As quarterback for the Kansas City Chiefs, Patrick Mahomes has become one of the biggest names in the NFL in recent years. With the young quarterback catching the eyes of many football commentators and fans, he’s often compared with the older, veteran star quarterback Tom Brady. That’s what we’re doing today, comparing the record of these two accomplished athletes.
Both players are active in the NFL right now, and they’re no strangers to the Super Bowl, so they have become a favorite of sports bettors across the world. If you’re interested, check out Fanduel’s Super Bowl outright betting when Mahomes or Brady next make an appearance, which they definitely will.
Patrick Mahomes II, son of MLB pitcher Pat Mahomes, played both football and baseball from a young age, along with some basketball too. A native Texan, he went to Texas Tech University and played for their Red Raiders.
Tom Brady is a Californian who idolized the Francisco 49ers star quarterback Joe Montana from a young age. Like Mahomes, he also had an appreciation of other sports, playing baseball and basketball. Brady went to college at the University of Michigan, playing for the Wolverines.
As a backup to Davis Webb, Mahomes became starter QB after Webb was injured. In a game against the Baylor Bears, Mahomes made a Big 12 record by throwing for 598 yards, 6 touchdowns, and 1 interception. His rookie season ended with 1,547 yards covered, 16 touchdowns, and 4 interceptions.
Brady’s freshman year was quite uneventful since Brady was backup QB for Brian Griese, who was busy leading the Wolverines to success.
Mahomes became the starting QB in his sophomore year, passing for 425 yards in his season debut. By the end of the season, he had racked up 4,653 yards, 36 TDs, and 15 interceptions.
Brady’s sophomore year was still as backup QB. This time, Griese was establishing the Wolverines’ undefeated 1997 undefeated season.
In 2016, Mahomes broke the NCAA FBS records for single-game total offense (819 yards) and tied for single passing yards (734). Mahomes led the country in yards per game at 421, passing yards at 5,052, total offense at 5,312, responsible points at 318, and career touchdowns at 53.
1998 is where Brady became starter QB for the Wolverines. He quickly set a Michigan record for pass attempts and completions, totaling 214, and was an All-Big-Ten honorable mention. He finished with 2,427 passing yards.
Only Brady completed his fourth year at college, Mahomes left for the NFL after his junior year. After dragging the Wolverines back from defeat multiple times, Brady came to be known as the Comeback Kid. He made 2,217 passing yards and 16 TDs that year, with 6 interceptions.
Brady has been in the game for much longer than Mahomes, so there’s no use in comparing their performances 1:1. Let’s look at instances where Brady and Mahomes have faced off against each other and see what happened.
While Brady is better at consistency and snatching victory from the jaws of defeat, Mahomes’ numbers have been better so far. If Mahomes keeps the same standard of performance, he won’t just be the next Tom Brady, he could even surpass him.
Here’s a rundown of their recent performances that support this:
|Patrick Mahomes||Tom Brady|
|Completed Passes V Attempts||102 V 159 (64.1%)||100 V 158 (63.3%)|
|Avg. Passing Yards Per Game||348||300.5|
November 4th, 2018
The first match-up between Mahomes and Brady was in 2018, where the Patriots beat the Chiefs 43-40. While the Comeback Kid sent Mahomes and the Chiefs packing with a last-minute drive, Mahomes finished with more yards – 352 against Brady’s 340. He also had 4 TDs and 2 interceptions against Brady, who had just 1 TD.
January 20th, 2019
Their next meeting was at the AFC championship game, where Mahomes put in 295 yards and 3 TDs. Brady threw for 343 yards and 1 TD. Once again, Brady lived up to his nickname by pulling off an overtime drive that won the game for the Patriots, 37-31.
December 8th, 2019
That same year, Mahomes would get his revenge against Brady and the Patriots in a standard season game. Both players made just one touchdown in the game, but Mahomes passed 283 yards against Brady’s 169. Brady did score an interception while Mahomes didn’t but the Chiefs carried the game at 23-16.
November 29th, 2020
The next match-up between Mahomes and Brady was in late 2020. Here, the Chiefs outpaced the Buccaneers and finished the game at 27-24 after holding onto their early-game lead. Mahomes passed 462 yards, made 3 TDs, but no interceptions. Brady passed 345 yards, made 3 TDs, and 2 interceptions.