This is the 43-year-old goat, as opposed to the 25-year-old mage. Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady and Patrick Mahomes, the Kansas City Chiefs team, will meet for the fourth time in three years on Sunday (16:25 ET, CBS). They also meet for the first time since Mahomes was anointed Super Bowl champion last year and since Brady found himself a new home in Tampa Bay.
It’s not just the two best in the league who are prone to big moments and big games – they’re generational icons who have achieved universal recognition that goes beyond their sport.
It was always a chess match with Brady. His success lies in the systematic carving of the defense and the insertion of the ball into the tightest spaces – although Bruce Arians has a much better chance of attacking when he tries to defy Time Father.
Mahomes, on the other hand, seems to oppose the laws of physics and human anatomy on a weekly basis, distorting his arms into impossible angles to make the same impossible throws. While Brady brings will and determination – which has swung him from Michigan’s seventh-string quarterback and 199th overall draft to a six-time Super Bowl winner – Mahomes brings in “wow”.
They already had three riveting matches, each decided by one or less scores. Since Brady is already in the south of the NFC and only sees the NFC West every four years, this could face their last time unless both teams reach the Super Bowl before Brady retires.
Here’s a look back at these matches and what fans can expect when the two of them play on Sunday.
What did it mean: The Chiefs were 5-0, and Mahomes had already started the NFL with 1,513 yards and 14 touchdown passes in their first year. The Patriots stood 3-2, but in a two-game winning streak.
The game matching the Mahomes-Brady match gave a high score. He had nearly 700 passes on it, almost equally split between the two, and five touchdown passes, four from Mahomes. Mahomes threw a 75-yard touchdown pass to Tireek Hill with three minutes left and equalized at 40, but Brady then took the lead, culminating in a winning field goal and a 43-40 Patriots victory. The Chiefs scored 12-4 and the AFC’s No. 1 playoff was behind the 11-5 patriots.
The catch.@RobGronkowski | #KCvsNE | #GoPats pic.twitter.com/yOYmcpKikb
– New England Patriots (@Patriots) October 15, 2018
The best momentary / cardinal game for all QBs: Brady made the game’s three longest passes in the fourth quarter. Neither was bigger than a 39-yard throw to Rob Gronkowski, who put the Patriots in position for the winning field goal. Mahomes had two long touchdown passes, one toward 75-yard Hill and one to Kareem Hunt, 67 yards.
What they said: “[Mahomes] he threw a lot of big ones – the throw at the end of Tire was a great throw, and there were some other great throws as well. It’s so hard to slow down these guys. They scored a lot of points throughout the year. It’s going to be pretty hard to stop them, so I’m glad we got our last shot and I’m glad we took advantage of it. ” – Brady
“I really respect Tom and everything he did in this game and his whole career. He was successful in this league because he won matches with such last-minute shoots. We just have to find a way to win games like this. you want to get where you want to go, you have to win games that will be tight and will face very good opponents. ” – Mahomes
Who won this round: Mahomes and the Chiefs voiced their presence, but Brady established an early superiority in the competition.
What did it mean: The stakes were higher this time when Mahomes and Brady met at the AFC Championship. The first half looked much different than the first game between midfielders. Mahomes and the high-scoring Chiefs were disappointed in the Patriots ’person-to-person coverage and pulled 14-0 at halftime. But the expected shooting occurred in the second half.
Behind Mahomes ’three touchdowns, the Chiefs prepared to advance to the Super Bowl when Brady threw an interception at the end of the fourth quarter and the Chiefs led 28-24. But the game was canceled by a penalty and the game was eventually extended. The Patriots won the toss of the coin and took the winning touchdown for a 37-31 win. Mahomes has never touched the ball in overtime.
Brady’s best throws in the AFC Championship. pic.twitter.com/25JCwrB0GR
– New England Patriots (@Patriots) January 21, 2019
The best momentary / cardinal game for all QBs: Brady was the best in overtime in the winning round when he completed three passes in the third and 10th to allow the Patriots to transform. Mahomes threw a 23-yard touchdown pass to Damien Williams in the fourth quarter, taking the Chiefs ’first lead.
What they said: “I think we’ve overcome a lot of things this year. Down, but not outside, and we’ve found a way to play our best in the last four games – Buffalo, the Jets said goodbye, played great against the Chargers, and played very well today. “We’re going to need another great game. It was a great way to finish it. I was probably as excited as I was a long time ago. A lot of things, a game here or a game there can change everything, but it’s football. I’m just proud of our team.” – Brady
“I think the coin is tossing, I guess you’d say. It’s a thing where he did great. He did a lot of conversions. In big moments, the guys made big catches. [Brady]. It’s a thing where all you can do is support your teammates, trust your teammates, and when you get the chance, go out there and try to play games. ” – Mahomes
Who won this round: Brady left the award, a trip to the Super Bowl, which he won, earning his sixth ring. Mahomes & Co. left with motivation for next season.
What did it mean: The Patriots 10-2, the Chiefs 8-4. After starting slowly in his first two games against Brady and the Patriots, Mahomes scored 226 yards, a touchdown pass and a 20-7 lead after the first 30 minutes. Brady and the Patriots teamed up in the second half, but missed when the fourth hand in the final zone was knocked out by the Chiefs, with just over a minute left. Mahomes eventually took the win in the rivalry as the Chiefs won 23-16.
.@PatrickMahomes you will find @ MecoleHardman4 for 6️ for #ProBowlVote pic.twitter.com/6pGiIB1zSj
– Kansas City Chiefs (@Chiefs) December 8, 2019
The best momentary / cardinal game for all QBs: Mahomes threw a 48-yard touchdown pass to Mecole Hardman in the second quarter, giving him a lead for the Chiefs, who were not relinquished. Brady lost his touchdown pass early in the fourth quarter when officials mistakenly judged that the buyer had stepped out of the boundaries before reaching the end zone.
What they said: “Every game gives a little different atmosphere, and the situations are a little different, and it’s a different team each year. So I may have some experience doing things, but this team as a whole hasn’t gone through different situations yet. he’s trying to rework them all season and we still have three big matches and we need to get back to winning football. ” – Brady
“First of all, I don’t think it will be [Brady’s] last season. He still plays at a high level. But yes, you want to beat the best, you want to go out and play against the best, and do everything. But it’s a team game, your team has to beat your team. It’s a very good football team, we can play in a very difficult environment, and that’s why we have to find a way to win the game – it wasn’t nice all the time, it was just a tough, fighting win. ” – Mahomes
Who won this round: Mahomes. Both teams finished the season 12-4, but a head-to-head win resulted in a playoff for the Chiefs, forcing Brady and the Patriots on a wildcard weekend when they were knocked out of the Tennessee Titans by 20-13.
Round 4, November 29, 2020
What does Mahomes mean: Unless the teams get into the Super Bowl, it’s probably for Mahomes-Brady. The win allows Mahomes to once tell his kids that he was even against Brady in four games. Brady can no doubt be proud of the 3-1 result against Mahomes if the Bucs win.
What does it mean for Brady: The Bucs are battling for a playoff spot after being eliminated from NFC South’s first place in Week 9 with a defeat against New Orleans and falling to NFC’s sixth place after losing from the Rams in Week 11. game determines the course of their season. This offense has brought up large numbers, but at times it is still very controversial and has struggled with the deep ball in recent weeks, which has affected their ability to play big. Coach Bruce Arians believes this has less to do with Brady’s arm and more with a lack of continuity with so many new pieces.
Challenge Brady introduces the Chiefs: Brady looked at Bucs’ Monday night loss against the Rams as his age. The challenge for the Chiefs is whether they can put as much pressure on him as the Rams. The Chiefs ’passing rush was not effective this season. Leaders need big games from Chris Jones and Frank Clark.
Challenge Mahomes introduces the Bucs: Todd Bowles’ defense is high risk, high reward. If the crimes can beat the lightning strike, they can get piece games – and Mahomes is one of the best in the league in defeating the flash. Andy Reid also does a fantastic job of opening his customers and finding these vulnerabilities in Mahomes ’zone defense.
Who has an edge in a sentence?
It’s hard to choose against Mahomes, who could head towards the second MVP of his young career. – Teicher
I have Mahomes. Bucs ’pass defense has been volatile in recent weeks and he seems even more vulnerable without Jamel Dean (concussion). – Wave