The New England Patriots might not have played a part in last season’s Super Bowl, but they were still a prominent talking point both leading up to and after the big game point given their ties to quarterback Tom Brady.
When all was said and done, the Buccaneers’ pass rush was too much for the Chiefs’ decimated offensive line, which was without its two starting tackles, and Tampa Bay ultimately rolled to a lopsided 31-9 win.
The victory did wonders in terms of quieting the Patrick Mahomes GOAT talk, as Brady now has six more championships and a head-to-head advantage over the Chiefs superstar.
In a surprising turn of events, however, fans only had to wait a few months until the two quarterbacks engaged in another conflict.
In a long overdue social media interaction, Brady and Mahomes playfully debated each other’s GOAT status on Tuesday.
Patriots fans will love Tom Brady and Patrick Mahomes taking shots at each other’s respective GOAT status
For those wondering what sparked Brady’s tweet, Kansas City Royals catcher Salvador Perez was spotted wearing a TB12 jersey before Monday’s showdown against the Tampa Bay Rays.
As it turns out, Perez was on the losing end of a Super Bowl bet he made with former Royals teammate and current Rays outfielder Brett Phillips, so he was donning Brady’s jersey as part of his punishment.
Despite wearing the Bucs apparel, Perez was caught saying “Patrick Mahomes is the best,” to further clarify that he wasn’t intentionally slighting Kansas City’s pride and joy.
As soon as he became aware of Brady’s diss, Mahomes put his Twitter fingers to use and laughed off the three-time MVP’s unprecedented durability while also implying that he could supplant him as the greatest football player of all time down the road.
While Brady and Mahomes’ replies could be viewed as sarcastic given that no personal shots were fired off, you better believe this exchange qualifies as them taking their rivalry, which might just be the most intriguing among NFL players, to new heights.
Speaking of their rivalry, Brady established a 3-2 edge over Mahomes in their five career meetings with his win in the Super Bowl, though the latter was dealt an unlucky hand as he was running for his life behind a makeshift offensive line.
The Buccaneers and Chiefs unfortunately won’t meet during the 2021 regular season, but you certainly can’t rule out a potential Super Bowl rematch considering that both teams enjoyed a solid offseason and nobody really did much to supplant them as the two favorites.