The Kansas City Chiefs will be heading to Tampa Bay for a historic matchup against the Buccaneers for Super Bowl LV.
The Kansas City Chiefs are headed to Tampa Bay, Florida to take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Super Bowl LV. The Chiefs are looking to win back to back Super Bowls with a win on Sunday. It is looking promising for them as they are coming off a double-digit win against the Bills in the AFC Championship Game.
The Buccaneers are looking to win their first Super Bowl in over a decade (almost two decades) and they are also the first team to have home-field advantage in the Super Bowl. The Buccaneers are feeling good, as they are coming off a solid performance in their five-point win against the Packers.
These two teams have already gone head to head this year in Week 12 where the Chiefs came out on top by just a field goal. Both squads are looking ahead and all that matters is who comes out of this game hoisting the Lombardi Trophy.
Here are five things to watch for against the Buccaneers in Super Bowl LV.
KC Chiefs vs Bucs in Super Bowl LV – What to Watch: Home Field Advantage
One of the big conversations heading into Sunday is the Buccaneers playing in their home stadium, but the real question is – Does this actually count as home field advantage? The only real advantage this gives is a lack of traveling which can be beneficial to the whole team. The Buccaneers do not have to dedicate any time to traveling, hotels, or any headaches that this can cause. It can provide more time to practice and rest, but this is where the benefits end.
The biggest factor in home field advantage is crowd noise, and the Bucs won’t have that to help them. COVID-19 has already made this an issue as stadium capacities have been significantly reduced and the Super Bowl won’t be an exception. Fans who are allowed in won’t just be Bucs fans, but more of a mix of both fan bases and neutral fans (first responders deservingly are getting tickets), so Chiefs Kingdom will be heard on Sunday as well and they’ll be loud.
The Buccaneers might be in a familiar place but it won’t feel like home. The NFL has announced that the organization must remain neutral and can’t follow a large number of team traditions. This includes one of their staples of firing the cannons from their large stadium pirate ship, but this won’t stop them from sprinkling in as much as they can as they even released this statement:
Many fans across the NFL don’t have an issue with this as getting to the Super Bowl hosted by your city is quite the accomplishment. The Bucs deserve to show off a bit but it still won’t be the same.