Super Bowl LV will see a rematch of the Chiefs vs. Bucs game in Week 12, which Kansas City won, 27-24, at Raymond James Stadium, and will also mark the fifth head-to-head match-up between Tom Brady and Patrick Mahomes.
It’s a dream match-up for the NFL, as Brady is widely regarded as the greatest quarterback of all-time, while Mahomes is considered to be the best young quarterback in the modern day.
Brady, a six-time Super Bowl champion, will be appearing in his 10th Super Bowl, while Mahomes will be appearing in back-to-back Super Bowls after beating San Francisco last year, 27-17, and winning the Super Bowl MVP in the process. With the first three match-ups coming while Brady played for New England, the series between the two great quarterbacks is tied at 2-2.
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Game 1 – October 14, 2018 – New England 43, Kansas City 40
Brady won the first showdown between he and Mahomes in epic fashion, throwing for 340 yards and a touchdown and rushing for another score. Mahomes threw for 352 yards with four touchdowns and two interceptions, leading the Chiefs back from a 24-9 halftime deficit to tie the game at 40-40. But Brady led the Patriots on a seven-play, 65-yard scoring drive that ended with a game-winning 28-yard field goal from Stephen Gostkowski.
Game 2 – January 20, 2019 – New England 37, Kansas City 31 (OT)
The Chiefs lost a heartbreaker at home against the Patriots in the AFC Championship Game, despite Mahomes throwing for 295 yards and three touchdowns. Brady passed for 378 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions, leading New England on a 75-yard, game-winning drive that was capped off with a 2-yard run by Rex Burkhead in overtime to stun the Chiefs.
Game 3 – December 8, 2019 – Kansas City 23, New England 16
Mahomes got revenge in the regular season at New England, passing for 283 yards with one touchdown and one interception. Brady didn’t have many weapons to throw to in his final season with the Patriots and it showed in the loss to the Chiefs. Brady was held to 169 yards passing with one touchdown and one interception.
Game 4 – November 29, 2020 – Kansas City 27, Tampa Bay 24
Mahomes, 25, evened the series at 2-2 by beating Brady in his first year as a Buccaneer, throwing for 462 yards and three touchdowns in the victory. Brady played well, passing for 345 yards and three touchdowns, including two in the second half as the Bucs rallied, but two interceptions in Kansas City territory stymied Tampa Bay’s chance for a comeback.
In the 2020 regular season, Mahomes completed 66.3 percent of his passes for 4,740 yards with 38 touchdown passes and six interceptions in leading the Chiefs to a 14-1 record. Mahomes, who added 308 yards and two scores on the ground, was held out of the season finale, a 31-23 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers in Week 17 as the Chiefs had clinched home-field advantage in the AFC by then.
Mahomes completed 70 percent of his passes for 255 yards and one touchdown in a playoff win against Cleveland before leaving the game with a concussion in the fourth quarter. Mahomes was cleared to play in the AFC Championship Game and passed for 325 yards and three touchdowns in Kansas City’s 38-24 win over Buffalo.
In his first season in Tampa Bay, Brady set a single-season franchise record with 40 touchdown passes and just 12 interceptions. The 43-year old Brady also rushed for three more touchdowns in leading the Bucs to an 11-5 record and a wild card playoff berth.
Brady led Tampa Bay to three straight road wins in the playoffs, passing for 381 yards and two touchdowns and rushing for a score in a 31-23 win at Washington. In last week’s 30-20 win at New Orleans, Brady threw for two more TDs and 199 yards in a head-to-head match-up against Drew Brees. Against Green Bay, Brady passed for 280 yards and three touchdowns with three interceptions in a 31-26 win over Aaron Rodgers and the Packers.
Scott Reynolds is in his 25th year of covering the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the vice president, publisher and senior Bucs beat writer for PewterReport.com. Author of the popular SR's Fab 5 column on Fridays, Reynolds oversees web development and forges marketing partnerships for PewterReport.com in addition to his editorial duties. A graduate of Kansas State University in 1995, Reynolds spent six years giving back to the community as the defensive line coach for his sons' Pop Warner team, the South Pasco Predators. Reynolds can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org