Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady was fed up with Kansas City Chiefs safety Tyrann Mathieu in the first half of Super Bowl LV.
As seconds ticked down in the second quarter, the Buccaneers took over possession and started a short-clock drive. The Chiefs made an odd decision to call timeout hoping to get the ball back, giving Tampa Bay extra time, and Brady made them pay.
As the Buccaneers neared the end zone, penalties mounted and frustrations flared. Mathieu got in Brady’s face, and Brady appeared to tell the talented corner he would target him.
Sure enough, near the goal line, Brady fired a pass to Antonio Brown, who beat Mathieu and built Tampa Bay’s lead to 21-6 going into the break.
After the play, Brady sprinted over to Mathieu to get in his face. No penalty was called on Brady.
“I don’t know what it does for [Brady],” said Tampa Bay wide receiver Mike Evans after the game. “But for us? We love that [expletive].”
Getting in Brady’s face, it seems, might not be advisable. The Buccaneers rolled to a 31-9 win to capture their second Lombardi Trophy.
Mathieu initially downplayed the exchange after the game.
“Listen, Tom Brady’s a great quarterback,” Mathieu said. “I never really saw that side of Tom Brady, to be honest. But whatever. No comment. It’s over with. I’m done with it.
“It’s football. Guys are going to go back and forth.”
He took a little bit of a different tone on Twitter, then deleted his Tweet, but not before others captured it.
“He called me something I won’t repeat but yeah I’ll let all the media throw me under bus as if I did something or said something to him,” Mathieu wrote. “Go back to my previous games against TB12. I showed him nothing but respect. Look at my interviews about him… I show grace.”
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