It took a while for the Buccaneers' offense to find its stride in Super Bowl LV, but when it finally did, it came with a familiar duo.
Tom Brady found Rob Gronkowski for an eight-yard touchdown pass late in the first quarter, giving Tampa Bay a 7–3 lead. The connection was the 13th Brady-to-Gronkowski touchdown pass of their postseason careers, the most in NFL history.
The pass capped an eight-play, 75-yard scoring drive that proceeded two straight three-and-outs. For Brady, it was his first touchdown pass in the first quarter of his Super Bowl career. It was Gronkowski's fourth career touchdown in the Super Bowl.
Midway through the second quarter, the pair connected again, this time on a 17-yard strike that put the Buccaneers ahead, 14-3. The grab gives Gronkowski his second multi-touchdown game in his Super Bowl career, joining Jerry Rice as the only players to accomplish that feat.
Gronkowski now has five career touchdowns in the Super Bowl, second all-time to Rice (eight). The pair are the only two players with at least five touchdowns in their Super Bowl careers.
Tampa Bay's drive was extended when the Chiefs jumped offsides as the Bucs kicked a field 40-yard field goal on 4th-and-5. Bucs kicker Ryan Succop made the kick that would have made the score 10-3.
Gronkowski's odds before kickoff to score the first touchdown of the game were +1100, creating a nice payday for bettors brave enough to bet on the iconic Brady-to-Gronkowski duo to get off to a hot start.
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