Super Bowl LV Matchup Set
Super Bowl LV is scheduled to take place on Feb. 7, and the matchup is now set after the conclusion of the conference championship games.
It will be the Tampa Bay Buccaneers taking on the Kansas City Chiefs for the right to hoist the Lombardi Trophy.
The Buccaneers punched their ticket to the Super Bowl by earning a 31-26 win over the Green Bay Packers. Tampa Bay was the fifth seed in the NFC and won three straight road games to win the conference championship.
Kansas City went 14-2 during the regular season to earn the top overall seed in the AFC. The Chiefs reached the Super Bowl by defeating the Buffalo Bills by a score of 38-24 in the AFC Championship Game.
The Buccaneers will be the first team to play in a Super Bowl in its home stadium. This will also be a rematch of a regular-season game that was played at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla.
In that regular-season matchup, the Chiefs earned a 27-24 win over the Buccaneers. Kansas City jumped out to a 17-0 first-quarter lead and was able to hold on for the win.
The Chiefs are the defending Super Bowl champions and are looking to become the first back-to-back winners since the New England Patriots accomplished the feat in 2004 and 2005. Kansas City has opened up as a 3.5-point favorite over the Buccaneers.
Tampa Bay is looking to win the second Super Bowl in franchise history, with the first title coming in 2003. This is the first time that the Buccaneers have been back in the Super Bowl since that championship.
Quarterback Tom Brady will be playing in his 10th career Super Bowl, which is the most in National Football League history. Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes will be playing in his second straight Super Bowl.
This is the first-ever playoff matchup between the Chiefs and Buccaneers.
Changes to Super Bowl
The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has forced the NFL to make several changes to the normal Super Bowl format. The actual game will still be the same, but the events surrounding the Super Bowl will be much different.
Typically, teams arrive at the location of the Super Bowl at the beginning of the week, but that will not be the case this season. The Chiefs are not expected to arrive in Tampa until a day or two before the game.
Attendance at the Super Bowl will also be limited this year, and there are less than 15,000 tickets on sale to the general public. The league has also invited 7,500 health care workers to attend Super Bowl LV at no cost.
Each team will also receive an allocated number of tickets for friends and family, but the stadium will not even be close to filled. The league will continue testing players in advance of the Super Bowl to ensure that no one tests positive for COVID-19.
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