The Chiefs and Buccaneers are getting ready to don their Super Bowl Sunday best.
It’s going to be a departure from the norm for both teams this year, with the NFC’s Bucs operating as the home team — both in a literal and figurative sense — but not wearing their usual home red tops. The same can be said for their AFC opponent, the Chiefs, who will be wearing their home colors despite being designated as the away team.
Get the dry-cleaning ticket handy, iron out those hand towels and make sure the lucky socks are up to game-day snuff to match up with the squads in just a few weeks.
Here’s what you need to know about the top-tier uniform matchup in Super Bowl 55.
MORE: How the Super Bowl ‘home team’ is determined
Buccaneers jerseys for Super Bowl 55
While the Buccaneers’ red uniforms are usually their home getup, the team announced on Jan. 27 that they will be donning white uniform tops with pewter pants in Super Bowl 55.
The Bucs might be leaning into superstition a little bit, as they’re undefeated while wearing this uniform combo in 2020, and have worn the away whites in their previous two playoff wins over the Packers and Saints. While the Bucs are the home team by both
There’s also a bit of a numbers game that plays into the decision, too, per ESPN’s Jenna Laine:
There’s actually a method to the madness that is the Bucs wearing white in the Super Bowl.
— JennaLaineESPN (@JennaLaineESPN) January 28, 2021
The uniforms, which are a drastic departure from their last unis and a return to the uniforms the team wore in the early 2000s, are toned down and mellowed out from their last over-designed Nike digs.
The last time the Bucs were in the Super Bowl (Super Bowl 37), they wore red tops with pewter bottoms. The pants are the same, but the tops are not. But maybe the Super Bowl mojo is unchanged, too.
Chiefs jerseys for Super Bowl 55
While the home red is something you don’t see away from Arrowhead Stadium, the Chiefs will travel and wear their home red tops with white bottoms. Given that the home team gets to decide which uniform they’re wearing, the Chiefs were forced to go the opposite direction.
That’s good news for the superstitious KC fans: the uniform combo is the same the team wore in their Super Bowl 54 over the 49ers last year.
Who is the home team for Super Bowl 55?
While the Buccaneers are defending their home turf, the NFL still has to designate home and away teams in the Super Bowl.
Coincidentally, the Buccaneers were designated this year’s home team, with the Chiefs operating as the away team. The Bucs become the first team in NFL history to play in a Super Bowl in their home stadium, and were fortunate enough to also get the nod as the home team.
Buccaneers record in white uniforms
The Buccaneers are undefeated in the 2020 season while wearing the white and pewter combination this season (5-0), with the prior two games coming in the playoffs (wins vs. the Packers and Saints).
They first wore the white/pewter combo in Week 6 vs. the Packers, a blowout win, and again downed Green Bay in the NFC championship game while wearing the same unis.
Chiefs record in red uniforms
The Chiefs are 7-2 in 2020 while wearing the red tops over white bottoms, and are 2-0 in the Super Bowl wearing the red tops, including their win in Super Bowl 54. They’re 2-0 in the playoffs this year while wearing the red-over-white combo.
They wore the red over white uniforms in one road game this year, in Week 2 vs. the Chargers, a 23-20 overtime win.
The Chiefs also wore red pants with red bottoms once this season in a Week 13 win over the Broncos.
Buccaneers Super Bowl results by uniform
This is just the second Super Bowl that Tampa Bay will play in. Their previous win, a 48-21 win over the Raiders in Super Bowl 37, came while the Bucs were wearing red tops with pewter bottoms, and the jersey design is similar to what’s being worn on the field now.
Chiefs Super Bowl results by uniform
The Chiefs are playing in their third Super Bowl, and have worn the same uniform combo in the prior two. Good news for the superstitious (or even just a little ‘stitious) KC fans: They’re 2-0 in Super Bowls while wearing the red-over-white uniform combo. They have a chance to make it 3-0 in Super Bowl 55.