Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes made a fun prediction about his current head coach, Andy Reid, beating Tom Brady in the Super Bowl long ago.
In just over a week, Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady will look to secure his new-record seventh Lombardi Trophy when the Bucs host quarterback Patrick Mahomes and the AFC Champion Kansas City Chiefs for Super Bowl LV.
It’s a record Brady already holds, having already taken home six Super Bowl rings over his illustrious career with the New England Patriots.
Brady’s third ring, of course, came from Super Bowl XXXIX when the Pats faced off against the Philadelphia Eagles, who were led then by Kansas City’s current head coach, Andy Reid.
Interestingly enough, the Eagles were Mahomes’ choice in that matchup way back in early 2005.
According to an article by Phil Hicks of the Tyler Morning Telegraph in Texas, the local paper covering the Chiefs quarterback’s hometown, a nine-year-old Mahomes predicted Philadelphia would pull off the win over New England in the Super Bowl:
"Back in 2005, when Mahomes was some 9 years old, he picked against Brady and the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XXXIX.There it was in black-and-white on Page 1C of the Saturday, Feb. 5, 2005 sports section.The youngster, who now has the richest contract is sports, was shooting for the $200 first-place prize.So 16 years ago, he was banking on his current head coach of the Chiefs, Andy Reid, to lead the Philadelphia Eagles over the Tom Brady-quarterbacked Patriots, 35-28 to win the grand prize.The future Whitehouse High School and Texas Tech star, as well as NFL and Super Bowl MVP, said on his hand-written prediction turned in to entry box, “Eagles are a better team.”"
Mahomes had a point. While the Patriots were coming off a 14-2 regular season and had already won the Super Bowl the year before, the Eagles were riding a 13-3 regular-season finish with quarterback Donovan McNabb at the helm of a Pro Bowl year. And McNabb had a flashy first-team All-Pro wide receiver at his disposal, Terrell Owens, who figured to be the difference-maker in the game for Philly.
But Brady outdueled McNabb in the game, tossing two touchdowns against zero interceptions while the latter tossed three picks of his own. New England got out to a 24-14 lead in the fourth quarter. And despite McNabb throwing a late touchdown to Eagles wide receiver Greg Lewis, Brady and the Patriots had already done enough to secure the franchise’s third Lombardi Trophy after the 24-21 victory.
Now, Mahomes will be in position to hand Tom Brady his fourth Super Bowl loss and avenge his earlier prediction where he picked his current head coach to be the first to hand Brady a defeat in the NFL’s biggest game.
Unless, of course, Brady elects to showcase his other plans.
Super Bowl LV kicks off on Sunday, Feb. 7 at 6:30 p.m. ET from Raymond James Stadium.