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Tom Brady vs. Patrick Mahomes: in the numbers of a Super Bowl QB game for the ages

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Super Bowl 55 presents one of the most anticipated quarterback clashes on the Biggest Stage.

Tom Brady vs. Patrick Mahomes is going to be fun. Is this the passing of the torch?

Don’t tell Tom Brady that. Brady led Tampa Bay to a Super Bowl appearance in his first season since arriving from New England. The six-time champion makes his 10th Super Bowl appearance.

To get number 7, the Buccaneers will need to beat the Chiefs, reigning Super Bowl champions. Mahomes has a chance to lead back-to-back Super Bowl races for the first time since Brady did so in 2003-04.

Which quarterback has the advantage? Sporting News explores past clashes between Brady and Mahomes for some trends you should pay attention to.

MORE: Ranking every QB game in Super Bowl history, 1-55

Tom Brady vs. Patrick Mahomes

Brady is the all-time leader in the NFL with 581 touchdowns. He ranks second in career passing yards (79,204). He also has a career passer rating of 97.3, which ranks seventh all-time.

Mahomes has been the Kansas City starter for the past three seasons. He totaled 14,152 passing yards, 114 touchdowns and 24 interceptions. Mahomes has the highest passer rating in NFL history at 108.7.

Brady and Mahomes have teamed up to win four Associated Press NFL MVP awards. Brady won the award in 2007, 2010 and 2017. Mahomes won the award in 2018.

Tom Brady vs. Patrick Mahomes in 2020

Brady led Tampa Bay to an 11-5 regular season record. He finished with 4,633 passing yards, 40 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. Brady led the Bucs to the Super Bowl with three straight playoff wins. He’s had seven touchdowns and three interceptions in those clashes against Washington, New Orleans and Green Bay.

Mahomes was 14-1 as a regular season starter for Kansas City. He finished with 4,740 passing yards, 38 touchdowns and six interceptions. Mahomes suffered a concussion in the AFC divisional playoff round against the Browns, but returned to lead the Chiefs past the Bills in the AFC Championship game.

How many seasons has Tom Brady played in the NFL?

Tom Brady is in his 21st season in the NFL. He made his NFL debut on Nov 23, 2000, succeeding starting quarterback Drew Bledsoe in a resounding Thanksgiving loss by the Patriots to the Lions.

How many seasons has Patrick Mahomes played in the NFL?

Patrick Mahomes is in his fourth season in the NFL. He made his debut with his first start on Dec.31, 2017, in Week 17 against Denver. The Chiefs won 27-24.

Tom Brady vs. Kansas City

– Brady has made 12 career starts against Kansas City. Brady is 5-5 in the regular season and 2-2 in the playoffs against the Chiefs.

– Brady is 3-5 against Reid since taking over with the Chiefs. That includes a 1-5 regular season record but a 2-0 playoff record.

–In the two playoff games, Brady averaged 325 passing yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions.

Patrick Mahomes vs. Tampa Bay

– Mahomes is 1-0 against the Buccaneers, and the win ended in a 27-24 win in Week 11 of this season. Mahomes had 462 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions in the win.

Tom Brady vs. Pat Mahomes head-to-head clashes

Brady and Mahomes have divided four one-on-one clashes. In those four games, Mahomes is 102 of 159 (64.1 percent). He’s averaging 348 passing yards per game with 11 touchdowns and three interceptions. Brady is 100 out of 158 (63.3 percent). He’s averaging 300.5 passing yards per game with six touchdowns and five interceptions.

A look at their meetings:

New England 43, Kansas City 40 (November 4, 2018)

The Patriots won a shootout 43-40 in the first game between the two quarters. Brady passed for 340 yards and a TD. Mahomes finished with 352 yards, four touchdowns and two interceptions – and the Chiefs tied the game late on a 75-yard touchdown pass to Tyreek Hill. Brady, however, set up the winning basket with a last minute practice.

New England 37, Kansas City 31 (January 20, 2019)

The 2018 AFC Championship was a thriller at Arrowhead Stadium. Mahomes finished with 295 yards and three touchdowns, and the Chiefs tied the game at the end of regulation. The Patriots won the overtime draw, however, and Brady led the winning run that ended with Rex Burkhead’s two-yard TD run.

Kansas City 23, New England 16 (December 8, 2019)

Mahomes earned his first head-to-head victory in a regular season game at Gillette Stadium. Mahomes finished with 283 yards, one touchdown and one interception. Brady had 169 yards, one TD and one interception in the loss.

Kansas City 27, Tampa Bay 24 (November 29, 2020)

The Chiefs took a 27-10 lead and held on for the win. Mahomes had 462 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions. Brady threw a pair of fourth quarter touchdowns at Mike Evans on a comeback attempt. He finished with 345 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions.

Tom Brady’s playoff history vs. Pat Mahomes

Brady has more playoff wins than any other quarterback in NFL history. Brady is 33-11 in the playoffs and has averaged 278.4 passing yards with a total of 80 touchdowns and 38 interceptions in those games. He’s a four-time Super Bowl MVP looking for an all-time seventh Super Bowl Championship.

Mahomes is 6-1 in the playoffs and has won five in a row since losing the AFC championship to the Patriots. He’s averaged 293.4 passing yards with 17 touchdowns and two interceptions in those games. Mahomes was last year’s Super Bowl MVP.


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