Moments after a Ryan Succop field goal was taken off the board when a Chiefs penalty gave the Bucs a first down, Brady steps back and finds Gronkowski again. It’s 14-3 as we close in on halftime.
The Chiefs may be the defending Super Bowl champions but in the first half, in multiple ways, they have played like a fidgety team cowed by the weight of a Super Bowl appearance. The Buccaneers do not score their second touchdown without three Chiefs blunders. It began with a 29-yard punt by Kansas City’s rookie punter Tommy Townsend, who earlier had a 27-yard punt.
Townsend’s kick gave Tampa Bay possession at the Kansas City 38. The drive was extended twice by Chiefs errors: First, an interception of a deflected Brady pass was nullified by a defensive holding penalty, and then Kansas City lined up offside on the Succop field-goal attempt. That mistake gave the Buccaneers a first down and on the next play, Brady connected with Gronkowski for his second touchdown reception.