The Chiefs star will become the latest quarterback to make multiple Super Bowl starts. He will join Bart Starr, Jim Plunkett, Eli Manning, Len Dawson, Joe Theismann, Brett Favre, Russell Wilson and Craig Morton who have made no more than two starts in a Super Bowl game.
Mahomes will try to be the first quarterback since Brady to lead his team to back-to-back Super Bowl titles. The New England Patriots were the last team to repeat as Super Bowl champions (2003 and 2004 seasons).
Mahomes was the Super Bowl LIV MVP after the Chiefs defeated the San Francisco 49ers in Miami last year.
He already has an epic matchup with Brady on his resume. Mahomes and the Chiefs lost in overtime to Brady and the Patriots in the 2018 AFC Championship.
But Mahomes would enact some revenge on Brady in Week 12 of the 2020 regular season when Kansas City defeated Tampa Bay, 27-24. Mahomes had 462 passing yards and three touchdown passes in the win.
It’s not easy to tell who would have the matchup advantage right off the bat as both Mahomes and Brady are competing at the highest levels.
Tampa Bay’s defense was ranked 8th in points allowed and 6th in yards allowed. The Kansas City offense was ranked 6th in points scored and first in yards gained. On the flip side, Brady’s offense with 3rd in points scored and 7th in yards gained while the Chiefs’ defense was 10th in points allowed and 16th in yards gained.
Brady overall success in the Super Bowl overall and the help of his defense might give him the edge going into Super Bowl LV. But Mahomes has played the underdog before and has thrived in that role. He shouldn’t be counted out.
The way the Chiefs are playing now, it wouldn’t be a shocker to see the team win their second consecutive Super Bowl.