Tom Brady v Patrick Mahomes in the Super Bowl

Lyndsay Miller, Contributing Writer

When the Tampa Bay Buccaneers face the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LV on Feb. 7, it will be one of the most anticipated championship games in NFL history as two of the greatest quarterbacks of all time face off head-to-head.

Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes was only in kindergarten when Buccaneers’ quarterback Tom Brady stepped on the field to play in his first-ever Super Bowl. However, this has not deterred Mahomes’s confidence.

Regardless of 10 Super Bowl appearances, three MVP awards and a winning record in face-to-face matchups, Brady finds himself as the underdog in the contest against Mahomes, reigning league MVP and defending Super Bowl champion. Brady holds a 2-1 record over Mahomes, with all three games decided by one score or less.

With both players destined for the NFL Hall of Fame, they thrive under high-pressure situations in big games, despite two completely different styles of play.

Known for fitting the ball into tight spaces and his ability to execute the offense, Brady, 43, uses a strategic approach on the field. His relentless will and determination accompanied by 21 years of experience have led him to some of the greatest comebacks in NFL history.

Unlike Brady, Mahomes uses his athleticism and ability to outsmart the defense and complete plays that are seemingly impossible. The 25-year-old has not lost by more than an eight-point margin since the beginning of his professional career in 2017 and holds the highest-paid contract in sports history, totaling $503 million.

During week 12 earlier this season, the Chiefs defeated the Buccaneers by only three points. . While both quarterbacks completed three touchdowns, Mahomes finished the game with 462 yards while Brady totaled 345 yards.

Although, the two superstars differ in more than just their style of play. Playing football and baseball at Texas Tech University, Mahomes was a college celebrity. There, he led the NCAA Division I football subdivision in multiple categories including total passing yards and total touchdowns during his junior season. Mahomes only spent three seasons playing in college, before being drafted to Kansas City as the 10th overall pick.

While attending the University of Michigan, Brady was less than an all-star, playing as their seventh-string quarterback. It wasn’t until after Brady got drafted as the 199th pick to the New England Patriots in 2000 that he began to find success. Now playing in his 21st NFL season with 218 career wins, he is the winningest quarterback in NFL history.

Despite their differences, both Brady and Mahomes have managed to become icons of their generation and arguably the two best quarterbacks in NFL history. Brady’s paving the way for the kind of longevity that Mahomes hopes to follow.

Usually, the Super Bowl is about being crowned champion, but Super Bowl LV is about legacy. Football’s greatest quarterback is about to face the only other player that has the potential to succeed him.