Buccaneers defense rises to occasion again in Super Bowl win

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Tampa Bay’s defense finished its redemption tour with a Super Bowl championship. Overwhelmed by Patrick Mahomes and Tyreek Hill during a loss to Kansas City in Week 12 of the regular season, a young Buccaneers secondary flipped the script in Sunday night’s NFL championship game by shutting down the Chiefs’ electric duo in a 31-9 victory. Rookie safety Antoine Winfield Jr., and second-year linebacker Devin White had the team’s sixth and seventh interceptions of a postseason run that also included wins over Drew Brees and Aaron Rodgers. Meanwhile, the Bucs limited Kansas City’s high-scoring offense to 350 yards and no touchdowns to redeem themselves from a poor performance in what wound up being Tampa Bay’s final loss of the season.