By Mark Molz
Tom Brady did it, again.
With his seventh Super Bowl win on Sunday, February 7th, Tom Brady has officially solidified himself as the Greatest Quarterback of All Time. In a game where superstar Patrick Mahomes was leading what seemed to be the invisible Kansas City Chiefs team, Brady led his first year Buccaneers to their second Super Bowl win in franchise history.
Brady not only beat Mahomes for the second time in the playoffs, with the first one being in the AFC Championship game back in 2019, he took home the Super Bowl MVP giving him his fifth total MVP award in the biggest game of the year, a record that will most likely never be broken. Brady finished the game with a total of 201 yards on 21/29 passing and three touchdown passes.
Mahomes on the other hand finished the game with a stat line very few individuals were expecting. He finished with a total of two interceptions, zero passing touchdowns, and a mere 270 yards. Mahomes was scrambling all night trying to make throws backwards, his body parallel to the ground as he released it, and with Bucs defenders running full steam at him not allowing him to create anything special, as he normally does.
With Brady beating Mahomes many people have deemed the GOAT debate out of reach. Although Mahomes is only 25 years-old and has already appeared in two Super Bowls, while winning one of them, his one to Brady’s Seven seems all too little.
With a win against Brady many would have dubbed this game as the passing of the torch from one old great to a new young one headed towards the mountain top. Now it feels as if Mahomes will be living in the shadow of Brady for his entire career, not unless, of course, he reaches the unthinkable eight Super Bowls.
To put in perspective at just how impressive Brady’s tenth Super Bowl appearance and seventh win is, here are some facts (if you haven’t already heard them):
So what’s next for Timeless Tom?
Although Brady has reached the pinnacle of success time and time again he doesn’t seem to want to step away just yet. At age 43 Brady seems to be on an unprecedented rate of success that will only continue to grow in the future. In his post game interview Brady stated, “We’re coming back. You already know that.”
You would think someone who has more Super Bowl wins than any other franchise in the history of the
sport would step away from the game while he has seemed to accomplish everything, but Tom isn’t ready yet. With aspirations to play past his 45th birthday, we could see him dominating the NFC for years to come.
Mahomes will be waiting for the day he can run the league all by himself, Rodgers is praying he can win more NFC championships than Brady, and every other team in the NFL is simply waiting for the day Brady decides to hang them up. For now we can only appreciate the greatness of Tom and the dominance he brings to the league.
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