When I think of Tom Brady and Super Bowls, I am reminded of the annual scene when dad gathers the family around the tree for the traditional reading of “The Night Before Christmas.”
Once again, it’s the same old story.
Next week, Brady plays in his 10th Super Bowl. That means he will be in the classic almost half of the years he has been in the league. He has won twice as many of them than he has lost.
But this time the playoff path was a bit different – a bit more difficult. As a Patriot, most of Brady’s playoff wins came at home, in the friendly confines of Gillette Stadium. This season, he got there with a brand-new team. And he had to win three playoff games on the road.
But the scheduling gods are in his favor this year because for the first time ever the Super Bowl venue will be the home stadium for one of its participants. Brady and the Bucs will have a home playoff game after all.
No matter how much you analyze the game, it all comes down to the quarterback matchup. It’s the old GOAT taking on the baby GOAT. Brady has already dispatched legendary understudies Drew Brees and Aaron Rodgers. Now comes defending Super Bowl champion Patrick Mahomes, whose Kansas City Chiefs are vying to become the first team to repeat as Super Bowl Champions in 17 years. The last team to do it was Brady’s Patriots in 2003 and 2004.
Many see this game as the official handoff of quarterback legends. Will the baton be passed to the next “best” quarterback of all time, or does Tom Terrific still have tread in those old tires for one more title?
So here are 10 questions to ponder as you prepare for the Super Bowl. The person who answers the most correctly will win a $100 gift card at Schooners Restaurant. I just need a one-word answer: Brady or Mahomes. Answers can be emailed to me no later than next Saturday (Feb. 6) at midnight. My email is at the bottom of this column. Simply write the question number and your answer.
- Who will throw the first touchdown pass?
- Who will throw more interceptions?
- Who will have the better pass completion percentage?
- Who will be sacked more?
- Who will have more 20-yard-plus completions?
- Who will have the best third down conversion percentage?
- Who will have the first pass completion for a first down?
- Who will have the most incomplete passes?
- Who will have the longest touchdown scoring drive?
- Who will win the game?
Tie Breaker: Guess the winning team and final score.
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