Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes dismisses narrative that Tom Brady is ready to pass the torch to him
Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes is an MVP frontrunner and one of the best quarterbacks in the game, so, naturally, there is talk of the “torch” passing when the 23-year-old faces off against 41-year-old Tom Brady and the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship Game this Sunday.
Mahomes, however, is having none of it.
“I’ve seen it but there’s still a long way to go,” Mahomes said, according to Michael David Smith of Pro Football Talk. “I’m a young guy. He’s done so much in this league and he’s still doing it today. He’s going to play for some more years to come. I’m going to strive to do some of the things he’s done, the Super Bowls he’s won. That’s the ultimate goal. He’s not trying to pass the torch any time soon. He’s playing at a high level this year and I expect him to keep playing at this level for at least another couple years.”
Mahomes had a ridiculous season, throwing for 5,097 yards, 50 touchdowns, and 12 interceptions while completing 66 percent of his passes and registering a passer rating of 113.8.
Last week in the Chiefs’ Divisional Round win over the Indianapolis Colts, Mahomes completed 27 of his 41 passes for 278 yards. However, he did not throw a touchdown pass, marking the first time Mahomes went without a touchdown since Oct. 7.
Meanwhile, Brady had a vintage playoff performance in the Patriots’ own Divisional Round victory over the Los Angeles Chargers, completing 34 of his 44 passes for 343 yards and a touchdown. Brady threw for 4,355 yards, 29 touchdowns, and 11 picks on the year.