Patrick Mahomes vs. Tom Brady Super Bowl LV matchup a clash of NFL eras

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes, left, and Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady.
Patrick Mahomes, left, leads the Kansas City Chiefs versus Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in a fight of the ages on Sunday. (Associated Press)

An NFL season that appeared it may never ever take place is ending in such a way we may never ever see once again.

Tampa Bay’s Tom Brady versus Kansas City’s Patrick Mahomes, a sports argument come to life.

More than a Lombardi Prize is up for grabs in Super Bowl LV on Sunday. This has to do with a clash of ages, with the Lord of the Rings — Brady has a record 6 of them — wanting to keep the best risk to the crown at bay.

So huge is the quarterback match in this video game that CBS expert Tony Romo needed to reach outside the sport for an apt example to explain the face-off at the most essential position on the field. He relied on the NBA.

“Could you imagine if Michael Jordan got his team to the Finals in ’98 or when he was older, against a young LeBron James, who’s really the face of the league?” Romo stated. “It would be the greatest thing in the history of sports. I think we might actually have that Super Bowl. We might have that game. It just has never happened.”

It’s a video game composed in the super stars, football’s response to Jack Nicklaus vs. Tiger Woods.

Mahomes, 25, is wanting to end up being the very first quarterback to lead his franchise to back-to-back Super Bowl success because Brady directed the New England Patriots to successive titles in 2003 and ’04.

Brady, 43, who signed up with the Buccaneers in the most well known finalizing of the 2020 offseason, will include another very first to his historical profession as the very first quarterback to play a Super Bowl in his house arena.

Comparing Tom Brady and Patrick Mahomes ahead of Super Bowl LV.
(Tim Hubbard / Los Angeles Times)

And there’s nobody much better matched to call this video game than famous play-by-play commentator Jim Nantz, who understands both of these quarterbacks much better than anybody on the nationwide scene. After all, CBS has essentially run its operation out of Kansas City recently, thinking about how dominant the Chiefs have actually been, and Brady invested the previous 20 years playing in the center of the AFC universe.

When it comes to covering Brady, Nantz has lapped the field, having called about 100 games in which Brady was the quarterback. They’re even golf buddies in the offseason.

“This team may be uniquely qualified to be the ones that, just by blind luck, had this Super Bowl fall under our watch,” Nantz said. “Because, yes, we’re the AFC network, and for three years now we’ve seen many Kansas City games, I can’t give you the exact number, and, yes, you go back through the years with exposures to Tom, and on top of that we had the regular-season matchup between these teams. So, hey, it’s funny how it works out.”

This CBS A-Team — Nantz and Romo with Tracy Wolfson as sideline reporter — is working its second Super Bowl, having made its debut as a combination 2 years ago when the Rams played New England in Atlanta.

Tony Romo, left, and Jim Nantz in the broadcast booth
Tony Romo, left, and Jim Nantz will be in the broadcast booth for CBS for Sunday’s coverage of Super Bowl LV. (Morry Gash / Associated Press)

“It had the makings of being this electrifying, high-scoring affair between Sean McVay, this boy-genius coach, and the high-powered Rams offense, and Brady and company,” Nantz said.

The game turned out to be a 13-3 slog, a scrappy victory by the Patriots and the lowest-scoring Super Bowl on record.

“We had one play in the entire game that was run inside of the red zone,” Nantz said. “That’s almost — I still wish someone would statistically look that up — has that ever happened before?

“So why do I say that? Well, I look at this [year’s] matchup, that’s impossible. That won’t happen here. That can’t happen here. It will not happen here. This game is — hold your breath. There’s going to be a big highlight coming at you every couple of minutes.”

It might seem wildly premature to compare Mahomes, who has actually one ring, to Brady, whose success is unparalleled. But Romo rolls the film forward and sees this as a touchstone moment people will refer to years down the road.

This matchup is an argument settler.

“Brady, I promise you, shuts the door if he wins this game,” Romo stated. “There’s almost no way you could ever argue, if Tom Brady at 43 years old, turning back Father Time, beating Patrick Mahomes … the only guy who could possibly climb the ladder.

“If Tom Brady closes that in this game, I just don’t see some human being ever competing in 10 Super Bowls, winning seven, and being able to say you’re better than Tom Brady.

“This game is a legacy game. If Patrick Mahomes wins, he keeps that door open. If he loses, I don’t know how you climb it.”

This story initially appeared in Los Angeles Times.

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.