Welcome to SB Nation Reacts, a survey of fans across the NFL. Each week, we send out questions to the most plugged-in Seattle Seahawks fans and fans across the country. Sign up here to join Reacts.
Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers shocked most of the NFL world with a dominant win over the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LV. That they won the game is not the big surprise but rather the fact that they held Patrick Mahomes and that vaunted offense to 9 points, the worst output of the Mahomes era and the first time that Patrick has ever scored under 10 points dating back to his days as a high school starter.
According to the most recent SB Nation Reacts, following his seventh Super Bowl championship, just over 60 percent of fans believe Brady is the greatest player in NFL history.
Brady has been at the helm for Super Bowl victories on two teams, adding to his laundry list of accomplishments. Even if you didn’t think he deserved Super Bowl MVP, there’s no denying that the 43-year-old continues to amaze (and to some, annoy) with his prolonged success in this league. He’s the most accomplished player in NFL history for sure, and it’s increasingly hard to argue against his GOAT status as a player. Just don’t venture into “greatest athlete of all-time” discussion because that’s a bridge too far.
When the game was still close there were a lot of complaints about the one-sided officiating against the Chiefs, who picked up multiple costly penalties that extended Tampa Bay drives and even wiped out an interception. But most fans believe those flags were earned, or if nothing else, didn’t change the outcome. 64 percent of fans said the Buccaneers win didn’t come as a result of the refs. I’d love to know what would’ve happened if SB Nation Reacts existed after Super Bowl XL.
The biggest factor in the game was clearly the dominating defensive performance against Patrick Mahomes, who was running for his life while the makeshift Chiefs offensive line crumbled and their vaunted receivers could not get open against that underrated secondary. Nearly everyone who voted believe the Buccaneers’ defense was even more impressive than their offense.
Despite siding with the defense, a slight majority of fans still believe Brady deserved his MVP award, much to my amazement since he didn’t even to do anything in the 2nd half. I thought Devin White should’ve gotten it but Brady did play well and pick apart that KC defense, and more impressively picked apart a defense coached by one of the few defensive coordinators to really trouble him, Steve Spagnuolo.
Okay I think that’s our last survey for awhile. We should have some stuff coming up soon for the NFL Draft (e.g. biggest needs, players to pick, etc.) so be on the lookout for that.
To vote in the Reacts surveys and have your voice heard each week, sign up here.
And let’s end this with a hammered Brady in his shitfaced glory. For some of you this is the only time Tom Brady is extremely relatable.
I guess his sea legs aren’t what they used to be... pic.twitter.com/44K42bWPMe— Joey Knight (@TBTimes_Bulls) February 10, 2021