Super Bowl 55 features a generational quarterback showdown for all ages.
Which generation wins? Tom Brady, 43, led the Buccaneers to a 31-26 victory over Green Bay in the NFC championship game at Lambeau Field on Sunday. Brady will make his 10th Super Bowl appearance and has a chance to win his seventh Super Bowl championship, an unprecedented accomplishment considering New England’s move to Tampa Bay in the offseason.
Will Patrick Mahomes, 25, will break that record in the not too distant future. Mahomes led Kansas City to a 38-24 victory over Buffalo in the AFC championship game on Sunday. The Chiefs earned the opportunity to be the first consecutive Super Bowl champions since Brady led New England to consecutive titles in 2003-04.
Kansas City opened as a favorite by 3.5 points to win Super Bowl 55.
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Of course, Mahomes and Brady have interesting supporting casts. Mahomes’ favorite targets, Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce, combined for 290 yards and two TDs in the AFC championship game. Rookie Clyde Edwards-Helaire returned from a hip injury, and Tyrann Mathieu leads an opportunistic defense that is used to playing with the upper hand. Will former Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell play a role in Super Bowl 55? Vetearn’s coach, Andy Reid, also has a chance to win a second Super Bowl.
Brady has the support of a two-headed running game in Ronald Jones II and Leonard Fournette. Mike Evans, Chris Godwin and Rob Gronkowski round out the receiving corps. Devin White and Lavonte Davis are two of the best linebackers in the NFL, and veteran Ndamukong Suh can finally play in a Super Bowl. Will former Steelers catcher Antonio Brown play a role in Super Bowl 55? Veteran coach Bruce Arians has a chance to win his Super Bowl.
Both teams are loaded in the most important positions.
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The Chiefs beat the Buccaneers 27-24 in Week 12 in a game where Mahomes and Brady put on a show. Mahomes finished 37 of 49 for 462 yards and three touchdowns, and most of that was on big-play connections with Hill.
Hill set the Tampa Bay defense ablaze with scores of 75, 44 and 20 yards, respectively, and those big plays put Kansas City in a 27-10 lead.
The Tampa Bay secondary will have to make adjustments with defensive coordinator Todd Bowles, and that will be more difficult knowing that safety Antoine Winfield Jr missed the NFC championship game and Jordan Whitehead left with an injury.
Kelce presents another problem in the middle of the field. He had eight receptions for 82 yards in the first game and can test White and David in midfield. Jason Pierre-Paul and Shaquil Barrett combined for five sacks over Aaron Rodgers in the NFC championship game, but Mahomes is more mobile at this point in his career. Kansas City offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy can get creative with the Edwards-Helaire, Darrel Williams and Bell running backs committee to put a running game on top of all that.
Brady led a fourth-quarter rally with a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns to Mike Evans in the first meeting, but the passing game is not limited to just Godwin and Gronkowski. Scotty Miller, Tyler Johnson and Cameron Brate all play their roles within the passing game, and Brown, who suffered a knee injury in the divisional playoffs, gives offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich more than enough to work with, especially with the two-game running game. heads from Jones and Fournette, who had just three carries in the first meeting.
Brady knows the Chiefs defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo well. He was the coordinator for the Giants in the Super Bowl victory against the Patriots in 2007, and will depend on Alex Okafor and Frank Clark to generate pressure. Mathieu and Bashaud Breeland had interceptions in the first meeting.
All of that is a showcase for what should be another Brady-Mahomes thriller. They have split four previous meetings, including the 37-31 thriller in the 2018 AFC championship game. Brady led the game-winning series in overtime without letting the Chiefs touch the ball, and the Buccaneers have not lost. since that regular-season loss to Kansas City this season.
Additionally, Tampa Bay plays at its local stadium. It takes a special team to defeat Brady in a Super Bowl, and the Buccaneers have achieved the NFC wild card on the road. Brady is playing as confident as ever. They will be a more difficult challenge this time.
The Chiefs are still that team to beat. Mahomes came back from a concussion suffered in the AFC divisional playoffs and showed no rust against the Bills with 325 yards and three TDs. It’s that combination of jaw-dropping plays and calm within the system that makes Mahomes the next-generation quarterback.
Brady will win, but the Chiefs end a season impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic with a victory in a thrilling finale. Mahomes wins Super Bowl Most Valuable Player honors, and Kansas City heads to 2021-22 in search of a hat-trick.
It unfolds like the regular season meeting, but each team scores another marker.
Final result of Super Bowl 55
Chiefs 35, Buccaneers 32
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.