In just two days, the NFL’s 2020 season will come to an end — and it will do so with a bang: the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, playing in their home stadium, will host the defending champion Kansas City Chiefs with the Vince Lombardi Trophy on the line. The game itself will feature some intriguing matchups between players, coaches and position groups, but there is one battle that has dominated the headlines for the past two weeks.
Tom Brady versus Patrick Mahomes.
Even though they will never be on the field at the same time, the two quarterbacks are in the spotlight simply because of the position they play and their status as the NFL’s two biggest stars at the moment.
On the one hand, Tom Brady, the greatest to ever play the game trying to win his record-extending seventh championship. On the other, Patrick Mahomes, the youngster attempting to establish himself as an all-time even at this early stage of his career. Them going head-to-head with the title on the line has already been dubbed one of the best quarterback matchups in Super Bowl history.
The question, of course, is who will come away victoriously. If NFL fans participating in SB Nation’s latest Reacts survey are to be believed, the choice is pretty obvious: Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs will win the Super Bowl.
Mahomes and company getting the majority of league-wide votes does not come as a surprise. They are the defending champions, have arguably the most talented team in football, and are coming off an impressive AFC Championship win over the Buffalo Bills. They also are listed as 3-point favorites by the bookmakers.
While a lot is speaking for the Chiefs becoming the first Super Bowl winner to repeat since Brady and the New England Patriots did so in 2004, there is one factor to consider: Tom Brady is playing on the other side, and he has proven time and again over the past two decades that he cannot be counted out.
So far in his legendary career, he has been a playoff underdog in nine games. His teams’ record in those games is an impressive 6-3, showing that the old saying that you shall never count out Touchdown Tom still rings true.
Just this postseason, he led the Buccaneers to three straight road wins — including victories over the New Orleans Saints and Green Bay Packers, who were listed as 2.5- and 3.5-point favorites before the games, respectively. Brady and his team won each of the contests, and are therefore now in a position to knock off another favorite and earn the organization its first Lombardi Trophy since the 2002 season.
Patriots fans are all too familiar with this story playing out. Accordingly, 61 percent of them are of the belief that Tampa Bay will eventually reign supreme on Super Bowl Sunday.
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