Super Bowl LV 2021 Preview

Brady vs. Mahomes – Goat vs. Baby Goat


Mays Levy, Copy Editor

On Sunday, February 7th, the defending champion Kansas City Chiefs will take on the Brady-led Tampa Bay Buccaneers in their home stadium for the Lombardi Trophy. The storylines heading into this championship game are beyond intriguing and the legacies to be filled are huge as the present looks to triumph over the past.

The past, of course, is the 43-year-old quarterback Tom Brady, who at this point in his career can be considered the greatest football player of all time. After playing 20 seasons in New England’s historic franchise under Bill Belicheck, Brady has taken on a new challenge in Tampa. When the Patriots drafted Tom Brady at number 200 in the 6th round of the 2000 NFL Draft, the expectations were nowhere near to what he has accomplished. After being seen as a tall scrawny quarterback from the University of Michigan, his career has blossomed into one that will likely never be replicated. With a 6-3 record in the Super Bowl, as well as 4 Super Bowl MVP’s, 3 regular season MVP’s, 14 Pro Bowl selections, and also holds the all-time leading touchdown passes and will eclipse Drew Brees with the most yards of all time as well. His greatness as a football player and a winner is unprecedented.

On Sunday, Brady looks to beat the up and coming superstar of the NFL, Patrick Mahomes. After the Kansas City Chiefs drafted Mahomes in 2017, his impact on the league has been beyond dominant and record-breaking. In his 4 years in the league, he is already a Super Bowl MVP and Champion, 2-time AFC Champion, 2018 NFL MVP, 3x Pro Bowl, a 50 touchdown season, First-Team All-Pro, and the richest contract in NFL history. After coming out of Texas Tech in 2017, head coach of the Chiefs, Andy Reid and Mahomes look to be the perfect fit to build the NFL’s newest dynasty throughout the next decade.

The Bucs and Chiefs faced off once already this season in Tampa on November 29th. The Chiefs came out to a hot start scoring the first 17 points which led them to finish off the game with a win. This was despite the Buccaneers’ late rally in the 4th quarter. The weapons Mahomes has with his superstar tightened Travis Kelce and speedy receivers with Tyreek Hill and Mecole Hardman look to be a matchup nightmare for Bruce Arians’ (head coach of the Buccaneers) defense. Over the course of the year, the Bucs defense has been progressing into a more well-rounded machine and has been quite dominant in the playoffs after huge back-to-back wins against the Saints and the Packers. Brady looks to use his running backfield with Ronald Jones II and Leonard Fournette, and his experienced receivers Mike Evans and Antonio Brown, as well as his longtime best friend, tightened Rob Gronkowski.

This game is potentially the best quarterback matchup ever seen in a Super Bowl and will be remembered as an all-time classic no matter who ends up holding the Lombardi Trophy.