Super Bowl Sunday was quite the interesting day for our former Huskers as both David and Suh played major roles in dominating the Chiefs high powered offense, holding them without a single touchdown. Here’s a look at how all three Tampa Huskers did in the NFL’s biggest game of the season.
Top Husker Performer
Lavonte David, Tampa Bay
Stats will tell you that Devin White had a much bigger impact on the game than David, but that was far from the case. David was tasked with playing more in coverage and had to match up with star tight end Travis Kelce nearly the entire game. David was able to make two key pass breakups covering Kelce on third downs that forced the Chiefs to punt and allowed the Bucs to race out to an early lead. Throw in six total tackles and David continued to show us what we saw all season that he was one of the best linebackers in the NFL.
Had a Good Game
Ndamukong Suh, Tampa Bay
One of the biggest stories of the game was the fact that Patrick Mahomes had no time to throw the ball as the Bucs defensive line swarmed all over him finishing with three sacks and eight quarterback hits. While Ndamukong Suh finished with one of those sacks, his impact was much greater than his stats would show you. Suh consistently faced double teams and was able to hold the point of attack while also making it impossible for Mahomes to step up in the pocket to avoid the edge pass rushers.
Khalil Davis, Tampa Bay
With Vita Vea and Steve McLendon back from injury that means that Davis was inactive for the Super Bowl and doesn’t get to be on the field. A bummer for Davis who did show some ability to get penetration in his limited action this year.