year in an attempt to maintain social distancing.

Super Bowl commercials

The reason why millions of people watch the game. A single slot of screen time costs $5.5 million. This year’s commercials included Cheetos, T-Mobile, Mtn Dew, Verizon among others. However, a few big names opted out. One main company was Anheuser-Busch, who planned to use the money for COVID-19 relief instead. Coca-Cola Co. also opted out, as a form of trimming expenses after troubling losses from the pandemic shutdown.

On and off the field, Super Bowl LV was love-it or hate-it.