In one corner, there’s Patrick Mahomes. We’ve never seen a young quarterback off to this kind of career start. Three Conference Championship Game appearances in his first three years as a starter. Back-to-back Super Bowl trips. One ring, with a chance to make it two. Mahomes is on the path to breaking every passing record in NFL history.
So, who wins?
Then, of course, there’s Tom Brady. We’ve never seen a quarterback put together this kind of run of dominance. Ten Super Bowl appearances. Six rings, with a chance to add a seventh and surpass Michael Jordan as the second-greatest winner in sports history (Boston Celtics center Bill Russell tops the list with 11 rings). The fact that Brady is doing it with a new team, new coach and in a new city in the midst of a pandemic season is outrageous.Throw out the home field. It’s a cute story, but ultimately won’t be enough to sway things. This game will come down to one thing: Coaching. Both defensive coordinators will send a ton of pressure. Both secondaries can be opportunistic. Both teams have pass rushers that can get to the quarterback. But I just trust Andy Reid and Kansas City’s offensive game plan to have more answers to the tests than whatever Bruce Arians and Brady cook up on the other side. Brady’s three picks nearly haunted Tampa Bay in the NFC Championship Game, but the Packers coaching was too poor to take advantage. Reid won’t be as kind. MY PICK: Chiefs.