Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs have the golden opportunity in front of them to garner their second straight Super Bowl win. Mahomes has been the guiding force toward the franchise’s dominance over the last couple of seasons. The 25-year-old can place himself in the NFL record books with a rare feat that has been accomplished in more than three decades since Joe Montana.
Patrick Mahomes’ meteoric rise to stardom
In Patrick Mahomes‘ first four NFL seasons, he has accomplished tremendous success.
Mahomes has led the Chiefs to three straight AFC championship game appearances and back-to-back trips to the Super Bowl. He guided the franchise to snap a 50-year Super Bowl win drought behind his stellar play.
The 25-year-old also became the youngest player in NFL history to win the regular-season MVP award and Super Bowl MVP honors. Mahomes’ performance has been the guiding force to the franchise’s success over his brief NFL career.
His presence alone has placed an incredibly bright future ahead in Kansas City. Mahomes has an opportunity in front of him in Super Bowl 55 to accomplish a rare feat that hasn’t been reached in more than three decades since Hall of Famer Joe Montana.
Patrick Mahomes can reach Super Bowl feat that hasn’t been seen in 31 years
Patrick Mahomes has a golden opportunity to capture the second Super Bowl win in his brief NFL career.
The 25-year-old also has a chance to accomplish a rare feat in NFL history. According to CBS Sports, Mahomes can become the first quarterback in 31 years to lead the league in passing yards per game and win a Super Bowl in the same season.
The Chiefs star quarterback led the league with 316.0 yards per game this season. If Kansas City tops Tampa Bay in Super Bowl 55, he will become only the third quarterback to accomplish that mark in a single campaign.
The last instance came in 1989 when Hall of Famer Joe Montana averaged 270.8 yards per contest. Montana then led the San Francisco 49ers to the blowout 55-10 win over the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl 24.
The other occurrence came in the 1976 season as Hall of Famer Ken Stabler led the NFL with 228.1 yards per game. Stabler followed it up by leading the then-Oakland Raiders past the Minnesota Vikings to a 32-14 win in Super Bowl 11.
Mahomes’ upcoming opponent, Tom Brady, nearly accomplished that feat twice as he led the league in passing yards per contest in 2007 and 2016 but lost in the Super Bowl in each instance. Beyond that, the stage is set for the Chiefs’ star quarterback to add another impressive mark to his NFL resume.
A legacy-defining moment ahead
There are several other historic feats that Patrick Mahomes could add to his name, but there is much more than that on the line.
Mahomes is going up against Tom Brady, who is hoping to extend his NFL record to seven Super Bowl wins. A victory over Brady would add to the 25-year-old’s NFL legacy not only as a step closer to Brady, but it’s a career achievement over the future Hall of Famer.
In other words, it’s another defining moment in his career that could help him down the line in the potential GOAT conversation. Mahomes is already well on his way down that path, and adding a win over Brady could give him a leg up in the discussion.
Super Bowl 55 is much bigger than a singular game, as it can go a long way in propping Mahomes up further in the NFL history pantheon.