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Tom Brady vs. Patrick Mahomes: There has never been a Super Bowl QB matchup like this

They soared into Tremendous Bowl 55 fairly actually, Tom Brady and Patrick Mahomes combining for 605 passing yards of their respective convention championship video games. Their arrival on this matchup is not any coincidence.

Buccaneers vs. Chiefs accommodates the very best quarterback of all time vs. the very best quarterback of this time.

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There by no means has been a Tremendous Bowl QB matchup prefer it.

That is proper: 55 Tremendous Bowls, no precedent.

After all, there have been nice quarterback duels earlier than: Terry Bradshaw vs. Roger Staubach to shut the 1975 and 1978 seasons; Joe Montana vs. Dan Marino to finish the 1984 season; John Elway vs. Brett Favre to complete the 1997 season; Peyton Manning vs. Drew Brees to conclude the 2009 season and Brady vs. Russell Wilson to finish the 2014 season.

What separates the 2020 season finale from all of the others is the presence of the growing older GOAT and the one participant within the sport who feasibly might surpass him.

The one factor shut in that regard was Montana-Elway in 1989, with Montana already having banked three Tremendous Bowl titles at age 33 and Elway, at 29, making his third look with out a victory. Elway was not anticipated to interrupt by that yr, and he didn’t, with the 49ers’ 55-10 blowout simply protecting the 12-point unfold.

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Brady owns six Tremendous Bowl rings, all earned with the Patriots, the primary received within the 2001 season and the final as lately because the 2018 season. He has thrown extra landing passes than every other participant, made 14 Professional Bowls, earned three MVP awards, appeared in a document 10 Tremendous Bowls. On a day when he threw three interceptions and his group’s floor sport alternated between underutilized and underwhelming, Brady maneuvered ably sufficient by the Inexperienced Bay protection to build up 280 yards, three touchdowns and a 31-26 victory.

And if there’s anybody who can surpass him, it could be Mahomes, who earned his first Tremendous Bowl ring at age 24, the identical as Brady, and is again for a shot at a second in a row and an opportunity to turn into the youngest to win consecutive Tremendous Bowls on the quarterback place. He threw for 325 yards and three touchdowns, didn’t flip over the ball and solely allowed the KC punter onto the sector as soon as.

As Sporting Information NFL knowledgeable Vinnie Iyer famous, that is like if Michael Jordan had met LeBron James within the NBA Finals within the mid-2000s.

“Kobe [Bryant] has probably the greatest mentalities of all time so far as opponents going on the market and successful championships, not simply successful video games,” Mahomes stated, taking the NBA analogy a step farther in talking with reporters after Sunday’s victory. “I take lots from that, going on the market each single day and never being happy with the place you are at.

“The job’s not completed. After we went into the season, we weren’t speaking about going to the Tremendous Bowl. We have been speaking about successful it once more.”

Simply three years into his profession as a starter, Mahomes has appeared within the convention championship sport every time. He recorded double-digit victories in every of these seasons. He has averaged 4,622 passing yards and 38 touchdowns per season. He has thrown solely 23 interceptions, complete, in these three years.

After his first three seasons because the Patriots’ No. 1 QB, Brady had appeared in two convention championship video games and received them each. He was averaging 3,409 yards and 23 touchdowns, however the league was not as pass-oriented even that quick time in the past. To reveal the distinction: Brady’s 28 touchdowns within the 2002 season led the league. Aaron Rodgers threw 48 this season.

“It is a big-time matchup, big-time problem,” Chiefs security Tyrann Mathieu instructed the NFL Community. “We’re going in opposition to one of many biggest quarterbacks of all time.”

Mahomes was 6 years outdated when Brady received his first Tremendous Bowl, to shut the 2001 season. Mahomes’ father, Pat, nonetheless was pitching within the main leagues again then. He’s solely seven years older than Brady.

It might rely solely on one’s perspective to find out which is extra astounding: Brady’s longevity or Mahomes’ precocity. The center-aged might marvel at what one in all theirs nonetheless is ready to accomplish. Era Z could also be extra amazed {that a} up to date can attain the heights Mahomes has scaled with out the good thing about in depth expertise.

“This can be a purpose, however on the identical time, it is a week-to-week league,” Brady instructed reporters after the Bucs had received. “You recognize, we’re at 7-5 seven video games in the past, not feeling nice. We felt like we would have liked to seek out our rhythm, and we performed 4 nice video games in a row. And after that, it was all bonus.

“Soccer is the final word group sport. It takes all people. Everyone performs a task. And I am simply so pleased with this complete group and simply glad to be part of it.”

He’s the most important half, after all, identical to his counterpart. Who is larger, Brady or Mahomes? The reply in two weeks may not be the identical reply in twenty years, however that particular person will earn one other championship ring.

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