Super Bowl LV
February 7, 2021

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers were victorious on Sunday night, winning Super Bowl LV by defeating the Kansas City Chiefs 31-9.

Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady threw three touchdown passes — two to Rob Gronkowski and another to Antonio Brown — as he led his team to victory. This was Brady's 10th Super Bowl appearance and seventh win, his first away from the New England Patriots. He was also named MVP. Tampa Bay's first — and before Sunday night, only — Super Bowl win came in 2002.

This was a much anticipated game, as fans wanted to see Brady go against Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes. The Chiefs won last year's Super Bowl, but they had a disappointing showing this time around, with Mahomes held scoreless for only the second time in his career. He finished 26 of 49 for 270 yards passing and 33 yards rushing. Catherine Garcia

February 7, 2021

The Weeknd, accompanied by dancers in red suits with bandaged faces, performed a medley of his hits during the Super Bowl Halftime Show.

The singer started the show off with a rendition of "Starboy," and followed up with some of his biggest songs, including "Can't Feel My Face," "Blinding Lights," and "I Feel It Coming." As promised, there were no surprise or special guests. Watch some of the highlights below. Catherine Garcia

February 7, 2021

The 25,000 fans watching the Super Bowl inside Tampa's Raymond James Stadium are outnumbered by 30,000 cardboard cutouts.

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For this year's big game, 25,000 ticketed fans were allowed to watch in person from the stands and suites, including 7,500 vaccinated health-care workers. The NFL sold the 30,000 cardboard cutouts for $100 each.

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At the start of the game, #SuperSpreaderBowl was trending on Twitter, with users questioning the decision to allow tens of thousands of people inside the stadium amid a pandemic. Around the stadium, there were signs up reminding people to stand at least six feet apart. Reuters reports that while most fans were wearing masks, they were not as good about social distancing near the concession stands.

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February 7, 2021

All eyes will be on the quarterbacks during Super Bowl LV. Patrick Mahomes, the prolific 25-year-old superstar, will line up under center for the Kansas City Chiefs, seeking his second straight championship. And, of course, Tom Brady, 43-years-young, will be at the helm for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, making his 10th Super Bowl appearance (albeit his first in which he's not wearing a New England Patriots uniform). Yet, as exciting as the quarterback matchup is, both Kansas City and Tampa Bay have a lot more to offer than their famous signal callers.

For instance, both teams boast explosive playmakers on offense — Tyreke Hill and Travis Kelce in Kansas City, and Mike Evans and Chris Godwin in Tampa Bay, just to name a few. But it's the defenses that are often overlooked. It's true that neither team is considered truly elite on that side of the ball, but there's plenty of talent, and both units have played well in the playoffs, and they'll likely need to carry that momentum over to pick up a win.

The Bucs' pass rush, led by the likes of Jason Pierre-Paul and Shaquil Barrett, picked up five sacks against the Green Bay Packers and MVP quarterback Aaron Rodgers in the NFC Championship, upping the pressure late in the game just when Green Bay's offense looked like it was getting in a groove. In Tampa Bay's three postseason wins, the defense forced seven total turnovers, often providing Brady and the offense with strong field position.

The Chiefs, meanwhile, were solid statistically for most of the season, but they really struggled in the red zone. In the AFC Championship game against the Buffalo Bills, however, they hunkered down in those situations, forcing the Bills to kick field goals at key moments.

The Super Bowl will kick off at 6:30 p.m. ET on CBS. Tim O'Donnell

January 27, 2021

Amanda Gorman is set to ride the wave of enthusiasm generated by her inauguration performance all the way to the Super Bowl.

Gorman, the first National Youth Poet Laureate, will take part in the upcoming Super Bowl LV pregame show, Good Morning America revealed on Wednesday. She'll be reciting an original poem inspired by three honorary captains selected by the NFL for their heroic actions during the COVID-19 pandemic, reports Variety.

During President Biden's inauguration last week, Gorman drew widespread acclaim after reading her poem "The Hill We Climb," which she finished in the wake of the deadly attack on the Capitol building earlier in the month. Former first lady Michelle Obama tweeted that Gorman's "strong and poignant words" offered a reminder of "the power we each hold in upholding our democracy," while Oprah Winfrey said, "I have never been prouder to see another young woman rise!"

Gorman has in the past said she has presidential ambitions herself, telling The New York Times, "This is a long, long, faraway goal, but 2036 I am running for office to be president of the United States."

Super Bowl LV, which will have a smaller than usual audience that includes vaccinated health care workers, will feature The Weeknd as the halftime show performer, with Eric Church and Jazmine Sullivan singing the national anthem. H.E.R. will also sing "America the Beautiful," while Miley Cyrus is set to perform in a pregame show for health care workers. The game is set for Feb. 7. Brendan Morrow

January 24, 2021

The Kansas City Chiefs defeated the Buffalo Bills 38-24 on Sunday night, securing the team's spot in Super Bowl LV against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

The Chiefs are now heading to their second consecutive Super Bowl, hoping to become the eighth NFL franchise to win back-to-back titles. The Chiefs were down 9-0 to start, but led by quarterback Patrick Mahomes, the team made a quick comeback, scoring 21 straight points. The Chiefs also had one of their longest plays of the season, with a 71-yard pass from Mahomes to Tyreek Hill.

The Buccaneers won three straight road games to get to the Super Bowl, defeating the Green Bay Packers 31-26 earlier Sunday. Quarterback Tom Brady will be making his 10th Super Bowl appearance — his first away from the New England Patriots. Tampa Bay won the Super Bowl in 2002, during the team's first — and until now, only — appearance.

Super Bowl LV is set for Feb. 7 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, airing on CBS. This will be the first time in NFL history the team from the host city will play in the Super Bowl. Catherine Garcia

January 22, 2021

Vaccinated health care workers are headed to next month's Super Bowl.

The National Football League said Friday it will allow a total of 22,000 fans to attend Super Bowl LV, which will be held at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida, CNN reports. The league said it made this decision following "discussions with public health officials, including the CDC, the Florida Department of Health, and area hospitals and health care systems."

Approximately 7,500 health care workers who have received their COVID-19 vaccine are scoring free tickets to the game from the NFL. The league posted a video Friday showing NFL commissioner Roger Goodell sharing the news with one group of health care workers.

"We can't thank you enough, and we hope this program will be a small way to celebrate you, honor you, and most importantly, thank you," Goodell says in the video.

The NFL says health officials have "reviewed and provided feedback on the NFL's comprehensive plans that will enable the league to host fans and the vaccinated health care workers in a safe and responsible way," and it plans to "enhance the already rigorous COVID-19 protocols" it has been using, including mandating mask-wearing. The Raymond James Stadium "has a capacity of around 65,000," the "plan is that for each pod of non-vaccinated fans, a group of vaccinated health care workers would be seated in the row behind, staggered to the side, throughout the stadium," The Washington Post writes.

Super Bowl LV is scheduled for Feb. 7. Brendan Morrow

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