This stat line shows just how effective Antoine Winfield Jr. was in Super Bowl LV
It was quite a rookie season for Antoine Winfield Jr. The former Golden Gopher was drafted by Tampa Bay, carved out a starting role early in his career and ended his first year with a Super Bowl trophy.
Winfield wasn’t just riding coattails on the way to a title, either. The safety was incredibly effective all season long, and it translated into Super Bowl LV. He played a big role in Tampa Bay’s 31-9 victory over Kansas City.
Pro Football Focus broke down Winfield’s impact in Sunday night’s game. It’s pretty impressive what the former Minnesota star was able to do against one of the most effective and efficient offenses in the NFL.
According to PFF, Winfield was on the field for 61 coverage snaps and receivers were targeted 2 times and had 0 catches. The safety had 1 interception and 1 pass break-up and allowed a 0.0 passer rating.
Antoine Winfield Jr. in the Super Bowl:
🔒 61 coverage snaps
🔒 2 targets / 0 catches
🔒 1 INT / 1 PBU
🔒 0.0 passer rating allowed pic.twitter.com/hG58Wt4pN2
— PFF Draft (@PFF_College) February 9, 2021
Winfield also ended the day with 6 tackles on top of his coverage statistics. A pretty good day in the Super Bowl for the rookie DB.
During the regular season, Winfield was credited with 64 tackles, 6 passes defended, 2 forced fumbles and an interception. In the postseason, he tallied 18 stops, a forced fumble and a pick.
It’s pretty safe to say that Winfield’s NFL career is off to a really strong start with the Buccaneers.