Patrick Mahomes has led the Kansas City Chiefs back to their second straight Super Bowl appearance. The task ahead features a tough matchup against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers guided by Tom Brady. Before the two teams take the field, Mahomes took a friendly jab toward Brady.
Chiefs earn second straight Super Bowl berth
There were lingering questions concerning Patrick Mahomes‘ health in the days before the AFC championship game.
Mahomes put any of those concerns behind him after another masterful playoff performance that guided the Chiefs to a comfortable 38-24 win over the Buffalo Bills. The 25-year-old completed 29-of-38 passes for 325 yards with three touchdowns and a 127.6 passer rating.
The Bills had no answer for Mahomes as he picked apart their secondary with his two biggest passing game weapons putting up huge numbers. Star tight end Travis Kelce set a Chiefs playoff record with 13 receptions for 118 receiving yards and two touchdowns.
Meanwhile, Pro Bowl wideout Tyreek Hill set the franchise single postseason game mark with 172 receiving yards on nine catches. Hill and Kelce are the first set of teammates to record at least 100 receiving yards in the same playoff game.
Mahomes continues to be nothing short of impressive on the conference championship game stage. He has posted three passing touchdowns and zero interceptions in each of his three AFC championship game appearances.
No other player has posted more than one of those performances, with Hall of Famer Joe Montana accomplishing that feat just once, according to ESPN Stats & Info. With the Super Bowl 55 matchup set, Patrick Mahomes sent a friendly jab toward Tom Brady.
Patrick Mahomes Trolls Tom Brady ahead of Super Bowl 55
In his fourth season, Patrick Mahomes has an opportunity to secure his second Super Bowl win in his brief NFL career.
The challenge in Super Bowl 55 will come against arguably the gold standard at the position in Tom Brady, who will be vying for his seventh Super Bowl win. Following the AFC championship game win over the Bills, Mahomes voiced tremendous respect toward Brady along with a little friendly jab at the Buccaneers’ star quarterback. (H/T CBS)
“Being able to go up against the one of the greatest, if not the greatest, quarterback of all-time in his 150th Super Bowl is gonna be a great experience for me,” Mahomes said.
Although it’s a playful trolling toward Brady, it’s the ultimate sign of respect as Mahomes is well aware of the 43-year-old’s status in NFL history. In his 21st season, he continues to add to his illustrious career with his 10th Super Bowl appearance, which no other player has accomplished that feat.
Brady has reached the Super Bowl almost nearly half of his career, which is nothing short of remarkable. Meanwhile, the Super Bowl 55 matchup marks the first time that the two Super Bowl-winning quarterbacks will face off against each other on that stage.
It’s a legacy defining-moment for these two quarterbacks with an opportunity to add another illustrious mark to their resumes.
Chiefs are early Super Bowl 55 favorites
Although there are roughly two weeks until Super Bowl 55, the early betting odds opened up with the Chiefs pegged as the 3.5-point favorite.
It’s a point spread that will likely shift as the game draws closer, but it speaks to how competitive the contest will be. Mahomes will have his hands full with the Buccaneers’ pass rush, especially with Pro Bowl left tackle Eric Fisher out due to a torn Achilles.
Meanwhile, Tom Brady has plenty of offensive weapons around him as star wideout Antonio Brown should be back in the mix. All of this sets up what may be another thrilling Super Bowl.