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Chiefs have perfect blueprint to “shut down” Tom Brady in Super Bowl LV

When Tom Brady steps onto the field in tonight’s Super Bowl, it will be the 10th of his illustrious and record breaking career.

After winning six with the New England Patriots, the legendary quarterback will now be looking to bring success to Tampa Bay Buccaneers, in his first season with the team.

In total, the 43-year-old has been victorious in the sport’s biggest game six times, more than any other player.

However, despite playing in their home stadium, the Bucs go into Super Bowl LV as the underdogs, with the all-conquering Kansas City Chiefs hoping to reclaim their crown.

Tom Brady is hoping to win his seventh Super Bowl when the Bucs face off against the Chiefs

The game has been touted as the meeting of two of the best quarterbacks of all time, with Chiefs star Patrick Mahomes continuing to stand out in his third year as a starter.

But NFL expert and BBC pundit ‘Iron’ Mike Carlson, believes the game will be won and lost by the defences, with the Chiefs potentially holding a distinct advantage in the coaching department.

Chiefs defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo has already dealt Brady the ‘worst moment of his NFL career’, when the New York Giants lifted the Super Bowl in dramatic fashion in 2008.

Steve Spagnuolo is hoping to serve Brady a second Super Bowl defeat

The Giants won after a late touchdown pass from Eli Manning, but it was a victory built on defensive foundations, with Spagnuolo’s unit wreaking havoc on Brady and New England.

“I think it’s a pretty even game,” Carlson said. “On paper, in general, you would say the Chiefs are favourites. I think it will probably be a close game, because even if one team goes ahead, the other can score points quickly, if things go well for them.

“The Chiefs are better than that, than the Bucs, so I think only if the Chiefs go well ahead it will be a one-sided game.

Spagnuolo’s defence helped to shut Brady down

“Turnovers make fools of all of us, once they come. I think matching up I give an advantage to Tampa. Given that the big story is the ‘Greatest of all time’, against ‘Potential greatest of all time’, I think the real key are the two defences and the two defensive coordinators and the game plans they come up with.”

He added:  “They are both coordinators, who have done it against good offenses. Steve Spagnuolo shut Brady down in 2007 and the weird part is, it almost looks like he should use the same game plan on Sunday.

“Rush up the middle, don’t let him step up into the pocket and the weak part of Tampa’s line is [Aaron] Stinnie, the back-up guard and the best part of Kansas City’s line is Chris Jones and Frank Clark who tend to move inside and will be over the guard.”

For more from Mike Carlson, listen to Betfair’s NFL Betting Only Bettor Podcast and follow Mike’s tips here.




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