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Super Bowl LV open thread: Chiefs vs. Buccaneers

The championship is here.

Super Bowl LV Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

After an NFL season like no other, we have reached the grand finale: Super Bowl LV.

We had no preseason. We had games rescheduled. We had a game with a wide receiver starting at quarterback. We had a game with an interim interim head coach. A multitude of unusual circumstances made completing this NFL season a difficult task, but these teams deserve plenty of credit for keeping things afloat. For two teams, however, there remains one final challenge ahead.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers faced a lot of pressure this season. The acquisition of Tom Brady labelled the team as an instant Super Bowl contender. As we have seen with the Philadelphia Eagles in the past, living up to the preseason hype can be difficult. With the added bonus of Tampa hosting the Super Bowl, the Buccaneers were looking to become to first team to play in the championship game at home. Not only did the Buccaneers make the Super Bowl, but they did so as a Wild Card team. A talented offense and stout defense have led them this far, but is it enough to hoist the Lombardi Trophy?

The Kansas City Chiefs are no strangers to success. The Patrick Mahomes era of football has been a blessing to the Chiefs, and their offense has been one of the most incredible units in recent history, rivalling the likes of the Rams’ Greatest Show on Turf. An aerial attack is the name of Kansas City’s game, and the connection of Mahomes to Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce is a difficult task for any team. The Chiefs are looking to be the first team since 2003/2004 to win back-to-back Super Bowls. The team that achieved that feat? None other than Tom Brady’s Patriots.

Can Mahomes and company crown a Kansas City dynasty, or will Tom Brady add another title to his Hall of Fame resume?

Here’s how to watch Super Bowl LV:

Date: February 7, 2021
Time: 6:30 p.m. ET
Location: Raymond James Stadium - Tampa, FL
TV: CBS
Announcers: Jim Nantz, Tony Romo, Tracy Wolfson, Evan Washburn, Jay Feely, Gene Steratore
Online streaming: CBS Sports & CBS All Access; ESPN; NFL; Yahoo