If you are not a fan of Tom Brady, you are not going to be a very happy camper this morning, as he will be appearing in his 10th Super Bowl in a couple of weeks, this time with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Brady and company will be taking on the defending champions in Super Bowl 45, with the Kansas City Chiefs punching their ticket with a win in the AFC Conference Championship Game. This is probably the matchup that the NFL and TV people wanted, if they were being totally honest, and it certainly is an intriguing game. We will get into the betting side of things in a separate article, but for now, we are going to focus on how each team got to the Super Bowl. With that in mind, let’s get right to it so you can continue planning your bets and place them against our Super Bowl odds.
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Kansas City Chiefs Road to the Super Bowl
When the Chiefs won it all last season, we all looked at their lineup and figured that we could well be looking at the beginnings of a dynasty. That is a lot for any team to live up to, but the Chiefs have done it and made it look pretty easy. The Chiefs helped their cause by taking the #1 seed in the AFC, courtesy of a 14-2 record in the regular season. One of those losses, which came in Week 17, occurred when KC was resting most of their key starters after having already clinched the top spot.
In the playoffs, Kansas City opened up in the Divisional Round against the Cleveland Browns. It was a closer game than expected, partially because the Chiefs were forced to end the game with Patrick Mahomes on the sidelines after suffering a concussion. There were definitely concerns with his injury and his ability to play in the AFC title game, but he did start and performed like we have come to expect, leading the Chiefs down the field at will on their way to a 38-24 win.
This is a team that does not always win bit and who always seem to find a way to hang around, even when they are down. If they can do that in the Super Bowl, they may just repeat.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers Road to the Super Bowl
Tom Brady is used to setting records and making history, and he did it again this weekend, leading the Bucs to a Super Bowl in their own stadium, the first time that has ever happened. There were times this season when Brady looked mortal and Tampa looked to be in trouble, but they put it all right in the final few weeks of the season. They are now on a run that has seen them score and average of over 35 PPG in their last 6 games.
The Bucs started the playoffs on the road to Washington in the Wild Card, surviving a game Washington team to move on. They surprised the Saints on the road in the Divisional Round, winning 30-20, and then stunned the Packers at Lambeau with a 31-26 win to move on to the Super Bowl.
The Buccaneers can win this if they can keep Mahomes off the field as much as possible. That means that Brady has to avoid situations like the 3 picks he threw against the Packers. He does not need to be perfect, but he does need to protect the football.