The Super Bowl LV matchup is set, and it’s one that will have football fans buzzing over the next two weeks as we count down the days until February 7, 2021, when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers face off against the Kansas City Chiefs.
It may be the Bucs vs. the Chiefs, but everyone knows the other scintillating showdown that will be hyper-focused on until Super Bowl Sunday – Mahomes vs. Brady. The heavily-acclaimed greatest quarterback of all time in Tom Brady, and the new-age instant legend that is Patrick Mahomes.
Brady returns to the Super Bowl stage for the 10th time in his career and does so in his first season in his new digs. After 20 seasons in New England, he reaches the premier stage of the sport but this time in red, silver and black.
But despite his legendary run of postseason success, Brady won’t be the most recent suitor of the Lombardi Trophy to grace the Super Bowl stage. Mahomes led his Chiefs to victory last season in Super Bowl LIV, and he’ll have to go through the GOAT to make it back-to-back for Kansas City.
The Bucs blazed a unique trail to the Super Bowl, and in doing so will become the first team to ever host a Super Bowl in their home of Raymond James Stadium. Tampa Bay won three straight road games in this postseason, capped off by an upset of the Packers in the NFC Championship game.
As for the Chiefs, they rummaged through the postseason and proved that they’re a class above the rest in the AFC. They dispatched the Browns in the divisional round, before sprinting past the Buffalo Bills to win the AFC championship for a second-straight year.
Kansas City may have reached this stage a year ago, but given the unique season that it was and injury problems throughout the year, returning to the Super Bowl must feel pretty good. The defense is making timely plays and doing more than enough to allow the NFL’s most potent offense a chance to dictate almost every game.
Mahomes has an opportunity to stake his claim as an all-time great quarterback even at his young age. A victory in Super Bowl LV would not only give him two rings at the age of 25, but it would come against the rarely disputed greatest quarterback of all time.
For Brady, there’s no denying where he stands among the greatest, and his leading the Bucs to the Super Bowl in itself is a telling sign of his greatness. But seven Super Bowls? If Brady comes through and delivers Tampa Bay a Super Bowl victory in their home stadium, he could ascend to an unreachable height in the GOAT discussion.
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