A Battle of the Ages

Will a Victory Mean More for Brady or Mahomes?

Shane Olexa, Reporting Journalist

This only happens once a year and this year it will be on Sunday, February 7, 2021. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will host the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl 55. The game will be held at Raymond James Stadium at 6:30 on Sunday. It will be the first time in NFL history that a team will play in a Super Bowl at its home stadium. Last week, Tom Brady and the Bucs beat the Green Bay Packers 31-26, while the Chiefs knocked out Josh Allen and the Bills 38-24. The winner of this game most likely depends on the QB play for both teams. At the age of 43, Tom Brady is looking to win his seventh Super Bowl. Brady is currently the oldest QB to win the Super Bowl and he’s not stopping there. Brady was asked if he’ll play past the age of 45. His response was, “Yeah, I would definitely consider that.” 

On the other hand, Patrick Mahomes is looking to win his second straight Super Bowl and according to CBS Sports, he could become the youngest player to win multiple Super Bowl MVP trophies and he would become the youngest quarterback to win two Super Bowls and a previous league MVP award. Mahomes joked after the AFC Championship game saying; “To go up against one of the greatest, if not the greatest of all-time in his 150th Super Bowl is gonna be a great experience.” Mahomes doesn’t have to just rely on just himself to get a victory. With a receiver/tight end group that consists of Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce, fans would say Mahomes is in pretty good shape.

However, Brady has some weapons as well. That includes four-time All-Pro and seven-time Pro Bowler Antonio Brown, Mike Evans, and Chris Godwin. The defense is also a major key in this game. The Bucs’s defense caused Aaron Rodgers to throw three interceptions in two games this season, when he’d only thrown for five all season. It says a lot when you can make an MVP type player like Rodgers play like that under pressure. In fact, Rodgers is one of the favorites to win this year’s MVP award.

On the other side, the Chiefs defense gave up 287 yards, two touchdown passes, and one interception to Josh Allen, who is also in the mix for MVP, which isn’t bad for a quarterback like Allen. The bottom line is, don’t look past these defenses. All of the talk will be about Brady and Mahomes, but the defenses shouldn’t be overlooked. There’s no questioning that this will be a great game. There’s no doubt that this will be a battle of the ages.