Many expected to see the faceoff between Brady and Mahomes in Super Bowl LV. It was touted to be an exciting battle between who was deemed to be the all-time best quarterback and who is the current best.
Super Bowl LV ended up with Tom Brady receiving the MVP trophy. His team, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, won against Patrick Mahomes and his team, the Kansas City Chiefs, 31-9.
“Obviously, I didn’t play like I wanted to play,” Mahomes stated after the loss. He also said that he did what he could on the field. He recognized that, during the game, the Buccaneers was the better team. However, Mahomes also said that he is proud of his teammates and how they “fought to the very end of the game.”
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In the game, Mahome saw two interceptions on tipped passes and he had 26 out of 49 passing for 270 yards. This game was also the first in which he wasn’t able to throw a touchdown since the 2019 season’s 4th week. Additionally, he had a 52.3 passer rating — his career-worst.
However, the loss was not all his fault. Mahomes had to play against a battered offensive line. Both left tackle Eric Fisher (Achilles) as well as right tackle Mitchell Schwartz (back) were missing from it.
Mahomes had to take eight quarterback hits and three sacks, according to ESPN. He also ran 497 yards before he threw the ball or got sacked, as per Next Gen Stats. The Chiefs quarterback also added 5 carries for 33 yards.
Regarding the Super Bowl, Chiefs coach Andy Reid gave credit to Buccaneer’s defensive coordinator Todd Bowles for helping the latter team snag the victory. Bowles is the man who came up with the Buccaneer’s game plan for the recent game.
Mahomes, as well as Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce, also recognized how well the Buccaneers’ defense played against Kansas’ powerful offense
This is Mahomes’ first double-digit loss since he joined the NFL. While he had a toe injury that potentially obstructed his play, he didn’t blame the drop of his performance on it. He also said that he could get surgery for it. The quarterback also stated that this loss is something his team will learn from, and they will try to take part in the Super Bowl again next season.
Meanwhile, with Tampa Bay’s win, Brady, 44, got his seventh Super Bowl title in ten appearances. At Super Bowl LV, he also clinched his fifth MVP trophy — a new NFL record.
Brady proved to people why many consider him to be “The GOAT” on Sunday’s game. He completed 21 of 29 passes for 21 yards. He made three touchdowns and he did not have any interceptions.
It seems Mahomes still has a lot of catching up to do. But, since he’s only 25, he could have enough time to do so.