They mentioned it as “The Black Pearl,” a tip of the hat to Disney’s “Pirates of the Caribbean” and a play off the theme of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and their stadium. And sure enough, the Chiefs broke out “The Black Pearl”.
The Chiefs would up settling for a field goal in order to open the scoring of their 27-24 victory over the Buccaneers. By the end of the quarter, Kansas City held a 17-0 lead, while Mahomes had passed for 229 yards and two touchdowns, and Hill had seven catches for 203 yards and two touchdowns.
But “The Black Pearl” was more than just a failed trick play; it represented the level of trust, alignment, cohesion, and creativity that serve as the lifeblood of the defending Super Bowl champions.
The Chiefs still saw room for improvement.
“We played well enough to win,” Mahomes said. “There were times, offensively we could be better… Great thing about football and the NFL is you build and build each week and try to be your best at the end of the season.”
“We battled back. Unfortunately, left ourselves a big deficit to start, couldn’t convert any third downs,” said Brady. “Poor execution early. … When you play a good offense like that, we’ve got to do a better job and keep them off the field. … We’re going to get back to work and try to do a lot better job last quarter of the season.”