Jan 24, 2021; Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) throws the ball during the second quarter against the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Championship Game at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

THE NEUTRAL ZONE

The Kansas City Chiefs will play its second straight Super Bowl against a quarterback who’s been there 10 times. 

Tom Brady led his Tampa Bay Buccaneers 31-26 past the Green Bay Packers. Brady went to nine Super Bowls with the Patriots, and will go to his 10th in his first year with the Bucs. Brady won six of those Super Bowls and was MVP in four of them. 

The Chiefs had a big early gaffe that allowed the Buffalo Bills to take a 9-0 lead, but Kansas City ran away with the game after 21 first-half points, winning 38-24. The Chiefs will try to become the first team to win back-to-back titles since Brady’s Patriots in 2003-04.

Brady, the veteran, will face Patrick Mahomes, the wonderkid in his third season as a starter who has already won an MVP and was last year’s Super Bowl MVP. Say whatever you want about their matchup pitting Brady, 43, the grizzled all-time great versus Mahomes: It will fit any cliche. 

Super Bowl Sunday takes place on Feb. 7. 

MEDIA PERSPECTIVE

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Tom Brady Is Back in the Super Bowl, Because of Course He Is – New York Times – 1/24/2021
Tom Brady changed coaches. He changed conferences. He changed cities. He changed climates. In his tornado of an off-season, he also celebrated a birthday. In August, he turned 43. At that age, NFL players are playing golf or reconnecting with their families or pursuing business ventures.

Get used to this, KC: Patrick Mahomes leads Chiefs to another Super Bowl – The Kansas City Star – 1/24/2021
Patrick Mahomes emerged from behind a black curtain inside a room at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, still wearing pads but with a gray shirt covering his uniform. The script across the front recognized the Super Bowl championship he’d won just half an hour earlier, with a hat on his head to match.

Bucs’ Tom Brady has already won divorce with Bill Belichick – Arizona Sports – 1/24/2021
This is our new reality following Championship Sunday in the NFL. Brady is back in the Super Bowl, in his first season unchained from the venerable Patriots head coach.

Aaron Rodgers’ future with Packers speculated after latest NFC Championship loss – Fox News – 1/24/2021
Rodgers finished up one of his best seasons ever with a 346-passing-yard performance and three touchdown passes in the loss to the Buccaneers. But with Jordan Love waiting in the wings, Rodgers appeared to come to grips with an uncertain future in the postgame press conference.

Chiefs vs. Bills score: Andy Reid, Patrick Mahomes headed back to Super Bowl after cruising past Buffalo – CBS Sports – 1/24/2021
The Kansas City Chiefs are going back to the Super Bowl. Josh Allen and the Buffalo Bills led first in Sunday night’s AFC Championship Game, going up 9-0 in the first quarter thanks to some costly home-team miscues — a Tyreek Hill deep-ball drop, a muffed Mecole Hardman punt return. 

INFLUENCER PERSPECTIVE

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