Patrick Mahomes has learned a lot since the last time he and Tom Brady last faced off in the playoffs. He’s ready to show the NFL what he’s learned when they play again in two weeks, he said. Mahomes, who is the new face of the NFL, and Brady, his forebear, will play in Super Bowl LV on February 7.
Reporters asked Mahomes what he thinks about meeting Brady on the biggest stage.
“The Super Bowl is the Super Bowl. Being able to go up against one of the greatest, if not the greatest quarterback of all time in his 150th Super Bowl, I mean it’s going to be a great experience for me. To go out there and get to have a chance to repeat and get to do it against the best, I mean it’s something special and I’m excited for the opportunity,” Mahomes said, according to Fox News.
The reigning Super Bowl champ Chiefs hope to become the first team since Tom Brady’s New England Patriots to win back-to-back Super Bowls in 2003-04. And while Mahomes has proven himself time and time again, he is playing Tom Brady. The 43-year-old is about to play in his 10th Super Bowl. He’s already won 6. No one has won more.
But while Brady is setting records, so is Mahomes. At 25, he’s the youngest quarterback to ever start in two Super Bowls, CBS Sports said.
Patrick Mahomes Recalls Brady’s Comments from 2018
Brady beat Mahomes in the 2018 AFC Championship game, but he took time afterward to meet with the then-rising star in the locker room. Patrick Mahomes recalls what it meant to have someone like Brady pay respects and show him kindness.
“It kind of just reemphasized that I was doing things the right way, that I was putting in the right work, and that I would have more opportunities to be in these games,” he said, via Fox News. “I’ve been lucky enough to be in two more of them since and win both of those so get to go up against the great and a great football team as well and so I’m excited for the opportunity.”
Brady and Mahomes have both won twice in their four meetings so far.
“It seems like we’ve had a couple of those and every one of them is tremendous, and I wouldn’t expect this to be any different,” Chiefs head coach Andy Reid said of previous Mahomes-Brady matchups. “They’ve got a tremendous team there and those two have a lot of respect for each other.
“You remember when Tom came into the locker room after the championship game and talked to Patrick, and Patrick responded like a young guy would respond to the GOAT. So, we look forward to the opportunity to play them, and I know Pat does with Tom, and I’m sure likewise Tom does with Pat. So, it should be a heck of a football game.”
Super Bowl LV is February 7th, at 6:30 p.m. EST at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa Bay.