The Buccaneers capped an 8-play, 75-yard drive when quarterback Tom Brady connected with tight end Rob Gronkowski for an 8-yard touchdown with 37 seconds to go in the first quarter. After kicker Ryan Succop connected on the point-after, Tampa Bay held an early 7-3 lead.
It was also the first time in 10 Super Bowl appearances that Brady’s team scored a touchdown in the opening quarter.
Before Brady connected with Gronkowski, he found Brown for a 5-yard reception, which put the Buccaneers at the Kansas City 8-yard line.
Two drives later, Brady and Gronkowski connected for a second time.
The duo capped a 6-play, 38-yard drive with 6:05 to go in the second quarter, when Brady found Gronkowski for a 17-yard strike to give the Buccaneers a 14-3 lead.
Gronkowski joined Rice as the only players in league history with multiple receiving touchdowns in multiple Super Bowls. Gronkowski (5) and Rice (8) are the only players with 5+ career receiving TDs in the Super Bowl.