After Patrick Mahomes led the Chiefs to a Tremendous Bowl win in 2020, it wasn’t unreasonable to assume he was taking on Tom Brady’s torch. He already had an NFL MVP underneath his belt and the Chiefs regarded like a juggernaut.
A yr later, nonetheless, Brady snatched his torch proper again after leaving the Patriots for the Buccaneers, with Tampa Bay dominating Kansas Metropolis 31-9 in Tremendous Bowl 55. The quarterbacks’ stats could not have regarded extra completely different. Mahomes threw 49 passes, finishing 26, for 270 yards and a pair of interceptions; Brady handed 29 instances, finishing 21, for 201 yards and three touchdowns.
Whereas the Buccaneers’ protection received the day, it was nonetheless an interesting matchup between previous and new.
Brady is probably going taking one final journey this yr at age 45. Mahomes, 27, nonetheless has a variety of profession left. How do their careers stack up towards one another? The Sporting Information seems to be on the numbers.
Patrick Mahomes vs. Tom Brady, by the numbers
Brady dominates Mahomes in counting stats, naturally, due to 23 years of NFL expertise vs. six. However Mahomes holds his personal by way of averages.
Mahomes is, by far, the chief in yards per sport in NFL historical past with 300.7. Drew Brees is second at 280. Brady is eighth at 265.4. Mahomes additionally averages 30.2 touchdowns per season to Brady’s 28.4.
Sure, Brady’s trophy case is much more stuffed out. Mahomes has the 2018 MVP; Brady has been voted MVP 3 times (2007, 2010 and 2017). Brady and the Patriots disrupted league parity by successful six Tremendous Bowls (and showing in 9) over twenty years. Brady then claimed a seventh title with the Buccaneers, giving him two greater than Charles Haley. Mahomes has simply the one.
There are some issues numbers cannot convey, like Mahomes’ magic on the sphere, however the actuality is that this: He has a protracted approach to go earlier than he can have a seat at Brady’s desk.
Nonetheless, Mahomes does have a statistical edge in locations.
Patrick Mahomes vs. Tom Brady, common season
Patrick Mahomes vs. Tom Brady, common season, per sport
Mahomes holds his personal sport by sport, however he’s much more spectacular within the postseason. Pattern sizes are skewed — Brady has performed in 47 playoff video games to Mahomes’ 11. However Mahomes has been wonderful within the postseason regardless of the Chiefs developing brief lately.
Patrick Mahomes vs. Tom Brady, playoffs
Patrick Mahomes vs. Tom Brady, playoffs per sport
Extra goes into the playoffs than pure numbers, after all, however Mahomes’ brilliance cannot be denied.
Patrick Mahomes prorated stats
Might Mahomes ever problem Brady’s monumental numbers?
It is untimely to say. Any variety of issues may occur to an NFL participant.
If Mahomes performs till he’s 39 and continues to place up numbers on the tempo he is placing them up, he would end with 74,852 passing yards, 604 touchdowns and 144 interceptions. Given Mahomes’ taking part in model, it is unreasonable to assume he’ll problem Brady’s longevity.
Talking of that longevity, it is a testomony to Brady’s that, even with that prolonged profession outlook, Mahomes nonetheless would not be difficult Brady’s all-time information.
The Chiefs’ predominant objective, naturally, is to win Tremendous Bowls, not inflate Mahomes’ counting stats. But when there’s one factor to remove from this comparability, it is that Brady’s longevity is nothing wanting exceptional and deserves reward, however the identical goes for Mahomes’ early-career magic.
It is simple to take these two gamers without any consideration. It is going to be unattainable to take action with them sharing the sphere for a sixth time Sunday night time.