When all of this is said and done, Patrick Mahomes can go down as the greatest football player of all time.
Yes, Tom Brady and his six rings are still big, especially since they will meet in the Super Bowl in two weeks. But Mahomes may arrive there one day, and this is not a careless or controversial statement. Then when he won his first Super Bowl last February at the age of 24 – Brady won his first match at the same age – and especially not after Mahomes’ latest legendary performance.
After a painful foot injury and injury in the divisional round on the seventh day on Sunday, Mahomes went out and dominated the AFC Championship Game to such an astonishing degree that his 62-year-old future Hall of Fame head coach was also left . Awe after the Chiefs’ 38-24 win over the Buffalo Bills.
“I’m an old guy who appears to be a very good quarterback, and I’m going there, ‘this guy amazes me a little bit more in every game,” “Chiefs coach Andy Reid said after the game.
Reid, who once included Brett Favre in his major, was a voice in a chorus of praise.
“He’s a gamer, so it doesn’t necessarily matter what the situation or circumstances are – he rises above all of that,” said safety Tyron Matthews.
“We just had the quarterback who could make all the right plays and all the right throws,” tight end Travis Kelce said. “Today he was just innocent.”
Mahomes’ last state line was just that. He finished this season with 29 of 38 for the highly qualified Josh Allen – another eligible MVP candidate – for 325 yards, three touchdowns and zero interceptions, and his pass rating of 127.6 was his highest since November 1.
Buffalo believed it to be a team of destiny, but many teams have felt this way, only to meet their expectations dashed by alpha quarterbacks at the peak of their powers. That’s Mahomes, Bill learned and that’s Brady. And that’s why his upcoming performance in Super Bowl LV will be so special.
Sure, it’s a fight between the old goat vs. the young goat with Mahomes’ new school, an easy story not to mention a ratings bonanza for the improved QB play vs. Brady’s old-school pocket prototype league.
For those who love the history of the game, those who appreciate the heritage, it promises to be so much more. In a league where the Super Bowl is simply difficult, a Brady win would make it even harder for the Mahomes to overtake him in terms of rings. The 7-1 advantage is difficult to overcome, though it is a testament to Mahomes’ prodigious skills that it will not be out of the question.
But with the Mahomes win, they would only need * four * to match Brady, perhaps 10 to 15 or more seasons to play. Not terrible odds considering the considerable gifts of mahm and the splendid infrastructure of Kansas City.
What’s more, there is a chance that this may be the last time we ever see these two faces, as Brady is 43 years old and the Chiefs and Bucs are not scheduled to play each other in the 2021 regular season. It could be a tiebreaker, as the two have won the first two matchups with Brady 2–2 against each other and the Mahomes have won the last two, including 27–24 ball games this season.
So yeah, just call it “Brady-Mahomes V: Winner Take All.” Not only for the crown of the 2020 season, but also for the legacy.
Brady could see this day, this possible passage of the torch, coming. That’s why he looked for the Mahomes in the majors’ locker room after his second performance, a Patriots win over the majors in the 2018 season’s AFC Championship Game.
Mahomes recalled on Sunday, “He re-emphasized that I am doing things the right way, which I am putting in the right thing and I will get more chances to be in these games.”
Brady was right, as the Mahomes have played conference title games for 2 to 2.
And now, in two weeks, Brady will find himself squaring off against a more agile and strong-armed version of himself on football’s biggest stage, with the goat situation potentially hanging on for one day remaining. If Mahomes wins on Sunday and concludes his career with six titles, we’ll see it as a tiebreaker when Michael Jordan’s Bulls defeated Magic Johnson’s Lakers in the 1991 NBA Finals.
There is a good chance that both quarterbacks know this as well. While Brady made the decision to flee New England – and proved Bill Belichick wrong – revealed by another example of his Jordan-like competition, don’t think for a second that his young challenger, who was 25-1 in his 26 Has begun, he does not even have symptoms.
Mahmes’s buffalo smackdown on Sunday against a talented young rival in Allen offered more evidence of his inner contestant. He notices some people who thought he was less than two AFC Championship Game QBs.
His postgame comments about Brady and the Bucs were indicative that he is also fully aware of the historical implications of his next game.
“Being able to go against one of the greatest quarterbacks ever in the 150th Super Bowl, I mean it would be a great experience for me,” Mahomes joked.
“It’s a chance to go out there and repeat and do it against the best, it’s something special. And I’m excited for this opportunity.”
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