KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Superstar athletes absolutely abhor talk of their “passing the torch.” Eventually, though, every reign ends.
Which brings us to Super Bowl LV.
In two weeks at Tampa Bay’s Raymond James Stadium, Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes will finally get what he has craved for more than two years: another opportunity to face Tom Brady in the postseason and potentially add the only missing piece to the historic start of his nascent career.
It will occur on the NFL’s biggest stage, Mahomes again doing his part to lead the defending Super Bowl champions there with a typically sensational performance Sunday night during a 38-24 victory over the Buffalo Bills in the AFC Championship Game.
Mahomes completed 29 of 38 passes for 325 yards and three touchdowns while decisively outdueling Bills quarterback Josh Allen, who shared second-team All-Pro honors this season with Mahomes and is often mentioned as being one of the few signal-callers equipped to challenge Mahomes for league supremacy moving forward (more on that interesting narrative later). On the other side of the bracket, Brady, in his first season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, held up his end, directing…