Tom Brady Isn’t the First Super Bowl QB Trying to Get Revenge After a Regular Season Loss

Super Bowl 55 will mark a sense of déjà vu for Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Brady and the Buccaneers will face Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs in this season’s Big Game. Those two teams squared off on Nov. 29, 2020, and are ready for a rematch just over two months later.

This isn’t the first time that two Super Bowl teams had played one another weeks earlier during the regular season. In fact, Brady is more than familiar with this exact scenario.

The Chiefs and Buccaneers played on November 29

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Let’s go all the way back to Sunday, November 29, just a few days after Thanksgiving.

Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers welcomed Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs to Raymond James Stadium that afternoon. Brady won two of his three matchups with Mahomes from 2018-19, when the former still played for Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots.

Mahomes got the best of Tampa Bay’s stellar defense that day. The 2018 NFL MVP shredded the Buccaneers for 462 yards and three touchdowns in a 27-24 victory.

Chiefs star receiver Tyreek Hill had a Sunday to remember. Hill finished the day with 13 receptions, 269 yards, and all three of Mahomes’ touchdowns.

Brady completed 27 of his 41 passes for 345 yards, three touchdowns, and two interceptions. Mike Evans caught two of Brady’s touchdowns, and running back Ronald Jones had the other score. 

Similar Super Bowl rematches have happened before

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Super Bowl 55 won’t be the first time that the two teams faced off in the regular season.

This year’s game is the 14th time that such a rematch has happened. Brady is fully familiar with two of those games.

  • Brady and the New England Patriots clinched a perfect 16-0 regular season with a 38-35 victory over Eli Manning and the New York Giants on Dec. 29, 2007. Manning and the Giants, with help from David Tyree and Plaxico Burress, ended the Patriots’ hopes of an unbeaten, 19-0 season with a 17-14 upset win in Super Bowl 42 on Feb. 3, 2008.
  • Manning and the Giants swept Brady and the Patriots during the 2011-12 season. On Nov. 6, 2011, Manning threw two touchdowns in a 24-20 road victory. Nearly three months later, Manning earned Super Bowl MVP honors after the Giants’ 21-17 win over New England.

The New York Giants have won four Super Bowl championships through the 2020 season. All four of those Super Bowl wins were against teams that the Giants had played months earlier during their road to the playoffs.

Does history favor the Buccaneers or Chiefs in Super Bowl 55?

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Tom Brady and Patrick Mahomes split the first two matchups against one another. The most recent game is one that could work in Brady’s advantage.

Prior to Super Bowl 55, there had been 13 instances where two teams that played one another in the regular season had a rematch in the Big Game. The teams that won the first round — in this case, Kansas City — only pulled off a sweep six times.

The other seven times, the team that lost the regular-season matchup — this is when Tom Brady’s ears should perk up — got revenge in the Super Bowl. That group includes the 2007 New York Giants.

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