There has by no means been a Tremendous Bowl matchup of completed quarterbacks fairly just like the one arising subsequent week between Tampa Bay’s Tom Brady and Kansas Metropolis’s Patrick Mahomes.
This would be the sixth Tremendous Bowl matchup between former AP NFL MVPs, the second between former Tremendous Bowl MVP profitable quarterbacks and the primary between gamers who had beforehand received each awards.
Brady has received a document six Tremendous Bowl titles, 4 Tremendous MVPs and three league MVP awards since turning into starter in New England in 2001.
Mahomes is simply getting began in his profession and already has one league MVP and one Tremendous Bowl MVP to his credit score and is again within the title sport for the second time.
The primary Tremendous Bowl matchup of former league MVPs got here within the 1976 season when Oakland’s Ken Stabler (1974 winner) beat Minnesota’s Fran Tarkenton (1975 winner).
Denver’s John Elway was a part of the following two MVP matchups, dropping to San Francisco’s Joe Montana after the 1989 season and beating Inexperienced Bay’s Brett Favre eight years later.
Then it occurred once more in back-to-back seasons in 2015-16 with Denver’s Peyton Manning besting Carolina’s Cam Newton and Brady beating Atlanta’s Matt Ryan.
Brady was additionally a part of the one earlier matchup of Tremendous Bowl MVPs dropping a rematch to Eli Manning and the New York Giants following the 2011 season.
This may also be the second time in NFL historical past that the previous two championship quarterbacks are going through off within the title sport. The one different time it occurred got here in 1943 when Washington’s Sammy Baugh confronted Chicago’s Sid Luckman. Baugh had received the title with Washington in 1942 and Luckman with the Bears in 1941.
Brady can be the fourth quarterback to start out Tremendous Bowls for 2 franchises, becoming a member of Peyton Manning (Indianapolis and Denver), Kurt Warner (Rams and Arizona) and Craig Morton (Dallas and Denver).
CELEBRATE AT HOME: The Bucs would be the first crew to play the Tremendous Bowl at their residence stadium, though two others bought to play for the title of their residence markets.
Within the 1979 season, the Los Angeles Rams went to the Tremendous Bowl towards Pittsburgh on the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California, the place they misplaced 31-19 to the Steelers.
5 years later, the San Francisco 49ers received the title only a few miles south of their residence at Candlestick Park with a 38-16 win over the Miami Dolphins at Stanford Stadium.
With a win Feb. 7, the Bucs would be the first crew within the NFL, NBA, NHL or Main League Baseball to win all of it at its residence venue for the reason that Golden State Warriors did it within the 2017 NBA Finals towards Cleveland. Each title since then was clinched on the highway or in a impartial website on the Tremendous Bowl or in a coronavirus bubble.
The final time the NFL champion completed the season by profitable a title at its personal stadium got here within the 1965 season when Vince Lombardi’s Inexperienced Bay Packers beat the Cleveland Browns 23-12 at Lambeau Area within the last season earlier than the Tremendous Bowl.
GOING WILD: Tampa Bay was the primary crew in 10 years to make it to the Tremendous Bowl regardless of not profitable the division.
The Bucs are hoping to comply with the trail the Inexperienced Bay Packers took within the 2010 season once they completed second within the NFC North however went on to win the Tremendous Bowl towards Pittsburgh.
The Packers had been the sixth wild-card crew to win all of it, becoming a member of the Oakland Raiders (1980 season), Denver (1997), Baltimore (2000), Pittsburgh (2005) and the New York Giants (2007).
No crew has even made it to the Tremendous Bowl after enjoying within the wild-card spherical since 2012 when Baltimore and San Francisco did it. The Ravens received that sport 34-31.
KEEP IT CLOSE: Nobody has been capable of blow out Patrick Mahomes since he took over as Chiefs starter in 2018. Mahomes has misplaced simply 9 video games as a starter with probably the most lopsided being a 40-32 defeat to the Raiders this previous October for his solely loss in his previous 26 begins.
He has additionally misplaced twice by seven factors, twice by six, 3 times by three and as soon as by one level. The final time Mahomes misplaced by a couple of possession in a sport got here in his last yr in faculty at Texas Tech, when the Pink Raiders fell 66-10 to Iowa State on Nov. 19, 2016.
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