Super Bowl LV: Buccaneers vs. Chiefs match-up is set

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NFC Championship - Tampa Bay Buccaneers v Green Bay Packers

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Tom Brady has a new team, but is heading back to appear in an NFL record tenth career Super Bowl. The future hall of fame passer meets one of the best newcomers to the game in Patrick Mahomes.

Brady’s Bucs upset the Green Bay Packers 31-26 in Sunday’s NFC Championship at Lambeau Field. Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs earned a return trip as defending Super Bowl champs by defeating the Buffalo Bills 38-24 in the AFC Championship.

Super Bowl LV is set up as a great match-up between two of the league’s best teams. Tampa becomes the first home team to play in their own stadium in Super Bowl history since the adoption of alternate sites.

Brady and Mahomes are no strangers to one another either. The two prolific passers met in the AFC Championship game two years ago, but much different teams for both. The then 41-year-old Brady guided the New England Patriots to a thrilling 37-31 win in overtime over the Chiefs, and eventually collected a sixth Super Bowl title.

An epic storyline from that point on with Mahones taking Kansas City to a Super Bowl victory last year over the San Francisco 49ers. Brady decided to leave Foxborough and Bill Belichick behind after the two decades of establishing one of the best franchises in football. He took a risk going to Tampa Bay, but brought in a lot of talent with him. A second appearance for the Buccaneers after winning Super Bowl XXXVII in 2002.

Brady will become the first quarterback to participate in a Super Bowl in three different decades. He also became the first to play in conference championship games in three different decades during the Super Bowl era (since 1966). The G.O.A.T. QB will be the fourth passer to start a Super Bowl for multiple teams. He joins Craig Morton (Cowboys, Broncos), Kurt Warner (Rams, Cardinals) and Peyton Manning (Colts, Broncos).

On the other hand, it took 50 years for Kansas City to make it back to the Super Bowl last year. The longest wait between appearances for any NFL franchise. Now, Mahomes as the reigning Super Bowl MVP looks to strike gold for a second time and have the Chiefs stake their claim as the eighth team in NFL history to win back-to-back Super Bowls. Brady and the Pats being the last ones to accomplish the feat in XXVIII and XXVIX in 2004 and 2005. This is also the first time in Super Bowl history the quarterbacks who won the game in the two preceding seasons will face each other.

Super Bowl LV between the Kansas City Chiefs (14-2) and Tampa Bay Buccaneers (11-5) is scheduled to kickoff at 6:30 p.m. ET from Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla. on Sunday, Feb. 7. (TV: CBS/Radio: WFNZ).