Patrick Mahomes and Tom Brady are set to face off in a highly-anticipated Super Bowl. Stephen A. Smith believes there’s a lot on the line for Mahomes in this game.
If Patrick Mahomes loses to Tom Brady in the Super Bowl, Mahomes will NEVER be able to surpass Brady as the GOAT. pic.twitter.com/WPRuT9R3Zh
— Stephen A Smith (@stephenasmith) January 29, 2021
Mahomes has matched up with Brady a total of four times with the two superstars splitting the matchups. Tom Brady, however, has a postseason victory against Mahomes, beating him in the AFC Championship in 2019.
That’s why Stephen A. Smith believes that this game is so critical for Mahomes. Having two postseason losses to the greatest player in NFL history automatically puts you at a disadvantage, no matter how many rings you may win.
Therefore, even if Mahomes is able to get to 7 rings (assuming he loses to Brady next week), people will always call him out for never being able to beat Brady when it mattered.
Tom Brady. Patrick Mahomes.
Both with two trips to the Super Bowl in their first three seasons as a starter. pic.twitter.com/mei1g3iT1e
— Sunday Night Football on NBC (@SNFonNBC) January 31, 2021
Can Patrick Mahomes Reach GOAT Status in the NFL if He Loses?
Mahomes’ career has been absurd up to this point. He’s in his third full year as a starter and he’s already on his way to his second Super Bowl trip. That’s exactly what Tom Brady had accomplished up to this point.
Tom Brady also won three Super Bowls in his first four years. Of course, that isn’t suggesting that Mahomes needs to win as quickly as Brady did. After all, between his third and fourth Super Bowl wins there was an 11-year gap where Brady won nothing.
However, the argument again rests on who Mahomes would have lost to. Firstly, if Brady wins, he gets his seventh ring. That itself would be nearly impossible to topple. That kind of winning and dominance is unheard of across the sporting world, and Mahomes would have to climb a huge mountain to reach that.
Additionally, even if Mahomes did get to 7 rings, Stephen A. Smith makes a very valid point where he brings up how Mahomes’ biggest postseason losses would have been to Brady.
In a tiebreaker, Brady wins. However, of course, this all assuming Tampa Bay wins. The Bucs are definitely underdogs in this matchup, and Mahomes could very well capture a second straight title with the Chiefs.
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— Christopher Price (@cpriceglobe) January 31, 2021
What Happens if Mahomes Wins?
If he does, then that changes things quite differently. As we already talked about, Mahomes would make it two Super Bowl wins in his first three seasons, but his resume is much more padded than that.
Mahomes also has an MVP award under his belt as he became just the second quarterback to throw for 5,000 yards and 50 touchdowns in a season. This past season, Mahomes was on pace to yet another MVP season before he sat out a meaningless final game in the regular season.
Despite not playing in that game, Mahomes finished with the second most passing yards, third most passing touchdowns, and he averaged the most passing yards per game with 316. He was on track to make 5,000 yards again if he played well in Week 17. Adding a Super Bowl win against the greatest to ever do it would help his GOAT status tremendously.
Additionally, Mahomes would cement himself as the best player in the NFL right now. Aaron Rodgers is close on his tail, but a Super Bowl victory trumps everything. Mahomes would be without question No.1.
Patrick Mahomes in the playoffs since 2018:
♦️92.0 PFF Grade (1st)
♦️2,054 PASS YDS (1st)
♦️17 PASS TDs (1st) pic.twitter.com/P3vPRZEXei
— PFF (@PFF) January 30, 2021