The talks surrounding Patrick Mahomes being exposed in 2022 were greatly exaggerated.
When elite quarterbacks Tom Brady and Patrick Mahomes play against each other for the sixth time, it could represent the final meeting between the 45-year-old Brady, who briefly retired during the offseason, and the 27-year-old Mahomes.
Ahead of this matchup, Mahomes was presented with the question of whether he could see himself playing another 20 years.
“Yeah, I want to play as long as I can play, and I can still have a chance to help the team get better,” Mahomes said during a press conference on Wednesday, per NFL.com. ”Obviously, it’s hard to play until you’re 45 years old, and I don’t want to be out there just hanging on.
“You see what Tom is — he’s still playing at a very high level. I think that’s why it’s hard for him to kind of give it up — when you’re playing at a high level you don’t want to leave it. For me, I’m going to try to keep my body in the best shape possible and as long as they’ll let me play and I can play at a high level, I’ll be out there.”
On the field, Mahomes has a chance to even the score, as Brady is 3-2 all time against Mahomes.
“It’ll be a big game for me to kind of go up there and try to find a way to just win as a team,” Mahomes said. “We’ve had a lot of games, and he’s won kind of the bigger ones.”
Two of Mahomes’ losses to Brady came during the postseason. One of them was the 37-31 defeat to the New England Patriots in the 2018 AFC Championship Game and a 31-9 defeat to the Buccaneers in Super Bowl LV.
The Chiefs passer enters the Week Four contest completing 67.9% of his passes for 857 yards, eight touchdowns and one interception.
Brady has only an 89.2 quarterback rating after completing 65% of his passes for 673 yards, three touchdowns and one interception. It has not been a great start for him compared to past years.
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