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Gavel Sports' Super Bowl LV Predictions

The Kansas City Chiefs and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will face off for the chance to be crowned Super Bowl Champions on Sunday, Feb. 7 at 6:30 p.m. The Bucs, led by ageless wonder Tom Brady, will become the first team to compete at a Super Bowl in its home stadium. But with a juggernaut offense featuring Patrick Mahomes, Tyreek Hill, and Travis Kelce coming into Raymond James Stadium, home-field advantage far from locks things up for Tampa Bay. The Gavel weighs in on who will walk away with the win:

Matt DeMerlis

For far too long, I’ve doubted Tom Brady’s ability to remain at the top echelon of quarterbacks in the NFL; every time, however, he proves me wrong. As much as I want the Chiefs to win, I think the Buccaneers will come out on top thanks to Brady’s stellar play, an all-out performance by Mike Evans, and a stifling defense led by Devin White, LaVonte David, and Jason Pierre-Paul. 

Prediction: Buccaneers 30, Chiefs 27

Corbin Bernal

I have had such a hard time trying to predict the outcome of this game, mainly because I can see it going a number of ways. First off, Patrick Mahomes and this Chiefs team are legit. They have been and will continue to be a force in the league during Mahomes’ career. They had the best record in the league at 14-2, and they are just so hard to go against in their quest to become back-to-back champions. On the other hand, you have arguably the best QB of all time in Tom Brady, who has proved just how timeless he is. Yes, the Bucs are overall weaker than the Chiefs, but everyone knows that anything is possible in the Super Bowl. As much as I don’t want to bet against Brady and his greatness, I think the Chiefs just have too much talent for the Bucs to handle and will repeat as NFL Champions. 

Prediction: Chiefs 35, Buccaneers 27

Jake McNeill

For football fans, a Mahomes-Brady matchup in the Super Bowl marks a potential passing of the torch. It’s the Kobe-LeBron finals that NBA fans dreamt of, but never got. Unfortunately, it comes when Tom Brady is 43 and Patrick Mahomes is entering his prime. Did Brady throw more touchdown passes this year than he has in a season since 2007? Yes. Have people been saying he would fall off because of his age since 2012? Yes. Tom Brady continues to transcend age, and what he has done this year is phenomenal, but it’s still tough to imagine him outplaying Mahomes. Even with the Bucs’ embarrassment of riches at wide receiver, the Chiefs still have more talent on the offensive side of the ball. It’s going to be a shootout, but the Chiefs will get their second consecutive ring, with many more likely following. 

Prediction: Chiefs 31, Buccaneers 27

Neal Bold

When these two quarterbacks met for the first time in the playoffs two years ago, Tom Brady and the Pats pulled off the upset. He’ll have to do it again, but Brady thrives as the underdog. Of course, football is a team sport, but with maybe the strongest group of receivers and running backs Brady has ever played with, and a competent defense to boot, I’m picking the Buccaneers to win the Super Bowl at home. 

Prediction: Buccaneers 31, Chiefs 27

Emma Twombly

Tom! Gronk! Back at it! And by “it,” I obviously mean the Super Bowl. One of the best Super Bowl matchups has the Bucs taking on the Chiefs. With both teams led by great quarterbacks in Brady and Mahomes, I don’t see one team taking a huge lead over the other. I think the difference will come down to the Bucs' experience and high-level offense. 

Prediction: Buccaneers 31, Chiefs 27

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