The 2021 NFL season ended with the Chiefs being upset and routed by the upstart Buccaneers 31-9 in Super Bowl 55. That shocking result kept Patrick Mahomes from leading Kansas City to a repeat and gave Tom Brady a seventh in his first season with Tampa Bay.
The 2022 NFL season has a good chance to end the same way as the Chiefs and Buccaneers are heavy favorites to take their respective conference championships again in the AFC and NFC.
Sporting News is going with the same matchup in Super Bowl 56, only with a different result. Mahomes will make it two for three to enter a special category of elite quartebacks, while Brady will settle on being stuck in seventh heaven — and remaining the GOAT QB that Mahomes and everyone else is still chasing.
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Mahomes isn’t used to having bad games in his young career. The sting of the rough team outing against the Buccaneers should provide the motivation he needs to not let down the Chiefs should the identical situation present itself next February.
Brady has proved to be hard to beat over his 10 Super Bowls, but it’s been done before by Eli Manning (twice) and Nick Foles. Mahomes will become the latest and greatest passer to join that short list.
As for picking a Super Bowl rematch, there’s nothing “chalky” about it. The last time it happened was 28 years ago, when the Cowboys beat the Bills in Super Bowl 28 a second consecutive time for their repeat. But never before has a team avenged its previous year’s Super Bowl loss against the same opponent. It would be a historic game with the Chiefs finding their own place in Super Bowl lore with an unprecedented accomplishment.
Mahomes and Chiefs need to worry about rising powerhouses in the AFC. Brady and the Bucs also will be challenged plenty by the fellow NFC contenders. In the end, it’s hard to go against either QB doing what he needs to put his team on the brink of another championship.
The original Mahomes vs. Brady Super Bowl didn’t go as planned with the lopsided result. The sequel will be much better, a closer classic with the Chiefs emerging with a 27-24 win late, thanks to Mahomes getting the ball last to answer Brady.
Mahomes has experienced the highs and lows of the Super Bowl. The taste of the latter should lead to him wanting to be laser-focused on sweet victory at the end.
Because of Mahomes, the Chiefs have projected as the NFL’s next dynasty, replacing the Brady-led Patriots. What better way to confirm that by getting the better of Brady on the biggest stage?
Kansas City and Tampa Bay are the two best teams in the league and the ones that should be trusted most in 2021. The Chiefs lost the first Super Bowl in Los Angeles, so it’s been a long time coming for them to win the next one there.