Tom Brady vs. Patrick Mahomes: Tale of the tape for Super Bowl LV

Either Tom Brady is going to prove that he doesn't need Bill Belichick to win a Super Bowl or Patrick Mahomes is going to lay claim to the Kansas City Chiefs being the next great NFL dynasty. It all comes to a head Sunday evening, when Brady's Tampa Bay Buccaneers host Mahomes' Chiefs in Super Bowl LV at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. At stake in his 10th Super Bowl appearance is Brady winning his seventh Super Bowl ring, while Mahomes has a chance to lead the defending champion Chiefs to the first back-to-back title run since who else but Brady, who led his then-New England Patriots to Super Bowl wins in 2003-04. With all eyes on Brady and Mahomes, DAZN News thought it would be only right to stack them up in this Super Bowl edition of tale of the tape.

Tom Brady

  • Born: August 3, 1977
  • Height: 6-4
  • Weight: 225 pounds
  • College: Michigan
  • Drafted: Round 6, Pick 199 (New England Patriots)
  • 2020 season stats: 4,633 passing yards, 40 touchdowns, 12 interceptions, 72.6 quarterback rating
  • Career TD passes: 581 (all-time NFL best)
  • Career passing yards: 79,204
  • Career passer rating: 97.3
  • NFL MVP: 3 (2007, 2010, 2017)
  • Super Bowl appearances: 10
  • Super Bowl wins: 6 ( (XXXVI, XXXVIII, XXXIX, XLIX, LI, LIII)
  • Super Bowl MVPs: 3 (XXXVI, XXXVIII, XLIX, LI)

Patrick Mahomes

  • Born: September 17, 1995
  • Height: 6-3
  • Weight: 230 pounds
  • College: Texas Tech
  • Drafted: Round 1, Pick 10 (Kansas City Chiefs)
  • 2020 season stats: 4,740 passing yards, 38 touchdowns, 6 interceptions, 82.9 quarterback rating
  • Career TD passes: 114
  • Career passing yards: 14,152
  • Career passing rating: 108.7 (all-time NFL best)
  • NFL MVP: 1 (2018)
  • Super Bowl appearances: 2
  • Super Bowl wins: 1 (LIV)
  • Super Bowl MVP: 1 (LIV)

Brady vs. Mahomes head-to-head history

Through each of their first four seasons in the NFL, Mahomes has four more wins, 3,919 more passing yards, 45 more TDs and 14 less interceptions than Brady did. Super Bowl LV will mark the fifth head-to-head battle between Brady and Mahomes. So far, the two superstar QBs have split their matchups, two wins apiece. Here's how their matchups went:

Chiefs 27, Buccaneers 24 (Nov. 29, 2020)  

Less than three months ago, Brady connected on a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns with star wide receiver Mike Evans, but his 345 yards and three TDs weren't enough to overcome Mahomes's 462 yards and three touchdowns, as the Chiefs edged the Bucs.

Chiefs 23, Patriots 16 (Dec. 8, 2019)  

Mahomes didn't show any reverence facing Brady for the first time at Gillette Stadium in New England. The stud QB aired it out for 283 yards and touchdown to lead the Chiefs past the Pats, building on his growing resume.

Patriots 37, Chiefs 31 (Jan. 20, 2019)  

Mahomes made sure that the Chiefs had the momentum, as they forced overtime in the 2018 AFC title game. But his 295 yards and three touchdowns fell shy, as the Pats won the coin toss in overtime, with Brady leading them to a game-winning drive to punch New England's ticket to yet another Super Bowl.

Patriots 43, Chiefs 40 (Oct. 14 ,2018)    

Want to see some gaudy numbers? Mahomes put up 352 yards and four touchdowns to Brady's 340 yards and TD. In the end, Brady would help set up the game-winning field goal, as the Pats squeaked past the Chiefs in a memorable shootout to lay the foundation for this rivalry.

Now, with two wins apiece, Brady and Mahomes battle it out once again — this time for Super Bowl glory — not to mention, legacy — on the line. Who will hoist the Vince Lombardi Trophy on Sunday night?

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