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(Free-TV) Super Bowl 2021 free live stream (2/7/21): How to watch Kansas City Chiefs vs Tampa Bay Game
The wait may have felt endless, but we’re nearly there: Super Bowl LV is just hours away! With more storylines than we can count and all kinds of records on the line, hopefully we can all agree this Super Bowl was well worth the wait. We’ve got the Tampa Bay Buccaneers taking on the defending champion Kansas City Chiefs. We’ve got Tyreek Hill and Mike Evans, Travis Kelce and Chris Godwin, Jason Pierre-Paul and Chris Jones, Shaquil Barrett and Tyrann Mathieu — and, of course, Patrick Mahomes and Tom Brady. Talk about stingy defenses and explosive offenses!
We’ll break it all down, but first here is how you can watch Super Bowl LV coverage all day today.
How to watch Super Bowl LV Date: Sunday, Feb. 7 Time: 6:30 p.m. ET Location: Raymond James Stadium (Tampa, Florida) TV: CBS | Stream: FREE on CBSSports.com and the CBS Sports App.
How to watch pregame coverage This year, CBS Sports is offering extensive access to pregame Super Bowl LV coverage.
CBS is providing viewers with seven hours of Super Bowl pregame coverage on Sunday, beginning with That Other Pregame Show (11:30 a.m. ET); followed by NFL Films special, Road to the Super Bowl (Noon, ET); Tony goes to the Super Bowl (1 p.m., ET), The Super Bowl Today (2 p.m., ET) and Super Bowl on CBS Kick-Off Show (6 p.m., ET).
CBS Sports HQ, the 24/7 streaming sports news network available for free across digital platforms, services and connected devices, will be live from Tampa during the week leading up to CBS Sports’ live stream of the game. Beginning Monday, Feb. 1, CBS Sports HQ will deliver on-site programming and reports throughout each day, and on game day will stream live pregame coverage, plus postgame analysis and highlights.
Starting at 2 p.m. ET on Sunday, Feb. 7, CBS Sports’ streaming coverage will also be available to viewers across an expanded lineup of platforms and devices, including unauthenticated at CBSSports.com and on the CBS Sports app for OTT devices and services, smart TVs and mobile devices.
When the Chiefs have the ball On Thursday, we broke down exactly what happened in the first matchup between the Chiefs and Bucs, when Patrick Mahomes and Tyreek Hill lit the secondary aflame with relative ease. You can read the full story here, but the relevant excerpts are below
Kansas City defeated the Buccaneers, 27-24, back in Week 12, behind an explosive performance from Mahomes and Hill. Mahomes completed 37 of 49 passes for 462 yards and three touchdowns. Hill hauled in 13 of 15 targets for 269 yards and was on the receiving end of all three of Mahomes’ scores.
Put simply, the Bucs had absolutely no answer for either of them, and because they didn’t, they lost the game. If they’re to reverse the result this time around, they’ll have to figure something out. So, it’s worth looking at exactly what happened in that first game, how it happened, and what — if anything — the Bucs may be able to do about it on Sunday night…
Early in the game, the Bucs tried to use a bunch of single-high safety looks (Cover-1 and Cover-3), and the Chiefs beat them. Later in the game, they went to more Cover-2 and Cover-4, and the Chiefs beat them. Poor Carlton Davis got tasked with following Hill wherever he went on the field for most of the game, and got absolutely roasted the entire afternoon. No matter what changes Tampa made, Mahomes and Hill had an answer…
The single-high safety looks got torched by Hill early in the game, so the Bucs changed things up a bit in the second half… They also blitzed far less often after the break. Mahomes lit up their blitzes by going 5 of 8 for 86 yards and a touchdown in the first half, so Todd Bowles only sent one blitz in the second half. It didn’t much matter. When Tampa sat back in soft zones, he just continually found Travis Kelce on underneath routes. The Chiefs repeatedly took advantage of Kelce being matched up on a linebacker or safety in space, where the Bucs just had no hope of containing him.
No matter how you slice it, the Chiefs will have a matchup advantage with either Hill or Kelce on just about every snap. If the Bucs try to double both players, they will leave Sammy Watkins (assuming he suits up, as it seems somewhat likely now), Mecole Hardman, or one of the running backs one-on-one, and will likely be vulnerable to Mahomes taking off and running as well. Forcing the Chiefs to pursue one of those options is preferable to letting Hill or Kelce torch your secondary, of course, but it’s still not ideal. (Especially because both Hill and Kelce can beat doubles anyway.)