Another year, another Super Bowl for Tom Brady. But this time, things are a little bit different this time around for one of the most successful players of all time.
This time, Brady is with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, representing the NFC for the first time after reaching the big game nine times with the New England Patriots out of the AFC.
With Brady under center, the Buccaneers are looking to capture the Lombardi trophy, but they will need to get past the defending champs and the new dynasty coming out of the AFC, the Kansas City Chiefs.
The Chiefs have been nearly unbeatable since the middle of last season, with quarterback Patrick Mahomes reaching higher levels of greatness as he continues to learn how to read defenses.
This year’s Super Bowl is the old generation of NFL players against the new. Brady, representing the older generation, is undoubtedly the most successful players of all time, winning more Super Bowls than any other player. Mahomes, representing the new generation, shows that his game doesn’t have any limits. Even if he has a bad game, Mahomes has proven that he can flip a switch to deliver in the big moments, even when he is trailing.
This game in a way is similar to the 2001 Stanley Cup Final, which featured an older Patrick Roy and the new star goaltender Martin Broduer. The veteran Roy and the Colorado Avalanche defeated the young Broduer and the New Jersey Devils, who like Mahomes and the Chiefs were defending champs.
Despite the similarities between Brady/Mahomes and Roy/Broduer, the Chiefs and Buccaneers have some other key players.
Both teams have had great performances from their defense, but in this game, the weapons on offense around these two quarterbacks should make the difference.
The Tampa Bay offense is extremely talented around Brady, with two very talented running backs, Leonard Fournette and Ronald Jones. The duo has helped establish a very good running game behind a talented offensive line.
The passing game boasts three great receivers in Mike Evans, Chris Godwin and Antonio Brown. Plus, tight ends Rob Gronkowski and Cameron Brate assist in both the running and passing games.
Kansas City’s offense is just as dangerous, with Travis Kelce and Tyreek Hill giving defensive coordinators fits all year with their tremendous athletic ability and playmaking ability. They also have running backs Leveon Bell and Clyde Edwards-Helaire to go with receivers Mecole Hardman, Sammy Watkins and Byron Pringle.
Both of these offenses have the ability to go toe-to-toe with the other and thy are both talented enough to play catch-up if they have a slow start.
All signs point to the Chiefs winning this game. Either way, it is hard to bet against Brady or Mahomes. If this match-up is like that 2001 Stanley Cup, then Brady will capture his seventh ring, but if Mahomes continues to run through the league like he has the last year and a half, then Tampa Bay is in trouble. No matter what, don’t count either quarterback out.