Tom Brady vs Patrick Mahomes: how many times have they faced each other?
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers host the Kansas City Chiefs in a historic Super Bowl LV, and there are two men who are making all the headlines in advance of 7 February.
On 7 February the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will make history at least once as they take to the field at the Raymond James Stadium. Just by stepping out they will be the first team to play in a Super Bowl on their home turf. But with legendary quarterback Tom Brady now in their ranks, the Bucs want to be remembered for so much more as they face up against defending champion Kansas City Chiefs.
Super Bowl LV: Buccaneers vs Chiefs
Long before quarterback Tom Brady chose this season to leave the New England Patriots for the Buccaneers, Tampa Bay had been selected as host city for Super Bowl LV but the future Hall of Famer ensured he would own another line in the history books after leading his team to a 31-26 win over the Green Bay Packers on Sunday in the NFC title game.
"We're coming home, and we're coming home to win," said Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians, as Tampa becomes the first team to host and play in a Super Bowl.
The Buccaneers return to the Super Bowl for the first time since winning the Lombardi trophy in 2003 while Brady will be making his 10th appearance in the championship game seeking a seventh ring.
Kansas City earned their second straight trip to the Super Bowl with a dominating 38-24 win over the Buffalo Bills, quarterback Patrick Mahomes, showing no lingering affects from the concussion that knocked out of last week's divisional playoff contest, tossing three touchdowns.
Home field, however, will not be quite the advantage it might have been for the Buccaneers with covid-19 restrictions limiting attendance at the 65,000 capacity Raymond James stadium to 22,000.
Also, the Buccaneers have proven to be the ultimate road warriors this postseason, winning three away contests starting with a 31-23 wildcard victory over the Washington Football Team followed by a 30-20 win over the New Orleans Saints in the divisional round and Sunday's decision over the Packers at Lambeau Field.
"To go on the road and win another road playoff game is just a great achievement and now a home Super Bowl for the first time in NFL history I think puts a lot of cool things in perspective," said Brady. "Anytime you are the first time doing something it is usually a pretty good thing."
In contrast, the Chiefs will head out on the road for the first time this postseason after a first round bye and then eliminating the Cleveland Browns 22-17 and the Bills at Arrowhead stadium.
Super Bowl LV: Brady vs Mahomes
This 55th Super Bowl will also be a showdown of generational quarterbacks and most valuable players who have led their teams to the last two Super Bowl titles.
Mahomes, league MVP in 2018, led the Chiefs to the Super Bowl last season while Brady, the 2017 MVP, took the Patriots to the title in 2019. But how have they compared head-to-head?
Delightfully for us narrative writers, the scores between the two stars sit even at 2-2. And as we eye another close contest it is positive to note that in those four previous games there was only one score between the sides at the end.
With a completion percentage of 65.4 and 348.8 yards per game across those match-ups, Mahomes has the edge over the veteran Brady who comes in at 63.3% and 300.5 yards. And the same advantage is seen for touchdowns with the Chiefs’ man slotting home 11 for Brady’s six.
How important will this be? Few are putting too much merit on it. Instead, a clean slate awaits both greats of the game, and a fresh chapter in Super Bowl history is about to be written.