For any American Football fan over the last twenty years, Tom Brady has been the best there ever is. He holds about every record possible for a quarterback and he has won numerous Super Bowls. He is the Greatest Of All Time, for now. In recent years there has been a newcomer. A young man has entered the league and is on course to break all of Tom Brady’s current records.
Since his first season as a starter, Patrick Mahomes has continually got better and better. He won the MVP in his first year, a Super Bowl in his second year (and the Super Bowl MVP) and is appearing in a second Super Bowl in his third year as a starter. Nobody has this record in their first three years, other than Tom Brady. But even he didn’t win the MVP award for the regular season. Brady Versus Mahomes: 2 Of The Greats is a debate that will go down in NFL History.
Needless to say, we are extremely lucky to be watching the current Greatest of All Time going up against the man who could become the Greatest Of All Time.
Brady Versus Mahomes: 2 Of The Greats
TOM BRADY’S FIRST MVP SEASON
In 2007 Tom Brady produced one of the best regular seasons by a quarterback ever. After the 2006 season, the New England Patriots completely changed their wide receiver group. They brought in Dante Stallworth, Wes Welker, Kelley Washington, and Randy Moss. Brady led this team to a 16-0 record throughout the regular season. On his way to a perfect regular season, he outscored his opposition by 37-17. He broke numerous records in the 2007 season and was named AFC Player of the Week on five different occasions.
It took until the 2007 season for Tom Brady to post his first game with a perfect passer rating. He had nine games in a row with at least three touchdown passes. Also a new NFL record. In the last game of the season, he threw his 50th touchdown pass and broke the previous record of 49, held by Peyton Manning.
By the end of the season, he accumulated 4,806 passing yards, 50 touchdown passes, and eight interceptions. In 2013 it was voted as the single greatest passing season ever. He led the Patriots to the first undefeated regular season since it became a 16 game season in 1978. Brady earned the MVP award, the offensive player of the year award, and was named Male Athlete of the Year by the Associated Press. He was the first NFL player to be named it since Joe Montana in 1990. An incredible season that was well deserving of the MVP award. We had to wait until Brady’s eighth year in the league for his first MVP award. We would not need to wait as long for Patrick Mahomes.
PATRICK MAHOMES FIRST MVP SEASON
Patrick Mahomes came into the league as a rookie in the 2017 season. During his first year, he didn’t play until the Week 17 game of the season. In 2018 he would go on to have a great season. Mahomes was named the starter of the Kansas City Chiefs after they traded Alex Smith away. It did not take long for Mahomes to take command of this team.
In his first week as a starter, he threw for four touchdowns and posted a passer rating of 127.5. In his very first week as a starter in the NFL, he won the AFC Player of The Week accolade. He followed that up in Week 2 with another AFC Player of The Week and became the first player since Tom Brady to win the award in the opening two weeks of the season.
His efforts in 2018 made him just the second player to have over 5,000 passing yards and 50 touchdowns. He is just the seventh player to have that amount of passing yards in a season. He led the league in passing touchdowns and led the Chiefs to their third straight division title. He would go on to lose to Tom Brady in his first trip to the playoffs but his regular-season efforts earned him numerous awards.
In just his first year as a starter, he not only won the Most Valuable Player Award he also won the Best NFL Player ESPY Award. Another incredible season as a passer and one that could rival the efforts of Tom Brady in 2007.
REGULAR SEASON STATISTICS
Now Tom Brady has a larger pool to gather these statistics from but Mahomes is on his way to catching up. After he has been in the league for twenty years his numbers could be a lot higher than Brady’s given how well he has started. After just four years in the league, Mahomes has barely tasted defeat and will hope to continue this throughout his career.
Since he joined the league Brady has done incredible things, but Mahomes’ start has been better. Mahomes has more touchdowns, more passing yards, and fewer interceptions than Brady did at the same point in his career. Mahomes is already up to just under 15,000 passing yards and is chasing Brady down. Mahomes has a long way to go if he wants to have the regular-season record that Brady has, but he has shown that he is more than capable of doing so.
Mahomes has a better quarterback rating so far for his regular-season efforts. Better by quite a distance. Tom Brady has defied time and defied old age on his way to his incredible stats. Unfortunately for Mahomes, it will take a lot more than his supreme talent to catch Tom Brady. He may need to take tips from him on some of those strange eating habits he has.
TOM BRADY’S FIRST TRIP TO THE POSTSEASON
Unlike his first MVP award, Tom Brady did not need to wait long for his first trip to the postseason. In 2001, the same year he became the Patriots starter, Brady would lead his team to the playoffs. In his very first playoff game, he threw for 312 yards against the Oakland Raiders. In the famous “tuck rule” game, Brady led the Patriots back from a ten-point deficit in the fourth quarter. He finished with no touchdowns and one interception. He followed this game up with an AFC Championship Game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. He would leave this game with a knee injury and watch as Drew Bledsoe led the Patriots to the Super Bowl.
Luckily for Brady, the injury wasn’t serious and he was back in as the starter in the Super Bowl. In just his first full season as a starter, he was playing in the Super Bowl, as the starting quarterback. He would go on to have 145 passing yards, one touchdown, and no interceptions. He would win the Super Bowl and be named Super Bowl MVP for his efforts. An incredible first trip to the playoffs and one that set him up for a career of playoff appearances.
PATRICK MAHOMES FIRST TRIP TO THE POSTSEASON
Just like Tom Brady, Patrick Mahomes didn’t need to wait long for his first playoff appearance. In his first season as a starter, Mahomes would win the MVP award and make it to his first playoffs. After an incredible regular season, Mahomes opened up his playoff record with a home game against the Indianapolis Colts. Mahomes threw for 278 yards and ran in a touchdown as he led his team to a 31-13 win against the Indianapolis Colts. Mahomes led the Chiefs to their first home AFC Conference Championship Game.
In that Championship Game, he would encounter Tom Brady for the first time in the playoffs. Mahomes would have a great game as he finished with 295 yards and three touchdowns. Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough as they went on to lose in overtime 37-31. In just his first trip to the postseason, he was just unlucky that the Patriots won the toss in overtime and elected to receive the ball. If that coin toss had gone the other way then Mahomes could be playing in his third Super Bowl in just three years as a starter.
Now once again, the pool for Tom Brady statistics is a lot larger than Mahomes but that being said Mahomes has made his short time in the playoffs count. He is racking up yards, touchdowns, and wins as his quest to be the best goes on.
Once again Brady’s numbers are a lot bigger than Mahomes given the period but look at the QB Rating. Yet again, Mahomes’ rating is a lot better than Brady’s. In just his short tenure as a starter, Mahomes has been incredibly accurate and incredibly useful with the ball in his hands. If Mahomes continues at his current rate he will have more passing yards, more passing touchdowns, and considerably fewer interceptions.
Patrick Mahomes is perhaps the most gifted quarterback we have ever seen and Tom Brady is the most successful we have ever seen. If Mahomes continues at his current pace for both the regular season and the postseason he will surpass Tom Brady as the G.O.A.T. No matter what happens Brady Versus Mahomes: 2 Of The Greats will go on and on in NFL history.
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