Super Bowl 55 live updates: Score, analysis for Kansas City Chiefs vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Super Bowl 55 might go down as one of the most important NFL history. At least, it has been billed that way over the last two weeks, as theTampa Bay Buccaneers play the first true “home” Super Bowl against the defending champion Kansas City Chiefs, putting a bow on the 2020 season the league navigated under the circumstances and challenges presented by the coronavirus pandemic.

USA TODAY Sports is here to bring you the latest updates and analysis from our reporters and columnists at the game and across the country.

With kickoff set for 6:30 p.m. ET on CBS, check out these stories ahead of the big game:

  • Inauguration poet Amanda Gorman to read before coin toss
  • Game predictions: Tom Brady or Patrick Mahomes comes out on top?
  • WATCH: Brady’s hype video
  • Ranking all 54 Super Bowls best to worst
  • Women playing major roles in Super Bowl have message: Get used to it

Fans attend Super Bowl 55 at Raymond James Stadium

The smallest crowd in Super Bowl history will be on hand in Tampa due to pandemic restrictions. All fans will wear masks and of the approximately 25,000 in attendance, 7,500 will be vaccinated healthcare workers.

The prices may be limited, but the prices sure aren’t — beers are going for $13-15.

KC Chiefs will be without Britt Reid

Britt Reid, the Chiefs’ outside linebackers coach and son of head coach Andy Reid, did not travel with the team after he was involved in a multi-vehicle accident Thursday night. Kansas City TV station 41 Action News reported that Reid told police two or three drinks.

Reid, 35, has been on the Chiefs staff since 2013.

Joe Biden wants to catch a pass from Patrick Mahomes

The 46th president has been preaching unity during his first weeks in office, and he struck a conciliatory tone when asked whether he’d go with Tom Brady or Patrick Mahomes (Biden played wide receiver growing up).

“Obviously, Brady is a great quarterback,” Biden told CBS. “Mahomes seems like he’s got a lot of potential and so I’d probably take a shot with the young guy.”

Fans arrive before the NFL Super Bowl 55 football game between the Kansas City Chiefs and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

When pressed if his pick of Mahomes reflected who he thought would win the game, the president demurred.

“I don’t know who’s going to win,” Biden said. “I think they’re both great quarterbacks.”

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