KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Todd Bowles’ Tampa Bay defense put on a master class in Super Bowl LV.
The Buccaneers pressured Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes on 52% of his drop backs, the most in Super Bowl history, sacking him three times.
“I'm not obviously pointing my finger at the offensive line,” coach Andy Reid told reporters Monday. “They were guys that were moved around a little bit and then they take great pride in their work."
#Chiefs Patrick Mahomes was pressured the most of any QB in Super Bowl history.— Dianna Russini (@diannaESPN) February 8, 2021
29 pressures = 52%
With Kansas City down two starting tackles along the offensive line, Tampa dialed up the blitz, forcing Mahomes out of the pocket.
“A lot of times (blame) gets put on the line because I'm scrambling around,” Mahomes said after the 31-9 loss. “We just didn't execute at a high enough level.”
According to Next Gen Stats, Mahomes ran a total of 497 yards before throwing or being sacked, the most for a quarterback this season.