Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes is 26 years old, became the league MVP in his second season, and a Super Bowl champion in his third.
His legacy, while already remarkable is still growing; coming back in last week's Divisional Round matchup against the Buffalo Bills with just 13 seconds left on the clock to force overtime, only to march down the field and score, not giving the Bills' offense a chance to touch the ball.
While everything is lining up for him to have one of the finest careers in NFL history, there's one record that Mahomes won't be able to break on his own now that seven-time Super Bowl champion Tom Brady is reportedly retiring.
That's Mahomes' record against Tom Brady in postseason games. Against everyone else he's ever faced? Mahomes is 8-0 straight up and 7-1 against the spread.
The problem with evaluating the narrative this way is that it goes beyond the quarterback position. While still, vitally the most important position in all of sports, it's very difficult to pinpoint the two playoff losses on Mahomes itself.
In the 2018-19 AFC Championship game against the Patriots, Mahomes threw for 295 yards and three touchdowns, including rallying late to help score 24 points in the fourth quarter and force overtime.
Ironically enough, Mahomes and the Chiefs never got a chance to possess the ball in overtime, as Brady took the Pats downfield in 13 plays and 75 yards, scoring the go-ahead touchdown as Brady went on to win his sixth Super Bowl over the Rams.
The second game was of course last year's Super Bowl, in which the Chiefs' beat up offensive line had Mahomes running for his life all game. According to NFL's Next Gen Stats, he ran for just under 500 yards attempting to scramble away from Tampa Bay's defenders in their 31-9 loss. Brady walked away with the Super Bowl MVP, but anyone who watched the game would tell you it was the defense that deserved the honors.
Mahomes and the Chiefs are 7-point favorites on Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals when they host their fourth consecutive AFC Championship game at Arrowhead Stadium. As for Tom Brady's former team, the Buccaneers are now in search of a quarterback with plenty of intriguing names expected to be available.
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