The two most famous quarterbacks in the NFL will face off on Sunday when Patrick Mahomes and Tom Brady go at it on the biggest stage of all, Super Bowl LV.

Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs are the reigning champions having edged out the San Francisco 49ers in the championship game 12 months ago and are the 4/7 favourites to retain.

Mahomes was named the Super Bowl MVP after leading a fourth-quarter comeback, cementing his position as the top quarterback in the league Mahomes (5/6 Super Bowl MVP).

The 25-year-old already appears to have taken Brady’s mantle as the most recognisable face in the NFL but the veteran isn’t ready to pass the torch yet and certainly could teach his the young pretender a thing or two about winning Super Bowls.

The 43-year-old is searching for his seventh Super Bowl crown on his 10th appearance in the big game this weekend, his previous six victories having come during a success-field 20-year stay with the New England Patriots before he shockingly jumped ship to join the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2020.

Having so often entered the ‘game of games’ as the favourite when a Pat, Brady and the Bucs are 7/5 underdogs to lift the Vince Lombardi trophy on home soil at Raymond James Stadium.

But having been written off as over the hill before the year started, Brady (2/1 Super Bowl MVP) has gotten used to springing surprises, leaving Mahomes full of admiration for the future hall of famer.

Mahomes, who was six-years-old when Brady won his first Super Bowl, told reporters: “If you’re a young athlete, and you play any sport, if don’t look up to guys like Tom Brady, then you’re crazy.

“The guy has had success year in, year out. He continues to make himself better and not be satisfied with where he’s at.

“He’s the type of greatness that you strive to be like. I grew up watching him play, and he’s still here playing – and still at the top of the game.”

Brady enters the game having enjoyed a fine first season with the Bucs, finishing the regular campaign with 4,633 passing yards and 40 touchdowns before guiding Tampa Bay to playoffs victories on the road at Washington, New Orleans and Green Bay.

He has shown over his career that he won’t shrink on the big stage, throwing 18 Super Bowl touchdowns and being named the game’s MVP a record four-times in his career. Brady will no doubt embrace the challenge of trying to go toe-to-toe with Mahomes (Brady 1/2 to throw for over 274.5 passing yards).

Mahomes, who played a game less than Brady during the regular season, ended with 4,740 passing yards and 38 touchdowns. He continues to be on pace to shatter a large chunk Brady’s records having already thrown 114 touchdowns passes during his career (Mahomes 2/1 to throw over 3.5 touchdown passes).

This will be the fifth time these two QBs have faced off with the series level at 2-2, Mahomes aving won the most recent encounter when the Chiefs beat the Bucs 27-24 in November

Whoever wins this latest encounter, it will be remembered as the definitive showdown between the NFL’s masters and apprentice.

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