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How to watch Chiefs vs. Buccaneers: Time, TV channel, live stream, odds, key matchups for Super Bowl LV
Everything you need to know to get you ready for the Super Bowl in Tampa
Super Bowl LV is finally here. We’ve waited a while for this one, and the actual matchup carries all kinds of intrigue. We’ve got the defending champion Kansas City Chiefs taking on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. We’ve got Patrick Mahomes and Tom Brady, Tyreek Hill and Mike Evans, Travis Kelce and Chris Godwin, Jason Pierre-Paul and Chris Jones, Shaquil Barrett and Tyrann Mathieu. We’ve got explosive offenses and stingy defenses.
Let’s break this thing down.
Kansas City defeated the Buccaneers, 27-24, back in Week 12, behind an explosive performance from Mahomes and Hill. Mahomes completed 37 of 49 passes for 462 yards and three touchdowns. Hill hauled in 13 of 15 targets for 269 yards and was on the receiving end of all three of Mahomes’ scores.
Put simply, the Bucs had absolutely no answer for either of them, and because they didn’t, they lost the game. If they’re to reverse the result this time around, they’ll have to figure something out. So, it’s worth looking at exactly what happened in that first game, how it happened, and what — if anything — the Bucs may be able to do about it on Sunday night…
Early in the game, the Bucs tried to use a bunch of single-high safety looks (Cover-1 and Cover-3), and the Chiefs beat them. Later in the game, they went to more Cover-2 and Cover-4, and the Chiefs beat them. Poor Carlton Davis got tasked with following Hill wherever he went on the field for most of the game, and got absolutely roasted the entire afternoon. No matter what changes Tampa made, Mahomes and Hill had an answer…
The single-high safety looks got torched by Hill early in the game, so the Bucs changed things up a bit in the second half… They also blitzed far less often after the break. Mahomes lit up their blitzes by going 5 of 8 for 86 yards and a touchdown in the first half, so Todd Bowles only sent one blitz in the second half. It didn’t much matter. When Tampa sat back in soft zones, he just continually found Travis Kelce on underneath routes. The Chiefs repeatedly took advantage of Kelce being matched up on a linebacker or safety in space, where the Bucs just had no hope of containing him.
When the Chiefs have the ball
On Thursday, we broke down exactly what happened in the first matchup between the Chiefs and Bucs, when Patrick Mahomes and Tyreek Hill lit the secondary aflame with relative ease. You can read the full story here, but the relevant excerpts are below:
How to watch Super Bowl LV
Date: Sunday, Feb. 7
Time: 6:30 p.m. ET
Location: Raymond James Stadium (Tampa, Florida)
TV: CBS | Stream: FREE on CBSSports.com and the CBS Sports App.