Super Bowl LV is finally upon us. The 55th Super Bowl is being held in Tampa Bay and will feature a true clash of the titans with the Kansas City Chiefs taking on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. All the storylines leading up to the throwdown will likely focus on the fight between 25-year-old Patrick Mahomes and 43-year-old Tom Brady. What we think will happen between the two players, and what will actually take place, is anybody’s guess. These are bold predictions for Super Bowl LV, and they’re just so crazy they might actually happen!
Neither Team Gains 100 Yards On The Ground
In today’s NFL, passing on a majority of plays has become normal. When the Buffalo Bills played the Ravens in the AFC Divisional Round, Josh Allen started the game with 20 straight pass attempts. Could a similar trend happen in the Super Bowl?
Both the Bucs and the Chiefs have offenses built on throwing the ball downfield, leaving their running backs with little to do. Both defenses will focus on stopping big-play passes, which should leave holes for Ronald Jones and Clyde Edwards-Helaire to take advantage of, but they won’t. Look for both backs to fail to break 100 yards on the ground, and possibly finish the game under 50!
Patrick Mahomes Tosses A Super Bowl Record Seven Touchdown Passes
In Super Bowl XXIX, 49ers’ quarterback Steve Young set the Super Bowl passing touchdown record with six. San Francisco blew out the Chargers 49-26 and Young got the monkey off his back of living in Joe Montana’s shadow.
In Super Bowl LV, Patrick Mahomes will break that record, tossing seven touchdown passes and silencing any critics the young phenom still has. The question after that is this – will seven touchdown passes be enough to beat Tom Brady?
Tom Brady Finally Catches A Touchdown Pass
It’s hard to forget in Super Bowl LII when Eagles’ QB Nick Foles caught a touchdown pass on the world’s biggest stage. Known as the “Philly Special,” it’s easy to forget that the Patriots and Tom Brady tried it first.
If at first, you don’t succeed, try try again. Brady has spent his entire career proving his critics wrong, and we’re predicting he silences them on February 7th. Will one play be enough for him to win his seventh Super Bowl title?
The Game Starts With An Onsides Kick
The last time an onsides kick was attempted in a Super Bowl was 2010. The Saints were trailing the Colts 10-6 at the start of the second half when head coach Sean Payton called for the play, changing the momentum of the entire game.
In Super Bowl LV we won’t have to wait that long for the daring play call. Both head coaches are hyper-aggressive with their in-game decisions, so why should one of them wait until the second-half kickoff. It’s a gutsy play, and if it works it will set the tone for the rest of the game.
There Are No Defensive Turnovers
In the NFC Championship Game, Tom Brady threw three interceptions. During the season, he was more turnover prone in general than he was with the Patriots. Patrick Mahomes was immaculate during the season, but in Super Bowl LIV he was clumsy with the ball and recorded multiple interceptions.
For as many big plays as we’re sure to see on offense during Super Bowl LV, there won’t be as many big plays on defense. Usually, the team that wins the turnover battle wins the game. With no turnovers predicted, the final winner is anyone’s guess.
Both Teams Score 50 Points
With no turnovers happening in Super Bowl LV, the final score could end up getting a little crazy. Does it matter how prepared a defense really is when Tom Brady or Patrick Mahomes is under center? We’re guessing no.
This Super Bowl is going to be a shootout, with both teams scoring over 50 points, combining for over 100, a record. The previous Super Bowl Record came in Super Bowl XXIX when the 49ers and Chargers combined for 76 total points.
Tom Brady Runs For A Touchdown
Not known for his nimble feet, Tom Brady is a prototypical pocket passer. He rarely runs with the ball, knowing the general risk isn’t worth the potential reward. Still, if he can catch a touchdown pass in the Super Bowl, surely he can run for a touchdown, too.
Crazier things have happened! The longest run of Brady’s career came in 2006 when he broke away for 22 yards. In total, the legendary signal caller averages 58.3 yards on the ground per season.
Travis Kelce Breaks 200 Yards Receiving
The Bucs’ defense is going to have its hands full during the Super Bowl deciding which Chiefs’ offensive weapon deserves the most attention. The bulk of the focus will be split between speedster Tyreek Hill and tight end Travis Kelce.
During the regular season, Kelce set the receiving yards record for his position. In the AFC Championship Game, he caught 13 passes for 118 yards and two touchdowns. Look for him to top those numbers on Super Sunday with a 200 plus receiving yards type of day.
There Are No Punts
With how high of a score we’re predicting in Super Bowl LV, we also need to make this prediction – neither team will punt the ball. That means every single offensive drive in the game will end with a touchdown, field goal, or “turnover on downs.”
Does that mean whoever scores first wins the game? Possibly, but probably not. This game should be a rollercoaster of offensive mastery with lead changes galore while defenses try to stay afloat.
Rob Gronkowski Throws A Touchdown Pass
After spending a year away from the NFL, Rob Gronkowski found his way to Tampa Bay in 2020 to spend another season with Tom Brady. One of the greatest tight ends in NFL history, look for Gronk to do something he’s never done before – throw a touchdown pass.
If Gronk throws the ball, it will be the first passing attempt of his entire career. With a head coach whose motto is, “no risk it, no biscuit,” anything is possible.
Tyreek Hill Fails To Catch A Pass
Arguably the best wide receiver in the NFL right now, Tyreek Hill is not only one of the fastest players in the league, but he is also an extremely precise route runner. With Travis Kelce going crazy in Super Bowl LV, Hill might just be the odd man left out of the stat sheet.
Hill should regularly see double and triple teams in coverage as Tampa Bay’s defense works to limit Kansas City’s ability to complete chunk plays. The Chiefs are more than capable of running a “dink and dunk” offense, though, and are fine letting Hill be a decoy and get a goose egg on the game.
There Are No Penalties Called Against Tampa Bay
Not only are the Tampa Bay Buccaneers the first NFL team in history to play the Super Bowl in their home stadium, but they also have Tom Brady under center. In theory, neither of those things should affect how the refs call the game. In reality, it 100 percent will.
In every game, there are going to be missed calls. The refs have a thankless job and will rarely get praised. In big games, they usually allow for more contact. How much will they let the Bucs get away with on February 7th?
The Announcers Won’t Stop Talking About Tom Brady’s Age
Super Bowl LV will be airing nationally on CBS. That means that the announcers for the game will be Tony Romo and Jim Nantz. As the game gets underway and Tom Brady leads his first drive, expect to be reminded that Brady is 43-years-old multiple times.
Broadcasters marvel about Brady’s longevity endlessly every week, and Tony Romo is one of the most excitable broadcasters in the booth. The commentary will come quick, fast, and with passion as Brady throws his first touchdown pass.
The National Anthem Falls Under Three Minutes
One of the biggest moments before any NFL games is the singing on the “National Anthem.” Some performers like to keep their rendition short and sweet, while other milk it for as much time as possible. We can never forget Aretha Franklin’s five-minute version she performed before a Lions’ game in 2016.
For Super Bowl LV, Eric Church and Jazmine Sullivan will be singing the patriotic song. Instead of milking their time in the national spotlight, we predict the duo will be done in under three minutes, allowing the game to get started as early as possible.
The First Offensive Play Is A Long TD Pass
Whichever QB gets to be under center for the first offensive play of the Super Bowl, it’s going to be a big one. Brady could throw a bomb to Mike Evans or Antonio Brown and let them finish all the way to the endzone.
Mahomes has his choice of targets, but Tyreek Hill or Mecole Hardman would be the most obvious for a long touchdown pass. Trust us, there is no way this game isn’t starting with a bang.
Regulation Ends With A Goal Line Stand
Imagine this: the Super Bowl is tied 52-52 and Tom Brady has a chance to lead the Bucs down the field and win the game with under two minutes left. He gets the team to the goal line with just under 30 seconds.
Easy win, right? If you fail to get in the endzone, you kick a chip shot field goal. Brady then wins ring number seven. Wrong. The field goal is blocked, and regulation ends, leading to the second overtime period in NFL history.
Overtime Only Lasts For One Drive
As the Super Bowl moves into overtime, one thing will feel certain: whoever gets the ball first will win the game. In order to do that, the team must score a touchdown on their opening drive.
It will happen whether it’s Tom Brady tossing a dime to Gronk to finish score the final touchdown, or Patrick Mahomes finding Kelce on a slant and watching him breakaway downfield for the deciding score. This game might go to overtime, but that extra quarter won’t last long.
Patrick Mahomes Throws For Over 500 Yards
Tom Brady threw for 466 passing yards in Super Bowl LII against the Philadelphia Eagles, setting the single-game record. Patrick Mahomes is poised to break that record in Super Bowl LV by throwing for more than 500 yards!
How does Mahomes do it? If the game turns into the shootout we’re predicting, it means neither team will be running that much. If Mahomes gets between 40 and 50 pass attempts, eclipsing 500 yards should be fairly easy.
Tom Brady Throws For Over 500 Yards
Not to be outdone by Patrick Mahomes, Tom Brady will come out swinging during Super Bowl LV. He might not have as many big-play speed threats as Patrick Mahomes, but he does have a stable of teammates built to run after the catch.
As more points are put on the board, the speed of the game will increase, meaning more passes and more offensive possessions. With the possibility of an overtime possession included, it’s really not that crazy to think Brady and Mahomes will both cross 500 yards through the air.
Daniel Sorensen Gets Ejected For A Late Hit
To Chiefs fans and his teammates, defensive back Daniel Sorensen is known as “Dirty Dan.” A hard-nosed player that sometimes goes too far, Sorensen has made questionable plays on several occasions. In the Super Bowl, his antics will finally catch up to him and he’ll be ejected.
Since he plays pass defense, the most likely scenario for his ejection will be a late hit on a defenseless receiver, a similar play that almost got him ejected from the AFC Championship Game. Don’t discount a late hit on Tom Brady from a blitz getting him pulled, though.