NFL Playoff Picks: Super Bowl LV

The last NFL game of the season is set to kick off on Sunday night as the Kansas City Chiefs look to grab their second Lombardi trophy in as many years in Super Bowl LV.

Standing in their way? Only a guy trying to win his seventh ring in 10 tries in Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who will become the first team to play a Super Bowl in their home stadium.

It should be a good one, but the Boo Birds have never been able to just let a good game be a good game, so we’ve got picks!

Check out the guys’ predictions for Sunday’s game; they selected a winner, the final score, the MVP, and their take on an available prop bet. After scouring the hundreds of options, they settled on one they disagree on: Travis Kelce’s receiving yards, currently set at 98.5.

John: Tom Brady chasing Super Bowl greatness for another team is so unusual that I initially wrote “New England” in my score prediction. Sorry, Bucs fans. Feel free to take that one personally… but you’d be asking me to correct two decades of habit. 

That being said, this game is historic no matter who wins. If Brady pulls off the upset, he will do so in his first time as a true Super Bowl underdog since 2002. That was the year U2 delivered the greatest halftime performance in the history of The Big Game. For perspective: this year’s halftime headliner, The Weeknd, was just 11 years old at the time. Deflategate and Spygate had yet to occur. The specter of Giant Slayer Nick Foles had yet to form. Heck, even some of Tom Brady’s future 2023 teammates weren’t even born. 

Opposing Brady are Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs. Andy Reid will further erase previous doubts about his ability to coach in big games on Sunday. Look for the Chiefs to play well on both sides of the ball and use their dynamic offense to outwork Tampa Bay. Mahomes has the best chance to go to Disney World, if it’s even open these days. 

Many of the superlatives we are lobbing in Brady’s direction now could go to Mahomes one day, but that’s a long way off. The young(er) quarterback has the chance to win a second Super Bowl and begin his journey to being included in the GOAT conversation some day. He has to win on Sunday for that to happen. Kick back and enjoy a quarterback duel that may be a legendary day in NFL history. Chiefs 31, Buccaneers 24.

Picks: Patrick Mahomes for MVP, Travis Kelce under 98.5 yards

Joe: Well well well, who could ever have predicted that the Kansas City Chiefs would return to the Super Bowl? Literally everybody.

But Tom Brady in a Super Bowl? Who’s ever seen th–oh, all of us, so many times. Just to put it in perspective, if he takes the field on Sunday – there are still two days left in the age of COVID-19, so let’s not make assumptions – he’ll have appeared in over 18% of the Super Bowls that have been played. That doesn’t sound like a high number until you consider that HE IS JUST ONE DUDE.

So the guy who owns a timeshare in multiple Super Bowl host cities is taking on The Next Himself. Who comes out on top? I think it’ll be the young buck. Not the “young” Buc. Or any of the young Bu–you know what I mean.

Brady has embarrassed us for picking against him a couple times already, but this isn’t about him; it’s about Patrick Mahomes, Andy Reid, Tyreek Hill, Jason Kelce, and everyone else on the Chiefs. They are right now what the Patriots were years ago. Are the Buccaneers the Giants? No, I don’t think they are.

It’ll be a good game, but I don’t think you’ll have much doubt who’s walking away with the Lombardi (again) this year. Then again, we probably said the same thing midway through the fourth quarter last year…

Also, John’s crazy. Travis Kelce is an unstoppable force. His parade outfit game might not be as good as his brother’s, but his football game is such an integral part of what Kansas City does, he’ll be close to the total by halftime. Kansas City 34, Tampa Bay 20.

Picks: Patrick Mahomes for MVP, Travis Kelce over 98.5 yards

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