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Video shows how in awe Bucs WRs were of Patrick Mahomes

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Patrick Mahomes may have had a game to forget in the Super Bowl on Sunday, but that did not stop him from further earning the respect of his opponents.

Mahomes had to escape pressure numerous times in the Kansas City Chiefs’ 31-9 loss, which is the main reason his team was unable to find the end zone. Still, Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receivers Mike Evans, Chris Godwin and Scotty Miller were in awe of Mahomes’ performance. NFL Films captured some of their reactions to the acrobatic plays Mahomes made.

Mahomes completed 26-of-49 passes for 270 yards, no touchdowns and three interceptions. He made some jaw-dropping throws like the one you saw above where he was parallel to the ground, but Tampa Bay’s defense was simply too good for four quarters.

The reactions from Bucs players even as Mahomes wasn’t playing his best served as a reminder of just how talented he is. While he seemed to struggle in one particular area, he’ll almost certainly get another shot at a Lombardi Trophy in the future.

Betting reporter calls b.s. on viral streaker story

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A fan ran onto the field at Raymond James Stadium late in the fourth quarter of the Super Bowl on Sunday night, and there is now a rumor circulating that the fan turned the stunt into nearly $400,000.

At least one former oddsmaker is not buying it.

A graphic circulated around social media on Monday claimed the Super Bowl streaker placed a $50,000 prop bet at +750 odds before the game that a fan would run onto the field. He would have walked away with $374,000, and it supposedly only cost him $1K to get out of jail. Betting reporter Todd Fuhrman says he won’t believe any sportsbook would accept that wager unless he sees a slip.

Common sense would tell you no sportsbook would take that action. For starters, most have limits on novelty props that are a lot less than $50,000. Also, you would have more people betting on themselves to make massive amounts of money if they controlled the outcome of the prop bet.

Whether the streaker made a fortune on himself or not, Kevin Harlan’s radio call of the incident made it all worthwhile. You can listen to the awesome audio here.

Video: Tom Brady, Rob Gronkowski had hilarious exchange after Super Bowl

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Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski found themselves in a familiar spot when the final whistle of the Super Bowl blew on Sunday night, but it looked like they enjoyed the win just as much as their previous three together.

Brady and Gronkowski shared an awesome moment on the field after the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ 31-9 win over the Kansas City Chiefs. Brady ran over to Gronk with a big smile and said “this is what we do.” He then gave Gronkowski props for his “two tuddies,” referring to the tight end’s pair of touchdown grabs.

You can see the video below:

Gronk had a quiet season by his standards, catching just 45 passes for 623 yards and seven touchdowns. Like we saw in his final season with the New England Patriots, he saved one of his best games for the Super Bowl. Gronk finished with six catches for 67 yards and two touchdowns in the win over Kansas City.

Brady and Gronkowski have a great relationship both on and off the field. We were reminded of that when Brady broke out his hilarious Gronk impression (video here) earlier this season. That chemistry once again worked in their favor en route to another championship.

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Here is what Tom Brady said to Tyrann Mathieu in text message

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Tom Brady and Tyrann Mathieu had some heated moments during the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ win over the Kansas City Chiefs in the Super Bowl, but Brady apparently reached out to apologize after the game.

ESPN’s Jenna Laine was told by a source that Brady sent Mathieu a text message immediately after the game. The 43-year-old reportedly called Mathieu a “class act” and a “great leader” and told him he has admired him since his LSU days.

Brady also expressed to Mathieu that he wished he could have apologized in person. He told the safety that what he said during the game was not a reflection of how he feels about him, according to Laine.

Mathieu was called for pass interference on a play near the end of the first half that set up a Tampa Bay touchdown. He talked some trash to Brady after Tampa Bay’s touchdown and pointed his finger in Brady’s face. You can see the video here.

After Kansas City’s 31-9 loss, Mathieu said he had never seen that side of Brady before. He also sent a tweet implying Brady said something very offensive. Mathieu deleted the tweet, but here is a screenshot.

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Tom Brady showed incredible leadership in week ahead of Super Bowl

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Tom Brady needed only one season to turn the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from a 7-9 team into Super Bowl champions, and the star quarterback could not have been more confident heading into the big game on Sunday.

Perhaps the best illustration of Brady’s leadership came from Leonard Fournette. Following the Bucs’ 31-9 win over the Kansas City Chiefs, Fournette revealed that Brady texted his teammates at 11 p.m. every night leading up to the Super Bowl. His message was very simple.

Talk can be cheap, but it certainly is not when it comes from a quarterback who was preparing to start his 10th Super Bowl. Brady had an outstanding season, but the 43-year-old’s most valuable contribution to the Bucs was making them believe they could win. Head coach Bruce Arians alluded to that after the game.

“He’s a winner, man,” Arians said, via ESPN’s Mike Reiss. “That’s all you can say. He brought a winning mentality to a really talented football team that didn’t know how to win.”

Brady’s ability to make those around him better has defined his career. It’s the reason he was able to win titles without a star-studded supporting cast in New England. He also never runs out of sources of motivation, which is a contagious mentality to bring into a locker room.

Heck, Brady even found a way to accomplish a first while winning his seventh Super Bowl. You can bet he’ll find a new way to motivate himself and his teammates next year.

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Tyrann Mathieu says Tom Brady ‘called me something I won’t repeat’

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Tom Brady and Tyrann Mathieu exchanged words during the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ win over the Kansas City Chiefs in the Super Bowl, and Mathieu sent a surprising tweet about the verbal altercation after the game.

In a tweet that he has since deleted, Mathieu claimed Brady “called me something I won’t repeat.” He did not go into detail, but he seemed bothered by the fact that the media was blaming him for instigating. The All-Pro defensive back also said he has shown nothing but “grace” when speaking about Brady in the past.

It’s unclear why Mathieu deleted the tweet or what Brady allegedly said to him.

The Chiefs were called for two defensive pass interference penalties in a three-play span in the final minute of the first half. The penalties put Tampa Bay in the red zone and then on the goal line, setting up the Bucs’ third touchdown.

Mathieu was called for the second pass interference, and it came on a ball that appeared to be uncatchable. He talked some trash to Brady after Tampa Bay’s touchdown and pointed his finger in Brady’s face. You can see the video here.

Mathieu was asked about the altercation after the game, and he seemed surprised that Brady went at him so hard. While we don’t know exactly what was said, most people would agree that giving Brady extra motivation in the middle of a game is a bad idea. The 31-9 final score was yet another reminder of that.

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Bucs’ Ryan Jensen shows up to Super Bowl in hilarious Tom Brady shirt

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Tom Brady joined the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this season and immediately led them to the Super Bowl, but his teammates continue to make it clear that the future Hall of Famer is just one of the guys.

Bucs center Ryan Jensen showed up to the Super Bowl on Sunday rocking a hilarious shirt with Brady’s infamous NFL Combine weigh-in photo on it. Here he is walking into Raymond James Stadium hours before kickoff:

The shirt was fantastic, and the timing was even better.

Brady and his Bucs teammates have spent less than a full year together, but it certainly seems like the comfort level is there. Between Jensen’s shirt and the nickname Leonard Fournette gave Brady earlier in the week, it is clear the Buccaneers kept things loose heading into their big game against the Kansas City Chiefs.

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Tom Brady had awesome message for Bucs after NFC Championship

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Tom Brady has said throughout his career that his favorite Super Bowl ring is “the next one,” and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers got a first-hand look at that mindset following their win in the NFC Championship Game over a week ago.

Bucs linebacker Lavonte David appeared on the “All Things Covered” podcast with Bryant McFadden and Patrick Peterson this week and shared a classic Brady story. David said Brady saw a Tampa Bay player crying tears of joy after beating the Green Bay Packers, and Brady told him the Bucs haven’t won anything yet.

“When I realized that all of the other stuff doesn’t really matter unless it’s the Super Bowl was after we won the NFC Championship. You know me, I’m all happy and geeked up,” David said. “I guess somebody was crying and I heard (Tom) like, ‘What the f— you crying for? We’re not done yet.’ … He’s right. I had a little tears too so I wiped my s— quick.”

David said he couldn’t remember which player was crying but that it may have been Chris Godwin or Jaydon Mickens. You can see the clip below, but beware that it contains inappropriate language:

Brady is genuinely never satisfied. That is probably the main reason he is the greatest quarterback of all time. Leonard Fournette may have mocked TB12 with a funny nickname this week, but the Bucs know they are in the Super Bowl because of him.

When you have been to 10 Super Bowls, it’s easy to not get carried away over winning a conference title. Thankfully, Brady can pass that wisdom on to his less experienced teammates.

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Patrick Mahomes provides update on toe injury

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Patrick Mahomes suffered a toe injury during the Kansas City Chiefs’ win over the Cleveland Browns in the Divisional Round, but the star quarterback does not expect it to be an issue in the Super Bowl.

Mahomes told reporters on Tuesday that his toe feels much better heading into Sunday’s game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

“It’s pretty close to 100 percent. I’m sure by game day it will be,” Mahomes said, via ESPN’s Adam Teicher.

That is certainly good news for the Chiefs, though it is not exactly a surprise. Mahomes played through the toe injury in the AFC Championship Game, and he still managed to throw for 325 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions.

There was a lot of talk about the injury that Mahomes suffered on this frightening hit against the Browns, but the toe was arguably the bigger concern heading into the AFC Championship Game. It sounds like it will be a non-factor for the Super Bowl.

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Cole Beasley played on broken leg in playoffs

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Buffalo Bills wide receiver Cole Beasley caught seven passes in Sunday’s loss to the Kansas City Chiefs, but it sounds like he probably should not have even been on the field.

Beasley revealed on Monday that he played through a broken leg during the postseason. The 31-year-old suffered a broken fibula during Week 16 against the New England Patriots and sat out the regular-season finale. Beasley then played in all three postseason games.

Beasley said he felt a lot of pain during Buffalo’s Wild Card game against the Indianapolis Colts. He was able to “take a few meds and suck it up” after that.

Either way, that had to have been painful. Beasley caught 82 passes during the regular season and was one of Josh Allen’s most reliable targets. That type of toughness is a quick way for an NFL receiver to earn the trust of his quarterback.