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  • Writer's pictureWilliam Shah

Why This Super Bowl is More Special Than The Rest

Every football fan's favorite day of the year is Super Bowl Sunday, but this year was a little special. We all know that this year looked very different from the others. The pandemic shook up the league this season, limiting fans, the abundance of tests, and the postponement of many games. Not many people thought that there would be a Super Bowl at all this year, so just the fact that the NFL got through the season is something to be celebrated. But despite all of these things that made this year's Super Bowl more special, one aspect tops it all: the matchup of quarterbacks was Tom Brady against Patrick Mahomes. On one side you have the G.O.A.T. (greatest of all time) in Tom Brady, and on the other side you have the Baby G.O.A.T. in Patrick Mahomes, a rising NFL star, who many people believe will end his career as the greatest football player ever. This was arguably set up to be the best Super Bowl of all time. This was like if we could ever see Michael Jordan against Lebron in the finals. This type of matchup seemed too good to be true for sports fans and this game will go down in history.

Tom Brady turned 43 this year and was still searching for his 7th Super Bowl. Going into this season, there were a lot of questions about Brady, mainly concerning his age. Most people thought he was too old to win another Super Bowl, and after leaving the New England Patriots and going to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, it only lowered his chances to win another one. He started the year off slowly, and just as everyone was starting to officially write him and the Buccaneers off, he began to pick it up. Going into the playoffs the Buccaneers were one of the hottest teams in football and when the playoffs came they only got better. They eased their way through the playoffs into the Super Bowl, with much credit given to their leader and QB, Brady. Somehow, at 43 years old, Brady was still shocking the world.

Patrick Mahomes turned 25 this year coming off of his first Super Bowl last year and aiming for back-to-back titles. He is arguably the most talented quarterback to ever play the game of football and he is still in his mid 20’s. He is known for his ability to make the craziest passes look easy. He has even thrown it lefty in game and done multiple no look passes. He is the future of the NFL and it doesn’t take much to notice that. He led the Chiefs to a near undefeated season and strolled through the playoffs into the Super Bowl. If he could win this Super Bowl it would’ve been a major milestone in his very promising career. Many people believe that the only way he could ever be considered the G.O.A.T. (greatest of all time) he would need to beat Brady in this Super Bowl. The stage could not have been set much better than this.

Everyone thought the Super Bowl was going to be a close game, but that was proven incorrect. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat the Kansas City Chiefs by a score of 31-9. It was an absolute blowout and Tom Brady got his record setting 7th Super Bowl. After this loss, especially in such drastic fashion, it will be hard to call Patrick Mahomes the greatest of all time no matter what he can accomplish throughout the remainder of his career. On the other side, what Tom Brady can do with a football at the age of 43 is hard to believe. He proved to us all once again that age is just a number. Anyone who bets against Tom Brady has now learned their lesson as well. Perhaps the craziest part about all of this is that there is a good chance that Brady is not even done yet. After what he has accomplished this year I do not see a reason why he would not come back and make a push for his 8th Super Bowl in the 2022-2023 NFL season.


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