Tampa Bay's defense lived up to 'gravedigger' nickname according to Carlton Davis: 'Tonight, that’s what happened'
They call Tampa Bay’s defense the gravediggers for a reason.
Thanks in large part to Todd Bowles’ tenacious defense, the Buccaneers won Super Bowl 55 by a wide margin, holding Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City offense to just nine points in the 31-9 win on Sunday evening.
If you were unaware, Tampa Bay’s defense had earned the nickname the “gravediggers” this season and they certainly lived up to that moniker in Super Bowl 55.
According to Pro Football Focus, Mahomes was pressured on 38 of his 49 pass attempts in the game. When you compare that to the pressure Brady faced in the game, the Tampa Bay signal-caller was pressured five times on 29 attempts, you get an idea of how often the Buccaneers were harassing Mahomes.
Following the game, Tampa Bay defensive back Carlton Davis was asked to comment on the unit living up to the “gravedigger” nickname Sunday night.
“I mean, I don’t got nothing to say. It speaks for itself,” Davis said following the Super Bowl. “If you watch the game, you’ll see that all the talk, all the outside noise, everything the media was saying, all week — never paid attention to it.
“We knew who we were. We knew that we some gravediggers and we dig graves. And tonight, that’s what happened.”
Immediately after the game, Tampa Bay was eager to tell the world what happened to Kansas City’s prolific offense.